Long, who joined the board of the Wing last year, will succeed current Chair Ted Chapin, who concludes his four-year term this year (the maximum number of consecutive years permitted). Chapin will maintain an active role in The Wing as Co-Vice Chair.
Long will serve as Chair of the Wing's Board of Directors, which also welcomes three new appointees: Pamela Zilly, Pamela Bell and Mark Abrahams. (ATW officers include Co-Vice Chairs Chapin and Peter Schneider, Treasurer Michael Price and Secretary Enid Nemy. The Wing's Executive Director Heather Hitchens recently completed her first full year.)
"I am honored to lead the board of the American Theatre Wing,” said Long in a statement. “Having worked for 38 years in professional theatre designing 63 Broadway productions, I am very proud to be part of an organization that celebrates artistic excellence in the theatre."
"I have had four remarkable years as Chair during a period of growth," Chapin added. "And while I am not intending to venture too far away, I think William is an inspired choice. I look forward to working with him and with our amazing Executive Director, Heather Hitchens, as the Wing continues to strengthen and blossom."
The American Theatre Wing is a not-for-profit organization best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, which it presents annually with The Broadway League. In addition to “Downstage Center,” “Working in the Theatre” and a host of other online resources, The Wing sponsors many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre. Visit americantheatrewing.org.