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Karyn Levitt, Executive Producer

Karyn Levitt

Founder and President of Royal Road Productions, Karyn Levitt has produced numerous theatrical concerts at prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall (Weill), Shakespeare & Company, Symphony Space, Amherst College, Hunter College, Vassar College, Bates College, USC, and the Goethe Institutes of Boston and Los Angeles. Royal Road Productions, Inc., has received a major arts grant from Nokia and a research grant from USC for the project Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book. Ms. Levitt is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned her degree with Honors in English Literature. Her professional background also includes singing, acting, composing, writing, editing, and performance coaching.

Dottie Jeffries, Agent/Publicist

Dottie Jeffries

Dottie Jeffries has a distinguished background in media relations, communications, marketing, art direction, and branding. Over the years, she has helped those in the arts create carry out effective media and marketing strategies.

Dottie has worked with a number of artists, authors, arts organizations, and businesses in developing their capacities to communicate their core identities and their unique voices in an often-noisy environment. She is known for her taste, her tact, her research skills, and her uncanny ability to make valuable connections for her clients.

An alumna of Case Western Reserve University, Dottie holds a B.A. in classics.

Caleb Jaster, Executive Assistant

Caleb Jaster

Caleb Jaster is a Brooklyn-based pianist and arts administrator. Since High School, he has been working closely with musicians in a variety of different capacities: whether he’s in his home state of New Hampshire, where he is both Head Counselor and Head of the Piano Department at New Hampshire Independent School of Music’s Lake Winni Music Camp, in Staunton, Virginia as a stage manager at the Staunton Music Festival, or in New York City, where he is very excited to be working with Royal Road Productions. He is also working for Little Orchestra Society and for Classical Communications, as well as New York’s Heartbeat Opera Company and their sister company Cantata Profana. Caleb Jaster is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied piano and harpsichord with Carsten Schmidt and Noelle Beaudin and chamber music with Sung Rai Sohn.

Glen Roven, Musical Director

Glen Roven

Four-time Emmy winner Glen Roven has written 31 Song Cycles, performed around the world, from New York to Tel Aviv. His Violin Concerto based on the Runaway Bunny, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic with Brooke Shields narrating, has also been performed at Carnegie with Glenn Close narrating, and recently recorded with Catherine Zeta-Jones. As founder of GPRrecords and RovenRecords he has written and produced for a wide variety of artists including Charles Castronovo, Alan Cumming, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joyce DiDonato, Michael Douglas, Lauren Flanigan, Leon Fleisher, Ricky Ian Gordon, Nathan Gunn, Dick Hyman, Jake Heggie, Florence Henderson, Barry Humphries, Isabel Leonard, Wynton Marsalis, Patti LuPone, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Daniel Okulitch, Chris Parker, Patricia Racette, Chris Sarandon, Paul Shaffer, Frank Sinatra, Paulo Szot, and more.

Aryeh Finklestein, Literary Curator

Aryeh Finklestein

British-trained and Boston-based, Aryeh Finklestein is a musician, librettist, literary scholar and translator. As librettist, he has written several full-length oratorios in collaboration with composer Charles D. Osborne which have been performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and other notable venues. Their SOULS ON FIRE was narrated by Leonard Nimoy, and KINGS & FISHERMEN by Theodore Bikel. Finklestein is currently working on a play about the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, and is completing his first opera libretto (another Osborne collaboration). He is also co-writing with Karyn Levitt a musical about Abraham Goldfaden and the pioneering days of the Yiddish Theater in New York.

View article in the Jewish Advocate From the bimah to Broadway: there’s life after the cantorate.

Jim LeVentis, Artist Manager