I am a creative producer and executive with strong storytelling and leadership abilities, having worked with leading artists on socially-engaged narrative features, documentaries, live theater, scripted series, and social media campaigns. I am presently developing several narrative features, scripted drama and comedy series, and new media projects.

Steven Tabakin

I co-founded Tashtego Films with Margaret Whitton and Warren Spector, based on the the idea that great storytelling has the power to transform individuals and societies
. We made narrative features and documentaries, along with our involvement in several ambitious advocacy projects, and grew a slate of scripted drama and comedy series -- plus a live-action VR anthology. We also invested in Hamilton, which turned out to be a pretty good idea.

I was previously at The Public Theater as Associate Producer under George C. Wolfe, overseeing the commissioning, development and production of new plays and musicals. During that time I also moonlighted to produce a film adaptation of The Exonerated with @radical.media. I first started out in NYC at The Public in the 90s as Associate for Musical Theater, and between those two gigs I was Series Producer of Stage on Screen, producing adaptations of plays for PBS at Thirteen/WNET. For the Beckett on Film project, I produced and directed documentary segments featuring Jeremy Irons, earning a Peabody Award. I also supervised a 6-part documentary series about 20th Century theater and several specials for Great Performances.

I've also done some screenwriting, playwriting, directing for stage and screen, film editing, and a bit of songwriting -- and as Artistic Producer of Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) in South Orange/Maplewood, NJ, I oversee the Theater at the Woodland reading series and recently conceived and directed a well-received benefit entitled Let It Sing!, which featured 40 Broadway performers and a dog named Rusty.

In December of 2016, my longterm producing partner and dear friend Margaret Whitton died after a brief battle with cancer. On Valentine's Day we presented a
celebration of her life. In 2017, I'll be continuing to grow our development slate independenty, and I am available for assignments and consulting gigs and will be taking on new projects while I'm seeking a new permanent position. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

On these pages you'll see a few highlights from the past. You can find me on social media for the latest, with occasional updates from actual-reality, featuring my lovely and talented wife Jessamyn Blakeslee and our three above-average kids.

-- Steven



 

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