Dale McIntosh

Dale McIntosh has had an extensive career in both the professional creative arts and business, encompassing production, performance, multimedia, electronic music, and for the last fifteen years focusing on business marketing, electronic design, creative direction, and brand implementation.

Creative Biography

Dale McIntosh has been involved professionally from an early age in many aspects of the performing arts. He has written for film and television, and has worked with some of the leading performers of our time in the legitimate professional theatre in New York, and in regional professional theaters throughout the country. McIntosh created one of the principal lead roles in the originial New York production of the hit Broadway musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar.” The production was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Dale McIntosh was featured in several of John Willis’ “Theatre World” books, as well as “Theatre Profiles.” He has performed professionally as a singer/songwriter and has written music for the theatre that has been critically praised. His more recent design work has been featured in publications such as FORTUNE magazine, including a new book on winning designs for the legal profession, Litigators on Experts: Strategies for Managing Expert Witnesses from Retention through Trial (http://apps.americanbar.org/abastore/index.cfm?section=main&fm=Product.AddToCart&pid=5310400). McIntosh is an experienced broadcast professional having performed on national network radio broadcasts, has recorded numerous voiceovers including character voices, and is a multiple award-winning public speaker.

McIntosh apprenticed and studied stage, lighting and sound design with award-winning Hollywood art director and stage designer, Robert W. Zentis (Yale graduate, professor, winner of the
Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Set Designer, and the Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Lighting Award).  McIntosh was lighting or sound designer and technician on many professional stage productions.

McIntosh attended Indiana University and received the Blanche Cagle O’Brien Scholarship in Theatre.  McIntosh studied musical performance and composition privately, and studied electronic computer music while he worked with the Pulitzer Prize Committee at Columbia University in the City of New York. 
McIntosh studied analog synthesis, modular programming, and digital music instrumentation and was one of the early electronic music composers and video producer/directors in the ground-breaking Harvestworks PASS project in New York, the digital audio and video production studio founded to cultivate artistic talent using digital technologies.

McIntosh performed dozens of principal lead roles in professional theaters in the U.S., and was a member of the resident acting company at Baltimore’s Center Stage. McIntosh’s first appearance in New York was in “Billy” starring Tony-award winning stage and film actress Sudie Bond and directed by Barnet Kellman, the Emmy award-winning director of the hit television series “Murphy Brown” and “Designing Women.”

McIntosh appeared as the headlined vocalist in many of the top tier New York nightclubs (Rainbow Room, Reno Sweeney, Downstairs at the Upstairs, The Apartment) performing with Andy Kaufman, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, and other well-known performers. McIntosh also produced and directed club acts, including the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame pop group, “The Platters.” McIntosh, backed by Motown Records and Loews Corporation, produced and directed French singing star Jocelyn Jocya and Motown’s Night Flight in the lavish disco musical revue “French Feelings” at the Drake Hotel on Park Avenue in New York.

McIntosh was involved in numerous avante-garde multimedia stage productions in New York.  In 1983, at the world-renown La Mama Experimental Theater Company, McIntosh composed, recorded and performed the completely electronic musical score for the original New York production of “Diversions or Proof That It Is Impossible to Live”, directed by “Godspell” creator/director John-Michael Tebelak, collaborating with multiple Tony award-winning director, Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Angels in America”, and recently the hit Broadway musical "American Idiot" ). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Mayer_(director)  For "Diversions", McIntosh combined live and recorded electronic music with other media in a live theatrical space. Audiences and critics reacted enthusiastically to the multimedia experience and to the music in particular. The Village Voice theater critic Alisa Solomon wrote, “Diversions” is cleverly staged… with charming music by Dale McIntosh.”

McIntosh collaborated on dozens of productions with John-Michael Tebelak, who conceived and directed the international hit stage and film musical “Godspell.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John-Michael_TebelakMcIntosh composed music, sound effects, co-wrote and performed leading roles in many of Tebelak’s productions including “The Hostages Passion” about the Iranian hostage crisis, which was broadcast on CBS national radio from New York. McIntosh collaborated with Tebelak and animation producer Al Brodax (“The Yellow Submarine” and “Popeye”) on the screenplay for the animated feature film,“The Devil’s Riff.”  The screenplay featured music by the Electric Light Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The film was ultimately produced in 2006 under the title “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny” produced by Ben Stiller and starring Jack Black with musical performances by Tenacious D and Meat Loaf.

