John Znidarsic has dedicated a great deal of his theater career to the nurturing and development of new plays and musicals. The majority of his work is done through Arts and Artists at St. Paul (near Lincoln Center) where he serves as Artistic Director. There he has been able to institute a variety of successful programs – including the popular Songbook Series, free monthly concerts held at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library for the Performing Arts. Over the past 22 years, he has displayed the talents of well over 300 writers, including Gerard Alessandrini, David Friedman, Peter Cincotti, David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Portia Nelson, Joe Iconis, Steven Jamail, Nikos Tsakalakos, Will Van Dyke, Beth Falcone, Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins, Steve Marzullo, Bobby Cronin, Robert Lindsey Nassif, Richard Pearson Thomas, Andrew Lippa, Jason Robert Brown, just to name a few. For ten seasons he served as Director of the Broadway Close-Up series at Merkin Concert Hall, where he was fortunate enough to work with such musical theater legends as Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Alan Menken, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Jerry Bock, Richard Maltby, David Shire, Sheldon Harnick, David Zippel, and Maury Yeston. For the National Music Theater Network, he served as Producing Director and launched the extremely successful Broadway Dozen Series, where new musicals were workshopped at the Victory Theater. For seven years, he produced, directed, and hosted the popular In Celebration of Life concerts where Broadway's top writers and performers collaborated to debut new songs. Besides his work with Arts and Artists, he has participated in productions and workshops at Second Stage Company, SoHo Playhouse, Sanford Meisner Theater, American Jewish Theater, Village Theater Company, Manhattan Class Company. Regionally, he has worked at the Old Globe Theater, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Two River Theater Company, Hampton Playhouse, Maine Stage Theater, and The New Hope Performing Arts Festival (where he served as Director-in-Residence for four years). He has also served on the faculties of New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York High School of Performing Arts, and Manhattan School of Music. He directed the Off-Broadway revivals of I Love My Wife, Mr. President at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater, Hell's Belles at the Midtown Theater, and This Life: The Songs of Portia Nelson (2000 Bistro Award Winner for Best Revue). John has also served as the Chairman of the annual Michael Stewart Musical Theater Foundation Awards.