In a shock announcement on Tuesday, Charlotte St. Martin, who has served as president of the Broadway League since 2006, stated she can be stepping down from her present position subsequent month.
Because the chief of the league, a commerce affiliation representing producers and theater house owners in addition to presenters from across the nation, Martin has held one of the crucial pivotal positions within the theater business. The league performs an vital position in selling Broadway, handles labor negotiations with the numerous unions representing theater employees on Broadway and on tour, and collects and distributes knowledge about Broadway’s financial well being and the demographics of its viewers.
The League additionally presents, alongside the American Theater Wing, the Tony Awards, which is the annual ceremony honoring one of the best exhibits and performances on Broadway.
St. Martin’s retirement, efficient Feb. 16, comes as Broadway — which is made up of 41 theaters concentrated in and round Instances Sq. — continues to be struggling to rebound from the prolonged pandemic shutdown. The economics of Broadway have grow to be more and more difficult as manufacturing prices have risen whereas viewers ranges stay decrease than they have been earlier than the pandemic.
The league stated in an announcement that St. Martin would proceed to advise the group by way of this yr’s Tony Awards, that are scheduled to happen on June 16. Jason Laks, the league’s government vice chairman and common counsel, will run the group on a day-to-day foundation till St. Martin’s alternative is chosen; the league is overseen by a board that’s chaired by Kristin Caskey, an government vice chairman of the Ambassador Theater Group.