McIntosh collaborated with Wayne Lammers on his one-man show "For No Apparent Reason", composing the music for the song "Smoke Ending Vigilantes" and recording digitally all of the original music for the early stagings of the musical.  The New Yorker said of "For No Apparent Reason," that it "casts a wry satiric eye on American culture." The musical ran for over a year and a half at the Trocadero Room in the West Village in New York.  (See http://www.newmillenniumrecords.com/lammers.html)

In New York, McIntosh studied acting and directing with some of the leading directors and acting teachers of our time, studied at the Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute, and participated in many of the private sessions conducted by Lee Strasburg, Elia Kazan, Shelley Winters, Al Pacino, Ellen Burstyn, and other celebrated actors and directors at the Actors Studio.

McIntosh collaborated with John Stix, the eminent Broadway stage, television and film director, Yale graduate and esteemed Juilliard acting professor for over a decade on some highly praised New York stage productions. McIntosh assisted Mr. Stix and later took over direction of the critically acclaimed 1983 revival of William Inge’s “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

McIntosh was represented by Judy Abbott at the William Morris Agency
, and was a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). McIntosh has recently been awarded membership in ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).  Also, AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists), the Chicago Artists Registry, and numerous creative, theatrical, design and marketing organizations.

Business Biography

In 1979, while continuing his artistic career, McIntosh began freelance work in some of the great publishing houses in New York, including a position at Vogue Magazine as an editorial assistant to the legendary Vogue Feature Editor and New York socialite, Leo Lerman, working one-on-one with some of the world’s most famous artists, designers, celebrities, and literati who passed through the doors of Vogue. McIntosh also worked as an editorial assistant at Random House, Alfred A. Knopf, and spent several months at Doubleday & Sons as an editorial assistant to associate editor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

In 1980, McIntosh was hired by Nigel French Enterprises, Inc. as the U.S. Marketing Manager for two designer collections of coordinated home furnishings, “The Country Diary Collection” and “Mary Quant at Home.”  McIntosh worked directly with Nigel French and Mary Quant (fashion icon and inventor of the mini-skirt) in all aspects of marketing the collections including contract negotiations, licensing agreements, rollouts, design coordination, tradeshows and road shows, product launches nationwide working with executive and creative directors and designers, coordinating marketing campaigns and evolving showroom designs.

In 1982, McIntosh worked as Assistant to Peter O. Price, Chairman of the International Chapter of the Young Presidents Association and current President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Notably, McIntosh introduced Mr. Price to M. Nicolas Sarkozy (then Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, France). The subsequent arranged meeting between M. Sarkozy and Mr. Price on a yacht in New York Harbor provided an early networking opportunity for M. Sarkozy, furthering his relationship with the United States that has continued with his rise to power as the current President of the French Republic. McIntosh was officially recognized by the U.S. State Department’s Agency for International Development.

In 1984, McIntosh was engaged as an Aide in the Office of the President of the New York Public Library, working directly with both President Vartan Gregorian and the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, benefactress of The New York Public Library, social icon and philanthropist, Brooke Astor (wife of billionaire Vincent Astor, son of industrialist John Jacob Astor).

In 1986, McIntosh accepted a full-time position at the Wall Street law firm, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where he utilized his knowledge and experience with computer music instruments into a critical corporate document production role during the period when law firms were about to migrate from mainframe Barrister word processing systems to IBM/Microsoft Personal Computers. When Cahill’s client filed the largest pollution law suit in history against 220 of the largest insurance companies (Shell Oil Company v. Accident & Casualty, et al.), McIntosh was an obvious choice to coordinate with lawyers from dozens of firms, and to oversee document production at the law offices of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison in San Francisco for Phase I and Phase II of the trial. For Phase I, McIntosh supervised the integration of non-compatible mainframe storage systems, IBM/Microsoft personal computers, and cutting-edge telecommunications.  He supervised and coordinated with teams of graphic designers, word processors, paralegals and attorneys from Shell Oil and the participating law firms to transmit some of the first digital documents at-trial.  National and local publications and broadcasts reported on the size and scope of the trial and the impact of the new technologies involved.

