Roger L. Stevens

Roger L. Stevens

Roger L. Stevens (12 March 1910 – 2 February 1998) was an American theatrical producer, arts administrator, and a real estate executive. He is the founding Chairman of both the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (1961), and National Endowment for the Arts (1965).

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Stevens studied ath the University of Michigan. He produced more than 100 plays and musicals over his career, including "West Side Story", "Bus Stop", and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". In 1971, he received Special Tony Award for his body of work.

Stevens was the General Administrator of the Actors Studio as well as one of the producers of the Playwrights Company, a member of the board of the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA), and one of the members of a Broadway producing company he founded in 1953 with Robert Whitehead, and Robert Dowling. In 1961, he was asked by President John F. Kennedy to help establish a "Natural Cultural Center," and became Chairman of Board of Trustees of what was eventually named the Kennedy Center from 1961 to 1988.

In 1965, he received and appointment from President Lyndon Johnson as first Chairman of the National Council on the Arts later named the National Endowment for the Arts.

tage productions

*Broken Glass (1994) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*The Kentucky Cycle (1993) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*She Loves Me (1993) Tony Award nominee, Best Revival of a Musical
*Shadowlands (1990) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*Death of a Salesman (1984) Tony Award winner, Best Reproduction
*On Your Toes (1983) Tony Award winner, Best Reproduction (Play or Musical)
*Bedroom Farce (1979) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*Deathtrap (1978) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*Old Times (1971) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*Indians (1969) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*Half a Sixpence (1965) Tony Award nominee, Best Musical
*Slow Dance On the Killing Ground (1964) Tony Award nominee, Best Producer of a Play
*Strange Interlude (1963) Tony Award nominee, Best Producer of a Play
*A Man for All Seasons (1962) Tony Award winner, Best Play and Best Producer of a Play
*The Caretaker (1961) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*The Visit (1958) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*A Touch of the Poet (1958) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*West Side Story (1957) (by arrangement) Tony Award nominee, Best Musical
*Time Remembered (1957) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*The Rope Dancers (1957) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*Separate Tables (1956) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*The Waltz of the Toreadors (1956) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*Bus Stop (1955) Tony Award nominee, Best Play
*Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) Tony Award nominee, Best Play

References

*cite news | author=J.P. Shanley | title=New Drama Group Has Million Stock | url=http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00911F73D5B177B93C3AB178CD85F478585F | page=18 | work=The New York Times | date=21 July 1953| accessdate=2008-05-24
*cite book | last=National Endowment for the Arts | title=The National Endowment for the Arts 1965-2000: A Brief Chronology of Federal Support for the Arts | location=Washington, DC | publisher=National Endowment for the Arts | url=http://www.nea.gov/about/Chronology/Chronology.html | year=2000 | oclc=52401250| accessdate=2008-05-24
*cite web | author=Staff writers | title=Biography of Roger L. Stevens | url=http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entitY_id=3809&source_type=A | publisher=Kennedy Center | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-05-24
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External links

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* [http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/stevens/ The Library of Congress exhibit]
* [http://www.artsusa.org/services/annual_awards/public_leadership/legendary_legacy_lifetime/002.asp Public Leadership in the Arts Awards listing, 1998]


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