Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS has welcomed Adam Krauthamer, Kimberly Marable, Brian Moreland, Javier Muñoz, Billy Porter and Schele Williams to its board of directors. The six new board members were unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees at its virtual fall meeting on 24 September.
The new directors fill vacancies left by founding director Terrence McNally, who passed away in March; Philip J. Smith, who leaves the board with his retirement as president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization; and board members Joe Baker, Bob Callely, Paul DiDonato, Roy Harris and Jay Laudato, leaving their positions on the board.
“This group of impressive leaders in our industry have come up multiple times and dedicated themselves to those who have been marginalized, silenced and neglected – the same people helped by the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS grants,” said Robert E. Wankel, chair of the board of directors of Broadway Cares and president and CEO of The Shubert Organization, in a statement. “Broadway Cares and this council are committed to bringing new voices to the table and making sure those voices play a vital role in the future of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. This is another step in that direction, because there is still a lot of work to be done. “
Krauthamer is president and executive director of Local 802, New York American Federation of Musicians, and co-founder and executive director of Musicians for Pension Security. Since 2006 he has been playing in the pits of the Broadway orchestra Frozen, The king and me, Cinderella, is Shrek The musical.
Marable is part of the current Broadway cast Hadestown and was previously in the Broadway company of The Lion King. She is a co-founder of Broadway Serves, which provides community service opportunities to the New York theater and traveling community.
Moreland is a producer of Life span of a fact, Sea Wall / A Life, is The sound inside whose next Broadway production American buffalo he hopes to open in 2021. He is also a member of the Broadway League Board of Governors.
Muñoz is known for playing the lead role in Hamilton and Usnavi in In the Heights. A cancer survivor, he has lived with HIV since 2002 and is an HIV / AIDS activist and social justice activist. He also helped found the Broadway Relief Project, which brought together theater volunteers to use their costume design and sewing skills to create PPE for healthcare workers in New York City hospitals.
Porter is known for winning Tony as Lola in Extravagant boots. An advocate of HIV / AIDS care and social justice, he made history in 2019 as the first openly gay black man to win lead actor in a drama Emmy Award for his role in Pose. Porter is also a founding member of Black Theater United.
Director Williams was recently cast to lead the revival of Aida for Disney Theatrical Productions. He is a partner of New York University’s Center of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging and is chair of the board of directors of Broadway Inspirational Voices. He is also a founding member of Black Theater United.
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is a leading non-profit, industry-based AIDS fundraising and grant organization. Drawing on the talent, resources and generosity of the American theater community, since 1988 Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $ 300 million for essential services for people with HIV / AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses throughout the world. United States.
The full list of members of the Board of Trustees can be found on BroadwayCares.org.