Susan L. Schulman, longtime theatrical press agent and publicist, has passed away from complications due to Legionnaires' disease October 18. Confirmed by fellow theatrical press agent Sam Rudy, Schulman's age at the time of death was not immediately available.
As a press agent, Ms. Schulman covered a wide-reaching blend of Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance, film, special events, TV, books, dance, and artists. Born and raised in New York City, she opened her own press office in 1978. Her clients included The Feld Ballet, Manhattan Theatre Club, Phoenix Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, The Cleveland Play House, and A Prairie Home Companion, as well as the Broadway production of Requiem for a Heavyweight with John Lithgow and George Segal. Individually, she represented Karen Ziemba, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Karen Mason, Karen Akers, Guiding Light star Ron Raines, Carlin Glynn, Peter Masterson, Jack Gilford, Gene Klavan, Carol Lawrence, Garrison Keillor, and Pia Zadora, among others.
Outside of her own office, Ms. Schulman represented Lauren Bacall in Applause, Jim Dale in Scapino, George C. Scott in Death of a Salesman and Sly Fox, Bob Fosse' Dancin', Death and the Maiden with Glenn Close, City of Angels, State Fair, Dream, A Streetcar Named Desire with Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange, and The Dance Theatre of Harlem.
In 2013, Ms. Schulman published a memoir, Backstage Pass to Broadway, recounting the ups and downs of a life creating Broadway buzz. The book included anecdotes about working with Bacall, Fosse, Mary Martin, Robert Redford, David Merrick, Raúl Juliá, Zero Mostel, Vanessa Redgrave, Katharine Hepburn, Diana Ross, Henry Winkler, and many more.
Ms. Schulman is survived by her friends, her clients, and the theatrical community at large, for whom she cared deeply.