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Donald Schoenbaum

Don Schoenbaum passed away peacefully on February 24, 2012, at the age of 86, having lived an amazing life. He will be remembered as a theater legend. Don was a great friend and mentor to Triple Espresso for many years. We miss him very much!


Donald Schoenbaum was Associate Producer for Triple Espresso and Vice President of PalmTree Productions, Inc.  A  pioneer in the regional theater movement, he was involved in over 300 plays as producer, director and actor. In 1963,with Adrian Hall, he started Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence. In 1966, he became Associate Manager of the Guthrie Theater and took over as Managing Director three years later. During his twenty-one year tenure, the Guthrie grew from a five-play, twenty-five week seasonal operation to a year-round theatrical enterprise. In 1982, under Schoenbaum's management, the Guthrie received the prestigious Antoinette Perry Award (The Tony) for theatrical excellence. He was a member of the Directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), served as Chairman of the Theater Policy and Grants Panels of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and was a founder and Executive Committee Member of the American Arts Alliance (AAA). From 1977 to 1981, he served as President of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT). Schoenbaum was a Director of the Office of Advanced Drama Research (OADR), a Director of KTCA television, a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Minnesota State Arts Board, National Research Center, Foundation for the Extension and Development for the American Professional Theater (FEDAPT), Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, McKnight Foundation and Bush Foundation. He was the recipient of two Ford Foundation fellowships and in 1985; he received the nationally recognized Arts Management Magazine Award as the Arts Executive of the Year.


Producers:   Dennis Babcock | Donald Schoenbaum | Rosalie Miller