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Conwell Sellars Worthington, II attended East Carolina University and earned a B.F.A. degree in Management & Design Directing. He also focused on the University's B.M.A. program with a major in Voice & a minor in Piano. Throughout his 38 year career as producer, director, manager, and stage manager of live theatre and live entertainment throughout the country including on New York City's Broadway, he has worked and studied with Martin Charnin, Morton DeCosta, Jamie Hammerstein, Billy Hammerstein, Larry Kasha, Michael Kidd, Manny Kladitis, Mitch Leigh, Marsha Mason, James Nederlander, George Plimpton, Harold Prince, Jerome Robins, Richard Rodgers, Joe Ropso, Donald Sadler, Paul Sills, Leonard Soloway, Lee Strasberg, Fred Walker, Meredith Wilson, and Yuriko.
In the early 1980's, he founded Coleman/Worthington Productions, a successful production company, specializing in producing, directing and creating theatre, concerts, and industrials in addition to spectacle theatre and concerts.These have included such legends as Tony Bennett, Victor Borge, Robert Goulet, Lena Horne, Beverly Sills, Red Skelton, and others.
In 1988, Mr. Worthington was Manager of Show Development for The Walt Disney Company.He continued to serve in that capacity until 1992 when he acted as Producer of Disney Attractions.A year later he served as Associate Producer then Producer of Walt Disney Theatrical Productions for the internationally run stage shows of "Beauty and the Beast".
Outside of Disney, Mr. Worthington was producer of numerous shows including associate producer of Sugar starring Robert Morse at the Music Centre in Los Angeles; producer of A, My Name is Alice, an off-Broadway production in San Francisco; The Glory of Christmas in Los Angeles starring Debby Boone, Dean Jones, and the London Symphony Orchestra; The Glory of Easter in Los Angeles starring Gregory Peck, Michael York, and Robert Reed; A Tribute to the Governor of the State of New York at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York; A Tribute to Walter Cronkite at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City starring Carol Channing, Danny Kaye, and Ertha Kitt; The Doug Henning Show; The Night of the Iguana; Ferrante and Teicher; The Andy Williams Christmas Show; the Benefit for the Crystal Cathedral with Beverly Sills; the Benefit for the Hospital of Special Surgery; and the Benefit for South Coast Medical Center with Red Skelton.
His directorial credits include: The National Tour and Broadway run of The King and I starring Yul Brynner; the National Tour of The King and I starring Rudolf Nureyev; Man of LaMancha in Coconut Grove, Florida starring Howard Keel; Man of LaMancha at the Paper Mill Playhouse starring Robert Horton; Anything Goes; The Effect of Gamma Rays in New York starring Shelley Winters; Much Ado About Nothing; The Lion in Winter; Dames At Sea starring Bernadette Peters; A Midsummer's Night Dream starring Mickey Rooney; A Tribute to Walter Cronkite; A Tribute to the Governor of New York at Avery Fisher Hall in New York; The Glory of Christmas in Los Angeles starring Debby Boone and Dean Jones; and The Glory of Easter in Los Angeles starring Gregory Peck, Michael York, and Robert Reed.
He was Company manager in Reno of the Music Man and Production Manager/Supervisor of 1776; Butterflies Are Free; Dames At Sea; Twigs; Norma, Is That You?; No, No, Nannette; Sleuth; South Pacific; The Music Man; Three Goats in a Blanket; Gypsy; I Do, I Do; Hello, Dolly!; The Red Mill; The Sorrows of Frederick; Mame; The Marriage-Go-Round; Murder at Howard Johnsons; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Man of LaMancha; Mary, Mary; Promises, Promises; Follies; The Secretary Bird; Under the Yum-Yum Tree; Play It Again, Sam; Godspell; Fiddler on the Roof; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; The Fantastics; Oliver; Girl Crazy; Tango; Holy Ghosts; The Desert Song; Rodgers and Hart; and To Be Young, Gifted and Black.Performers for these shows included: Milton Berle, Ken Berry, Jerome Hines, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Horton, Ruby Keller, Ertha Kitt; Angela Lansbury, Mary Martin, Patrick McNee, Ann Meara, Robert Merrill, Betsy Palmer, Itzack Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Constance Towers, Dick Van Dyke, Joyce Van Patten, Shelley Winters, Gretchen Wyler, and Gig Young.
Mr. Worthington has been Production Stage Manager for the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Florida; the Playhouse for the Stars in Florida; the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey; the Westchester Playhouse in New York; the Starlight Theatre in St. Louis; and the Music Hall in Detroit.
He is currently Chairman of Cornerstone Entertainment International, Inc.