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SECOND STAGE Announces New Board Members


Elected as Co-Chairs of Second Stage Theater’s Board of Directors


Join Board of Directors as Trustees


Becomes a Chairman Emeritus

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September 20, 2018 – Currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that Terry Lindsay, a current Trustee of the Board, and Timothy J. McClimon, Trustee and President, American Express Foundation and Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express, have been elected as Co-Chairs of Second Stage’s Board of Trustees, effective September 1, 2018. Additionally, Laurie Erlandson and Peter Lichtenthal have both been voted on as new members of the Board of Trustees. Former Chairman Stephen C. Sherrill will remain on the Board, joining Tony Kiser as a Chairman Emeritus.

In addition, several current Board Trustees will assume new positions for fiscal year 2019: Tony Goldwyn has been named Vice Chair, Stewart Smith has been named Treasurer, and Angela Sun has been named Chair of the Executive Committee.

“We are so thankful for Stephen’s service to the Second Stage Board of Trustees during his more than 30 years as Chairman of the Board,” said Co-Chairs Terry Lindsay and Tim McClimon. “His leadership as well as his enormous contributions and support over the years have been paramount to our success. We look forward to continuing our work with him in this new role and look forward to welcoming our new members as we kick off our 40th Anniversary Season.”

TERRY LINDSAY is a life-long champion of the arts. She began dancing at age five and today supports young dancers as a Trustee of the Juilliard School. She's also a current member of Variations Dance Company. Along with her passion for performance, Terry is a proven advocate: she co-chaired her reunion campaigns for Stanford University, from which she received her BA, and was on their Overseas Studies Advisory Board for ten years. It was CTG productions in Los Angeles, where she grew up, that ignited her love of the stage and belief that theater - immersive, immediate, transporting - is our best legacy, and antidote. Terry and her husband Bob raised their four sons in New York, and she joined the Second Stage Board in 2009.

TIMOTHY J. McCLIMON is President of the American Express Foundation and Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express Company. In this role, he directs all of the American Express Company’s global social responsibility, philanthropy and employee engagement programs. Mr. McClimon was recognized as one of the The NonProfit Times’ Top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Prior to joining American Express, Mr. McClimon was Executive Director of Second Stage Theater. He also served as the Executive Director of the AT&T Foundation where he directed AT&T’s global philanthropy and corporate citizenship programs. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. McClimon joined AT&T from the New York law firm of Webster & Sheffield where he was a lawyer specializing in not-for-profit corporate law. Mr. McClimon is the lead faculty member for the Institute for Corporate Responsibility jointly sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. A former David Rockefeller Fellow with the New York City Partnership, Mr. McClimon serves on the boards of Americans for the Arts, Independent Sector and Mark Morris Dance Group. Since 1990, Mr. McClimon has been an adjunct professor at New York University where he teaches two graduate level courses in arts and not-for-profit management. He also writes a blog on corporate social responsibility, which can be found at Tim joined the Second Stage Board in 1989.

LAURIE ERLANDSON is a former CPA and has been a community volunteer and philanthropist for the past 25 years. She currently serves on the boards of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Rhode Island (Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee), New York Edge and InnerCity Tennis, Minneapolis. Laurie works in business development with the luxury fashion brand, Isoude, which is based in New York and Rhode Island. She divides her time between homes in Minneapolis and New York.

