Meet The Staff Behind The Tony Broadcast

Everyone’s familiar with the face of the Tony Awards: the performers, the hosts, and the presenters. But what about the brains behind the operation? While the technical crew makes sure that the awards ceremony stays on track, runs smoothly, and gets broadcast to the world, what about those who get it up and running?



The Tony Awards Management Committee is the governing body behind the Tony Awards-the head of the table. Made up of representatives of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the committee oversees the Tonys and the broadcast.


The Management Committee:

Mark Abrahams                    Kristin Caskey                   Dale Cendali                    Ted Chapin

Sondra Gilman                      Heather Hitchens            William Ivey Long          Jordan Roth
Charlotte St. Martin            Scott Sanders                    Nick Scandalios              Howard Stringer
Tom Viertel                            Bob Wankel                        Barry Weissler                Pamela Zilly


The Tony Awards Administration Committee is made up of 24 members: 10 picked by “the Wing”, 10 by “the League”, and one each from the Dramatists Guild, the Actors’ Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and the Society Directors and Choreographers.

This committee determines eligibility for nominations in all awards categories and reviews the rules governing the awards (which will be the subject of MITM’s next post). They also hold the authority to designate the non-competitive Tony Awards. These non-competitive awards are considered the Special Tony Awards. Currently there are three Special Tony Awards: the Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Isabelle Stevenson Award, and the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.

The Administration Committee:


Emanuel Azenberg                    Ted Chapin                    Michael David
Cecilia Friederichs                     Sue Frost                        Heather Hitchens
David Henry Hwang                  Natasha Katz                Paul Libin
William Ivey Long                      John Lyons                   Mary McColl
Kevin McCollum                         James Nederlander    Enid Nemy
Laura Penn                                  Michael Price                Judith O. Rubin
Charlotte St. Martin                 Peter Schneider           Thomas Schumacher
Ralph Sevush                              Philip Smith                 David Stone



Douglas Aibel: Artistic Director, The Vineyard Theatre

Adrian Bailey: Actor

Victoria Bailey: Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund

Ira Bernstein: Former producer/general manager/stage manager/casting director

Hope Clarke: Choreographer

Veronica Claypool: Arts Management Consultant, Full Circle Management Group/former GM

Paul Cremo: Dramaturg/Director of Opera Commissioning Program, The Metropolitan Opera

Trip Cullman: Director

Harvey Evans: Actor

Sean Patrick Flahaven: Writer/composer/orchestrator/conductor/producer

Paul Gallo: Lighting designer

Kent Gash: Director/Founding Director, NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on Broadway

Jenny Gersten: Former Executive Director, Friends of the High Line

Daniel Goldfarb: Playwright/bookwriter

Sam Gonzalez: Director of Operations, Pfizer Medical/Board of Trustees, Playwrights Horizons

Adam Gwon: Composer/lyricist

Roy Harris: Production stage manager

Jack Hofsiss: Theatre/film/television director

Julie Hughes: Former casting director

Lou Jacob: Director/Chair of the MFA Directing Program, New School for Drama

Tom Kitt: Composer

Corby Kummer: Senior Editor, The Atlantic Magazine

Fran Kumin: Consultant – performing arts organizations/foundations/university theatre programs

Dick Latessa: Actor

Kate Levin: Cultural Assets Management Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Reynold Levy: Former President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Sara Lukinson: Documentary film producer/television writer

Patricia Marx: American humorist and writer/former television writer

Marsha Mason: Actor/director

Jim McLaughlin: Former producer, CBS News/TV feature and documentary producer

Debra Monk: Actor

Roger Morgan: Lighting designer/theatre designer

Laurence O’Keefe: Composer/lyricist/bookwriter

Katherine Oliver: Media and Technology Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Christian Parker: Chair, Graduate Theatre Program, Columbia University

Paige Price: Actor/1st Vice President of AEA/Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Aspen

Ravi S. Rajan: Dean, School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase

Nigel Redden: General Director, Spoleto Festival USA/Director, Lincoln Center Festival

Susan H. Schulman: Director/President, Stage Directors and Choreographers

Scott Schwartz: Director

Linda Shelton: Executive Director, Joyce Theater Foundation

Warner Shook: Director

Arlene Shuler: President & CEO, New York City Center

Edward Strong: Producer

Wynn Thomas: Production designer

Jennifer von Mayrhauser: Costume designer

Robin Wagner: Scenic designer

Tom Watson: Retired television advertising executive

Preston Whiteway: Executive Director, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

For more information on the Broadway League: “About the Broadway League”
For more information on the Tony Awards Staff: “Administration”

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