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Caryl Goldsmith

Caryl Goldsmith

Group Sales Specialist
Born on Tuesday, August 30, 1927

Interviewed on: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Location: Her Office
Interviewed by: Casey Childs
Interview #75
"Off-Broadway is a way for young writers and young actors to find their place. Off-Broadway is still exciting."
Caryl Goldsmith Highlights
Video Length: 6 Minutes, 25 Seconds
Caryl Goldsmith Interview
Video Length: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Caryl Goldsmith is a Group Sales specialist who began her career Off-Broadway in 1957 at the former Phoenix Theatre. She then went on to do audience programming for Joe Papp during the Delacorte’s first summer season. Her most successful Off-Broadway show as a Group Sales specialist was the smash hit TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING (1988), which ran Off-Broadway for over 20 years. Goldsmith’s other work in Off- and Off-Off-Broadway group sales includes: DAMES AT SEA (1968), YOUR OWN THING (1968), MODIGLIANI (1979), COUPLA WHITE CHICKS SITTING AROUND TALKING (1980), A SOLDIER’S PLAY (1981), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1982), and STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1987). Goldsmith has also handled group sales for THE BLUE MAN GROUP, and she is currently in charge of group sales for Lincoln Center Theater.

 Born in Baltimore, Goldsmith graduated from Barnard College with a degree in Playwriting and English Literature. After college, she returned to Baltimore and managed a 1,000-seat movie theater called the Film Center before coming back to New York to begin her extensive career in group sales. On Broadway, Goldsmith has worked on Sarafina! (1988), Chaplin: The Musical (2006), Nice Work if You Can Get It (2012), and Motown: The Musical (2013), among others. Goldsmith is a donor to A.R.T./New York and the New York Women’s Foundation.

Mentioned in Interview

Joseph Papp, Richard Frankel, Ben Mordecai, Albert Poland, Ted Goldsmith, Lanford Wilson, Kyle Renick, The Phoenix Theater, NYSF/The Public, Minetta Lane, Astor Place, WPA Theater, The Orpheum, Bouwerie Lane Theatre, The Pearl Theater Company, Negro Ensemble Company, Circle Rep, BLUE MAN GROUP, A SOLDIER’S PLAY, DAMES AT SEA, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, MODIGLIANI, YOUR OWN THING, TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING, COUPLA WHITE CHICKS SITTING AROUND TALKING