Five Questions With Ken Davenport

Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, Tony-nominated production of Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening, as well as Allegiance, It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, The Visit, Mothers and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County and many more. Ken’s productions have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. Ken is the author of the popular Broadway Blog, TheProducersPerpsective.com which has been featured in Vanity Fair, Forbes and more. In addition to his own work, Ken was recently named the Executive Producer of North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

Do This is presented by special arrangement with Ken Davenport and Davenport Theatrical Enterprises.

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Ken Davenport.

Can you give us a little general information on what a Producer’s role is?

A producer is the CEO of a production. We are responsible for everything from raising the money to the marketing to hiring the managers, etc. Each show is a small business, and the producer is the small business owner!

Was being a Broadway producer always your ambition? What inspired you to become one?

I was on my way to be an actor . . . But then I realized there being a producer would allow me to use my business instincts as well as my artistic instincts. It’s the perfect combination for me.

What have been some of your favorite projects in your career so far?

I recently produced the Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening which
changed the way I see the world, and the people in it. That’s what great theater does.

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Deaf West Theatre’s Tony-nominated production of Spring Awakening.

What draws you to a certain project?

It has be to something I would want to see every single day. I gotta love it that much.

Can you tell us about how you came across Karen and Do This?

I met Karen at a benefit for an autism charity and she practically threw her script at me. I didn’t think I’d ever produced a one woman show, but when I read it, I couldn’t put it down.

For tickets and information on seeing the World Premiere of Do This starring Carmen Cusack, go to http://www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

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