Mikko Nissinen and Valerie Wilder playing with the Boston public school children in Boston Ballet's Citydance program
Marco Evangelista playing soccer at I Soci.
> THEATER AND PERFORMING ARTS
Robert Woodruff and Bob Brustein
American Repertory Theatre
the ART’s founding director and creative consultant, is one of the top
names in American theater. He has written 13 books on theater, overseen
more than 200 high-profile productions, co-founded both Yale Repertory
and the ART, and headed the Yale Drama School; currently, he serves as
a professor of English at Harvard and as a drama critic for the New Republic.
Woodruff, the ART’s artistic director, is one of the most innovative
and imaginative directors working today. His collaborations with a
then-relatively unknown Sam Shepard in the mid ’70s helped make the
careers of both men. Woodruff also currently teaches directing and
acting at Columbia University.
Broadway in Boston
is a classic local-boy-makes-good story. McLean, a Dorchester native
and BU grad, replaced William Connor as president of Broadway in Boston
(a subsidiary of Clear Channel) in 2002.
Chuck Stevens and Zan Stevens
Advertising is one of the true unsung, behind-the-scenes players in the
local theater world, representing such clients as the Wang Theatre, the
Huntington Theatre, the ART, and Broadway in Boston. This firm is a
vital component of the larger equation.
Huntington Theatre Company
his role as the Huntington’s Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director,
Martin has helped establish the company’s reputation as a producer of
world-class theater. He teaches at BU, and has directed productions
everywhere from Broadway to the Williamstown Theatre Festival to
Janice Mancini del Sesto
Boston Lyric Opera
and counting: that’s where our own BLO ranks among the largest opera
companies in the country. As a savvy administrator with a strong
background in performance, general director del Sesto is captaining a
ship that’s sailing toward great success.
FleetBoston Celebrity Series
the Celebrity Series has enjoyed immense success since its inception in
the late 1930s, the organization has truly flourished under the
leadership of Jones, who took the reins as executive director in 1996.
is an umbrella organization that counts BosTix, ArtsTravel, and
ArtsMail among its programs. Executive director Peterson has helped the
company grow into a regional force in the fight for accessible theater.
Keith Lockhart and James Levine
Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra
he succeeded John Williams as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995 (at
the ripe old age of 35), Lockhart became only the third man to lead the
Pops since Arthur Fiedler’s reign began in 1930 — now, that’s
tradition. During his tenure, Lockhart has conducted over 500 concerts,
including several international tours, numerous television shows, and a
pre-game segment at Super Bowl XXXVI. Levine, the music director of the
BSO, is best known for his association with the Metropolitan Opera
(where he has conducted over 2000 performances since 1971), which
continues to this day.
Josiah Spaulding and David F. D’Alessandro
may be hard to envision now, but not so long ago, the Wang Theatre was
run-down and losing money. CEO and president Spaulding was the man who
oversaw the Wang’s transformation into the gorgeous, profitable
enterprise it has become. Naturally, this couldn’t have happened
without the support of the Wang’s Board of Trustees, which D’Alessandro
Boston Center for the Arts
president and CEO of the BCA, Shufro is the woman behind this
organization’s strong desire to push local arts — both visual and
performing — to new levels of excellence and accessibility.
Josť Mateo Ballet Theatre
known as the " other " ballet in town, Mateo’s company, now
charmingly housed in Harvard Square’s Sanctuary Theatre, is currently
in its 18th season of inspired productions. We expect Mateo to flourish
for at least another 18 years.
Truth Serum Productions
Serum Productions holds the kind of events that spank stodgy old Boston
firmly in the posterior with their edgy, often gender-bending
creativity. Shapiro, along with her drag alter-ego Heywood Wakefield,
makes it happen.
Jane Lanouette and Gerry Feldman
Advertising is an agency that quietly has an immense impact on the film
industry. Although Allied is an international corporation, its local
office, led by Lanouette and Feldman, coordinates publicity and
advertising for the bulk of films that come to local cinemas.
Massachusetts Film Bureau
executive director of the Massachusetts Film Bureau (formerly the
Massachusetts Film Office, before the Commonwealth cut its funding),
Dawson is in charge of enticing film, television, music-video,
commercial, and documentary productions into Massachusetts. Once the
crews arrive, the bureau works with them in a producer’s capacity. When
you see film stars out at parties and benefits, chances are that Dawson
had a hand in it.
