HEARTWORKS INTERNATIONAL, INC
Linda Beckerman, Vice President
LINDA is a painter, writer, and digital audio editor of worldwide productions of English and foreign language learning publications. Clients include Berlitz, Langenscheidt (Germany), Nathan (France), Voice of America, Pearson Education, Ladder Multimedia (Taiwan), and Yale University Press. She has been an editor of bilingual manuscripts in English, Spanish, and French. With Howard, she presented a musical play development workshop to music educators at Balanced Mind XI: Teaching World Culture Through The Arts at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, C.W. Post, Long Island University.
Linda is Executive Director of the not-for-profit Worldwide Voices multicultural arts organization. She is a member of the Architectural Review Board of the Village of Patchogue, and is a founding executive board member of the Greater Patchogue COAD (Community Organization Active in Disaster). Ms. Beckerman also serves as the administrator for the Patchogue Arts Council, and graphic designer for the Council's promotional materials. For Artspace Patchogue, she serves on the Exhibition Committee and is the Chair of the Artist Selection Committee.
Linda also served on the Town of Brookhaven Anti-Bias Task Force, and was a long-time volunteer for the SUNY Stony Brook Host Family Program for international students. She has been a member of the Suffolk County Community College Immigrant Solutions Committee and was a Founding Board Member of Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja, Central Islip, NY.
For The New Musicals Project, Linda has served as Production Manager for a new musical play series, and for the Huntington Village Theater Company was Project Manager for New York State Council on the Arts grants for development of new plays. For the Alliance of Queens Artists, she was Curator for juried art shows at venues including St. John's University and Avery Fisher Hall.
Howard Beckerman, President
HOWARD is a composer, lyricist, playwright, language educator, community arts liaison, photographer, and creator of original musical theater. He also serves as Chair of New York's not-for-profit Worldwide Voices.
He has been awarded two New York State Council on the Arts grants for his original musical, Married in the Suburbs (in 2001 and in 2011), with Long Island performances at Huntington Town Hall, Cinema Arts Centre, Harborfields Public Library, Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, and Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. He also served as Project Director of the NYSCA-sponsored New Play Contest and Development Workshop series (2001). In addition, he has received two JPMorgan Chase grants (2006 and 2011), first for Farmingville: The Musical, an original project developed to encourage cooperation and artistic collaboration between the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking residents; and more recently, a grant to develop Artspace: The Musical, a collaboration of songwriters, musicians, and visual artists. With his wife, artist Linda Beckerman, he co-founded the 501(c)(3) organization Worldwide Voices, Inc., to facilitate arts and media collaboration by diverse cultural groups and by speakers of different languages.
He is also the composer and lyricist of Halloween at Belvedere, an interactive family musical commissioned by the Central Park Conservancy, with NY performances in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2010. His bilingual children’s musical Bullies and Bananas/Peleones y Guineos has been presented in Suffolk County at the Huntington Public Library-Station Branch, Airport Playhouse, and at Suffolk County Unity Day. He is also the producer of the Centennial Video for the Patchogue-Medford Library, including his original theme song about Patchogue.
He has produced many CDs of his original multilingual musical language programs for international publishers and media companies, such as Berlitz Publishing, Warner Brothers, and Yale University Press. In the process, he has called on performers and musicians from a variety of cultures to participate in his multilingual musical productions. Mr. Beckerman believes that contemporary musical theater can help to unite our communities, and his mission is to continue developing new musicals and arts programs that embrace diversity in language and culture.
Media and publications in the arts, entertainment, and education
Since 1992, our company has created media and programs in original musical theater, language learning, and visual arts for international clients. Today we continue to develop new projects that call on the power of the arts and media to unite our world.