Producers Beth Williams and Mindy Rich, together with Jeremiah J. Harris, Darren P. DeVerna, Bob Rich and Allan Williams, are partners in Grove Entertainment, a production company dedicated to developing, producing, presenting and investing in new work for stage and screen. Current Grove projects include The Band’s Visit, Company (London), On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefen (Tour) and the upcoming production of Diana (World Premiere at The La Jolla Playhouse February 2019). Recent productions include Escape to Margaritaville, Angels in America (Broadway), Cats (Broadway and Upcoming Tour), An American in Paris (London), Heisenberg (London), On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan (Broadway), Present Laughter, Tuck Everlasting, An Act of God starring Sean Hayes and the tour of The Sound of Music. Grove has also presented Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Projects in development include a new play based on the life of Oscar Levant starring Sean Hayes and Bull Durham. Grove has also launched a commissioning program for new musicals in partnership with Barbara Whitman Productions, with 12 new musicals under commission.
Prior to launching Grove Entertainment in 2014, Ms. Williams helped launch Key Brand Entertainment in the United States, where she served as its COO & Head of Production and subsequently the CEO – Theater Division for Broadway Across America for six years. During her tenure, Broadway Across America was a producer of more than 40 new Broadway productions including Pippin, Big Fish, Million Dollar Quartet (New York, US Tour, London), Hands on a Hardbody, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth and Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway.
Prior to joining Key Brand, Beth produced Grey Gardens on Broadway in partnership with East of Doheny; was the President of Production for Clear Channel Theatrical where she was a producer of The Producers – The New Mel Brooks Musical, Hairspray, Sweet Smell of Success, Fosse (Broadway, US Tour, London) amongst others, and started a successful family division where she produced and toured Nickelodeon’s Rugrats – A Live Adventure, Blue’s Clues Live, The All That Music and More Festival and Dora the Explorer Live! Prior to producing, Beth worked as a conductor and pianist on Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, and Dreamgirls.
In addition to producing numerous Broadway shows with Beth Williams at GROVE, Mindy serves as President of RICH ENTERTAINMENT GROUP where she oversees the organization’s experience-based businesses including theater, dining, travel, and baseball interests. Collectively, these unique operations focus on bringing families together to create lasting memories. Mindy first became a Broadway producer with the musical Chaplin, along with her husband Bob Rich, and went on to co-produce Big Fish, Jesus Christ Superstar and Honeymoon in Vegas among others.
Mindy is also Vice Chairman and a Managing Shareholder at RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION where she shares responsibility for oversight, governance and the overall vision and strategic direction for the company.
Mindy serves on numerous boards including the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees where she also serves on their Research and Education Committee. Mindy is a Trustee, Member of the Executive Committee and Co-chair of the Marketing Committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum. She is also a member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Committee on Trusteeship and Trustee Emeriti. She is active in a wide range of charitable activities, including being a founder of Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse and fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Mindy and Bob also lead Rich Family Foundation, including the creation of the RICH FAMILY FUND FOR COMMUNITY ACCESS which celebrates public art in urban neighborhoods.
Leah Dagen is the Associate Producer at Grove Entertainment. She is a graduate of Butler University, where she earned her degree in Arts Administration and Theatre. She previously worked at Barbara Whitman Productions, and is happy to continue working closely with them on our partnership for commissioning new musicals. Leah has worked and interned at 321 Theatrical Management, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Asolo Repertory Theater, The Indiana Repertory Theatre, Clowes Memorial Hall, and Theater J. She is excited for the opportunity to be involved in all of Grove’s current and future projects. Escape to Margaritaville marked her Broadway producing debut.
Sara Skolnick is a theatre producer who is currently a consulting Director of the Grove/Whitman Commissioning Program, which was launched by Grove Entertainment and Barbara Whitman Productions in 2016, and currently has twelve new musicals under commission. She previously spent five years as the Executive Producer at Grove where she worked on Grove’s full roster of shows, including the Broadway productions of Escape to Margaritaville and Tuck Everlasting, among others. Prior to that, Sara worked for over eleven years at Broadway Across America (formerly Live Nation and Clear Channel Entertainment), ultimately serving as Vice President – Production/Director of Development, producing and developing projects for Broadway and the road. During her time at Broadway Across America, she served as Executive Producer on shows ranging from Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour, Las Vegas) to Dora the Explorer – Live! (National Tour). She also oversaw Broadway Across America’s commissioning program for theatrical artists, which helped to create numerous new musicals by up-and-coming composers, lyricists and bookwriters. Sara has additionally worked in the industry for several not-for-profit theatres, including Roundabout Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Westport Country Playhouse. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Comparative Literature and Theatre & Drama.
