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Ellen Stewart

Producer, Presenter
( b. Nov 07, 1919 Alexandria, Louisiana, USA - d. Jan 13, 2011 New York, New York, USA ) Female

Biography: Ellen Stewart was born on November 7, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois. She studied teaching at Arkansas State College. She started La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in the basement of a tenement on East Ninth Street in 1962. At the time, she was a dress designer. Some LaMaMa plays moved to Broadway and had extended runs in commercial Off Broadway houses. She put on about 70 productions a year. She had a son, Larry Hovell, and an adopted son, Duk Hyung Yoo.

The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on January 18, 2011.

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
2018 Tony Award® Regional Theatre Award
winner LaMama Experimental Theatre Club [recipient]
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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