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
Marc A. Spilker, Vice Chair
Stefanie Katz Rothman, Secretary
Andrew Sommers, Treasurer


Yemi Benedict-Vatel
Dr. Herman A. Berliner
Lynne Biggar
Maurice DuBois
Lili Fable
Tiffany Gardner
Neil Gupta
Sharon Coplan Hurowitz
Bill Irwin
Amy Jacobs
Sarah Lane
Greg Lippmann
John Lithgow
Sammy Lopez
Isaac Mizrahi
Laura O’Donohue
Kate Peck
Eliot Rubenzahl
Sarah Long Solomon
Leigh Bishop Taub
Henry Tisch
Edward F. Torres
Ann Unterberg
Nicole Weiss
Lucinda Zilkha

Founding Chairman
Marian S. Heiskell*

Founding President & CEO
Cora Cahan

Rachel Loeb,
President, NYC Economic Development Corp.

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

Committee Members

Danny Burstein
Warren Carlyle
Neil Patrick Harris
Jessica Hecht
Bill Irwin
Brian D’Arcy James
Nathan Lane

Julianna Margulies
Jessie Mueller
Cynthia Nixon
Diane Paulus
David Hyde Pierce
Billy Porter

Meryl Streep
Susan Stroman
Julie Taymor
Alex Timbers
Sergio Trujillo
Ben Vereen