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.
Scott has received six Emmys for producing broadcast specials aired nationally and regionally on PBS, including Dance For Life, The Chicago Dance Project, Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 25 Years on the Edge, Reality of a Dreamer: River North Dance Company and Why Am I Hiding. He was also Emmy-nominated for producing Every Dancer Has a Story, Getting There: Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Second To None (featuring Tina Fey), River North Rising, Just Passing Through, segments for WTTW's Artbeat Chicago, public service announcements about homelessness featuring Phil Collins and Genesis, and several original music soundtracks for specials aired by PBS and NBC.
Most recently, Scott executive producer Our City Our Shakespeare (featuring Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Renée Fleming & Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Improvised Shakespeare Company), Immediately before that, he produced both the stage and television productions of A Christmas Carol: The Concert, which premiered nationally on PBS in December 2013. He co-produced the first national pledge special for the vocal group Under The Streetlamp, which became a Top Ten pledge special for PBS, its sequel Under The Streetlamp: Let The Good Times Roll, and the premiere pledge special for the acapella group Gentleman's Rule, both of which will premiere on PBS in Spring 2014.
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 scores more. He also supervise an array of projects for Lookingglass Theatre Company, 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 "passing with merit" certificate from London's Guildhall School of Music at the age of twelve. Nominated for the Ruth Page Award for Collaborative Artist of the Year for original dance scores and sound designs, 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.
Scott is an Artistic Associate at Lookingglass Theatre Company, which received the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. He is a 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. Scott is also a member of The Broadway League, and collaborates with their programming and legislative team to promote commercial theater in New York and across the country. He is Vice President of the board of Audience Architects, Chicago's dance service organization dedicated to dance marketing and advocacy and the group behind the well-regarded SeeChicagoDance.com. He is also an advisory board member for Giordano Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, BoneDanse and Zephyr Dance.