I am a Renaissance Woman!
I have more than 30 years of work and leadership experience in the areas of theatre and event production management. Currently I am in the process of founding a professional commercial theatre company, FeLo & Co Theatrical Productions, in North Dallas, Texas. We specialize in producing musical theatre featuring Broadway level production values coupled with full orchestrations that are memorable, uplifting, encouraging, and family oriented entertainment experiences — ultimately bringing JOY and Broadway Musicals to Dallas audiences and RENEWING culture through our work, by creating and producing musical theatre shows that promote universal truths. Our productions are designed to bring excellence in entertainment annually to the Dallas Fort Worth area, with specific productions earmarked as "out of town" tryouts for the New York stage. These Broadway (NYC) bound musicals will be based on old and new Hollywood films, cultural icons, and underlying published materials.
Additionally, I am the owner and CEO of BusyGal Corp - my day job, which was founded to empower and galvanize women, especially women over 40, to become entrepreneurs and help them realize their purpose, their passion, and ultimately become profitable!
I hold the unique distinction of having been the general manager of the internationally reknowned theatrical awards show, The Drama Desk Awards, for 10 years (2001-2010). As General Manager of The Drama Desk Awards, I oversaw all production and administrative areas of the awards show which was televised by PBS in 25 markets nationwide; and coordinated hospitality, arrivals and logistics for celebrity hosts and presenters including Hugh Jackman, Antonio Banderas, Frank Langella, Kevin Spacey, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Harvey Fierstein, Christopher Plummer, Hank Azaria, Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth, Sean Combs, Kathleen Turner, Liv Schrieber, and Phylicia Rashad.
Outside of my tenure with The Drama Desk Awards, I was the Theatrical General Manager for the Broadway bound show JUDAH BEN-HUR and I was an Associate Producer on the Broadway show, ANGELS The Musical. I am proud to have also managed the World Premiere, Off Broadway of Magis Theatre Company’s CS Lewis’ THE GREAT DIVORCE which received NY Times critical acclaim in January 2007. Additionally, co-produced the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show, KING DAVID, at The Promise Theatre in 2009.
In tandem with these shows, I have served as Vice President of Theatrical Management for TheatreSport, Ltd., representing nationally touring productions of Shades of Harlem: The Cotton Club Musical, The Luigi Board, Me & Jezebel, Fan’s Mate, and Earl Wilson Jr.’s YOU’RE IT!
In 2012, I was honored to project manage an event for Walt Disney Imagineering|Creative Entertainment. I produced a Programming Charrette for Disney's newest theme park - the Shanghai Disney Resort. I was mandated to gather a wide variety of participants (Disney executives, nationally and internationally renown theatrical producers and performing arts programming directors) from within and outside of Disney, with the objective of developing a unique programming strategy for the theater that is authentic to a Disney property while at the same time due to its location and surroundings, distinct to Shanghai.
Outside of NYC theatrical, project and event management, I have also acquired experience in Film Distribution because I had a short assignment working with with writer/director Derrick Warfel wherein I was hired as the interim VP of Theatrical Distribution and Marketing on a 10-week assignment. I was able to garner a ten city national theatrical distribution deal, for his made for DVD independent psychological horror film, MIDNIGHT RECKONING.
Serving as a consultant to Red Carpet Media Partners in 2006, I jointly conceptualized, developed, and produced, with the partners of RCMP, high profile charity events, national media campaigns, charity photo shoots, benefit concerts and tours, charity singles, audio podcasts, video projects, and televised programming. Celebrity partners with whom I have worked include, Don Cheadle, John Legend, Iman, Ben Jelen, Djimon Hounsou, Denise Rich and The Roots. Non-profit clients include the American Diabetes Association, Save Darfur Coalition, and the United Nations.
I am an MFA graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts’ Theatre Management and Producing Program. While in school I worked on the original Broadway cast production of Disney Theatrical’s THE LION KING and CHICAGO, The Musical. At Actor’s Equity Association, I served as a Business Representative and successfully wrote and executed over 85 Off Broadway theatrical contracts.
Name: Felicia M. Lopes
Lives in: Dallas, Texas
Company: FeLo&Co Theatrical Productions
Occupation: Theatrical Producer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager, Manager and Marketing/pr
Unique traits: I have worked both in theatre and film, Hollywood and Broadway.
ACT ONE Hollywood Above the Line
Columbia University (New York, NY)