Jay Harnick

Jay Harnick, who founded TheatreWorks USA and was its artistic director for many years, died Feb. 27, 2007, a spokesman at TheatreWorks confirmed. Mr. Harnick had a career as a performer before he and Charles Hull began TheatreWorks USA in 1961. Its mission was to provide theatrical entertainment for young audiences. Over the years, the company nurtured talents including directors Gabriel Barre, Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth and Michael Mayer; composers Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty, Jason Robert Brown, Larry O'Keefe, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; and actors F. Murray Abraham, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper and John Glover.

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  • Born: Jun 8, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Death: Feb 27, 2007 in Manhattan, New York