Co-founder and Executive Producer
Scott Silberstein is a multi-Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, composer and director who co-founded HMS Media with Matt Hoffman in 1988. His notable producing credits include:
• A Christmas Carol: The Concert, an original, critically acclaimed orchestral concert adaptation of the classic Dickens tale composed by Robert Christianson
• Our City Our Shakespeare, featuring Renée Fleming, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Improvised Shakespeare Company
• Second To None, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the classic Second City revue "Paradigm Lost," featuring Tina Fey, Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Kevin Dorff, Jenna Jolovitz, Mick Napier and Kelly Leonard
• Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 25 Years on the Edge, an Emmy-winning exploration of the history and work of the acclaimed ensemble theater company featuring Gary Sinise, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney, Joan Allen, John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich
• Dance For Life, a two-time Emmy winning performance documentary about the internationally acclaimed AIDS benefit concert featuring Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet
• The Chicago Dance Project, a two-time Emmy winning 13-part series (and 2-hour special) exploring the world of dance through the eyes of a non-dancer
• Every Dancer Has A Story, River North Rising and Reality of a Dreamer, a trilogy of performance documentaries with River North Dance Chicago which earned one Emmy and seven Emmy nomnations
• Why Am I Hiding, one of the first broadcast documentaries in America to address rape and sexual assault, which earned two Emmys
• Getting There: Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a four-time Emmy-winning performance documentary about Billy Siegenfeld's internationally acclaimed rhythm dance company
• Just Passing Through, an Emmy-nominated concert doc featuring Shawn Colvin, Julia Fordham and October Project
Scott also co-produced the PBS pledge specials Under The Streetlamp, its sequel Under The Streetlamp: Let The Good Times Roll and Gentleman's Rule. He's an Emmy winner and/or nominee for producing segments for WTTW's Artbeat Chicago, public service announcements about homelessness featuring Phil Collins and Genesis, and original music soundtracks for specials aired by PBS and NBC.
Scott has also produced and often directed more than two hundred shoots for Broadway shows and national tours, including The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Next To Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, Motown: The Musical, Billy Elliott, Come Fly Away, Dreamgirls and many more. He also produces and executive producers an array of productions for Lookingglass Theatre Company (including projects with Stephen Colbert, David Schwimmer and Joey Slotnick), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Giordano Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Shakespeare Theatre (DC) and many other leading not for profit arts and social issue institutions in Chicago and across the country.
Scott was a classically trained pianist, winning the Jose Iturbu Scholarship from the Baldwin Piano Music Labs educational program and earning a piano studies certificate from London's Guildhall School of Music at the age of twelve. He has won three Ruth Page Award for Collaborative Artist of the Year for original dance scores, sound designs and television projects. As a composer and sound designer, he has created music scores and soundscapes for River North Dance Chicago, Zephyr Dance, Kast & Company and the Lynda Martha Dance Company, including Kira The Young Hunter with Phil Collins.
Among Scott's other affiliations, he is:
• Artistic Associate at Lookingglass Theatre Company, which received the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater
• Board member for Arts Alliance Illinois, the state's leading advocacy voice for the arts and arts education, and makes regular trips to Capitol Hill to discuss issues pertinent to the arts with our elected officials
• Vice-President of the board of directors of Audience Architects, Chicago's dance service organization dedicated to dance marketing and advocacy and the group behind the well-regarded SeeChicagoDance.com
• Advisory board member for Giordano Dance Chicago, The School of Theater and Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, BoneDanse and Zephyr Dance
• Member of The Broadway League, collaborating with their programming and legislative team to promote commercial theater in New York and across the country