Amy Sullivan, Former Head of O'Neill Theater Center, Dies

Obituaries   Amy Sullivan, Former Head of O'Neill Theater Center, Dies Amy Sullivan, who served as executive director of the prestigious theatre labaratory, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, from September 2003 through January 2007, died June 10 after a long battle with cancer.

Ms. Sullivan resigned her position at the Waterford, CT, for health reasons, but remained on as a consultant.

During her short tenure as executive director, she added a new development conference for cabaret and performance; initiated an accredited National Theater Institute summer learning program; and renovated and reopened the landmark Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, where Eugene O'Neill spent his boyhood years and which later became the setting of his plays Long Day's Journey Into Night and Ah, Wilderness!. She also spearheaded the O'Neill's purchase of the house next door to the Monte Cristo Cottage (also once owned by the O'Neill family) with funding from the State of Connecticut.

Preston Whiteway, the O'Neill's executive director and formerly general manager under Ms. Sullivan, commented, "Amy's loss is a profound one. The reason the O'Neill is now on firmer financial ground and in an artistic renaissance is due largely to the foundation Amy laid. Her drive and absolute love for the O'Neill inspired so many. I will miss her deeply."

Chairman of the Board Tom Viertel noted, "Amy was a great spirit. She believed in the O'Neill. She was a determined, positive and graceful leader, and her impact on the O’Neill and its family of artists was huge. We will all miss her so much both as a personal friend and a beloved colleague."

Amy Sullivan received a B.A. cum laude in English Literature and Theater Arts from Upsala College, East Orange, NJ. She later graduated from the two year-program of acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, studying with Sanford Meisner. Following a performance career, she was a program director for the American Theater Wing and a special assistant to Broadway producers Robert Whitehead and Elliot Martin before entering and graduating from the Yale School of Drama's MFA program in Arts Administration. She began her relationship with the O'Neill when she served as its development director from 1993 to 1995. Ms. Sullivan is survived by her husband, Bruce Josephy and son, Dan. Services are private; a memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385, or the Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511.

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