Matt Polk is the founder and president of Polk & Co, a publicity firm specializing in public relations and media strategies, representing a variety of commercial, nonprofit and institutional clients in theater, film, television and dance. Broadway press campaigns include the Tony Award-winning productions of The Boys in the Band, The Band’s Visit, Come From Away, The Color Purple, Once, Anything Goes, Assassins, Nine and The Pajama Game. In addition to Wicked, recent projects include All My Sons, Beetlejuice, Burn This, Kiss Me, Kate, Merrily We Roll Along, Network, Sing Street, TINA - The Tina Turner Musical, and The Prom.
Matt also manages celebrity publicity campaigns, including John Stamos; philanthropic cause-related campaigns, including the Pink Well Challenge; and has coordinated outreach campaigns for television networks and film production companies including: The CW (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Disney (Into The Woods), FOX (“RENT,” “Grease Live!,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “A Christmas Story”), Paramount (Florence Foster Jenkins), Roadside Attractions (Manchester By The Sea, Indignation, Genius), 20th Century Fox (The Greatest Showman) and Lionsgate (La La Land).
Institutional clients include: Over 15 years with New York’s largest not-for-profit theatrical institution - Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Bedlam, A.R.T./New York, Birdland Jazz Club, TED Talks: Live in New York, the Tony Award-winning Cleveland Playhouse (centennial season), Covenant House, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He also served as a national consultant to Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. during their inaugural year at the Mead Center for American Theatre.
Matt began his publicity career in 1998 focusing on not-for-profit and commercial projects including Disney’s Tony Award-winning production of The Lion King, Disney Theatrical Productions and DreamWorks.
Emma joined Polk & Co. as an Account Coordinator in August 2021 after starting her career as an intern at Boneau/Bryan-Brown and a communications apprentice at New York City Center. She currently represents Second Stage Theater and Wicked. Emma is a graduate of Fordham University.
Nicolette joined Polk & Co. as the Public Relations Intern in September 2021. She founded and led her own theatre organization in Orlando, Florida called Pineapple Theatre and started her PR career as a communications intern with Orlando City Soccer. Nicolette is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.
Lilly joined Polk & Co. as an Account Manager in August 2021. She previously worked at Focus Features organizing national publicity campaigns for over 25 feature films. She currently represents BEDLAM, A Strange Loop, For Colored Girls…, Macbeth, Sing Street, and Some Like It Hot. Lilly is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication and the NBCUniversal Page Program.
Tom has been a theatre publicist for over 20 years, representing productions both on and off-Broadway. He currently represents Wicked and Second Stage Theater. Past productions include The Inheritance, Tootsie, The Boys in the Band, War Paint, The Color Purple, Sister Act, If/Then, Rocky, Next to Normal, The Lifespan of a Fact, Come Fly Away, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Metamorphoses, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Little Dog Laughed, among many others. A graduate of Syracuse University, he previously worked at The Hartman Group, Barlow/Hartman, Richard Kornberg & Associates, James LL Morrison & Associates, Bill Evans, and Jeffrey Richards & Associates.
Chaliece joined Polk & Co. as an Account Coordinator in August 2021. She started her publicity work as an intern at Big Picture Media. She currently represents Roundabout Theatre Company and The Minutes. Chaliece is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Lauren began her publicity career as an intern with Polk and Co. in 2018. She currently represents Beetlejuice, The Minutes, American Buffalo, Sing Street, and TINA - The Tina Turner Musical. Her past clients include Burn This, The Great Society, Network and The Prom. Lauren is a proud graduate of Long Island University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Public Relations.
