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In just nine seasons, Andrew Kato has built the Maltz Jupiter Theatre into one of the most successful South Florida regional companies. The walls of the Jupiter theater are lined with Carbonell Awards for the company’s critically-acclaimed musical productions. He also recently oversaw a multi-million dollar expansion of the company’s facilities and subscriptions continue to break records (7,626 for the current season).

A South Florida native, Kato led a successful career in New York City before returning home. He has been the Creative Consultant/Coordinating Producer on the Tony Awards for the last 11 years and received the Emmy Award eight times.

Kato produced several Broadway concerts, including “Chess in Concert,” starring Josh Groban; the 20th anniversary concert benefit of “Dreamgirls,” starring Audra McDonald; “Funny Girl” in Concert; the original Broadway cast reunion concert of “Once On This Island;” and the 10th anniversary concert version of “Into the Woods.” On Broadway, Kato was a producing associate on “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Angels in America.”

Kato is circumspect about his career: “Making a living in the industry is difficult. Everything that you’re enjoying is an experience you’re paying for….I’ve slept on floors, my first apartment share I literally pulled out a sleeping bag almost. I’m not ashamed about that, those are the sacrifices you have to take….you can have your dreams if you want something bad enough.”

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