Warren Caro, longtime Shubert Organization and Theatre Guild executive, died Jan. 1 in Englewood, N.J., after a lengthy illness. He was 87 and had lived the last two years at the Actors’ Fund Home there.
From 1967 until his retirement in 1981, Caro was a top Shubert exec, serving Broadway’s biggest theater owner as director of theater operations and later, as project development director.
Before joining Shubert, Caro spent two decades as executive director of the Theater Guild’s touring unit, the American Theatre Society – National Subscription Program, which sent Broadway productions to subscription series in 21 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
He was also vice president of the Guild’s producing arm, Theater Guild Prods.
While with the Guild, Caro was instrumental in creating the Theater Guild NBC Play Series, one of TV’s early live dramatic programs, and was a founder of the New York chapter of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Caro received two special Tony Awards: for his work with the Guild, especially for building the subscription system on the road, and for inaugurating with Guild co-founder Lawrence Langner the Theater Guild American Repertory Company, which starred Helen Hayes and presented Guild productions overseas.
Born in Brooklyn and educated at Cornell U., Caro spent his early career as a lawyer in Washington. In 1948 he chaired the first congress of the Intl. Theater Institute, in Prague.
Caro was a former head of the board of trustees of the American Academy of Arts and was a frequent lecturer and writer at many schools.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and Kelly Caro-Rosenberg, his daughter from an earlier marriage.