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Michael Presser, born in Philadelphia, USA, is the founder and executive director of Inside Broadway, a New York City educational theatre company for young audiences.

Inside Broadway

Inside Broadway was founded by Presser in 1982, at the request of the late president of the Shubert Organization, Bernard B. Jacobs, to create a student ticket program for the Broadway musical Cats.

The company now develops touring musical productions and educational programs that allow students in New York to experience theatre firsthand and learn from performing arts professionals. Over 50,000 students in 90 schools in all five boroughs participate annually.

The repertory has included:

Inside Broadway receives funding from several New York City and New York State Government agencies.

In 2010 Presser received Theater Resources Unlimited's Humanitarian Award for his work with Inside Broadway, and helping to introduce young people to the theatre.

Theatre experience

After graduating from Temple University, Presser worked as an arts consultant for the Geneva Opera House in Switzerland Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, The National Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic, Theatre des Westens in Berlin, Theater Aachen and Gaudi Musicals, Cologne.

He has worked with such noted artists and attractions as Karl Richter, Carlos Montoya, Peter Nero as well as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Munich Bach Choir.

New York life

Presser has been active in New York City community affairs as a former member of the city's Community Board #5 for over 30 years. He sits on The Broadway Association. He received the 2000 Heart to Heart Award for service in the Times Square Theater District and the 2005 Theatre Museum Award for Arts in Education.

He also belongs to The Broadway League, The Producers League of Theatre for Young Audiences, Inc, The New York City Arts in Education Round Table, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and Opera America (A.R.T./New York).

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