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Boston Conservatory to Honor Emanuel Azenberg and Bruce Marks


BOSTON---The Boston Conservatory will honor Broadway producer Emanuel “Manny” Azenberg, as well as Bruce Marks, former Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, at its 142nd commencement ceremony on Friday, May 14 at 2:00 pm at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston. There will be 174 degrees awarded, including 83 Bachelors, 77 Masters, 13 Graduate Performance Diplomas and one Artist Performance Diploma. In addition The Boston Conservatory will present its Distinguished Alumni Award to Pam Pariseau (B.F.A, musical theater, ‘88).

Emanuel “Manny” Azenberg is a legendary producer of American theater, producing some of the most successful shows in the history of Broadway, including Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sunday in the Park with George, Children of a Lesser God and The Iceman Cometh. Azenberg is perhaps best known for his relationship with playwright Neil Simon; he produced all of Simon's plays on Broadway, including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, The Sunshine Boys, Broadway Bound and Lost in Yonkers, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991. Azenberg’s productions have earned a total of 134 Tony Award nominations and won 40. Most recently Azenberg produced a successful revival of the The Odd Couple starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. He taught theater at Duke University for 20 years, and was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bruce Marks was the Artistic Director of the Boston Ballet from 1985 to 1997. Marks received his performing arts training at the New York High School of Performing Arts, Brandeis University and The Juilliard School. In 1956, he joined the corps de ballet of the Metropolitan Opera School and in 1958 became premier danseur. Marks joined American Ballet Theatre in 1961, soon being promoted to principal dancer. In 1971 he became the first American principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet where he remained for five years. In 1976 Marks was named co-artistic director of Ballet West and in 1978 he took over as artistic director. A founding member of Dance/USA, Marks was chosen in 1989 to replace the late Robert Joffrey as chairman of the International Jury of the USA International Ballet Competition.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Pam Pariseau (B.F.A., musical theater, ’88), Vice President of James Hammerstein Productions, a theatrical production company that works on and off-Broadway and in London’s West End. Broadway credits include Superior Donuts and The Seagull with Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Saarsgard. West End Productions include Dealer’s Choice, Sunday in the Park With George and Dirty Blonde (featuring original Broadway cast.) Off-Broadway credits include: Our Town directed by David Cromer (the longest running OUR TOWN ever), My Name is Rachel Corrie (directed by Alan Rickman), and Bat Boy The Musical. She has served as Creative Director of National Artists Management Company (producers of Chicago on Broadway), and Casting Director/Literary Manager for Musical Theatre Works (a non-profit dedicated to developing new musicals). Along with Gordon Greenberg, she founded and served as Artistic Director for the Broadway Classroom program.

About The Boston Conservatory
The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit

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