Jeremiah J. Harris is one of the most respected figures in the field of entertainment production today. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Production Resource Group, the global leader in production technology and solutions, serving the theatre, film, television, concert touring and events industries. Today, PRG has 70 offices spanning five continents and more than 2,000 employees.
The theatre is where Harris’ career began, and it remains his passion today. He became the fourth generation in a family of theatre pioneers when he took his first job in a scenic shop at age 16. His credits on producing teams span a variety of Broadway shows, with recent hits including Beautiful, The Carole King Musical and Dear Evan Hansen, which won the Tony for Best New Musical. He was a Lead Producer of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, regarded as the most technologically advanced production ever mounted on a Broadway stage.
Harris has been honored with the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor in event and entertainment production. He supports numerous philanthropic organizations, but he is most active as a founding board member of Buying Time &The Danny Butler Memorial Fund, dedicated to cutting-edge cancer research.
Darren DeVerna, CEO of Global Theater for Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), is responsible for the company’s global theatrical division, which includes Broadway, the West End and touring theatrical productions. He has over 40 years’ experience in theatre.
In recent years, DeVerna has been involved as a producer of numerous theatrical productions, both on Broadway and on London’s West End. These productions include, 2017 Tony Award® winning Dear Evan Hansen, Sunday In the Park with George, Escape to Margaritaville, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Sting as well as the London production of Rock of Ages. Darren is also an investor in numerous Broadway Shows and National Tours as well as being an investor in London’s Charing Cross Theatre.
Darren has also been active in health care. He is the former Chairman of Mount Vernon Hospital and the former Vice-Chairman of Sound Shore Medical Center.
A partner and co-producer in Grove Entertainment, Bob Rich Jr. serves as CHAIRMAN OF RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION, Bob has received numerous accolades for his strong leadership and dedication to ethics and improving community based programs. His dedication to community has spilled out to passion projects, such as authoring and producing several books and co-producing the musicals Chaplin with his wife, Mindy Rich. He has also co-produced Big Fish, Jesus Christ Superstarand Honeymoon in Vegas, among others.
Bob fell in love with storytelling at summer camps in Northern Ontario and has himself developed a colorful background in storytelling, Minor League baseball ownership and community advocacy. As he traveled from the shores of Lake Erie to the Florida Keys, he was inspired to write by one of literature’s greatest storytellers, Ernest Hemingway. After producing three books – FISH FIGHTS, THE FISHING CLUB and THE RIGHT ANGLE – and coauthoring a fourth, SECRETS OF THE DELPHI CAFÉ, Rich’s first novel LOOKING THROUGH WATER portrays the incredible transformations that can take place on the water.
Bob is currently active with several corporate boards and organizations. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic and Emeritus Trustee of the International Game Fish Association. Bob is a graduate of Williams College where he majored in Spanish and played goalie on the hockey team: “I entered school as a freshman goalie without a face mask and I came out speaking Spanish with most of my own teeth.”
Allan Williams is a partner in Foresight Theatrical which provides General Management services to a number of Broadway shows and other live entertainment including the current attractions of The Band’s Visit (Executive Producer), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kinky Boots and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as developing productions of: Prom, Gotta Dance, Moulin Rouge, and King Kong. Notable past productions include: Follies (Executive Producer) Les Miserables, Spiderman – Turn off the Dark, Disgraced, On The Town, The Phantom of the Opera, Million Dollar Quartet, Hands on a Hardbody, Tuck Everlasting, American Psycho and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe, as well as other live entertainment such as The Tony Awards, Walking with Dinosaurs, Dora the Explorer and Madagascar. Allan has a Master of Arts in Theatrical Management from the University of Michigan, is a member of the Broadway League, where he serves on the Executive Committee, Board of Governors and Labor Committee.