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Veronica Claypool

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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Let's Just Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
7/17/1948
Birth Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Let's Just Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
7/17/1948
Birth Location:
Indianapolis
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Biography

General manager Veronica Claypool was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Margie and Leander Warner. Claypool attended Shortridge Public High School in Indianapolis, where she graduated in 1966, and moved to New York City in 1970, where she attended Hunter College.

In 1973, Claypool worked on the production team for the tour and live broadcast of the Jackson 5 from Senegal, West Africa. One year later, Claypool became an associate producer for Metromedia Television in New York City, producing such programs as Midday Live, a daily talk show, Wonderama, a live children’s show and People of Paradise, a documentary filmed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Claypool joined McCann and Nugent Productions in 1977, working as company manager for over twenty Broadway productions, which included Mass Appeal, Dracula and The Gin Game, as well as the original 1976 Houston Grand Opera European tour of Porgy and Bess. In 1981, Claypool left McCann and Nugent when she was employed as manager for the Broadway and national tours of Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, including a live broadcast of the performance from the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway. In 1983 and 1984, Claypool was general manager for the Las Vegas national and international tours of the show, Sophisticated Ladies. Upon completion of this tour, Claypool worked as general manager, for The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, starring Lily Tomlin. 1988 marked Claypool’s move to Los Angeles where she worked as general manager for the Center Theatre Group/ Ahmanson and Doolittle Theatres, working on such performances as Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods, and August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. In 1990, Claypool worked as assistant production auditor for the Columbia-Tri Star release The Fisher King. The next year, Claypool moved to Blanki & Bodi Productions, working on such pieces Tube Test Two for ABC Productions and Silent Killer: Women and Heart Disease for the American Heart Association. For the next two years, Claypool was the general manager for OBA OBA, a Brazilian production that toured both nationally and internationally.

Claypool managed the Houston Grand Opera tour of Porgy and Bess. After managing this tour, she served as general manager of the Jackie Mason show, Love Thy Neighbor. In 1997, she became managing director of Theatre Development Fund, the country’s largest nonprofit theatrical service organization. In 2005, Claypool married John Gordon Butler in Kona, Hawaii.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Veronica Claypool's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Veronica Claypool lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Veronica Claypool describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Veronica Claypool describes her maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Veronica Claypool talks about her family background, how her parents met and about moving to New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Veronica Claypool describes growing up in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Veronica Claypool remembers her childhood home in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Veronica Claypool talks about her religious upbringing and her childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Veronica Claypool recalls her grade school years at P.S. 41 and at Shortridge Public High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Veronica Claypool recounts her decision to leave Indianapolis, Indiana and move to New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Veronica Claypool talks about moving to New York City in 1970 and applying for a position at CBS
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Veronica Claypool describes working as an audience developer at CBS and attending Hunter College in New York City at night
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Veronica Claypool talks about working for HistoryMaker Earl Graves' Black Enterprise magazine and for Metromedia Television
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Veronica Claypool describes touring Senegal with the Jackson Five
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Veronica Claypool describes producing 'Midday Live' for Metromedia Television
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Veronica Claypool talks about her start in Broadway productions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Veronica Claypool talks about producing Lena Horne's show 'The Lady and Her Music'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Veronica Claypool reflects upon her theater production career in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Veronica Claypool talks about producing HistoryMaker Vy Higginsen's 'Mama, I Want to Sing,' and about meeting Lily Tomlin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Veronica Claypool describes the business and challenges of commercial theater production
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Veronica Claypool talks about black theater audiences, and Lily Tomlin's one-woman show 'The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Veronica Claypool describes working in theater production in Los Angeles, California and Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Veronica Claypool describes working with Jackie Mason and with the Theatre Development Fund in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Veronica Claypool explains the Theatre Development Fund's educational programs in New York City public schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Veronica Claypool talks about working as the Theatre Development Fund's Chief Operations Officer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Veronica Claypool describes working as a nominator for the Tony Awards and the Lucille Lortel Awards.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Veronica Claypool describes working for the Lucille Lortel Awards and with the Open Doors theater education program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Veronica Claypool talks about HistoryMakers Woodie King and Stephanie Hughley, and other role models in the theater business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Veronica Claypool talks about the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations and the League of Professional Theatre Women
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Veronica Claypool describes her husband, Jack Butler
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Veronica Claypool reflects upon her career and her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Veronica Claypool showcases the work of opera singer Kenn Hicks, who has worked with HistoryMaker Herbie Hancock and bassist Marcus Miller
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Veronica Claypool narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Veronica Claypool narrates her photographs, pt. 2