1. WHAT IS YOUR TITLE, AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a Theatre Producer, working both on and off Broadway, President of Daryl Roth Productions since 1988, and Artistic Director of the Daryl Roth Theatre, a three space Off-Broadway theatrical complex at Union Square.
2. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE IN THE FAMILY, WIFE MOTHER CARETAKER?
I am a wife, mother, grandmother to four, daughter and sister.
3. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
I begin each day with my husband, having breakfast and reading the daily newspapers. I take my beloved dog, Lucy, for her morning walk. Then, I get dressed and go straight to my office. That is my home base, but I will be in and out through the day depending on what's on the calendar.... play readings, checking in on rehearsals, advertising, press or marketing meetings related to the shows I am currently working on. At the end of the day, I will visit the cast of a show I am involved with, perhaps meet guests that are coming to see the show, and then meet my husband for dinner either alone or with friends.
4. IN YOUR CAREER, WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE, AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE THIS PATH?
I had always loved the theatre, and it was a part of both my upbringing and an experience I liked to share with my own family. When I chose to become a producer, it was to actively participate in creating this thing that I love so much. My goal through theatre is to hold a mirror up to who we are as a society by the stories we tell, and use that reflection to help us make a better world.
5. IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE WORLD IS WHERE I STARTED WITH THIS QUESTION BUT I PREFER TO SAY … WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD AND KNOWING THAT WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO TO BE A PART OF THE CHANGE?
One of the most gratifying things about being a producer is having the opportunity to positively affect people's lives by what I choose to present. I try to choose stories that matter. I am inspired by material that can change people's minds... where audiences leave a bit smarter, a bit more informed, empowered, and hopefully, when appropriate, encouraged to do something in response! There is a line in my new production of KINKY BOOTS, "You change the world when you change your mind," which is a lesson we can all take to heart.
6. WHAT TYPE OF STYLE IS MOST COMFORTABLE FOR YOU, AND WORKS BEST FOR YOUR TYPE OF WORK?
My usual attire... black pants, cashmere sweater, jacket or coat. I like to be casual, comfortable, but hopefully elegant.
7. WHAT TYPE OF PARTNER IS NECESSARY FOR A WOMAN WHO BELIEVES SHE CAN DO IT ALL?
A supportive and independent partner who is happy and content knowing that their partner is living a fulfilling and satisfying life.
8. WHO IS YOUR MENTOR?
I have never had a mentor, per se. Sometimes if you don't have someone filling that role, you have to look within and figure things out for yourself. It's more challenging, but ultimately can be more rewarding and empowering.
9. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR SELF ESTEEM WHEN IT IS CHALLENGED?
I try to focus on the positive, and the person I know myself to be. I have come across people who are jealous of my achievements, and I excuse that and move on. Self esteem ebbs and flows depending on what is going on in one's life, but you always need a base line of knowing you are worthy.
10. BEST ADVISE TO SHARE FROM YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams, you can make them a reality.
Don't be afraid to fail.
Be gracious to others.
Remain grateful for the gifts and opportunities you are given.
Accomplish all you can.
Be your own Nike commercial, and Just Do It.