“Doc” has been putting together programs and productions – through community and arts organizations and independently – since 1985. He was the Associate Curator for Theatre Exhibitions and Program for the Museum of the City of New York, and has also curated exhibitions and programs for the New-York Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution. In Los Angeles, he has worked with the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation, the Chamber of Commerce, and Business Improvement District.
Museum of the City of New York
While finishing up his dissertation, Doc volunteered at the Theatre Collection at the Museum of the City of New York to catalog their collection of circus, vaudeville, burlesque and popular entertainment memorabilia.
This led to an opportunity, in 1997, to write the exhibition script for a major exhibition on the circus in titled, Under the Big Top: The Circus in New York City, for which he was a consulting historian.
The following year, he was hired by the MCNY as Associate Curator for Theatre Exhibitions and Programs. In that capacity, he organized exhibitions on:
- Broadway in 1898 (1998-1999)
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the consolidation of the five boroughs on New York City, this exhibition depicted the stars, the theaters and the productions that played in New York in 1898, including the American premiere of Cyrano de Bergerac.
- The Astor Place Riot – Looking Back 150 Years (1999)
This exhibition looked at the causes and outcome of the worst theatrical riot in New York City history, that took place on May 10, 1849.
- A Tribute to Patricia Zipprodt (1999-2000) A memorial exhibition honored the career of costume designer Patricia Zipprodt, and featured costumes and costume designs from Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Chicago, Pippin and other productions. Programs discussed the contribution of the costume designer to a theatrical production.
- 100 Years of Noel Coward (1999-2000)
Commemoration of the 100th anniversary Noel Coward’s birth featuring costumes, photographs and playbills depicting Noel Coward productions in New York City.
- New York: Songs of the City (2000)
Depiction of New York City through songs and sheet music covers, done in collaboration with Nancy Groce, author of the book by the same title (Billboard Books).
- Guys and Dolls: The Fabled Musical of Broadway (2000-2001)
Organized, raised funds for and curated an exhibition devoted to the musical Guys and Dolls, tracing the development of the show from 1920s life to the Broadway tales of Damon Runyon, and the writing and designing of the musical. Located and secured original costumes, set designs, artwork and photographs depicting the original 1950 production, oversaw design and production of exhibition.
In 2001, he was hired by the Smithsonian Institution to organize the “Backstage Broadway” for the Folklife Festival on the Mall. He secured and supervised craftspeople who demonstrated techniques of wig-styling, makeup, beading, millinery, costume- and prop-building for the Broadway stage. Managed the stage where actors conducted an open rehearsal for a musical production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Returning to Los Angeles in 2002, he produced a series of Storytelling Campfires at Boy’s Camp in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park from 2002 to 2004.
In 2005, he joined the Board of the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival, for the next four years, he helped to produce this annual event, which brought together storytellers from around the United States.
He helped to set up and run an annual storytelling festival at Otis College of Art & Design which ran from 2004 to 2008.
Westchester Halloween Town Fair
While teaching an Integrated Learning course on Festivals at Otis College, he initiated an annual Halloween fair, a collaboration between Otis, the LAX/Westchester Chamber of Commerce and the Westchester Town Center Business Improvement District. The daylong festival drew on the talents of Otis students, and involved Fire Department personnel, local schoolchildren…