In Memoriam: Honey Waldman

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the League’s most dedicated and special members: Honey Waldman. She will be greatly missed and her legacy lives on.

HONEY WALDMAN was involved with just about every aspect of theatrical activity. Starting with being an apprentice at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, graduating into her first paid position working for Miss Duffy at the Shubert office ushering! During spring break On the Town, during Christmas break Othello, saw each show 12 times, and was paid for it. Glorious! Then to actress, prop girl, backstage technician, stage manager, producer, and theatre owner, having built and owned the Tappan Zee Playhouse (now the nonprofit theatre in Nyack, known as the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center). The Playhouse established a national reputation for professional productions and all-star casts that included Jack Benny, Helen Hayes, and Liza Minnelli. She built and operated the Off Broadway Bouwerie Lane Theatre, and produced the highly successful Family Business at the Astor Place Theatre, as her own theatre was fully booked. Honey established the Honey Waldman Fund at the League of Professional Theatre Women as a special fund for members in need. She majored in English at Emerson, with a minor in speech and drama, and established the Waldman Chair in Theater Arts, in the Emerson Department of Performing Arts in 2007, funded by Honey Waldman (Emerson ’46) and her sister, Gladys Waldman Brownstein, in honor of their parents, Harry Waldman and Dora Winiker. Suzan Lori Parks is the 2013 Waldman Chair at Emerson.

Donations may be sent in Honey’s memory to one of the following two organizations:
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Yiddish Artists and Friends Actors Club, c/o Ruth Harris, 379 Barnard Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY 11516

Read about Honey in the New York Times.

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