American Airlines Theatre Will Be Renamed the Todd Haimes Theatre
Roundabout Theatre Company announced today that the 104-year-old Selwyn Theatre, now known as the American Airlines Theatre, will become the Todd Haimes Theatre, in recognition of the late artistic director and chief executive’s extraordinary dedication to the institution he called home, and his enormous contributions to Roundabout and the entire theatre community.
The American Airlines Theatre represents the vision of Todd Haimes’ leadership at Roundabout. In the late 1990s he restored the historic Selwyn Theatre to become the flagship home for Roundabout on Broadway, opening in 2000 with The Man Who Came To Dinner, starring Nathan Lane. Through the years, the American Airlines Theatre has provided space for Roundabout’s extensive education programs and career training initiatives, and on stage has been home to Tony Award-winning and -nominated productions of Big River, The Pajama Game, On the Twentieth Century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, A Soldier’s Play, and Trouble in Mind.
The Todd Haimes Theatre will be unveiled and dedicated during Roundabout’s 2023-2024 season, which opens on Broadway with the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s I Need That, starring Danny DeVito, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel; followed by the first Broadway revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable, directed by Scott Ellis; and completed by Home by Samm-Art Williams, directed by Kenny Leon.
As the leader of Roundabout Theatre Company for nearly 40 years, Todd Haimes transformed a company operating in a 150-seat space in a converted Chelsea basement into one of the leading cultural institutions in New York City and the largest not-for-profit theatre in America. It now has five Broadway and off-Broadway spaces for a rich repertory of both classics and world premieres; runs the most expansive education program of any theatre in the country highlighted by its Theatrical Workforce Development Program; and provides opportunities, support, and resources to artists at every stage of their careers.
The charge to honor Haimes through this renaming was led by Board members: Lawrence Kaplen, Katheryn Patterson Kempner and Thomas E. Tuft through leadership gifts to the Todd Haimes Fund for Artistic Excellence. Created in 2003 by then-Board Chair Steven Goldstone, the Todd Haimes Fund for Artistic Excellence was designed to provide support for artistic risk, including new work development, musicals and artist-based programs. Additional gifts to this fund allow Roundabout to sustain and grow existing programs and maintain critical artistic risk capital as well as support planned renovations of the Todd Haimes Theatre in 2025.
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