Different Stages Theater is the culmination of 10 years of work on the part of the founding partners, their families, and friends. From idea, to inception, to location, to renovation, to production - we have certainly gone through many Different Stages of this project to get where we now are.
And it's really now just the beginning...
About The New Huntington Project
In 2007, Joel Froomkin and Richard Najuch moved from Manhattan to Huntington, Indiana with the aim of revitalizing a disused vaudeville house built in 1904 (then transformed to a movie palace in 1944). Najuch and Froomkin spent their initial efforts renovating the run down lobby into an art-deco inspired event space, before embarking upon years of additional work in the auditorium of the theater itself. The idea for ‘The Supper Club’, (the inaugural series at The New Huntington) came about due to overwhelming public interest in the renovation, and a desire to allow them to support the project as patrons and begin to bring the building back to life. Presented in classic cabaret style, The Supper Club shows began in June of 2008 have proven a great success, and entertained over 20,000 patrons since that first season. The venue has also presented guest artists like Tony nominee Euan Morton (Taboo, Sondheim on Sondheim).
As renovation of the larger auditorium space has been completed, Different Stages Theater has now been born. Najuch and Froomkin aim to create a fully professional musical theatre house featuring new, re-envisioned productions of classic and contemporary plays and musicals. They hope long-term to become a premiere theatre venue in Indiana, and a nationally respected producer of classic and original plays and musicals.
Joel Froomkin, Artistic Director
All productions at Different Stages Theater are currently created and directed by Joel Froomkin, Artistic Director. Joel won the 2006 award for Outstanding Director at the New York Fringe Festival. Recently he staged The Tempest starring Anthony Stewart Head of ‘Buffy’ and ‘Merlin’. He has a great deal of experience writing and creating concert events having assisted Scott Siegel for over two years on his Broadway By the Year Series at New York’s Town Hall. He also directed two events at Town Hall: Broadway By the Year 1928 starring Max Von Essen, Tony-winner Bob Martin, Nancy Anderson, Leah Hocking and Eddie Korbich; and the Broadway Rising Stars of 2007. He directed Kathie Lee Gifford in Rupert Holmes “Thumbs” at the Cape Playhouse and worked again with Mr. Holmes developing his new musical “Dorian” starring Tom Hewitt. Joel directed Judy Kuhn and ‘The Nanny’ star Charles Shaugnessy in “The Unexpected Man” for the Bermuda Festival. He directed Alan Tudyk and Molly Ringwald in the workshop production of ‘White’s Lies’. As an assistant director, Joel has worked at Northshore and Papermill Playhouse numerous times. He was the assistant director on Encores Tenderloin (Walter Bobbie), David Zippel’s Lincoln Center songbook starring Barbara Cook, and the West End production of “Delicate Balance” starring Eileen Atkins and Maggie Smith.
Joel has been fortunate enough to work with Sandy Duncan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Molly Ringwald, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins, Alan Tudyk, Rupert Holmes, Judy Kuhn, Mark Kudisch, Bob Martin, Beth Leveal, Mary Testa, Nancy Opel, Carolee Carmello, Brad Oscar, Barbara Walsh, Tom Hewitt, Barbara Cook, David Zippel, Manoel Felciano, Mark Jacoby, Alex Gemignani, Bryan Batt, Charles Shaughessy, Stephen Bogardus, Max Von Essen, David Pitu, John Cariani, Patrick Wilson, Walter Bobbie, Barry Bostwick, Ashley Brown, Barbara Cook, Carol Channing, Stephanie J. Block, Sheryl Kaller, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Liz Calloway, Christopher Gattelli, Rob Ashford, Jeffrey Denman, Nancy Anderson, Brent Barret, Barett Foa, Eddie Korbich, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Patrick Paige, David Garrison, Karen Mason, Catherine Cox, Malcolm Gets, Chad Kimball, Anna Clumsky, John Treacy Egan, Christiane Noll, Leah Hocking, Bob Cuccioli, Kaitlin Hopkins, Jennifer Hope Wills and many others.
Richard Najuch, Executive Director
Interested in Joining the Different Team?
During the various stages of production we are often looking for Different team members. Positions are seasonally available in technical production, stage crew, lighting, set construction, sound, box office, wardrobe, concessions, and front-of-house staff. If you are interested in being contacted when positions become available please fill out the below form and submit it to us. Please include what type of position you are looking for and past experience. We will contact you for further information when a matching position becomes available.