Arielle Tepper Madover Elected Board Chair of Public Theater
The Board of Trustees of The Public Theater just announced that Arielle Tepper Madover has been elected as The Public's new Board Chair. Madover, who joined the board in 2009, has been an active member of the Executive Committee, serving as Board Vice-Chair for the last year and Chair of The Public's Commercial Projects Committee since 2011. She was Co-Chair of The Public's 2013 Gala and the 50thAnniversary Gala in 2012, achieving the highest grossing galas in Public Theater history. A Tony Award-winning producer, Madover will serve a three year term effective immediately.
Madover succeeds Warren Spector who served as Board Chair since 2005 and will remain on the Board's Executive Committee. During Spector's eight-year tenure, The Public Theater experienced significant institutional transformation and tremendous artistic success. Spector was instrumental in developing the Board of Trustees and in leading a $42 million revitalization of the historic Astor Place Library building that modernized its public spaces and created a new restaurant called The Library. He supported The Public's launch of ambitious new programs, including Public Lab, a series of developmental productions designed to respond to new work immediately; Public Works, a community-based-theater initiative; and Public Forum, a series of talks, lectures, conversations and debates that connect the work onstage with the issues facing society at large. Also, during this period, The Public increased the number of annual productions and doubled its operating budget to $28 million. The Whitton-Spector Library at The Public honors a generous gift from Spector and his wife Margaret Whitton that marked the first Board leadership commitment of the successful Going Public capital campaign.
"It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this great New York institution and to witness the extraordinary accomplishments over the past eight years," said Warren Spector. "Arielle will head a dynamic and committed Board who have worked to ensure that The Public is prepared for future challenges and to pursue its unique and vital mission. She has been an invaluable voice on the Executive Committee and I know she is the perfect leader to support Oskar, Patrick, and The Public Theater staff as they continue to shape the American theater as well the cultural and civic life of New York City."
"As a New York City native, I was so fortunate to experience first-hand the work and influence of The Public Theater," said Arielle Tepper Madover. "Not only is The Public an essential part of life in New York, it has served as a role model and leader for cultural institutions in the U.S. and indeed the world. I am very excited to work with the rest of the Board, Oskar Eustis, Patrick Willingham, and the staff of The Public Theater as they continue to remain true to the theater's ongoing mission of making theater accessible to all."
The Public Theater Board of Trustees includes Chairman Arielle Tepper Madover; Vice Chair Pat Fili-Krushel; Treasurer Jim Steinberg; Secretary Gail Merrifield Papp; and Trustees Renée Beaumont; Andrea E. Bernstein; Zach Buchwald; Mary Schmidt Campbell; Anne Clarke Wolff, Gordon J. Davis, Esq.; Eric Ellenbogen; Oskar Eustis; Stephen L. Feinberg; Hilary C. Feshbach; Candia Fisher; Faith E. Gay; Anne Hathaway; Kevin Kline; Debby Landesman; Barbara Manocherian; Charlotte Relyea, Jed Root; Wendi Rose; Lizanne Rosenstein; Mark Rosenthal; Liev Schreiber; Alexandra Shiva; Andrew Shiva; Tom Slaughter; Warren Spector; Steven C. Taub; Grace Lyu Volckhausen; Robin Wagner; Sam Waterston; Audrey Wilf; Frances Wilkinson; and Patrick Willingham.