In late 1987, McIntosh returned to New York following the Shell trial and soon accepted a position at the law firm Hunton & Williams, supervising a department of document production specialists, once again facilitating a firm’s transition from mainframe Barrister systems to IBM personal computer-based document production. While at the firm, McIntosh coordinated document production with teams of lawyers and financial publishers R.R. Donnelley & Sons on several large IPOs, mergers, acquisitions and other transactions.

In 1993, McIntosh relocated to Chicago where he was engaged by the Big Five consulting firm Coopers & Lybrand to manage operation of the Document Processing Center, collaborating creatively with consultants and overseeing word processing and graphics production in the Chicago headquarters, coordinating with over 200 firm offices worldwide.

In 1995, McIntosh joined another consulting firm, Peterson Consulting, the largest of the legacy companies to join the Metzler Group, which became the international consulting firm, Navigant Consulting, Inc.  McIntosh was Navigant’s Creative Marketing Senior Manager overseeing a team of award-winning multimedia, web and graphic designers. McIntosh provided creative direction to Navigant’s marketing team and consultants, while managing the firm’s national team of multimedia designers. McIntosh was the innovative leader at Navigant in the introduction of multimedia production, directing the firm’s designers in creation of multimedia animations, interactive presentations, training demonstrations and modules, digital client workproduct ranging from trial exhibits, 3D modeling, video capture of live events and webcasts to full feature animations, including original concepts, music and voiceovers by McIntosh, interactive recruiting multimedia CD-ROMs, DVDs, business development and speaker support materials, virtual 3D environments, online high definition video and audio, web design and more recently Apple iPhone, iPod and iPad applications development.

In October 2010, McIntosh formed a coalition of artists under the umbrella company McIntosh Multimedia, who provide clients with cutting edge multimedia products.  As the company's Executive Producer/Director, McIntosh provides creative and strategic leadership, drawing on his  extensive background in professional music production, artistic performance and technical production experience. McIntosh provides cutting-edge strategic, tactical and creative solutions to clients by leveraging innovative and emerging technologies, high-end graphics and multimedia technology.


The Book of John-Michael 
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of "Godspell," the phenomenally successful musical conceived and originally directed by the late John-Michael Tebelak.  Tebelak and McIntosh collaborated on many productions over the years.  Their association began when they were teenagers working as theatrical apprentices.  In 1977, when "Godspell" finally made it to Broadway (meantime it had already gone around the world on stage and screen), McIntosh and Tebelak began collaborating on a series of projects including: a sequel to "Godspell" called "Gatherings" (based on the Book of Revelations), "The Devils Riff" (a screenplay), several plays, and drafting proposals for the Cathedral (or "crypt") Theatre at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.  They last collaborated in late 1983 on "DIVERSIONS: Or Proof That It is Impossible to Live" produced by Ellen Stewart at La Mama E.T.C. in New York. 

John-Michael Tebelak is consistently characterized as a theater student and devout Episcopalian whose outrage at the absence of joy during an Easter Sunday service while a student at Carnegie Tech inspired and then gave eventual birth to "Godspell" the hit musical phenomenon.  However, Tebelak's close friends and family knew a very different, more complicated and complex John-Michael.  Intellectually energetic, given to wild times, roller coaster mood swings, fears of failure, delusions of grandeur, and always overflowing with imagination and passion for life, and in particular the theatre.  This larger-than-life man of the theatre asked McIntosh to tell the story. 

COMING SOON:  The McIntosh Multimedia website (www.mcintoshmultimedia.com


McIntosh Multimedia is a newly-formed production company specializing in a wide range of multimedia production, including commercial theatre, professional business, web and performance venues.  Our professional artists and technicians form a major talent collective consisting of producers, directors, writers and skilled technicians in any number of different venues. Dale McIntosh is the company's creative director and is the owner of McIntosh Multimedia. Mr. McIntosh draws from an enormously varied background in the professional arts and business.

Dale McIntosh
McIntosh Multimedia 
2630 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Phone: 773.551.2696