2018 Broadway Back to School Award Honorees

Freddie Gershon is a classical musician who studied at The Juilliard School of Music for eight years, He graduated from Columbia School Law in 1964.

Freddie practiced entertainment law and  lectured at law schools in the field of intellectual property. He’s currently Co-Chairman (with Sir Cameron Mackintosh) of Music Theatre International (MTI), the largest dramatic performing rights licensing organization in the world.

Early accomplishments include representing numerous well-known artists in the music, theatre and film industries.  Following his collaborative work on Jesus Christ Superstar, in 1976 Gershon became partners with Robert Stigwood as President/COO of the Stigwood Group which produced Saturday Night Fever and Grease as well as managing Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, and Eric Clapton.

Gershon acquired MTI 30 years ago. He was awarded a Tony Honor in 2012 for conceiving, developing and launching, MTI’s Broadway Junior Program, which is designed to bring art, theater, dance and music to children grades one through middle school. More than four million grade schoolers have participated in a Junior musical.

Gershon and wife Myrna devote much of their time to philanthropic endeavors focused on the arts, teachers and arts education, with awards, workshops and funding the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards in honor of their friend Stephen Sondheim.


Dr. Sharon Dunn is currently president of the School Art League, a volunteer organization that supports art students in the New York City public high schools and Vice President for Education Emerita at the New-York Historical Society.

Prior to this, Dr. Dunn spent 34 years in service to the children of New York City through her work for the Department of Education, providing oversight and support for arts education programs and services for 1450+ schools connecting them to the myriad of cultural resources across the city.

Before becoming an administrator she was an elementary art teacher and has been an adjunct assistant professor at several New York City-area colleges. She received her Ph.D. from New York University, and a Master’s Degree from Brooklyn College.

She is past president of the New York State Alliance for Arts Education and the recipient of the 2008 Friend of the Arts Award from New York City’s Town Hall and the 2008 Mayor’s Award for Arts Education from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. She serves on the boards of TDF (Theatre Development Fund), Theatre for a New Audience, and the School Art League.