Performer, Assistant, Production Crew
( b. Jan 29, 1916 New York, New York, USA - d. Dec 29, 2013 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Anna Crouse had a hand in the revitalization of Lincoln Center Theater and the creation of the TKTS booth. She attended Horace Mann High School and Barnard College. Embarking on a career in the theatre, she worked as production assistant for producer Dwight Deere Wiman, director Joshua Logan, and dramatists Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse in the 1930s and early '40s.
Anna Crouse was made a board member of Lincoln Center Theater in 1985, at the time when former New York City mayor John Lindsay had been charged with reviving the long moribund Vivian Beaumont Theater. She also served as chairman of the artistic committee from 1985 to 1990, and again from 1994 to 2000, as well as serving on the executive committee from 1985 to 1990. During the first period, artistic director Gregory Mosher and managing producer Bernie Gersten were brought in to take charge of the theatre program. A string of critical and popular hits quickly followed.
At Theatre Development Fund, she was a board member from 1968 to 1993; president from 1974 to 1977, and again from 1981 to 1984; and active executive director from 1974 to 1975. She was a major force behind starting the half-price ticket booth TKTS, which stands in Times Square, in 1973.
Among her many other posts in the arts and education worlds were: honorary trustee of The Juilliard School for many years; board member of ARTS/Boston; the Commission for Cultural Affairs; and the Cultural Council Foundation.