Awards Staff 2023
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 16 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.
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 stagebuddy.com, as well as in American Theatre, Back Stage, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival magazines Prologue and Illuminations. As a dramaturg, he has worked with New Professional Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Mark currently serves as literary manager for Broad Horizons Theatre Company in New York City.
Gerry, a member of the Bistro writing staff and committee for nine 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. His critically acclaimed storytelling show Selfies & Songs will return to the stage later this year. He has produced many recordings including award-winning CDs for Moira Danis and Parker Scott. 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 including YouTube sensations, Perpetuum Jazzile. He is an artist in residence at Pangea where he presents his hit monthly series, Fabulous First Fridays and he is also a regular contributor to the podcast Troubadours & Raconteurs and NPR’s Potluck Dinner. His memoir of his life in NYC, Didn’t I Ever Tell You This?, will be published in Fall 2023. Gerry is currently writing his first novel.