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Mark Twain The Tenth Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize celebrating Billy Crystal
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Bob Kaminsky

Peter Kaminsky

Mark Krantz

Michael Kaiser

Cappy McGarr

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy. Under the guidance of Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman and President Michael M. Kaiser, the seven theaters and stages of the nation’s busiest performing arts facility annually host approximately 2,000 performances for audiences totaling two million; Center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts welcome 20 million more. Now in its 36th season, the Center presents the greatest examples of music, dance, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts education. With its artistic affiliate, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Center’s achievements as a commissioner, producer, and nurturer of developing artists have resulted in more than 150 theatrical productions and dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works. The Center has produced and co-produced Annie, Guys and Dolls, the American premiere of Les Misérables, the Sondheim Celebration, and Tennessee Williams Explored. The Center’s Emmy and Peabody Award–winning Kennedy Center Honors is broadcast annually on the CBS Network; The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize is seen on PBS. Each year more than 11 million people nationwide take part in innovative and effective education programs initiated by the Center. As part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, the Center and the National Symphony Orchestra stage more than 400 free performances of music, dance, and theater by artists from throughout the world each year on the Center’s main stages, and every evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage.

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Bob Kaminsky (Executive Producer) has been actively involved in the entertainment industry for over 25 years serving as a producer/writer of network and cable primetime specials including The Grammy Awards, The New Orleans Jazz Festival, Farm Aid, The Montreal Comedy Festival, and The Presidential Summit For Americas’ Future. He was also a producer of the Grammy nominated Bette Midler album, Mud Will be Flung Tonight: and In Some of Your Favorite Faces. Serving as a Director of A&R at A&M Records for a number of years, he went on to travel across America producing 300-plus episodes of the legendary radio concert program The King Biscuit Flower Hour, recording and broadcasting The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bonnie Raitt, and The Police, among many others. He is a partner in Riptide Music Inc., a music publishing company servicing the film, television, advertising, and game industries. Bob is a member of The Writers Guild, The Directors Guild, The Television Academy, The Association of Independent Music Producers, and has served as a mentor at The AFI Digital Lab. He lives in Brentwood, California, with his wife DJ, daughters, Amelia and Anna, and their Tibetan terrier Bowser.

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Peter Kaminsky (Executive Producer) is a former managing editor of National Lampoon and one of the creators of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize. He is also a journalist and author. His Outdoors column and food writing appear regularly in the New York Times, Food & Wine, and Conde Nast Traveler. His most recent books are Happy In The Kitchen with Michel Richard and America: Our Next Chapter with Sen. Chuck Hagel.

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Mark Krantz (Executive Producer)> is president of Mark Krantz Productions, a New York-based entertainment and television company. His many television, live event and stage credits include: “Hard Rock Live” (VH1), “The President’s Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia,” “America’s Promise – A Report to the Nation for General Colin Powell” (FOX), George C. Wolfe’s “Harlem Song,” Richard Pryor’s “I Ain’t Dead Yet!” Birthday Special (Comedy Central), Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Neil Simon Theatre), The Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremonies and musical celebrations of Carlos Santana (Universal Amphitheatre) and Carole King (Madison Square Garden) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Spring Gala Apollo Theater). Mr. Krantz has produced the Friars Club Celebrity Roast for six years. He is most proud to have been involved in the creation of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize since its inception in 1998—and even prouder of his wife Sandra and three boys Andrew, Tommy, and Luke. The family resides in South Salem, New York.

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Cappy McGarr (Executive Producer) is President of MCM Interests, LLC. President Clinton appointed McGarr to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, serving from 1996–2002. He has championed the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize since its inception. McGarr is an Executive Producer of The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He serves on the Board of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and is a member of the Board of The Foundation for the National Archives. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. McGarr is a past Chairman of the Development Board of the University of Texas at Austin. He was a recipient of The University of Texas College of Communication’s highest award – the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award. He received three degrees from the University of Texas, a Bachelor of Arts in 1973, Bachelor of Journalism in 1975, and a Master of Business Administration in 1977.

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