Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens “A Conversation with Andy Sandberg”

October 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Downtown Campus)
1534 Mound St
FL 34236
Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens "A Conversation with Andy Sandberg" @ Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Downtown Campus)

 Due to a family emergency, Halley Feiffer is unable to join us for the previously scheduled program “The Blurred Line between Humor and Heartbreak: A Playwriting Workshop.”

Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens
“A Conversation with Andy Sandberg”

Presented in partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and The Players Centre

Thursday, October 5 at 6pm

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (entrance at 1534 Mound St., Sarasota, FL 34236)

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Registration is required. $5 per person.

Recently returned from directing the UK premiere of Alan Brody’s Operation Epsilon, Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg has dedicated his career to championing new work. As a director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and arts administrator he has created and shepherded dozens of works from their earliest stages of development to their opening nights and beyond. Hear about his most recent experiences exploring true historical events on stage in London, as well as other insights into the complicated and exciting process of realizing a new work of theater as the sun sets at beautiful Selby Gardens.

Click here for more information on Operation Epsilon.

Andy Sandberg was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage in late 2019. An accomplished director, writer, and Tony Award-winning producer whose national and international career has been committed to new work and artist development, Sandberg was selected to lead the organization following an extensive national search.

Since joining the Hermitage in January of 2020, Sandberg has guided the organization through a period of significant growth and transition, despite the challenges of COVID-19 and Hurricane Ian. Over the past three seasons, the organization has dramatically expanded its programming, more than tripled its fundraising, embarked on a new strategic plan, completed a campus-wide restoration, launched a new national commissioning initiative, significantly grown the Hermitage team, expanded the breadth of diversity among Hermitage artists and curators, and established dozens of new collaborative partnerships throughout the region and across the country.

Under Sandberg’s leadership in 2020, the Hermitage became one of the nation’s earliest and most successful adapters to find safe and innovative opportunities for live programming, creating unique outdoor and virtual experiences for artists and audiences alike. In 2023, following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian, Sandberg performed a benefit concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, alongside Tony Award-nominated Broadway stars he enlisted to join him for the event.

Sandberg’s theatrical work has been represented in New York City, London, and throughout the United States. In 2009, at the age of 25, he became the youngest producer in history to win a Tony Award. Sandberg’s Broadway and West End producing credits include the hit revival of Hair (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards); the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, starring James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, and Eric McCormack (2012 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Nominations); and Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, a critically acclaimed new play starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei.

Sandberg directed the London premiere of Jeannette Bayardelle’s Shida, which opened to rave reviews and earned 2019 Off West End Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Lead Actress. He previously directed the world premiere of Shida Off-Broadway at Ars Nova (four AUDELCO Award Nominations, including Best Director and Best Musical) and at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA). This fall in London, Sandberg is directing the U.K. premiere of Alan Brody’s historical drama Operation Epsilon, for which he previously directed the world premiere in Boston (four IRNE Awards, including Best Play and Best Director). Sandberg has been represented Off-Broadway as the director of Straight, named a Critics’ Pick by The New York Times, which cited that the production was “directed with polished finesse.” He previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of Application Pending, a comedy about kindergarten admissions (BroadwayWorld Award: Best Off-Broadway Play, Drama Desk Nomination: Outstanding Solo Show, Winner: Book Pipeline Prize). Additional world premieres that he has directed include the Off-Broadway comedy Craving for Travel (also co-author) and the Off-Broadway musicals The Last Smoker in America and Neurosis, among others. In 2020, he directed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Maltz Jupiter Theater.

He has written the feature-length screenplays for Five More Minutes (based on the song by Scotty McCreery) and Haul Out the Holly (starring Lacey Chabert); these were two of The Hallmark Channel’s most successful films in 2021 and 2022.

Born and raised in New York, Sandberg is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in English and Theater Studies. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Writers Guild of America (WGA), Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), and the Off-Broadway League. He has served on the boards of The Browning School (NYC), the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Yale Dramatic Association, the Whiffenpoof Alumni Association, and the Yale Alley Cats Alumni Organization (founder and longtime president). He recently served as President of the Browning Alumni Association.