Robert Wankel
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Shubert Organization


President / Co-CEO

Wankel’s job with the 119-year-old Shubert Organization has him overseeing 17 of the 41 theaters on New York’s Great White Way, Off-Broadway’s New World Stages and Stage 42 and the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia. Working with Shubert chairman/co-CEO Philip J. Smith, he has booked a lineup of productions for 2019-20: “Betrayal,” “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “Slave Play,” “The Inheritance,” “Derren Brown: Secret,” “Girl From the North Country” and “West Side Story.” Wankel serves on the board of the Shubert Foundation — which in 2019 supported 556 nonprofit arts organizations with some $32 million in grants — as well as charitable orgs including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In 2018, he took part in the keynote conversation at Variety’s annual Power of Broadway event.


  • Shubert Organization
  • Broadway League
  • Shubert Foundation

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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