ABOUT BURKE COHEN ENTERTAINMENT

Burke Cohen Entertainment was created by Jeff Cohen and Jimmy Burke to produce a variety of work for stage, film, TV and other media.  Along with THE SOAP MYTH, THE SOAP MYTH film, the PATSY CLINE PROJECT and developmental readings of new work, Burke Cohen Entertainment has several projects in development including TENNIS BUMS - a reality/competition TV show featuring teams of amateur tennis players from parks and country clubs across the country.

JEFF COHEN

Jeff Cohen’s award winning career in the theater spans almost 4 decades as producer, director, playwright, actor and professor.  Before founding Burke Cohen Entertainment Jeff created and was artistic director of three significant Off Broadway theater companies: The R.A.P.P. Arts Center (now the Connelly Theatre), The Worth Street Theater Company/ Tribeca Playhouse and the Dog Run Repertory Theater Company.  Highlights of his work include the Drama Desk Award winning Tribeca Playhouse Stage Door Canteen – a response to the attacks of 9/11, the New York premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Four, the world premiere of Tristine Skyler’s The Moonlight Room and the Off Broadway revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart starring Raul Esparza and Joanna Gleason.  His work has featured such notable actors as Laura Linney (stage debut), Michael Ealy (stage debut), Peter Scanavino (stage debut), Liev Schreiber, Marin Hinkle, Tammy Grimes, D.B. Sweeney, Dan Jenkins, John Scurti, John Cullum, Lea Delaria and many others.

Jeff’s work has won every major theatrical award short of the Tony, including Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics, Obie and AUDELCO and has annual Ten Best Critic’s Pick selections in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Post, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The LA Weekly, The Star-Ledger and The City Paper.

Jeff’s plays include Righteous, The Soap Myth, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller and Men of Clay.  As musician, Jeff was lead singer and song-writer for the new-wave rock band Ernie and The Imports whose album “Made In America” was recorded at Electric Lady Studios and garnered the selection “Top Album Picks” in Billboard Magazine.

He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife Shelley, their two cats Squeaky & Latke and his 18 year old dog Ellie.

JIMMY BURKE

Jimmy Burke brings a lifetime of commitment and passion for the arts to Burke Cohen Entertainment.  As an actor he has been featured in dozens of feature films and Television series including The Ref, Pride & Glory, Rescue Me, Law & Order, 30 Rock and numerous national commercials for such clients as McDonalds, Nike, Pizza Hut, Verizon and Delta Airlines.  On stage, Jimmy was featured in the 1st National Tour of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues.

As an independent personal consultant, his client list includes such celebrities as Kelly Rippa, Nathan Lane, Denis Leary and Victor Garber. 

As a producer, Jimmy co-produced the award-winning film The Soap Myth which is the first American production on Britain’s Digital Theatre and has been broadcast nationally on PBS.  Jimmy was creator and executive producer of the documentary feature film Release: The Jack Ryan Story, negotiated the property to Fox Searchlight and shepherded its development with producer Julie Yorn and star Justin Timberlake.

Jimmy worked with screenwriter Anthony Tambakis on the story for the remake of Uptown Saturday Night for Warner Brothers with Will Smith and Denzel Washington.

He is writing a one-man show titled ON THE BIKE about his lifetime of adventures riding bicycles through the streets of New York City.

Most recently, Jimmy co-produced the East Coast tour of THE SOAP MYTH starring Ed Asner, Johanna Day, Ned Eisenberg & Blair Baker.