About Us

Contemporary Productions is a one-of-a-kind event and entertainment agency with over four decades of experience. Our team is comprised of professionals in event planning, creative design, talent booking, technical production, public relations and marketing.

Regardless of scope and size, Contemporary considers every occasion to be an important event. We bring our “A-Game” whether we are providing a jazz trio for an intimate dinner party or producing a blow-out gala with a national headliner for one of our nonprofit, corporate or civic clients. As a company, our core capabilities include technical production, creative design, custom decor, entertainment booking and overall event management. As a team, we strive to make all of our client’s dreams come true.

In 1969, Contemporary Productions president and founder, Steve Schankman, sought out to make his mark on the entertainment industry. After booking local bands for several years, in 1970 Steve finally brought the Grateful Dead to the Fox Theater. Over the next 40 plus years, Contemporary would grow into a multi-faceted company including marketing, ticketing and entertainment production divisions, develop two major Midwestern amphitheaters, book over 1000 concerts annually and produce the ’99 papal visit to St. louis.

In 1998, Steve sold Contemporary Productions to New-York based SFX Entertainment. Not long after, SFX was sold to Clear Channel Communications. Steve decided to break away and reopen Contemporary Productions. In 2001, Contemporary re-emerged as a leading event and entertainment production company.

For over a decade, Contemporary has been planning and designing events for nonprofit organizations, weddings, Fortune 500 corporations, civic institutions, festivals and social gatherings. As a company, we remain true to our roots with a talent agency that provides both local and national bands, DJs, variety acts, theatrical performers and speakers for over 750 occasions every year.

If you are looking to take your event to new heights, please contact us at 314.721.9090 or info@contemporaryproductions.com. We would love the opportunity to work with you!