Robert E. Wankel is set to receive the 2022 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award.
The award is given annually to honor the substantial contributions of a member of the theater community. Often, recipients volunteer time and effort to one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations.
Wankel, the chair and chief executive officer of the Shubert Organization, is being recognized for his involvement and leadership in multiple organizations. He serves as president of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, chair of the board of The Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, is a member of The Actors Fund Chairman’s Council and is the chair of The Shubert Foundation.
He also serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Broadway League and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Times Square Alliance.
In addition, he has spent 39 years as board chair of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is an officer and director of The Actors Studio.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wankel worked closely with both State and City governments to ensure Broadway’s return. He also contributed to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant bill which helped provide funds to entertainment organizations.
“Bob’s outstanding contributions and dedication to the theatre is remarkable,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theatre Wing.
“His generosity and service to the welfare of our Broadway community, over the past 4 decades; and especially in the face of a global crisis, is immeasurable. We are honored to present the 2022 Isabelle Stevenson Award to Bob.”