Tony Award winning Broadway producer Douglas L. Meyer will speak to students and community members about his career in theatre on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Joliet Junior College’s Black Box Theatre on the Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The event is free to the public.
Meyer, who received his Tony Awards after producing “Hairspray” in 2003 and “The Producers” in 2001, also produced Broadway works such as “Lucky Guy,” starring Tom Hanks in 2013, “Leap of Faith,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Swing!”
In addition to producing Broadway musicals, Meyer is also a managing director-investments at the Cooper Meyer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Deerfield, Illinois, and has been there since 1984. Meyer grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and spends most of his time in Deerfield. He has been producing shows on and off Broadway since 1992.
Meyer attended school at Rutgers College in New Jersey, where he studied business and accounting, but he also took theatre appreciation courses. He later received a law degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
“I think it’s wonderful that we can get someone who is successful in the professional theatre world from a viewpoint of a person who works on Broadway and that he can take time from his schedule to talk to us and speak to us about his experiences,” said Nicki Blowers, technical supervisor of the JJC theatre. “It’s very valuable to talk to other people and make connections. This event also illustrates that people who are in this area can achieve success in theatre, but you have to be willing to work hard to get to that point. Doug Meyer’s work ethic is great example for our students.”
This is the first time JJC has hosted a Broadway producer and Tony Award winner on campus. During the event, Meyer will talk about his career and what it’s been like producing Broadway musicals for the past 15 years. At the end of his talk, he will answer questions from the audience.
“This event has the potential to inspire students to reach their professional goals, but also give them some insights on the realities of how to achieve that success,” Blowers said.
For more information about the JJC Fine Arts Department, or other fine art events at JJC, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts or call 815-280-2223.