The Production Team

Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, Producer

Bonnie Nelson Schwartz is an international producer of theatre, television, and concerts. with more than 100 plays, films, television programs and concerts in Washington, DC, New York, London, and South Africa to her credit. On Broadway, she co-produced Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare; Pack of Lies; Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood; and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair. Her Off-Broadway credits include Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, directed by Anthony Hopkins.

Among her many concert productions are Give My Regards to Broadway: A Salute to 125 Years of Musical Theater at Carnegie Hall; the London production of Panbeaters; The Duke Ellington 90th Birthday Celebration; the Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration; An Irish Valentine with Daniel Day Lewis; and Legacy & Life: A Tribute to John F. Kennedy with the Choral Arts Society of Washington at the Kennedy Center.  She has produced concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC for over 25 years including the ADL In Concert Against Hate, featuring the casts of the award-winning television series: The Wire, Madmen, and Glee.

Ms. Schwartz is the founder and original producer of Washington, DC’s Helen Hayes Awards. She was a producer for NBC’s Closing Ceremonies at the Barcelona Olympic Games and co-created and produced The Olympic Woman, a multi-media exhibition and book, Grace and Glory, for the Atlanta Olympic Games.

Recent productions include Studs Terkel: Listening to America for HBO; Traveling While Black, a television special and transmedia project; and The Power of 7, an international film project that tells the remarkable story of seven courageous women who have changed their societies for the better.  She has been honored as a Woman of Vision by Women in Film and Video and elected to the College of the Fellows of the American Theatre.”

Shari Moxley – Production Stage Manager

The Kennedy Center: Side Show, The Guardsman, First You Dream, Follies, Master Class, Ragtime; Broadway: Three Generations, August Wilson’s 20th Century, Carnival!, Mame, Sunday in the Park with George, The Glass Menagerie; Wilma Theater: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the Kimmel Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Lincoln Center: The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Concert. 

Other credits include the Horatio Alger Awards, the Helen Hayes Awards, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Source Theatre Company, Washington Stage Guild, Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton, and My One and Only in Cologne, Germany.

Emil de Cou – Conductor

American conductor  Emil de Cou is currently the music director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and appears regularly with orchestras across the country. After his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap in 2000, he joined the orchestra as associate conductor and led the NSO on national tours and at the U.S. Capitol Building. He has remained a regular figure at the Kennedy Center since his first performances here in 1988.

De Cou has appeared with some of the country's leading orchestras such as those of Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Saint Louis, and the Boston Pops. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 with the New York Pops Orchestra.

De Cou was born in Los Angeles and studied with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California. He was the subject of a documentary on National Public Radio and was chosen from 200 candidates to study in Leonard Bernstein’s master class at the Hollywood Bowl. For his ongoing work with NASA, de Cou was awarded the agency’s Exceptional Public Achievement Medal by Administrator Charlie Bolden at the NSO at Wolf Trap performance of The Planets in July 2012. He makes his home in San Francisco and Seattle.