NO GUARANTEES is an artist-driven theatrical production company, founded by Christine Schwarzman. We empower artists to:
Create thrilling evenings of theater.
Have the biggest conversations possible.
And, fingers crossed, inspire empathy.
From commissions of new plays and musicals to Broadway productions, we bring the best in theatrical development and business innovation to bear on behalf of the artists we believe in.
There are no guarantees when producing theater, but, with NO GUARANTEES, our artists have the resources they need to make the shows you’ll never forget.
Christine Schwarzman began her career as field producer and writer at ABC News. After receiving her law degree, she specialized in intellectual-property asset management at the law firm of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman. While at CL&L, she litigated cases for such corporate clients as Random House, Met Life, Warner Bros, Sony Entertainment, WWE and Altria.
She was the founder and CEO of IP Network, an enterprise software company specializing in the management and commercialization of Intellectual Property.
Additionally, Christine serves as a trustee of Inner-City Scholarship Fund, as well as the board of Venetian Heritage. She is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar Association and American Intellectual Property Bar Association.
Now in her “third act,” she is pursuing her lifelong love of theater by producing and investing in theatrical productions. In 2019, she and No Guarantees, the theatrical production company she founded, won the Tony Award for Best Musical for co-producing Hadestown. In addition to Hadestown, No Guarantees has been associated with highly anticipated and critically acclaimed productions including Come From Away, Mean Girls, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Hello, Dolly!, To Kill A Mockingbird with Jeff Daniels, Beetlejuice, Angels in America with Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, The Waverly Gallery with Elaine May, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus with Nathan Lane, King Lear with Glenda Jackson, Be More Chill, Moulin Rouge!, and Tina—The Tina Turner Musical. Off-Broadway, she and her company No Guarantees were the sole commercial support for the Drama Desk nominated Soft Power (Public Theater), in addition to supporting Endlings (New York Theater Workshop). Upcoming work hopefully includes Company, The Lehman Trilogy, and Sing Street, however, we all know that right now there are No Guarantees.
Darren Edward Johnston is a producer and dramaturge, dedicated to the development of new work and the broadening of Broadway. Producing with No Guarantees, he helped bring to the stage the 2019 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Hadestown. Off-Broadway, he is proud to have supported the New York premieres of David Henry Hwang & Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power (Public Theater), as well as Celine Song’s Endlings (New York Theatre Workshop).
Additional No Guarantees productions include Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, Mean Girls, Beetlejuice, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus with Nathan Lane, and King Lear with Glenda Jackson. Upcoming credits include Company, The Lehman Trilogy, and Sing Street.
Prior to joining No Guarantees, he assistant directed Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love at the Roundabout Theatre Company, with Michael Mayer, and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes at the Public Theater, with Tina Landau, whom he also assisted on the pre-Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical in Chicago.
Darren served on the staffs of Tectonic Theater Project and the Public Theater, where he assisted Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in his producing Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Shakespeare in the Park, as well as his leadership of the Public Theater's first capital campaign.
He has developed and directed work with New Dramatists, the Atlantic Theater Company, Ugly Rhino Productions, the Fire This Time Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival, Colloquy Collective, the Dirty Blondes, the Brick, the Fresh Fruit Festival, Mastodon Theatre Company, and more.
From 2012-2014, Darren took two years off from working in the theater to work exclusively in politics, managing local NYC campaigns, organizing and fundraising for national campaigns.
When not producing theater, Darren proudly serves as an elder and the Chair of Consistory for Middle Collegiate Church in New York City’s East Village.