Theater impresario Ellen Stewart dies

Off Broadway vet was head of La Mama Club

Off Off Broadway impresario Ellen Stewart died Jan. 13 in Manhattan after a long illness. Stewart, 91, was said to have had a history of heart problems.

The founder of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club brought influential avant-garde and foreign theater to New York City over her decades-long tenure at the head of her East Village-based companyb. She worked with theater artists from Harvey Fierstein, who premiered his “Torch Song Trilogy” at the theater, to Robert Wilson, Amy Sedaris and the Blue Man Group.

Stewart’s co-artistic director of the past two years, Mia Yoo, will take over the principal spot at La MaMa.

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