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Barbara-Ligeti-and-Romona-KryzanowskaBio for Barbara Ligeti:

Barbara has been in show business and media all of her life.

The newest in a long line of successful and important one man shows produced by Ms. Ligeti is BEARING WITNESS, written and performed by longtime friend and colleague Thomas Bird.

Currently RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS WITH BILLY HAYES developed by Ms. Ligeti in 2013 is touring the world and there is a television show and other iterations in development.

Other recent favored shows – TURNING PAGE in which Geraldine Page’s daughter portrays both herself and her estimable mother to celebrate this late great actress’s life and career. Also seminal post 911 work RENO, REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE which was performed off Broadway and was made into a movie directed by Nancy Savocca. 60 MINUTES IN NEGROLAND written and performed by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Margo Jefferson morphed into a New York Times Best Seller – Ms. Jefferson’s autobiography titled NEGROLAND, A MEMOIR.

Ms Ligeti’s career in producing began with her managing and producing Eric Bogosian starting in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Favorite theatre credits featured on and off Broadway include David Rabe’s HURLYBURLY, Marsha Norman’s ‘NIGHT, MOTHER, August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, Ruby Dee’s return to the stage in SAINT LUCY’S EYES, contemporary farce, MADE IN HEAVEN by Jay Bernzweig, LA dating comedy, PSYCHO THERAPY by Frank Strausser, and Eduardo Machado’s HAVANA IS WAITING, one of a number of plays Ms Ligeti produced while managing Machado.

Barbara met Pierre Cardin while in college where she was becoming a dance therapist, while also working as a performer and personal trainer. Cardin hired her to choreograph fashion shows/industrials and as a model and spokesperson to organize PR and promote his growing roster of licensees worldwide. Cardin mentored her producing career at L’Espace Pierre Cardin, his theatre in Paris, and with transfers of Pilobulos Dance Theatre and the Ondekoza Japanese Drummers to Broadway.

Ligeti was a producing board member of VETCO (the Vietnam Veteran’s Ensemble Theatre Company), founder and Artistic Director Thomas Bird. Other boards included both the New York State and City Commissions for Film, Television and Theatre, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company (where she headed up the New York Friends division), The Blank Theatre in Los Angeles (where she both produced and has an ongoing interest in the 25 year old YOUNG PLAYWRITE’S FESTIVAL). Ligeti was an originating member of The Creative Coalition – the brainchild of her dear friend the late Ron Silver.

In 1988 Ligeti first came to LA to produce Sean Penn and Danny Aiello in “Hurlyburly” at the Westwood Playhouse (soon after to become the Geffen Theatre). She segued into film and television ; favorite credits include Joe Minion’s “Motorama”, Robert Downey’s “Hugo Pool”, Jack Palance in “Ebenezer”; “Tiara Tango”; Lifetime Channel’s “Forever Fabulous”; HBO’s “Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam”; Tony and Angelica Torn’s “Lucky Days”; and now in post production – IDEMUZA, a Nigerian Film by newcomer Aloaye Melvin Omoake.

Barbara has had a lifetime parallel career in the wellness business. She is a master yogi and pilates teacher and studied nutrition and coaching at Columbia Teacher’s College. Her 20 year company Mindful Media produced pilates, yoga and nutrition programs for Guthy Renker and Gaiam among other distributors. She produced and directed the tv series “Better Living with Dr. Oz Garcia.” Her film series “ROMANA ON PILATES” is a seminal source of information from Joseph Pilates himself as recorded by his muse and favorite student –and mentor of Ms Ligeti’s the legendary Romana Kryzanowska.

Currently Ligeti, in addition to producing, coaches writers and other artists, and folks in need of a “midwife for personal growth and change.”

Ligeti is an Executive Producer at Subtractive Inc., a Santa Monica Airport based production company who create everything from commercials to music videos, documentaries and feature films. Subtractive Inc has been the official film/video company for Cochella Music Festival since its inception, also the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, and Subtractive is the media company for Elon Musk’s SPACE X. Also, Ms. Ligeti is the exercise curator for HIP SILVER – a new internet driven company providing services for future thinking people over 60.


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