STEVE SPIEGEL is the founder of Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), a new company dedicated to representing musicals on behalf of their authors for presentation by theatre organizations throughout the world. Steve Spiegel recently worked for R&H Theatricals and, prior to joining R&H, was an agent at William Morris Agency. Preceding his tenure at R&H and WMA, Steve was President of Music Theatre International (MTI) from 1994 to 2002, culminating his 23 year career which began there in 1979. As President, Steve built MTI into the leading company in the field of worldwide musical licensing through innovative marketing and promotional enterprises in conjunction with sales and managerial programs aimed at enhancing the value and experience of musical theatre presentation and performance. Steve introduced unmatched licensing strategies and developed innovative new products and services to heighten the value of theatre participation and revenue opportunities. Steve has worked extensively with elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, universities, civic and religious groups, youth theatres, tours, professional companies, dinner theatres, regional and community theatres, and Broadway producers.
In 1996, Steve received the Distinguished Merit Award from the American Association of Community Theatres for Outstanding Service to Community Theatre in America and in 1998, the New York State Theatre Educators Association honored him with their award in recognition of advancement in theatre education. In 1999, Steve received the Florida Association For Theatre Education Arts Advocate of the Year Award. In 2000, Steve received the Educational Theatre Association's Founder's Award, the Ohio Community Theatre President's Award and the US Army, European Division's Outstanding Support of Theatre award. In 2001, The American Association of Community Theatres once again honored him with their Business Partner Award. In 2008, the Tennessee Arts Academy presented him with their Partner in the Arts Award and in 2009, TRW received the Corporate Partner Award from the American Association of Community Theatres.
Steve is an advocate for the arts and his pioneering efforts and expertise have nurtured educational, community and professional theatre throughout the world.