Valerie Wilder and Mikko Nissinen
director Nissinen and executive director Wilder work together to bring
world-class ballet to Boston. Nissinen, a native of Finland, is known
throughout the dance world as an open-minded and inspirational teacher
and communicator. Wilder has had a long career, first as a dancer and
then as an advocate and manager for dance artists. Together, they are
the driving force behind one of Boston’s most beloved cultural
Harvey Allen, M.S. Walker.
Pat McCoy and Steve Villani, Anheuser-Busch.
Laura Smith, Miller Brewing Company.
Bill and Tim Burke, Jim Merrill, and Mike Braccia, Burke Distributing.
Steffani Scheurich, Brown-Forman.
Jim Koch, Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams).
Rich Doyle, Harpoon.
Rhonda Kallman, Edison Light Beer.
Paul Canavan, United Liquors.
Alex Steppacher, Future Brands.
Christine Smith, Coors Brewing Company.
Louanne Murad, Bacardi USA.
Doug Epstein, Horizon Beverage.
Steve Ballard, Ketel One/Nolet Spirits USA.
Chris Higgins and Carol Francolini, Labatt USA.
Al Rand and Catherine Stanton Rooney, Allied Domecq.
Steve Cassetta, Diageo.
Lisa Conti, Skyy Vodka.
> SALON, FASHION, RETAIL, MISC.
Mario Russo Salons
is a successful salon owner, yes, but he is also a man-about-town and a
great supporter of the arts. He is, in a word, a player.
Vidal Sassoon Salon
creative director of Vidal Sassoon in Boston, McGinley is the caretaker
of a very carefully maintained aesthetic. He is known throughout the
Northeast as a genius with hair.
president and CEO of what is perhaps Boston’s most unique and locally
flavored upscale clothing store, Greenberg is the keeper of the family
torch — the business has been in her family for over 100 years. Under
her leadership, the store’s women’s collection has blossomed, and its
hip quotient has quadrupled.
internationally renowned clothier has been influencing the way
Bostonians dress for decades. To this day, his store practically
defines Newbury Street.
Grettacole, GrettaLuxe, and G Spa
started as a salon has erupted into a beauty empire. With three
Grettacole salon and day spas; a GrettaLuxe fashion boutique; and the
unique, one-stop-meets-all-beauty-needs G Spa salon, day spa, and
mini-boutique, Monahan is a true player in the beauty world.
Repertoire and Kartell
the owner of Repertoire and co-owner of Kartell, Garofalo is nothing if
not a style-maker in Boston (and New York, where there is another
Repertoire location) — a city, some would say, that is desperately in
need of his expertise.
James Joseph Salon
a move into a swank new space last year, George enabled James Joseph
Salon to fulfill its potential as one of the top salons in the area.
He’s also the kind of guy who is seen out at all the right parties.
Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network
world’s largest private limousine company, Dav El is headquarted in
Chelsea and headed by Solombrino. Dav El provides transportation for
everyone from heads of state to rock stars to many, many of the people
on this list — in that regard, Solombrino is a player’s player.
survive on the first block of Newbury for over a dozen years is proof
positive that you know what you are doing, and Harris certainly does.
With such respected stylists as Jeremy Dellaria and Janet Warner in his
stable, it’s obvious that Harris knows talent when he sees it.
Biyoshi Salon is a funky, fashion-forward salon located in (gasp!)
Allston. Her shop’s location notwithstanding, Blain’s work for film,
television, and the runway have heightened the salon’s reputation
considerably. If you think Blain is all hipster with no heart, think
again: Biyoshi is the American Cancer Society’s largest wig bank.
Lazuli Jewelry store features her own funky, playful designs alongside
other out-of-the-ordinary expressive baubles. Seemingly tireless on the
Boston social scene, Barakat is also actively involved with many
knew a milliner could be so fabulous? Galvin’s award-winning " roofing
for your head " has made true believers out of fashionistas worldwide.
Galvin is also a steady and festive presence on the Boston social scene.
Daniel F. Pokaski
City of Boston
chair of Boston’s Licensing Board, Pokaski plays an instrumental role
in the governing of liquor licenses. As such, his influence on local
nightlife is immense.
Massachusetts Hospitality Association
is executive director of the MHA, an umbrella organization of
restaurant and nightclub owners. Eisner’s connections (a former
editor-in-chief of the Boston Herald, he works closely with George Regan) make him one of the most connected players in the nightlife industry.
I Soci Salon and Salon Soca
has worked hard to bring his salons, I Soci and Soca, into the upper
eschelon of the local hair and beauty industry. And he looks good
making you look good.