Toby pioneered video streaming using the internet as a distribution platform, commmencing with Julie Andrews performing “Le Jazz Hot” from Victor/Victoria in 1996, the opening night on Broadway of Play On!, followed closely by the Broadway musicals Annie, Les Miserablesand Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankees (from London)
Toby is also Producer of the multiple film and TV projects, including the award-winning Chinese motion picture, Three Grams of a Dream.
For over a decade, Toby was a consultant to Music Theatre International, the leading licensor of the majority of musical theatre, and has produced or managed on over 50 major corporate, charitable and diplomatic events worldwide, including vehicle launches, software companies, sports, stadium openings, celebrity driven benefits and other events.
In the USA, Canada and China, Toby has been instrumental in creating, financing and supporting various educational programs to encourage the youth of today (the creatives of tomorrow) to hone and craft skills through various programs, charities and work experiences, including support for the development of Camp Broadway, The Broadway Kids, New Dramatists, Ovation Cultural Development (theatre training school) and Kalavinka (musical training programs).
Toby has had the pleasure of working with over 150 Oscar®, Tony® Emmy® and Grammy® award winning stars & celebrities including many dames, knights, a lord, a countess, presidents and opera stars from Dame Julie Andrews to Chairman Xi Jinping.
Toby has extensive multi-cultural experience within Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Taiwan, Europe, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, England & the United States, Toby has show production experience from design concept through final performance, with hands on experience with all facets of theatrical production and operations.
Toby often lectures on theatrical production, management and marketing in major educational institutions and at conferences worldwide including many China Arts Festivals, government ministries and the China Association of Performing Arts (CAPA), and volunteers his spare time with various children’s medical charities and performing arts youth programs.
Toby Simkin’s Broadway Entertainment, LLC
TML Enterprises Pty. Ltd.
Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, LLC
BASED IN CHINA
Venue Design Consulting
Practical hands-on experience with design and construction of theatrical venues ranging from 200 to 55,000 seats. Audience flow, ingress & egress, back of house, front of house tricks, lessons and tips.
From writers to investors, Providing smart advices shaping the story, finding the right creative team, maximizing quality of physical production, critically budgeting correctly all have tricks in early stage development.
Terminology, improving crew skills, electrical supply, language, proscenium aspect, stage size, instrumentation, regulations regarding trucking, etc… A show that tours in America or Europe needs changes for Asia.
Experienced in theatre management with the development of performing arts centers globally & working experience with architectural firms on master planning and making theatrical spaces prestigious, while benefiting the local communities long term.
Shows and films that Toby co-produced have collectively garnered:
3 x Tony Awards (+ 2 other nominations);
7 x Drama Desk Awards;
4 x Outer Critics Circle Awards;
2 x Lucille Lortel Awards;
3 x Drama League Awards;
1 x Theatre World Award;
1 x Olivier Award (+ 1 other nomination);
3 x OBIE Awards;
1 x Pulitzer Prize;
1 x Broadway Theatre.com Founding Achievement Award;
1 x Gemini Award;
3 x China Arts Festival Awards;
1 x China Art & Culture Facility Award;
1 x Theatre Construction Summit Shanghai Award;
1 x Shanghai International Film Festival Honors Certificate;
1 x CCTV6 Love Film Special Award;
1 x TCL China Grand Theatre Hollywood Best Public Welfare Film Award;
1 x Vision Youth Awards Best Fiction Award;
1 x China International Micro-Film Festival Golden Wings Best Film Award;
1 x China Sports Micro Video Festival Drama Film Golden Award;
1 x Macau International Movie Festival Golden Lotus Award;
1 x Brisbane Grammar School Services to Rugby Award;
3 x Brisbane Grammar School Full Colors Drama Awards
Shows that Toby has been involved in marketing have garnered an additional 243 Tony nominations and 96 wins.
Plus dozens of certificates and plaques from Brisbane Warana Festival, The Commonwealth Games, Microsoft Corporation, Dinosaur World Tour, The United Way, Easter Seals, Broadway shows, Chinese festivals etc.