Joan Stein, who produced both theater on the West andEastCoastsand television inLos Angeles, recently died from appendiceal cancer, a family spokesperson announced. She was 59.
Joan Stein made her Broadway debut as a producer with Larry Shue’s The Nerd in 1987. Additional Broadway productions include Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, and Nine to Five.
In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became the Executive Director of The Canon Theatre, producing and general managing productions that included Love Letters, Forever Plaid, and Last Night At Ballyhoo. Ms. Stein was also the theater producer of the HBO Comedy Festival inAspen.
In 1994, Ms. Stein partnered with producer Stephen Eich to present the Los Angelespremiere of Steve Martin’s award-winning Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Westwood Playhouse. The production later moved to Off Broadway’s Promenade Theatre and received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Production.
Ms. Stein also produced Warren Leight’s Side Man on Broadway in 1998 and in 1999 she received the Tony Award for Best Play.
She partnered in 2002 with Steve Martin and created Martin/Stein Productions, a television company that developed and produced scripted and reality television programming for all broadcast networks, HBO, and Showtime.
Joan Stein’s most recent projects include Motherhood Out Loud with Susan Rose (Co-Conceivers/Producers), which opened at Primary Stages in New York City in September 2011; Standing On Ceremony – The Gay Marriage Plays; Mad Hot Ballroom, a new musical based on the award-winning documentary; and Baby It’s You!
In addition to producing, she created and managed two theatrical investment funds; was a co-founder and served on the Board of Directors of New York Theatre Workshop, and Women in Film; helped launch Broadway Cares; and was a member of The Broadway League for 22 years.
Joan Stein is survived by her adoring husband of 35 years, director and landscape architect Ted Weiant. She is the daughter ofFlorenceand the late David Stein. She is also survived by her sisters Marcia Stein Kirschner and Emily Stein and by her beloved nephew Keith Moscowitz, his wife Michele, niece Traci Sacks, her husband John, and her great nieces and nephew Lily, Jacob, and Marley Rae.
Services will be held inNew York. Memorials inLos AngelesandNew Yorkare currently being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Joan can be made to: The American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345, or cancer.org (Appendiceal Cancer Research).