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SELBY / ARTISTS MGMT

SELBY/ARTISTS MGMT is a full service arts management company under the leadership of Margaret Selby. With a curated roster of award-winning and unique artists in the fields of dance, physical theater, and world music, SELBY/ARTISTS MGMT establishes and builds upon relationships with presenters across the globe.

SELBY/ARTISTS MGMT’s roster is comprised of luminaries of the dance world such as Camille A. Brown, Jacques Heim, Matthew Neenan, Penny Saunders, David Parsons, Micaela Taylor, Moses Pendleton, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden as well as today’s most important companies such as Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Ballet BC, Ballets Jazz Montréal, BalletX, BODYTRAFFIC, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, DIAVOLO, MOMIX, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Parsons Dance, Shen Wei Dance Arts, The SA Dance Company, and The TL Collective. SELBY/ARTISTS MGMT also tours productions of Aeros, Fela! The Concert, Slava’s Snowshow, Waterwall and One Year Lease Theater Company.

In addition to managing national and international tours, SELBY/ARTISTS MGMT actively seeks special television appearances, commercial opportunities and custom made corporate events for their clients, such as Mercedes-Benz, Canon, Hanes, Target, Audi, Kohler, Dow Chemical, BMW, Indorama, OYSHO, Bidvest, MAC Cosmetics, Omani Oil, National Day Dubai and the 2014 Sochi Olympics. SELBY/ARTISTS MGMT successfully secures corporate sponsorships, foundation support, grants, and commissions for individual artists, presenters, and tours.

Margaret Selby and SELBY/ARTISTS MGMT’s personnel maintain a high profile nationally and internationally by attending performances, festivals and conferences such as the International Society of the Performing Arts, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Western Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, Performing Arts Exchange, Dance/USA, and the Broadway League.

Margaret Selby - Bio

With a skill for cultivating exceptional talent, Selby manages the careers of leading choreographers, dance companies and theatrical events, supporting performance and touring around the world. Drawing upon her lifelong passion for dance, theater, music and film, in-depth working knowledge of creative development and performance, Selby has a keen eye on today's performance landscape and the care needed to thrive during challenging times. For her roster of artists, she additionally looks for new opportunities in the digital and commercial space and has managed engagement for corporate meetings and advertising purposes here and abroad.  

Margaret is a member of APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals), ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts), Arts Midwest, Western Arts Alliance, Dance USA and the Broadway League. She is currently involved in producing a project with the David Bowie estate and continues to work with Fela! after two years on Broadway and touring internationally. 

As a filmmaker, Margaret produced and directed Everybody Dance Now, which won a Peabody Award and a Bronze Rose at the Rose d'Or. Her special, Two by Dove, for Dance in America won two Emmy Awards (Outstanding Cultural Program and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography). Selby produced the first hip hop musical on Broadway, Jam on the Groove with the Rock Steady Crew, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and received rave reviews. She also produced and directed, Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens - A life in Animation, along with procuring the financing; Selby was able to secure the participation of Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, John Lassiter, Ron Howard and Matt Groening, among others. 

Margaret has also worked on live, series and special TV production including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Daytime Emmys for NBC and CBS as well as projects for A&E, Lifetime, Warner Brothers, SONY, BBC, USA Networks, The Children's Television Network (now Sesame Workshop), and Great Performances: Dance in America on PBS for eight years. 

Our Staff

  • Ianthe Demos (Executive Vice President) has worked with Margaret Selby since 2001, producing, company managing and booking touring dates for Selby Artists Mgmt LLC’s incredible roster of artists. In addition to supporting Selby/Artists Mgmt Ianthe is the Artistic Director of One Year Lease Theater Company (OYL). Her directing has been described as “dynamic” (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, Critic’s Pick) “theatrical witchcraft” (Scott Brown, New York Magazine), “riveting theater” (Ed Siegel, Boston’s NPR), “playfully poisonous” (Terry Byrne, Boston Globe), “a gleaming portrait of our collective contemporary existence”(Andy Propst, American Theater Web) and “a celebration of theatrical energy” (Gerald Berkowitz, The Stage).  Interested in the intersection of theater and education, Ianthe  has served as a guest director and teacher at Vassar College, Harvard University and PACE.

     

  • Todd Burnsed (National Sales Director) has become known as a trusted and valued partner to his clients and presenters over the past 8 years while working with Margaret Selby. As a native of Georgia, Todd grew up on the baseball field and tennis court but moved to NYC at 18 to follow his other passion on stage as a dancer to attend The Juilliard School from which he received his BFA. His performance career spans 20 years from Broadway to The Met Opera at Lincoln Center and on tour across the United States and Internationally from London to Tokyo. Todd has worked with such luminaries as Twyla Tharp, Andy Blankenbeuler, Moses Pendleton and his company MOMIX, Jessica Lang, David Parsons and Sonya Teyha among others on productions ranging from stage, television, corporate events and the development of special projects.

     

  • Brian Orr (Director of Music Projects) Brian rejoins working with Margaret after 9 years. He has over 15 years of Arts Management experience with orchestras and cultural institutions in New York, London, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C. During his tenure at 92Y, he coordinated conferences, festivals, film shoots and concerts while cultivating partnerships with many companies including Hulu, Netflix and Showtime. Brian is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied History, Music Composition and Arts Management.

  • Michaela Johnson (Contracts Administrator) is a Georgia native and recent graduate of Pace University, cum laude. At Pace she studied the intersection of the performing arts and business, receiving a BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management with a minor in Law. She spent the whole of her childhood dancing and received training from distinguished organizations such as The Ailey School. She is now combining her passion for the performing arts with her university education at Selby/Artists MGMT.

  • Nicole Ostaszewski (Executive Assistant Intern) is currently an upper-class student at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business where she is studying for her BA in Finance and BBA in Business Management of the Arts & Entertainment. As a life-long enthusiast of music & art, she spent her childhood in the performing arts and received private training in classical piano & accompaniment. She is thrilled to be a part of the Selby/Artists MGMT team and is excited to further coalesce her interests for the performing arts and artistic administration.