Joan S. Cullman, a Broadway producer, died suddenly of a heart attack Thursday at her winter home in Tryall, Jamaica. She was 73.
Cullman lived in New York City where she was a patron of the arts and served as vice chairman of the board at Lincoln Center. Her many contributions to the arts included an honor in her name, the Joan Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity at LCT.
In 1998, Cullman received a Tony Award for being on the producers’ team that brought Yasmina Reza’s play “Art” to Broadway. As producer, her other Broadway shows included “Carmelina,” “Oh, Brother,” “Mademoiselle Colombe, “Skylight,” “The Judas Kiss,” “Amy’s View,” “The Sweet Smell of Success,””The Play What I Wrote” and the upcoming “Caroline, or Change.”
Cullman was also a passionate supporter of the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.
Born Joan Paley in Far Rockaway, N.Y., she attended Brooklyn College and started her career as an assistant to Stan Lee, creator of the Spiderman cartoon.
Cullman is survived by her husband, Joseph Cullman, a brother and two children.