LIZ THOMSON Co-Founder and Executive Producer of The Village Trip, born and raised in London, has long been fascinated by Greenwich Village, an area she has come to know well over two decades of visiting, always staying at the Washington Square Hotel. The idea for The Village Trip sprang from her work on the restoration of the late New York Times journalist Robert Shelton’s biography of Bob Dylan, No Direction Home (2011), which chronicles in vivid detail the 1960s Village scene. She is a widely published journalist and author and a frequent broadcaster and has appeared on platforms at literary festivals around the world as an interviewer. A contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, she has lectured at Liverpool University’s Institute of Popular Music and been a Visiting Fellow of the Open University Sixties Research Group. Liz is the co-founder of Square Roots Productions, a UK-based charity celebrating the folk music heritage which connects the British Isles with North America, and a founding trustee of the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novelists. Find out more about Liz at www.lizthomson.co.uk
Contact: LizThomson@thevillagetrip.com | (00) 44 7799 503414
JUDY PAUL and MARC GARRETT Co-Founders are a husband and wife team who own the Washington Square Hotel. Judy is a third-generation hotelier and her love of food and entertaining grew out of a childhood spent at her grandfather’s Manhattan Beach Hotel in Brooklyn.
A proud Villager for more than 35 years, Judy has developed a very strong attachment to the community where she now lives and works. She served as an appointed member of Community Board #2 for nearly 15 years, and as an executive member of the Washington Square Association.
Marc joined the Washington Square Hotel team in 2002 after 25 years as sales and marketing executive for the Bertelsmann Music Group. The son of well-known Hollywood photographer and author Murray Garrett, Marc was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and lived just steps off the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. He immediately felt at home when he moved to New York in 1997, settling into yet another bohemian neighborhood, Greenwich Village. He embraced its diversity, the great restaurants, and its unique mix of artists, actors, musicians and businesspeople.
DAWN DREW, Associate Producer, Festival Programming, has always connected music with place, time and culture. As the Vice-President and Publisher of National Geographic Traveler for 16 years, and as head of her Manhattan-based consultancy MOSTE, Inc. Dawn, with partner Danny Kapilian, has co-executive produced more than 20 live cultural programs featuring music, the visual arts, artisan handicrafts and food in major venues around the USA including New York’s Central Park, the Hollywood Bowl, and Millennium Park in Chicago. She has also been creator and co-executive producer of 39 half-hour television episodes about food and travel, all filmed on location in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
DANNY KAPILIAN, Artistic Director, is a Brooklyn-based producer of original live events, touring productions and festivals. Premier presenters of Kapilian productions include Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, BAM, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, London’s Barbican Center, Sydney Opera House, and the Montreal, Newport, New Orleans, North Sea, and Montreux Jazz Festivals. Danny has presented great artists of every genre, among them Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Ravi Shankar, Lou Reed, James Taylor, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, David Byrne, Roberta Flack, Miles Davis, Tina Turner, Ornette Coleman, Alan Cumming, XTC, John Cage, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Laura Mvula, Wynton Marsalis, La Santa Cecilia, Rufus Wainwright, and George Clinton and P-Funk.