Board Member, Founder and Executive Director
Michael Presser is the founder and Executive Director of Inside Broadway, a New York City based non-profit theatre company for youth now celebrating its 37th anniversary season.
The organization was originally established in 1982 at the invitation of Bernard B. Jacobs, the late President of the Shubert Organization, Inc., as an effort to create a student ticket program for the Broadway musical Cats. Today, Inside Broadway develops and produces touring musical productions as well as a wide range of educational programs that allow students to interact with professionals in the field and experience theatre hands-on in the classroom. More than 30,000 students in 85 schools in all five boroughs participate each year in Inside Broadway’s Programs. The most recent repertoire features Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Smokey Joe’s Café, Marlo Thomas’ Free To Be...You and Me, George M. Cohan’s My Hometown, Oscar Hammerstein’s All Kind Of People, Irving Berlin’s Land That I Love, Richard Rodgers’ Broadway, Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town, Bye Bye Birdie, The Pirates of Penzance, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and R&H’s Cinderella.
Mr. Presser has worked extensively in the commercial concert and artist management fields, having served as a consultant to the Geneva Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, The National Theater in Prague, Theatre des Westens in Berlin, Theatre Aachen and Gaudi Musicals, Cologne. He has also served such notable artists as Karl Richter, Carlos Montoya, Peter Nero and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
He was an active participant in New York City community affairs for over 30 years as a member of Manhattan Community Planning Board #5 and served as its chairman. He has also served in the Times Square Alliance, Mayor’s Midtown Citizens Committee, The Broadway Association and the Town Hall Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2000 Heart to Heart Award for service in the Times Square Theatre District and the 2005 Theatre Museum Award for the Arts in Education. He was also honored by the Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds for over 25 years of service to the Broadway industry.
Mr. Presser is a member of The Broadway League, opera America, The Producers League of Theatre for Young Audiences, Inc. (PLOYTA); The New York City Arts in Education Round Table (AIE); Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).
A Philadelphia native, he is a graduate of Temple University and a member of The University Club of New York, and a long time resident of Greenwich Village in New York City.