Eleanore Speert, President of Speert Publishing, has a unique background of working exclusively in theater publishing for over ten years. She has worked closely with many playwrights over the years in order to publish plays the way the playwright wants them to appear. Her extensive experience and her dedication to playwrights inspired her to create this company.
Eleanore served for ten years as Publications Director for one of the foremost theatrical licensing/publishing houses. She was instrumental in publishing works by well known and newly-recognized writers such as John Guare, Donald Margulies, Wendy Wasserstein, Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, and many others. She handled all facets of manufacturing an acting edition, not just one part of the process as often happens in big publishing houses. She was the “soup to nuts” publisher, working directly with each author and with the scripts from the time the manuscript pages were handed in to when the finished, printed books arrived. For 50 to 75 acting editions a year she copy-edited, supervised the typesetting and printing, assigned ISBN and bar codes and filed for copyright registration. She did this for every script. You gotta love it to be in it.
Eleanore has served as a judge for the Princess Grace Playwriting Awards, Writers Digest Awards, and FutureFest at the Dayton Playhouse. She is on the Board of Directors of the Schoharie Creek Players Theater in Lexington, New York. She has appeared on panels and participated in seminars sponsored by the Dramatists Guild, National Alliance for Musical Theaters, and other theater organizations and adult education programs. Before working solely with playwrights, she held production posts with Lifetime Productions, Current Trend Productions, Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Studio Productions. She has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing.
Her play Peripheral Vision was produced by I.C.A.N.I. Productions in New York City, and has experienced the pitfalls and joy of being produced. She has had two theater pieces published, one by Penguin Books and one by Heinemann.