ShadowCatcher Entertainment develops, produces and invests in live stage productions and television network/cable programming for worldwide entertainment markets. The company collaborates with the creative community in the telling of diverse stories to a universal audience with heart, humor, honesty and hope.
David Skinner, Executive Producer
David graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 with a BA in English. He then joined the VISTA program in Milwaukee to organize food and housing coops, followed by a variety of startup ventures: the Woolman Hill School in Deerfield, Mass.; Candlelight Coyote, an organic farm operation in the Skagit River Valley; Haymakers Mercantile, a farm and garden center in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. It was there that he chaired the Board of Directors for the design, fundraising, construction and operation of the San Juan Community Theatre and Arts Center. The campaign was jumpstarted with a fundraising appearance by Helen Hayes and culminated in the opening of the theatre on June 30, 1989. It is still thriving today.
These endeavors provided the perfect preparation for realizing a long held goal: starting a film company. ShadowCatcher Entertainment was formed in Seattle in 1993. David accepted a leadership role on the Board of ACT Theatre in order to renovate the Eagles Auditorium, which resulted in a successful $32 million campaign and a beautiful theatre complex for this regional theatre, as well as an affordable housing component for the downtown area.
ShadowCatcher established a reputation for producing quality, independent films with its first production, Smoke Signals. The company’s initial investment in a Broadway play was Terrence McNally’s dramedy, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, with Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco. Live theater now represents the main focus of the company’s development and production goals.
When asked what kind of material he looks for, the answer has always been simple: “Stories that I love with people I love.”
Thomas Park, Literary Director / Associate Producer
Thomas is a Brooklyn-based dramaturg who joined ShadowCatcher in 2015 as a literary consultant, was promoted to Literary Manager in 2016, and is now responsible for oversight of the company’s new play development activities including ShadowCatcher's busy commissioning program. Before moving to New York he worked for two Tony-winning regional theatres, as Director of Development and Artistic Development Coordinator at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre, and as Literary Associate at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre.
In addition to his work as a freelance dramaturg, professional affiliations as a reader and literary advisor include the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lark Theatre’s LitWing, and the Cape Cod Theatre Project.