Ariana DeBose, Cody Renard Richard, More Join Broadway Cares' Board of Trustees | Playbill

Broadway Cares Ariana DeBose, Cody Renard Richard, More Join Broadway Cares' Board of Trustees

Three artists also stepped off the Board after years of service.

Ariana DeBose and Cory Renard Richard

Four members of the industry were added to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Board of Trustees at its annual fall meeting October 12.

Joining the fundraising organization were Oscar-winning actor and Tony Awards host Ariana DeBose, last on Broadway in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; Ambassador Theatre Group North America CEO Stephen Lewin; production stage manager and producer Cody Renard Richard; and Actors’ Equity Association Executive Director Alvin Vincent Jr.

Stepping off the board after years of distinguished service were actors Kate Burton, Kathleen Chalfant (a founding board member), and Cherry Jones.

“These four movers-and-shakers have made a groundbreaking impact in our industry,” said Robert E. Wankel, president of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees and Chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, in a statement. “Their presence on the board will play a critical role in Broadway Cares’ ongoing fundraising and grant-making efforts. Broadway Cares and the board are committed to bringing new voices to the table who will play an integral role in the organization’s and our industry’s future.”

The complete list of current Board of Trustees now includes President Robert E. Wankel, Executive Vice President Thomas Schumacher, First Vice President Ira Mont, Second Vice President Schele Williams, Third Vice President Tom Kirdahy, Treasurer Phil Birsh, Secretary Judith Rice, Ted Arthur, Cornelius Baker, Joseph Benincasa, David Binder, Chris Boneau, Barry Brown, Lisa Dawn Cave, Sherry Cohen, Gavin Creel, Alan Cumming, DeBose, Maria Di Dia, Linda Duncombe, Mandy Gonzalez, Amanda Green, Tom Harris, Richard Hester, Richard Jay-Alexander, Beverly Jenkins, Francis Jue, Adam Krauthamer, Nathan Lane, Peter Lawrence, Lewin, Joe Machota, Kimberly Marable, Kevin McCollum, Jerry Mitchell, Brian Moreland, Javier Muñoz, John Eric Parker, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Lauren Reid, Richard, Chita Rivera, Jordan Roth, Nick Scandalios, Mark Shacket, Kate Shindle, Charlotte St. Martin, David Stone, Vincent Jr., Tom Viola (ex-officio), and Channing Wickham.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.


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