Shubert Leader Philip Smith Will Be Honored at Irish Rep Gala June 2

News   Shubert Leader Philip Smith Will Be Honored at Irish Rep Gala June 2 The Irish Repertory Theatre's annual benefit gala on June 2 will honor Philip J. Smith, chairman and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization.

The Off-Broadway troupe's fundraiser will be held at the Pierre Hotel. More details about the event will be announced soon.

Irish Rep bills the evening as "the first honor for Phil Smith since becoming chairman of the Shubert Organization."

Smith began his career as a box-office treasurer at the Shubert-owned Imperial Theatre on Broadway. He was brought into the Shubert Organization's administrative offices in 1965 as Shubert president Bernard Jacobs' chief aide, and steadily rose through the ranks, to vice president and then executive vice president. Following the death of Jacobs in 1996, he was named by Gerald Schoenfeld as Jacobs' replacement.

The Shubert Organization never publicly discussed lines of succession, but it was assumed by most that Smith would eventually take Schoenfeld's place at the helm. As expected, after the November 2008 death of chairman Gerald Schoenfeld, Smith was elevated to the role of chairman of The Shubert Organization, becoming the senior man at the Shuberts. Smith and Robert Wankel were named co-chief executive officers of The Shubert Organization in December 2008. Smith was also chairman of the board of The Shubert Foundation.

Founded by Ciarán O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. The mission of the theatre is "to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences, to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures." Visit www.irishrep.org.

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