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Paul Libin

Paul Libin

Producer, Managing Director
Born on Friday, December 12, 1930

Interviewed on: Friday, March 13, 2015
Location: Jujamcyn Theater Offices
Interviewed by: Casey Childs
Interview #31
"One of the great things about the theatre in New York, and the people who have this quest to be in theatre, is nothing will stop it from happening. It has to happen. And when Off-Broadway became more expensive - that's how Off-Off-Broadway started."
Paul Libin Highlights
Video Length: 6 minutes, 6 seconds
Paul Libin Interview
Video Length: 2 hours, 7 minutes

Paul Libin serves as the Executive Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, which he joined in 1990. Mr. Libin began his professional career in the theatre as an actor. Since then, he has worked as a director, lighting designer, technical director, stage manager, company manager, general manager, managing director, and producing director. He produced his first play, THE CRUCIBLE, at the Martinique Theatre in New York in 1958 and has produced, to date, more than 250 productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and on tour. Mr. Libin is the owner of The Circle in the Square Theatre, President of the Circle in the Square Theatre School, and has been on the Board of Governors at The Broadway League since 1976.  He served as a Chairman of The Broadway League from 2009 to 2011 and continues as a member of The Broadway League’s Executive Committee, The Tony Award Administrative and Management Committee, President of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a trustee of The Actors Fund, Actors' Equity Pension and Health Fund, Treasurers' Union Pension and Health Fund, and a former Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts at Columbia University. Mr. Libin was the Producing Director of Circle in the Square Theatre from 1963 to 1990 and served as President of Off-Broadway League for 30 years. The recipient of many awards, he was awarded the Eugene O'Neill Medallion in 2003, the Eugene O'Neill Foundation Tao House Award in 2004, and the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 2013.

Mentioned in Interview

Theodore Mann, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller, Geraldine Page, Gertrude Lawrence, Zero Mostel, Colleen Dewhurst, George C. Scott, Al Pacino, Word Baker, William Saroyan, William Ball, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Wilson, Carol Burnett, Martinique Theatre, Circle in the Square, League of Off-Broadway Theatres & Producers, Jujamcyn Theaters, SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE ZULU AND THE ZAYDA, THE CRUCIBLE, HELLO OUT THERE