Jeffrey has been a theater publicist for more than decade and currently represents the Tony Award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company, the upcoming Broadway production of The Minutes, Universal Theatrical Group and The Shubert Organization. Previous Broadway clients include: the 2018 Tony Award-winning Best Musical The Band’s Visit; Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon; Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society starring Brian Cox; Amelie, A New Musical starring Phillipa Soo; Fully Committed starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson; as well as Tony Award winner Derek McLane, the films Judy and Speech & Debate, TED Talks Live, Situation Interactive and BY Experience. He began his career in Chicago, where he represented Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, including publicity campaigns for such projects as the Tony Award-winning revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Tracy Letts and Amy Morton; the Tony Award-nominated Desire Under the Elms starring Brian Dennehy and Carla Gugino; the world premiere of Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish; the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage; and the world premiere of The Long Red Road, directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, starring Tom Hardy. Jeffrey is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Jessica is a founding member of Polk & Co., working alongside Matt Polk as a press agent for Roundabout Theatre Company since 2003. She has managed and contributed to over 200 publicity & marketing campaigns for Broadway musicals, plays, special projects and film. Recent highlights include the Tony award-winning revival of A Soldier’s Play, The Sound Inside starring Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker; Kerry Washington’s return to Broadway in American Son; the Tony-nominated revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons starring Annette Bening and Tracy Letts; the international launch of Ahrens & Flaherty’s Anastasia the Musical; and television & film projects such as Netflix’s “The Prom” and In the Heights. Previously at Boneau/Bryan-Brown for 10 years, she also managed the U.S. publicity campaigns for National Theatre Live (2009-2013); the Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors including James Corden's Tony award-winning campaign; and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s NY residency. Jessica is a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. She has been invited to guest lecture at Yale University, NYU & Brooklyn College, and has a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Emerson College.
Colgan has been working as a theatrical press agent for over 10 years, managing and contributing to publicity campaigns for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, TV and film projects and institutions. He currently represents the Tony & Olivier Award-winning musical Come From Away, TINA - The Tina Turner Musical, the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl starring Beanie Feldstein, Black Theatre United, Riverdance and Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. Recent highlights include The Prom (Broadway and Netflix), Burn This starring Adam Driver & Keri Russell, Network starring Bryan Cranston, Misery starring Bruce Willis & Laurie Metcalf, the film adaptation of In The Heights and The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” among many others. He previously worked with Disney Theatrical Group and The Hartman Group and is a proud graduate of Hofstra University.
Alex started his career in Chicago, working for Cathy Taylor Public Relations. He moved to New York and was an assistant publicist for Richard Kornberg and Billy Zavelson at Richard Kornberg & Associates, before joining the Polk & Co team in November 2018. He currently represents The Minutes, Broadway Records, and Riverdance. Past clients include Hangmen, The Inheritance, Tootsie, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, American Son and The Lifespan of a Fact. Alex is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago.
Jason serves as business manager, overseeing all business and operational elements of Polk & Co. Prior to this role, Jason was associate choreographer for the world premiere of Waitress (American Repertory Theater/A.R.T); resident director/associate choreographer for Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark; associate director for the world premiere of The Master Builders Singing Club (Guthrie Theater); and associate choreographer for Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse/Paper Mill Playhouse). Other Broadway and national tour performance credits include The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, The Music Man and Footloose. Teaching credits include the Broadway Classroom, American Theatre Dance Workshop, The Broadway Artists Alliance and Point Park University, among others.
Kelly began her theatrical career in 2012 with Type A Marketing, representing both Broadway and touring Broadway productions. She currently represents TINA - The Tina Turner Musical, Macbeth, for colored girls…, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Riverdance – 25th Anniversary Tour, The Shubert Organization and NYCLU. Past productions and institutions include: Wicked, Second Stage Theater, Grand Horizons, Linda Vista, Burn This, Network, The Prom, The Boys in the Band, Straight White Men, Lobby Hero, Latin History for Morons, War Paint, Amelie, The Color Purple, Dames at Sea, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons on Broadway!, Broadway Records, Theatre Forward, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and TED Talks Live. Past film projects include: Respect, In The Heights, One Night in Miami, The Prom, The Boys in the Band, Wild Mountain Thyme and La La Land. Kelly is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago.
Wayne began his career in 1990 working for Shirley Herz, and over the past 32 years has worked for Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Mary Bryant, Livent, Barlow/Hartman and The Hartman Group representing 55 Broadway productions and over 100 Off-Broadway productions. Wayne represented the original Broadway productions of Kiss of the Spider Woman, Barrymore, Ragtime, Fosse, The Full Monty, King Hedley II, Sweet Smell of Success, Hollywood Arms, Dance of the Vampires, The Retreat From Moscow, Anna in the Tropics, Lestat, In The Heights, 9 To 5, A Steady Rain, Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, Ann, First Date, Big Fish, Misery, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pretty Woman, The Bands Visit, Come From Away and Beetlejuice. He has represented the Broadway revivals of A Chorus Line; West Side Story; How To Succeed…; Promises, Promises; Fiddler on the Roof; Show Boat; Noises Off; Medea, Macbeth, Hughie and Of Mice and Men. Wolfe is a graduate of Hofstra University and a member of ATPAM.