After 33 years atop the American Theater Wing, the organization that founded Broadway’s Tony Awards, president Isabelle Stevenson is stepping down. Stevenson becomes board chairwoman, while Roy A. Somlyo takes over as prexy of the Wing and the board.
Somlyo has worked with the Wing since 1967. For the past 12 years, he has served as managing producer of the Tonys, which the American Theater Wing produces with the League of American Theaters & Producers. He will be succeeded in that position by Edgar Dobie, former prexy of the Really Useful Co.
In making the announcement at Sardi’s Wednesday, Stevenson noted that she becomes the second chairwoman of the Wing, following Antoinette Perry, for whom the Tony Awards were named.
In addition to the Tonys, the American Theater Wing administers various theater grants and programs, including educational outreach programs in schools and seminars broadcast in New York featuring panels of professionals.
Somlyo, who takes over his new position Sept. 1, joked that with the directing Tonys going to women this year, “perhaps it’s time we had a male president of the American Theater Wing.” As a member of the board of governors of the League of American Theaters & Producers, Somlyo said he hopes his experience with both orgs will help smooth the joint administering of the awards show.