Fairygodboss Of The Week: Daryl Roth

Photo courtesy of Daryl Roth

Daryl Roth

Photo courtesy of Daryl Roth

May 18, 2024 at 4:25AM UTC
As a powerhouse theatre producer with seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays (including "Kinky Boots") under her belt and president of her own eponymous production company, Daryl Roth knows a thing or two about high-powered career success. As a noted LGBTQ and animal rights activist, she also knows a thing or two about using her acclaim to help empower others. Fairygodboss got to chat with Roth about Broadway, finding your calling, and her #1 piece of career advice!
Fairygodboss of the Week: Daryl Roth
President and Founder, Daryl Roth Productions
New York, NY
FGB: Tell us a little about your career. How did you get to where you are now?
DR: Having always loved theatre, it was not until my 40s that I began my career in the industry. I have never felt more fulfilled, and feel that I have found my calling. My path was rather unconventional, in that I did nor have a background in producing, but my life skills coupled with my passion and tenacity led me to where I am today.
FGB: What is an accomplishment that you are proud of?
DR: My best accomplishments would have to be my children. Now adults, I am proud of the people they have become, their own accomplishments, and the wonderful parents they now are. Professionally, KINKY BOOTS, a musical I shepherded from film to stage. The story and message is one that weaves together everything I care deeply about. And happily, audiences have responded enthusiastically both on Broadway and around the world.
FGB: What is a challenge that you've faced and overcome?
DR: Perhaps the biggest challenge I had to overcome was the lack of support or encouragement from other people in the industry when I began. This led me to a greater resolve in proving my abilities, and not to depend on others but rather listen to my inner voice.
Lightning Round:
FGB: What do you do when you’re not working?
DR: I enjoy time with my family, my grandchildren bring me great joy, and of course my dogs.
FGB: If you could have dinner with one famous person - dead or alive - who would it be?
DR: I would love to have dinner with Dame Judi Dench and learn how she made her career choices. She is an amazing woman.
FGB: What is your karaoke song?
DR: "The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
FGB: What is your favorite movie?
DR: "Coming Home"
FGB: What book would you take with you on a desert island?
DR: The collection of "Lassie" books.
FGB: What is your shopping vice? What would you buy if you won the lottery?
DR: Shoes. And if I won the lottery, I would give the money away to small theatre companies, Alzheimer's research, and LGBTQ organizations.
FGB: What is the #1 career tip you'd like to share with other women who want to have successful careers like you?
DR: Most importantly, don't worry about failure. In fact, remove it from your vocabulary and exchange it for the word "experience." Be tenacious, and find a career you are passionate about.
FGB: Who is your Fairygodboss? 
DR: While not my fairygodboss, I am inspired every day by playwrights and the creative people that I work with.
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