ABOUT ROUNDABOUT ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Founded in 1965, Roundabout Theatre Company has grown from a small 150-seat theatre in a converted supermarket basement to become the nation’s most influential not-for-profit theatre company, as well as one of New York City’s leading cultural institutions. With five stages on and off Broadway, Roundabout now reaches over 700,000 theatregoers, students, educators and artists across the country and around the world every year.
We are committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.
2014-2015 SEASON THE
Book by Joe Masteroff Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Starring Alan Cumming and Sienna Miller
Co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall
Directed by Sam Mendes STAFF SPOTLIGHT: INTERVIEW WITH PAYROLL DIRECTOR, JOHN LABARBERA
Ted Sod: Tell us about yourself. John LaBarbera: I was born in Queens and raised in Smithtown on Long Island. I double majored in Psychology and Theatre at SUNY Buffalo. I was on track to continue my studies in Clinical Psychology, but I wanted to explore my chances in the arts first, so I passed on an opportunity from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue my research, and that led me to NYC in 1997. While at SUNY Buffalo one of my mentors was a chairperson for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and I became aware of Roundabout through working on that. Some of my most respected friends held Roundabout in such high esteem that upon graduation I walked into the offices at 1530 Broadway, handed the receptionist my resume, interviewed a day or so later, and had my first job out of college by week’s end. I started in Ticket Services, moved into the Customer Service Coordinator position, and then took over the payroll in 2001.
TS: Describe your job at RTC. What are your responsibilities?
JL: Overall being the Payroll Director means working closely with all departments to ensure the correct processing and accounting of an employee’s paycheck. That means first data collection from each theatre/department including timesheets, new hire information and any changes that affect a person’s pay, and then second reviewing all of the
submissions for data entry into an electronic file that can be sent to a processing center for the cutting of checks.
TS: What is the best part of your job? What is the hardest part?
JL: The hardest part is collecting the data and staying organized in the face of strict deadlines. There are 52 weekly payrolls a year, so I have to focus and keep things moving. The best part of my job is to know that what I do makes a difference. Who doesn’t like pay day? And working with so many great people because getting payroll done is truly a collaboration across every department.
TS: Why do you choose to work at Roundabout?
JL: When I took a chance on the arts in 1997, on some level I know I was being guided toward Roundabout. Walking into the offices back then, I felt an excitement in the air, and I was ready for anything. In turn, I feel Roundabout took a chance on me by giving me many opportunities to learn and grow with it over the years. That relationship is one I feel can be seen on all levels from its artists, employees, and audience. We are all connected and committed, year after year, to bringing the best theatre possible to New York City, and that is why I choose to work at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Learn more at roundabouttheatre.org
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Directed by Carey Perloff
By Tom Stoppard Starring
Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton and Cynthia Nixon
Directed by Sam Gold
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine
Reimagined by Fiasco Theater
Directed by Noah Brady and Ben Steinfeld
Book & Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green Music by Cy Coleman
Choreographed by Warren Carlyle
Directed by Scott Ellis
By Jeff Augustin Directed by
Giovanna Sardelli By Joshua Harmon
Directed by Trip Cullman
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