Rubin, Cyma

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Cyma Rubin is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning producer, director, writer and president of Business of Entertainment, Inc., New York. She grew up in New York and received a degree in textile engineering from North Carolina State University. She later studied at the New York School of Interior Design. After a stint as an industrial designer, she began to work in theater, and in 1969 founded a production company, Pyxidium, Inc. In 1971, she produced the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette. Several other companies of the production performed in cities around United States, and in Toronto and London. Her second and final Broadway production, the original musical Doctor Jazz (1975), written and composed by Buster Davis and Luther Henderson, closed after five performances.

Rubin continued to produce in other forms. Her work includes Greaser's Palace, named an outstanding film of the year at the London Film Festival; movies for Warner Brothers and CBS; multi-media shows for Pepsi-Cola; Porgy and Bess for the Houston Grand Opera; and the documentaries The Making of Porgy and Bess and The Joseph Pulitzer Story for Japanese television. She is the American producer for the American Ballet Theatre's tours to Japan.

Rubin was the New York curator and producer for the Pulitzer Prize photography exhibitions in Japan and South Korea and is the curator/writer and producer for the U.S. traveling exhibition, The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment. She continues to produce, write and co-edit the exhibition's catalog.

In 1999, she produced and directed the TV Special, "Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs" for Turner Network Television, which won the Emmy and Telly Awards for best documentary. In 2007, Rubin curated, edited and produced a new exhibition and book, The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute from the Civil War to the War in Iraq.

Source: "About Cyma Rubin." About BEI. (Accessed April 9, 2012)

From the guide to the Cyma Rubin papers, 1969-1992, 1970-1975, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

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referencedIn Heckscher, Claude,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Jan. 29, 1979 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn French, Catherine,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, July 24, 1978 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Brockman, Elizabeth,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Oct. 21, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Cyma Rubin papers, 1969-1992, 1970-1975 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Rubin, Cyma,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Mar. 10, 1976. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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associatedWith Caesar, Irving, 1895-1996 person
associatedWith Casals, Pablo, 1876-1973. person
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associatedWith Hyman, Dick, 1927- person
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associatedWith Mandel, Frank, 1884-1958 person
associatedWith Oliver, Sy person
associatedWith Rigby, Harry person
associatedWith Shevelove, Burt person
associatedWith Van, Bobby person
associatedWith Youmans, Vincent, 1898-1946 person
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Birth 1900




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