Awards & Winners

Rocco Landesman

Date of Birth 20-July-1947
Place of Birth St. Louis
(Missouri, United States of America, Area code 314, Area code 557)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Theatrical producer
Rocco Landesman has been a long-time Broadway theatre producer. He served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from August 2009 to December 2012. The NEA is a public agency of the Federal Government with an annual budget that is directed into grants to support excellence in the arts, bring arts to all Americans and provide leadership in arts education. He is part owner of Jujamcyn Theaters, but he was a passive owner while serving in Washington. Landesman was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, studied at Colby College in Waterville, Maine and The University of Wisconsin, and earned a doctorate in Dramatic Literature at the Yale School of Drama. At the Yale School of Drama he would become a protégé and friend of Robert Brustein. At the completion of his course work he stayed at Yale for 4 years as an Assistant Professor. While at Yale, Landesman got to know novelist Jerzy Kosinski and he worked with Kosinski on two of his novels, Being There and The Devil Tree . Landesman was involved as an editor, helping Kosinski, not a native speaker of English, with his English syntax and writing. While at Yale Landesman was also involved in managing a private mutual fund and a racehorse he had bought. In 1977 he left to focus more time on his private investment fund, which he ran for many years. He also got involved in Broadway theater and he was heavily involved in the genesis and development of "Big River", a musical based on Huckleberry Finn. Landesman's involvement included persuading Roger Miller to write the music for the show. The show ultimately won seven Tonys and ran for over 1,000 performances on Broadway over two and a half years. This success attracted the attention of James H. Binger who shared two passions with Landesman: Broadway theater and horseracing. Binger owned the Jujamcyn Theatre group of five theatres, four of which were then dark. Binger and Landesman made a deal for Landesman to become President of Jujamcyn in 1987 with the inclusion of an option for Landesman to purchase Jujamcyn upon Binger's death. After taking the helm at Jujamcyn he shifted its business model away from the historical focus of renting of theatre facilities to shows and into a more active posture as a combination of a theater owner and a developer of new plays. Other theater owners have followed this pattern. After joining Jujamcyn Landesman has produced Broadway shows, the most notable of which include: "Angels In America", and "The Producers". Landesman purchased Jujamcyn in 2005 and later sold a 50% interest to Jordan Roth.

Awards by Rocco Landesman

Check all the awards nominated and won by Rocco Landesman.


Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
Honored for : The Producers
Tony Award for Best Musical
Honored for : The Producers

Nominations 2001 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Tony Award for Best Musical The Producers
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical The Producers


Nominations 1995 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
Honored for : Into the Woods

Nominations 1988 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Tony Award for Best Musical Into the Woods
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Into the Woods


Tony Award for Best Musical
Honored for : Big River

Nominations 1985 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Tony Award for Best Musical Big River