A COMPLIMENTARY EVENT FOR SHN MEMBERS ONLY
On Monday, March 5 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, SHN Members will have the chance to attend a special sneak preview of NBC’s new show RISE, an inspiring drama from the producers of HAMILTON, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, and PARENTHOOD.
SHN Members will experience the full episode pilot and a live discussion with special appearances by Star Damon J. Gillespie and Executive Producer Flody Suarez. Complimentary drinks and snacks will also be available!
This exclusive, complimentary member event is one of the benefits of being an SHN Member. All members are invited to enter a lottery for the chance to secure general admission tickets—seating is limited to two tickets maximum per member account. All lottery entries must be submitted by Sunday, February 25 at 10pm PT. Members will be randomly chosen and notified on Monday, February 26.
RISE premieres on NBC on March 13. Click here to watch the official trailer.
Damon J. Gillespie
Robbie Thorne, “Rise”
Damon J. Gillespie stars as Robbie Thorne on the new NBC series “Rise.”
Gillespie grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he performed at Chattanooga Theatre Center and attended the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts.
After high school, he was accepted on scholarship to Roosevelt University in Chicago to study musical theater. During his sophomore year, he joined the Broadway cast of “Newsies” and made the full-time move to New York.
Gillespie also appeared in the Broadway production of “Aladdin” and played Chino in Carnegie Hall’s production of “West Side Story” as part of their 125th anniversary celebration.
Gillespie could also be seen in Amy Schumer’s critically winning sketch “Girl You Don’t Need Makeup.”
Executive Producer, “Rise”
Flody Suarez is an executive producer on NBC’s new midseason drama “Rise.”
For the stage, Suarez is currently producing “The Cher Show” for Broadway and “What’s New Pussycat, A Tom Jones-ian Musical” on London’s West End.
On the TV side, Seller/Suarez is currently developing two comedies, a Neil Gaiman drama project based on the bestselling novel “Interworld” and the drama “The Role” through his Seller/Suarez TV production company at NBCUniversal.
After moving back to New York in 2013, Suarez consulted on NBC’s “The Blacklist” and “The Michael J. Fox Show.” He also consulted on the launch of the Emmy Award-winning “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” for TBS.
Suarez was previously executive producer of NBC’s drama “The Book of Daniel,” which chronicled the life of an unconventional Episcopalian minister (Aidan Quinn) who struggles with the weight of doing the right thing for his family and his parishioners. Prior to “The Book of Daniel,” Suarez served as executive producer of “8 Simple Rules,” which won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Comedy Series.
Before starting his own company, Suarez was president of Barry Sonnenfeld’s TV production company that was under an overall deal at Sony Pictures Television. While there, he developed and produced the live-action comedy series “The Tick,” “Partners” and “Secret Agent Man.” In his two years with Sonnenfeld, Suarez developed projects for broadcast and cable.
Previously, Suarez was Vice President of Development at NBC, where he oversaw production on the Emmy-winning series “ER,” Emmy-nominated series “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Men Behaving Badly.” He segued to primetime series from NBC’s communications department, where he spearheaded launch campaigns for “Friends,” “NewsRadio” and “The Screen Actors Guild Awards,” as well as directing campaigns for “Seinfeld,” “Frasier,” “Law & Order,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Laugh-In 25th Anniversary Special,” “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story” and more than 100 television movies and specials.
From 1989-92, Suarez was Vice President of Marketing for Miramax Films and was responsible for advertising campaigns on “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Grifters,” “Madonna: Truth or Dare” and “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” among many others.
Earlier, he was Vice President of Advertising for Della Femina Advertising, where he oversaw the Rolls Royce, Bentley, USA Cable Networks, WCBS-TV and New York Mets accounts. Prior to that he served as director of advertising for Penthouse publications.
Suarez received his B.A. in communications from the University of Florida.