About Tom Kirdahy (WSC ’85, LAW ’88)
Tom Kirdahy is a Tony and Olivier award-winning producer who has developed and produced shows on Broadway, off-Broadway, in the West End as well as on national and international tours. He is currently represented on Broadway by Hadestown (winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical). Other credits include: Terrence McNally’s Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, Anastasia, The Inheritance (winner of 4 Olivier Awards including Best New Play), The Jungle, Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, It’s Only a Play starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, Kander and Ebb's Tony-nominated The Visit starring Chita Rivera, and White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. He also received Tony nominations for his work on Mothers and Sons, After Midnight, Ragtime, and Master Class. This fall, he’s producing The Inheritance in its highly-anticipated Broadway premiere as well as the off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors starring Tammy Blanchard, Jonathan Groff, and Christian Borle.
Earlier this year, Kirdahy received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theater Producing. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Broadway League Government Relations Committee and is a founding director of the nonprofit Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights, Inc., which supports emerging playwrights.
Prior to embarking on a career in producing, Kirdahy spent nearly 20 years as an attorney, providing free legal services to people with HIV/AIDS. Kirdahy has been an outspoken leader and activist in the LGBT community for over 30 years. He developed projects dedicated to HIV-related legal services at Gay Men's Health Crisis, Bronx AIDS Services and on Long Island. He also served for many years as an Executive Board Member of the NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, where he played a critical role in expanding its cultural programs. He and his husband, playwright Terrence McNally, were on the front lines of the marriage equality movement, attending the Supreme Court hearings with Edie Windsor (NYU alumnus, GSAS ’57). He’s been honored for his activism by SAGE, the NYC LGBT Center, Pride For Youth and the East End Gay Organization, among others.
Kirdahy is a proud graduate of NYU's Washington Square and University College and NYU School of Law. During his time at NYU, he was named valedictorian, and served as President of the WSUC Student Council and Chair of the Student Senators Council.
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