General manager, union leader and producer Dorothy Olim will receive the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women/NY on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Player's Club in New York.
From 1987-91, Olim served as Secretary-Treasurer of ATPAM, the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. (They're the organization that recently voted to authorize a strike against producers and theatre owners.) An originating member of Broadway Cares, the AIDS charity organization, and The Broadway Alliance, a plan to make Broadway play production costs and ticket prices more reasonable, Olim also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres & Producers for 15 years. For 26 years, Olim owned and operated Dorothy Olim Associates, Inc., which managed over 100 Broadway and Off Broadway productions, as well as several theatres.
The first woman to be elected President of the League of Advertising Agencies, Olim is also an associate producer of Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks. The co-founder of B'WAY, the All-Entertainment-Industry Wellness committee, Olim has taken other detours in her showbiz career, including stints operating a Music Circus tent, touring with a country fair "medicine show."
The League of Professional Theatre Women/NY, a not-for-profit advocacy orgainzation, promotes visibility and increased opportunites for women in the professional theatre. Cited by Crain's Magazine as one of the top women's organizations in New York City, the League offers seminars, educational programs, social events, awards and festivals.
The Lee Reynolds Award is given annually to women active in any aspects of the American theatre that "illuminates the possibilities for social, cultural or political change." Past recipients include Joanne Woodward, Zelda Fichandler, Ruby Dee, Betty Corwin, Lynne Meadow and Emily Mann. Reynolds was a producer who served on the League's Board of Directors. --By David Lefkowitz