Get to know the New 42 Board and Artist Council committed to supporting and sharing the mission of the New 42.

New 42 Board of Directors

Fiona Howe Rudin has been Chairman of the Board since 2012. Ms. Rudin joined the Board in 2004 and had previously served as a Vice Chair from 2008. Ms. Rudin succeeded Marian Sulzberger Heiskell, the Founding Chairman of the Board. Ms. Heiskell served for 22 years as Chairman and remained on the Board for another seven years until her death in 2019.


Fiona Howe Rudin, Chairman
Russell Granet, President & CEO
Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn, Vice Chair
Tiffany Gardner, Vice Chair
Marc A. Spilker, Vice Chair
Stefanie Katz Rothman, Secretary
Andrew Sommers, Treasurer


Yemi Benedict-Vatel
Lynne Biggar
Leigh Bishop
Sharon Coplan Hurowitz
Lili Fable
Kelly Galanis
Neil Gupta
Bill Irwin
Amy Jacobs
Vinnie Kumar
Ji Park Kwak
Greg Lippmann
John Lithgow
Sarah Long
Sammy Lopez
Isaac Mizrahi
Laura O’Donohue
Kate Peck
Eliot Rubenzahl
Henry Tisch
Ann Unterberg
Nicole Weiss
Christina Zagarino
Lucinda Zilkha

Founding Chairman
Marian S. Heiskell*

Founding President & CEO
Cora Cahan

Andrew Kimball,
President & CEO, NYC Economic Development Corporation

Directors Emeriti
Clare R. Gregorian*
Ming Cho Lee*
Charles A. Platt*
Mary Ann Tighe
Theodore R. Wagner
Carl Weisbrod


Artist Council

The New 42 Artist Council is a dynamic group of professional artists who are devoted to the performing arts. These brilliant and dedicated individuals know that love of the theater can start at any age, and as such they champion the New Victory Theater and New 42’s commitment to making extraordinary performing arts part of everyone’s life.

These generous artists serve as ambassadors to broaden the public’s awareness of the importance of the arts and of arts education and the special role that the New Victory can play in enriching the hearts and minds of New York’s kids.


John Lithgow
Sarah Jessica Parker

Council Members

Sara Bareilles
Laura Benanti
Danny Burstein
Warren Carlyle
Neil Patrick Harris
Jessica Hecht
Bill Irwin
Celia Keenan-Bolger

Nathan Lane
Julianna Margulies
Arian Moayed
Cynthia Nixon
Diane Paulus
Billy Porter
Meryl Streep

Susan Stroman
Julie Taymor
Alex Timbers
Sergio Trujillo
Ben Vereen