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 and Phillip Morris (now Altria).
She was the founder and CEO of IP Network, a software company specializing in optimizing 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.
Christine has recently pursued 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, and Be More Chill. Upcoming productions include Tina—The Tina Turner Musical.
Darren Edward Johnston is a producer and dramaturge, dedicated to the development of new work and the theater’s ability to reveal our connectedness. As Associate Producer of No Guarantees, he is proud to have helped bring to the stage the 2019 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Hadestown. Additional No Guarantees productions include Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Mean Girls, Beetlejuice, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus with Nathan Lane, and King Lear with Glenda Jackson. Upcoming credits include Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, as well as No Guarantees’ forthcoming commissioning and artistic development programs.
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. He still lends a hand on occasion.
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.