The 30-year-old Theatre Development Fund (TDF) has elected a new board chairman -- entertainment lawyer John F. Breglio -- and has named Jack Goldstein to the post of executive director.
Breglio succeeds retiring chairman David D. Holbrook, who has held the position since 1990. Goldstein replaces Thomas F. Leahy, who was president of the organization for five years.
Breglio is a partner in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and heads up that firm's entertainment department. For the past four years, Goldstein has worked as the special assistant to Actors' Equity president Ron Silver. He also served as the the coordinator of the Broadway Initiatives Working Group and co-chaired the Theatre Advisory Council to the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.
Founded in 1968, Theatre Development Fund has a mission to support new productions and broaden audience bases for commercial theatre. It is now the largest not-for-profit performing arts service organization in the U.S. Its best-known program is the Times Square TKTS booth, where theatregoers can buy tickets at a discount of 25 or 50 percent.
Other TDF programs include theatre and dance ticket subsidies, the TAP program for the hearing and visually impaired, a voucher program for inexpensive theatregoing, group sales to hospitals and seniors, a costume collection of more than 75,000 garments and accessories, Teachers Night On Broadway, awards to honor costume designers and producers, and courses for novice producers to learn their craft (Commercial Theatre Institute). -- By Rebecca Paller