The American Theatre Wing, the theatre support organization best known for administering the Tony Awards, has announced that its new executive director will be Robert Callely (pronounced Ka-hay'-lee), who is leaving his post as managing director of Theatre Development Fund, which he's held since 1990. Callely fills a long-open slot at ATW, while Victoria Claypool will take his place at TDF. At TDF, the country's largest not-for-profit arts service (it runs New York's TKTS discount booth), Callely managed a $14 million operating budget. His previous jobs included Assistant Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (1987-1990), and producer of more than 40 plays and musicals across the country. He's on the Board of Trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Board of Directors of the Actors' Work Program (since 1990).
Isabelle Stevenson, President of the Wing, said that Callely's "creativity and background in theatre will be an asset to our student, audience development and educational programs, as well as serving the Wing well in its role as a partner in the theatre community."
--By David Lefkowitz