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Emileena Pedigo Resigns from Midtown International Theatre Festival

Jacob Coakley • Changing Roles • September 28, 2011

Emileena Pedigo is leaving Midtown International Theatre Festival to launch her own production company this fall.

Emileena Pedigo is leaving Midtown International Theatre Festival to launch her own production company this fall.

Emileena Pedigo has resigned from the Midtown International Theatre Festival in order to pursue her own producing projects. Pedigo will be launching her own company, The Show Goes On Productions, this November with a world premiere of Ghost Dancer by Robert L. Hecker. Pedigo will consult for the 2012 MITF.

Emileena Pedigo, Managing Producer of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Announces Resignation

Emileena Pedigo, managing producer of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, announces her resignation. Ms. Pedigo has been with the MITF for seven years and was an integral part in the festival’s development over the years. Working alongside executive producer John Chatterton, Ms. Pedigo helped grow MITF into a New York City staple with more than 60 shows in seven different venues. Ms. Pedigo will continue to consult for the MITF during the 2012 Season.

“It has been such a joy to build my producing skills at the MITF with John Chatterton over the years. The festival has become such an important launching pad in New York City not only for plays and musicals, but for artists themselves. It is only fitting that I move on to pursue my own projects. I will always keep a little piece of MITF with me as I go and can’t wait to see how the festival continues to grow and expand,” said Ms. Pedigo.

“When Emileena started working for me, I told her to revise her plans upward to become a producer. I hoped that when she becomes a Broadway producer, she’ll still return my phone calls. I’m sorry to see her go, but I’m sure she’ll make good on her ambitious plans,” said John Chatterton, producer of the MITF.

Ms. Pedigo is leaving to pursue projects with her company, The Show Goes On Productions, launching this November with a world premiere drama by Robert L. Hecker at the Mint Theatre called GHOST DANCER. She is also developing Mickey Zetts’ rock musical APATHY, the Gen X Musical for an Off-Broadway production coming to New York City soon.

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In addition to her work with MITF, Ms. Pedigo served as general manager on multiple showcases around New York City, she co-produced Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s 9th and 10th seasons on Theatre Row and Six Figures Theatre Company’s 14th and 15th seasons at the West End Theatre. She has worked as a production manager Off-Broadway, opera, national tours and regionally for such companies as TheatreWorks Hartford, The Lamb’s Theater, Mirror Rep (NYC); Bailiwick Rep, Shattered Globe (Chicago), TheatreWorks (Palo Alto, CA) and Teatro Vision (San Jose, CA). She received a B.A. in theatre from Purdue University and completed the Foothill Theatre Conservatory in California, both with honors.

The MITF’s 2011 Season ran from July 11 – 31, 2011 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor. 23 plays and 11 musicals were featured.

The Midtown International Theatre Festival celebrates the diversity of theatre. The MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures and appetites. The MITF seeks to nurture these new ideas, perspectives and stories on its stages, with an eye set on guiding these productions toward future success and longevity.  The festival, traditionally held in summer, represents a fantastic, often paradoxical, adventurous and intriguing cross-section of the theatre world.  The MITF proudly hosts production companies from across the country and around the globe, uniting talent in one of the biggest theatre capitals in the world.

Mr. Chatterton created the MITF, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, in 2000 as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort and safety. In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions. The MITF’s artistic emphasis is on the script itself and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.

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