EVENT CHANGE: Planning for a career in the Entertainment Business

February 07 '2019 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mayser Gymnasium

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Our scheduled Common Hour speaker, Paula Vogel, is unable to come this week due to illness. However, her agent - and F&M alumnus -  Jonathan Lomma ’99 has graciously agreed to present in her absence to share his experiences and observations about his career in the entertainment business.

Jonathan Lomma ’99
Literary Agent, William Morris Endeavor

Jonathan Lomma '99 discovered his passion for theatre as a young actor. After graduating from F&M with a double major in Theatre and English, he found a lifelong career for himself as one of the country's most highly regarded theatrical agents. His presentation will center on lessons that he has learned and observations about how to have a career in the entertainment business.

William Morris Endeavor agent Jonathan Lomma’s list of clients is a who’s who of the major dramatists of stage and screen. In addition to Paula Vogel, they include Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence McNally, Craig Lucas, Beth Henley, Ken Ludwig, Sharr White, Jose Rivera, Dorothy Fortenberry, and Robert L. Freedman among many others.  He also represents the literary estates of some of America’s most immortal icons. Among them: Edward Albee, Jerome Robbins, Howard Ashman, Arthur Laurents, A.R. Gurney and Joseph Masteroff. Current projects include Steven Spielberg’s remake of WEST SIDE STORY (Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins) scheduled to begin filming this Spring, the Broadway and international productions of ANASTASIA (Terrence McNally) and ALADDIN (Howard Ashman), the current Broadway revival of THE WAVERLY GALLERY (Kenneth Lonergan) starring Elaine May, and the just-announced Broadway production of FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE (Terrence McNally) to star Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald. He graduated from F&M College with B.A.s in English and Theater and holds a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
This event was proposed by Kerry Sherin Wright, Director of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House and Associate Teaching Professor of English.