I wish it was show art, 

but it's show business.


 My first job in New York was my first Broadway show,  THE MOONY SHAPIRO SONGBOOK. I was an understudy, pit-singer and assistant stage manager. I'd been in NYC less than two months and was too naive to really understand my luck.    

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It closed after just ONE performance.                   And then they tore down the theatre.

In the 38+ years since, I've had the great good  fortune of  working with many talented people—actors, directors writers, composers—on interesting productions and projects from Broadway to unpaid readings.  

And every opening night I remember the lesson I learned back in 1981.  Don't take anything for granted.

In Brief … 

• Born and raised in Chicago (where my mom sang professionally.)

• B.F.A. from University of Illinois/Urbana, Dec. 1976.

• Got my Equity card in 1979.

• Moved to NYC in 1981, and joined SAG & AFTRA.


© Philip Hoffman 2017