PETER LICHTENTHAL is a dynamic global executive with deep experience in nurturing creative and executive talent while growing iconic brands within the prestige cosmetics industry. His innovative and strategic leadership was key to his nearly 30 years of success at the Estée Lauder Companies, highlighted by his role as Global Brand President of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Bumble and bumble, and Smashbox Cosmetics as well executive positions at M.A.C. Cosmetics and Estée Lauder's flagship brand. During his career, Peter steadfastly guided numerous brands through rapid change, fostering creation of new marketing, product, and distribution strategies. He also developed and executed successful business plans across multiple prestige cosmetics platforms, leading high-performing teams that ensured continued growth and evolution within a highly competitive global market. Also a motivating public speaker, Peter is regularly sought after to present at creative and business forums and excels at speaking with ease in a variety of settings. He has been honored to be a guest lecturer at his alma mater, Brandeis University, in their International Business School. Peter is the Co-Vice Chair for The Point Foundation, an organization that empowers LGBTQ students to achieve both their academic and leadership potential. Additionally, he is Chair of the foundation's Community College Program. Peter also founded and co-chaired Estée Lauder's LGBTQ Employee Resource Group, working with executive leadership to craft policies that foster a welcoming culture. A lifelong theater lover, Peter resides in New York City with his husband, Perry Eisman.


Second Stage Theater’s 40th Anniversary season kicked off with the New York premiere of Tracy Letts’ acclaimed play, Mary Page Marlowe, directed by Lila Neugebauer, which officially opened on July 12 and ended its extended, critically acclaimed limited run on August 19.

Concurrently, the season included the Broadway premiere of Young Jean Lee’s STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, directed by Anna D. Shapiro and starring Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Ty Defoe, Armie Hammer, Stephen Payne, and Paul Schneider. The production officially opened on July 23 at The Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway and concluded its acclaimed run on September 9.

Upcoming productions at the Off-Broadway Tony Kiser Theater will begin in October with the World Premiere of DAYS OF RAGE, a new play by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen), directed by Trip Cullman who staged the company’s recent Tony-nominated hit production of Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero. Previews begin October 9 and opening night is October 30.

The season will continue in winter 2019 with the World Premiere musical, SUPERHERO, with a book by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red), music and lyrics by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), and direction by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore (Avenue Q). This new musical will feature Tony Award nominees Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide…) and newcomer Kyle McArthur. Previews begin January 31, 2019 and the production will officially open on February 28.

Summer 2019 will feature Christopher Shinn’s Pulitzer Prize finalist, DYING CITY, in a new production from director Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), who also staged Second Stage’s recent production of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe.

Additionally this fall, Second Stage’s sold-out, wildly popular production of Harvey Fierstein’s TORCH SONG, directed by Moisés Kaufman and starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl, is moving to Broadway and will play at Second Stage’s Broadway home, The Helen Hayes Theater.


Under the artistic direction of Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATER operates three New York City venues, exclusively dedicated to producing living American playwrights. Second Stage’s first season on Broadway at The Hayes Theater included Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, directed by Trip Cullman (Tony nominee for Best Revival of Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role, Michael Cera and Brian Tyree Henry) and Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee and directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Among Second Stage’s 180 productions are the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis; the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes; Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts; The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown; Dogfight by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Peter Duchan; Dear Evan Hansen by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; Trust and Lonely, I’m Not by Paul Weitz; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz; Everyday Rapture and Whorl Inside a Loop by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy and Notes From the Field by Anna Deavere Smith; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein; Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; Jitney by August Wilson; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan; Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; and Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee.

The company’s more than 130 citations include six 2017 Tony Awards for Dear Evan Hansen (Best Musical; Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Ben Platt; Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Rachel Bay Jones; Best Book of a Musical; Best Original Score; Best Orchestrations); the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley, Next to Normal), Best Score (Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal), and Best Orchestrations (Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin, Next to Normal); the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed); the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, …Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, …Spelling Bee); the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses); the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 29 Obie Awards, eight Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Clarence Derwent Awards, 13 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 20 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 23 AUDELCO Awards.

In 1999, Second Stage Theater opened The Tony Kiser Theater, its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theater, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. In 2002, Second Stage launched “Second Stage Theater Uptown” to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theater. The Theater supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs. In 2018, Second Stage began producing at its 589-seat Broadway home, The Hayes Theater. Originally named “The Little Theater” and built in 1912, the city landmark has been remodeled by David Rockwell of Rockwell Group.

Second Stage Theater is investing in its future by commissioning over 20 living American playwrights.

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