JOEL SILBERMAN (Founder and President, Media Talent 2.0 Inc) comes to political communications from a disciplined theatrical and musical career and is now a widely respected media strategist/trainer for progressive organizations, online activists and candidates. Some of his past and present clients include: People for the American Way Foundation, the Young Elected Officials Network, Media Matters for America, the New Organizing Institute (NOI), the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the National Women’s Law Center, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Markos Moulitsas (DailyKos.com), Nate Silver, Mike Lux, Lt. Dan Choi, GetEQUAL, Our Time (OurTime.org) and numerous Federal, State and Local elected officials.
In 2008, while serving as Senior Consultant/Creative Director for Media Matters, Mr. Silberman authored the Progressive Media Talent Initiative; a program developed during Mr. Silberman’s 2007 DailyKos Fellowship. The program’s purpose is to identify, train, promote and place new progressives voices in the media. In 2010, as Senior Fellow for the New Organizing Institute (NOI), Mr. Silberman created Media Talent 2.0 to train new, young and diverse voices from the organizing and new media communities to become on air personalities.
As a special event director/producer Mr. Silberman’s credits include People for the American Way Foundation’s Spirit of Liberty Awards (New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Austin); The Manhattan Theatre Club’s 30th Anniversary Spring Gala; Broadway Applauds Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall, New York); Ignite the Light for UNICEF (The Royal Albert Hall, London); and Leonard Bernstein’s A Classic Evening for AIDS Research (The Public Theatre, New York).
As a theatrical director Mr. Silberman’s recent credits include Musical Theatre: A Woman of Will, A Time for Love (Los Angeles and New York); Opera: La Boheme, Lucretia Borgia, Il Barbiere de Seville (Philadelphia); The Old Maid and The Thief, The Impressario (Tel Aviv). Mr. Silberman is a frequent guest lecturer at the Juilliard School in New York and his Master Classes in the American Songbook were part of the curriculum of the Center for American Artists at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.