Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has made a $10,000 donation in honor of the late Arthur Gaffin, the Broadway stage manager who worked on over two dozen productions. Gaffin died September 13, 2019.
A beloved and respected member of the Broadway community, Gaffin was a frequent help with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising. The donation will go to The Stage Manager’s Project of The Actors Fund.
Beginning his Broadway career as assistant stage manager on 1986's Wild Honey, Gaffin went on to serve as production stage manager for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Nine; the 2014 revival of Cabaret; and most recently 1984.
“Artie showed us how it could be done,” said Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director Tom Viola in a Facebook post. “He taught us to engage in a way that fostered further engagement and gently steered us through shoals when we bumped into them.... Artie led with kindness. A kindness tempered with no-nonsense experience, commitment, understanding and empathy.
"In honor of the stage management community—across Broadway, Off-Broadway and on national tour—Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is making a $10,000 gift to The Stage Manager’s Project of The Actors Fund in memory of Artie, our pal.”
Below, see the Broadway community remember Gaffin.
#Broadway lost one of the good ones today. Production Stage Manager Arthur Gaffin was one of the kindest people in the Broadway community, and one of the best PSMs I've ever met. I hope @BroadwayLeague considers dimming the lights for Artie. Life is short. RIP Artie.— Telly Leung (@tellyleung) September 14, 2019
Last night, one of the sweetest guys on the face of the planet passed away. Artie Gaffin was an amazing PSM, always bringing positive energy, and snacks, to every production he led. @NorthCountryBwy will miss you deeply. RIP #foreveryoung pic.twitter.com/hnniCvm29u— Marc Kudisch (@MarcKuds) September 14, 2019
Broadway Lights please #Dim4Artie because Artie Gaffin was the kindest, funniest man who ever made being a Stage Manager into an artform and made a backstage crew into a family.— John Mulaney (@mulaney) September 15, 2019
Artie’s last Half Hour call of @ohhelloshow
Jan 22, 2017 pic.twitter.com/2lik1mQ0R7
Artie Gaffin was absolutely the best in the biz...the backbone of SO many Broadway shows over the years. And the dearest man ever. So grateful I got to work with him. @BroadwayLeague, please #dim4artie https://t.co/xy686fradl— Lindsay Mendez (@LindsayMendez) September 14, 2019
I just heard of the passing of beloved stagemanager and friend Artie Gaffin. He was a legend in the Broadway community and so loved by all! I’m asking the @BroadwayLeague to #Dim4Artie. He deserves it! @broadwaycom @BroadwayWorld— Mandy Gonzalez (@_mandygonzalez) September 14, 2019