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Ellen Stewart

Producer, Presenter
( b. Dec 07, 1931 Alexandria, Louisiana, USA - d. Jan 13, 2011 New York, New York, USA ) Female

Ms. Stewart founded La MaMa, E.T.C. (short for Experimental Theatre Club) in 1961, and remained its tireless director until her death. In its early period, the company nurtured aborning talents like playwrights Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Adrienne Kennedy, Rochelle Owens and Jean Claude Van Itallie and performers such as Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.
The African-American Ms. Stewart, a striking figure with her wild mane of blonde hair, was a familiar sight at the complex, often personally introducing each performance, and more than occasionally implored the audience members to donate to the perpetually cash-strapped organization.
Her influence in the New York theatre world was so far-ranging that, in 1993, she was inducted into the "Broadway Theatre Hall of Fame," the first Off-Off-Broadway producer to be so honored. Her Broadway credits include roles in the original Godspell and Torch Song Trilogy.

Source: Playbill.com

ProductionsDate of Productions
Safe Sex
[Play, Original]
  • Originally presented at LaMama Experimental Theatre Club
Apr 05, 1987 - Apr 12, 1987
André DeShields' Haarlem Nocturne
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Originally produced at LaMama Experimental Theatre Club
Nov 18, 1984 - Dec 30, 1984
Torch Song Trilogy
[Play, Original]
  • World Premiere in 1978 at LaMama Experimental Theatre Club
Jun 10, 1982 - May 19, 1985
[Musical, Original]
  • Originally produced at Café LaMama
Jun 22, 1976 - Sep 04, 1977
Gloria and Esperanza
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by LaMama Experimental Theatre Club
Feb 04, 1970 - Feb 14, 1970
2006 Tony Award® Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre
winner Ellen Stewart [recipient]
2004 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
LaMama Experimental Theatre Club (for "Ramayana 2K3") [nominee]
1991 Theatre World Special Award
winner Ellen Stewart (as Founder and Artistic Director of La Mama) [recipient]
1980 Drama Desk Award Special Award
winner LaMama Experimental Theatre Club (for performances by international companies) [recipient]
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