Chad Rabinovitz is the only artist in the United States simultaneously serving as the Producing Artistic Director of two theaters devoted to new works: Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY) & Bloomington Playwrights Project (Bloomington, IN). In addition to producing new works, Chad has directed more than 100 productions across the country, focusing primarily on new and contemporary plays and musicals. He is also currently the Producer of the acclaimed Adirondack Film Festival, Managing Director of the Bloomington Academy of Film & Theatre, and Producer of a visual arts festival, Arts Fair on the Square.
At the Adirondack Theatre Festival – the leading professional theatre in the Capital Region devoted to new works, Chad grew attendance from 5,700 to over 14,000 in just 3 seasons. He has doubled subscribership, broke numerous box office records, introduced innovative children’s programming, and produced multiple best-selling-selling shows in ATF’s history. Chad created the Adirondack Film Festival, which quickly became a FilmFreeway Top 50 Festival (out of 7,000).
Under Rabinovitz’s tenure, the Bloomington Playwrights Project has undergone what Bloom Magazine calls “a near miraculous renaissance.” Taking the helm of a theatre nearing six-figures in debt, Rabinovitz quintupled its subscribership, erased all debt, vastly expanded its education program, completed a full-building renovation, doubled the operating budget, increased its community partnerships, greatened the company’s national renown, and sold more tickets in a single season than in its 40 year history. Now leading the theater for more than 10 years, Rabinovitz has led BPP to two additional major milestones: purchasing its building and selling out every single performance of every production for 5 straight years.
Specializing in developing new works, Rabinovitz has fostered and directed/produced premieres from such prominent playwrights as: Steven Sater, Burt Bacharach, Alex Brightman, Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Craig Wright, Greg Kotis, Paris Barclay, Drew Gasparini, Kooman & Dimond, Scott Alan, Christy Hall, Michelle Kholos Brooks, Kelly Younger, Jon Marans, Israel Horovitz, Jeremy Schonfeld, Wendy MacLeod, Michael Healey, Nicole Parker, Chris Jeffries, Henry Murray, Stephen Massicotte, Carner & Gregor, and Greg Kalleres. Rabinovitz is also known for working closely with magicians to direct and develop their acts, working most prominently with renowned magicians, Max Major, and Simon Coronel. Chad (and his directing work) is featured in the documentary, ON YOUR MARC, starring Marc Summers.
For his achievements, Rabinovitz was the recipient of Bloomington’s Manager of the Year Award, the Downtown Revitalization Award, Bloomington’s Attraction of the Year Award, Ivy Tech’s Community Partner Award, and was honored with being on the cover of Bloom Magazine where he’s referred to as “a visionary artistic director, savvy businessman, and inspirational leader.” He was named one of the 100 Reasons to Love Bloomington and was honored with Bloomington’s 10 Under 40 award as well as Glens Falls’ 20 Under 40 award in the same month.
Rabinovitz currently serves as a management consultant for Prima Theatre (Lancaster, PA), and has also been an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Management at Indiana University and a member of the Indiana University Theatre Circle’s Board of Directors. He has been a script reader for the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center and The Playwrights’ Center and has held the title of Artistic Director at Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, Artistic Associate at Westport Country Playhouse, Assistant Managing Director at Northern Lights Playhouse, and Education Director/Artistic Associate at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.