Dr. Stephen Langley, an educator, author, theater manager and founder of one of the first graduate-level programs in arts management in the U.S., died of respiratory heart failure Saturday at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. He was 58.
Born in 1938, Langley graduated from Emerson College in Boston, eventually receiving a Ph.D. in dramatic literature from the U. of Illinois.
Langley became associated with Brooklyn College in 1967, when he reorganized the performing arts programs and facilities on campus.
He gained prominence by establishing and becoming the director of the MFA program in Performing Arts Management at Brooklyn College. Since 1972, the program has produced more than 250 graduates from the U.S. and 14 foreign countries, with graduates achieving positions in commercial and not-for-profit arts organizations worldwide.
Langley authored three academic books on the theater, including “Theater Management and Production in America,” considered the standard textbook on arts management, “Producers on Producers” and most recently “Jobs in Arts and Media Management.”
Langley also served as general manager of the Falmouth Playhouse on Cape Cod for more than 20 years.
Langley is survived by an uncle, Lester Langley.
A memorial service will be June 19 in Brooklyn.
Donations may be sent to the Stephen Langley Scholarship Fund at Brooklyn College.