Sherry Eaker began producing the Bistro Awards show in 1990 with “Bistro Bits” columnist Bob Harrington, who created the Awards in 1985. Eighty Eight’s was chosen as the first venue, and after Bob’s passing, the event moved on to the Ballroom, then the Supper Club, and eventually to Gotham Comedy Club where it has remained for the past thirteen years. Sherry had been producing the show during her long tenure as editor in chief of Back Stage, but since 2008 she has been producing it under the banner of her own producing company, SEE Theatrical Productions. She is also the editor of BistroAwards.com and sends out a weekly newsletter with the site’s latest posts. Sherry continues to see the importance of recognizing, encouraging, and supporting new and aspiring talent.
Wendy-Lane Bailey—Associate Producer
Wendy Lane Bailey is a singer, actor, writer, director, producer, and arts educator whose performances in venues across the country have earned critical praise for versatility and sophistication. She has appeared as a guest artist on several recordings, including those of Leslie Gore and Susan Egan. Her debut solo recording, Breathing, was produced by Michele Brourman. She founded Washington’s DC Cabaret Network, and was the associate director of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. In 2021 she accepted the position of assistant artistic director for United Solo Theatre. She is currently collaborating with Michele Brourman on Hot Coffee, Mississippi, a multimedia solo theatre piece with music, and has returned to the recording studio to create an album based on that project.
Mark Dundas Wood —Associate Producer
Mark 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. Mark is on the board of trustees of Broad Horizons Theatre Company in New York City.
Gerry Geddes— Production and Creative Consultant
Gerry, a member of the Bistro writing staff and committee for seven years, has conceived and directed several 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 cabaret artists André De Shields, Helen Baldassare, Darius de Haas, and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, among many others. He has produced award-winning recordings for Moira Danis and Parker Scott. He conceived, directed, and performs in the storytelling show Selfies & Songs. He taught performance classes at The New School, NYU, and London’s Goldsmith’s College. As a writer and critic, Gerry has covered the performing arts scene for over 40 years; his lyrics have been sung by several cabaret and recording artists. Gerry is an artist in residence at Pangea and a regular contributor to the podcast “Troubadours & Raconteurs” and NPR’s “Potluck Dinner.” He just completed a memoir of his life in NYC called Didn’t I Ever Tell You This? and is currently writing his first novel.
Sue Matsuki—Show Program Ad Sales
Sue Matsuki is an award-winning cabaret and jazz singer, songwriter, producer, host, educator, columnist, and the co-author of So You Want to Sing Cabaret. She is a Bistro Award winner for Outstanding Collaboration with her musical director, Gregory Toroian; she was the very first recipient of the Julie Wilson Award, given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation; and she is a multiple MAC Award winner in the categories of Jazz Vocalist, Jazz Duo, and Songwriter. She has performed at Feinstein’s, Town Hall, Eighty Eight’s, and Don’t Tell Mama, and several legendary jazz clubs, including The Village Gate and Sweet Rhythm. She appeared in five seasons as a Diva Double at the Metropolitan Opera. As an educator, she has taught cabaret and performance business classes. Her next show, 38 Seasons of Love, opens at Feinstein’s 54 Below on June 2.