BISTRO COMMITTEE

Sherry Eaker

Sherry Eaker (Website Editor-in-Chief/Event Producer) has kept the tradition of the Bistro Awards going since the passing in 1992 of its creator, Bob Harrington, the first “Bistro Bits” columnist. She is the former longtime editor of Back Stage, the performing arts trade weekly that her father Ira Eaker founded in 1960. She compiled and edited four editions of the Back Stage Handbook for Performing Artists, and compiled and edited the Cabaret Artists Handbook. Sherry is the VP of Programming for the League of Professional Theatre Women, a member of the National Theatre Conference and the American Theatre Critics Association.  She is an advisor to the boards of both the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs and the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.

Gerry Geddes

Gerry Geddes has conceived and directed a number of musical revues including the Bistro- and MAC Award-winning “Monday in the Dark with George” and “Put On Your Saturday Suit—Words & Music by Jimmy Webb.” He has directed many cabaret artists, including André De Shields, Helen Baldassare, Darius de Haas, and drag artist Julia Van Cartier. He directs “The David Drumgold Variety Show,” currently in residence at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, and has produced a number of recordings, including two Bistro-winning CDs. He’s taught vocal performance at The New School, NYU, and London’s Goldsmith’s College and continues to conduct private workshops and master classes. As a writer and critic, he has covered New York’s performing arts scene for over 40 years in both local and national publications; his lyrics have been sung by several cabaret and recording artists. Gerry was (and will be) an artist in residence at Pangea and he has just completed a memoir of his life in NYC called “Didn’t I Ever Tell You This?”

Roy Sander

Roy Sander Roy Sander has been covering cabaret and theatre for over thirty years. He’s written cabaret and theatre reviews, features, and commentary for seven print publications, most notably Back Stage, and for CitySearch on the Internet. He covered cabaret monthly on New York Theatre Review on PBS TV, and cabaret and theatre weekly on WLIM-FM radio. He was twice a guest instructor at the London School of Musical Theatre and chairman of the judges of the MetroStar Talent Challenge for the competition’s 10-year run. A critic for BistroAwards.com, he is also the site’s Review Editor; in addition, he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of MAC.

Mark Dundas Wood

Mark Wood 2016Mark Dundas Wood is an arts/entertainment journalist and dramaturg. He began writing reviews for BistroAwards.com in 2011. More recently he has contributed “Cabaret Setlist” articles about cabaret repertoire. Other reviews and articles have appeared in theaterscene.net and clydefitchreport.com, as well as in American Theatre and Back Stage. As a dramaturg, he has worked with New Professional Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.