Seth Gelblum, who served as legal counsel to producers, writers, directors, composers and others involved many theatrical productions over the past 30 years, died August 8.
Mr. Gelblum was partner at the law firm of Loeb & Loeb, where he was chair of the firm’s theatre department. He has such standing in the theater community that, earlier this year, he was given a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the playwright development workshop New Dramatists, and numerous other accolades throughout his career.
His clients included director Julie Taylor and George C. Wolfe and the producers Barry and Fran Weissler. He also put in time on the nonprofit side of the theatre. He served as chairman of the board of New Dramatists, the premier playwright support organization in the country.
He was also a longtime member of the board of directors of Lawyers for Children, which provided representation of children in family court and in class action litigation. Earlier this year, Seth accepted the “LFC Champion” award in recognition of his legacy of support for Lawyers for Children and the organization’s young clients.
Together with his wife Orren Alperstein, he was also a founding board member and officer of the Canavan Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the eradication of Canavan disease, a rare and fatal genetic neurological disorder, which took the life of their daughter Morgan in 1997.
He is survived by his wife Orren, and two children.