As members of the Theater Subdistrict Council, these theatre folk will be responsible for administering the Theater Subdistrict Fund and allocating grants with the "goal of promoting the production of new theater work, developing new audiences, and showcasing Broadway’s role in the history of American theater," according to press notes.
Through its grants, the TSC has supported 37 theatre education, audience development and accessibility programs as well as new theatrical works.
"New York City is home to the single greatest theater district in the world, steeped in rich history and populated by boundless talent. Today’s appointees not only understand the cultural and historical significance of Broadway theater – they helped contribute to it," said Mayor de Blasio in a statement. "I know they will work hard to support this celebrated artistic center, ensuring New York City’s theater district continues to thrive and attract talented young people from all over."
"The importance of the theater district on Broadway is unparalleled," added Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee. "Ensuring that the district is maintained is immensely important to our City as a whole. I welcome the Mayor’s appointees to the Theater Subdistrict Council and look forward to working with them to continue the grand tradition of Broadway theater."
The Theater Subdistrict Council, established by a 1998 zoning law, is a not-for-profit corporation limited solely to "promoting theater and theater-related use and preservation within, and promoting the welfare of, the Theater Subdistrict."