Tony award-winning Broadway producer Douglas L. Meyer will speak to students and community members about his career in theatre on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Joliet Junior College Black Box Theatre in K-Building, on the Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The event is free and open to the public.
Meyer is not accepting payment for his presentation at JJC, because he wants a genuine opportunity to connect with students and the community and share about his professional experiences as a Broadway producer. He plans to speak about his career and what it’s been like producing Broadway musicals for the past 17 years, as well as his current project “The Encounter.” At the end, he will answer questions from the audience. Meyer was previously a guest speaker at JJC in 2014.
“I think it’s wonderful that we can get someone who is successful in the professional theatre world, 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, JJC technical supervisor of the 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.”
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 “The Wedding Singer.”
In addition to producing Broadway musicals, Meyer is also a managing director of investments at the Cooper Meyer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Deerfield, Illinois.
“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 event, contact Nicki Blowers at (815) 280-2200. For more information about other fine arts events at JJC, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts.