Stacey Mindich is a two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, a recipient of the 2016 Robert Whitehead Award for Excellence in Commercial Producing and winner of the 2018 Grammy Award as a producer for Best Musical Theater Album.
As the lead producer of Dear Evan Hansen, Stacey nurtured this original musical from an idea presented at a long-ago lunch with the composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, through an eight-year development that featured critically-acclaimed and sold-out runs both at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and Second Stage Theatre off-Broadway, to its current home at The Music Box Theater, where it will soon be celebrating three years on Broadway, and has broken every box office record. Dear Evan Hansen is the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the 2018 Grammy Award and its original cast recently received Daytime Emmy Awards for their performance on The Today Show. Atlantic Records’ Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen made an extraordinary debut at #8 on the Billboard 200, the highest-charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961. Stacey also shepherded a special edition coffee table book, DEAR EVAN HANSEN: through the window, into publication (Grand Central Publishing/Melcher Media), which offers an in-depth, all-access look at the musical. Evan’s iconic blue-striped polo is now part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection. Hailed by The New York Times as “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical” and by The Washington Post as “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” the show features a score by the Tony and Oscar-winning composing team of Pasek & Paul, a book by Tony-winning playwright Steven Levenson, and is directed by Rent and Next to Normal’s four-time Tony-nominated Michael Greif. As Dear Evan Hansen expands its national and global footprint, Stacey is now producing the critically-acclaimed North American tour and the London production at the Noël Coward Theatre. The limited engagement Toronto production was called “a milestone musical” by The Globe and Mail, and marked Dear Evan Hansen’s International Premiere.
Other noteworthy Stacey Mindich productions include The Crucible, Blackbird, the Tony Award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Bridges of Madison County (Tony Award, Best Score), Annie, The Heiress, Lucky Guy, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lion (Drama Desk Award), and Small Mouth Sounds, hailed by The New York Times and others as one of 2016’s best off-Broadway plays.
Stacey is honored to have worked with such artists as William Finn, Jason Robert Brown, Charles Strouse, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Jeanine Tesori, Adam Gwon, Benjamin Scheuer, Alex Lacamoire, David Korins, Peter Nigrini, Nevin Steinberg, Japhy Weidman, Emily Rebholz, James Lapine, Bart Sher, Jack O’Brien, Michael Grandage, Michael Mayer, Leigh Silverman, Diane Paulus, Marsha Norman, Will Eno, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Michael Greif, Steven Levenson, Quiara Hudes, Anne Kaufman and many others.
Dear Evan Hansen was born out of a commissioning program at Stacey Mindich Productions that pairs emerging composers with the esteemed directors of our industry. Believing deeply in the need to premiere new musical works and nurture new voices, Stacey has also funded and enhanced productions for a variety of not-for-profit theaters including Playwrights Horizons (The Dead, Burnt Part Boys, The Shaggs, Far From Heaven and Fly by Night), The Roundabout Theatre Company (Ordinary Days and The Disappearance of Tom Durnin), Williamstown Theatre Festival (an as-of-yet untitled Benjamin Scheuer project) and Second Stage (Quiara Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful and Jason Robert Brown’s beloved The Last Five Years). Stacey has also established The Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musicals at Lincoln Center Theater, to commission new musicals (Women on the Verge, Dogfight) and support stellar revivals such as the Tony Award-winning South Pacific and the Tony Award-winning The King and I.
Stacey is the co-chair of the board at New York City Center, home to the Tony Award-winning Encores series of musical revivals and its newest series, Stacey’s brainchild, Encores: Off-Center. Created by artistic director Jeanine Tesori, Off-Center spotlights off-Broadway revivals interpreted for a new generation. Stacey is a founding board member of the Lilly Awards, where she presents the annual “Go Write a Play” and “Go Write a Musical” Awards, each of which supports a new work by a female playwright and composer every year. Past recipients include Tanya Barfield, Neena Beber, Heidi Schreck, Rehana Lew Mirza, the Pulitzer-Prize winning Martyna Majok, Jen Silverman, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Madeleine George, Masi Asare, Antoinette Nwandu, and Kirsten Childs. In 2020, the newly-established “Go Work in Theater” Award was also presented to its inaugural recipients: actor/playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays, playwright Stacey Rose, actor/playwright Nikkole Salter, playwright Jillian Walker, and director Whitney White. She also initiated the “Fund for New Musicals” at the National Alliance for Musical Theater, where she was vice president of the board. Stacey serves on the Broadway League’s Board of Governors and is also a proud member of the board of The Jimmy Awards (The National High School Musical Theater Awards).
Prior to her career in theater, Stacey was a journalist and editor. She was Senior Editor at Town & Country for many years. Stacey began her career as a reporter for The New York Times, and has also written for Newsday, Self, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Departures. She is the author of the book Town & Country’s Elegant Weddings and her essays have appeared in a collection of anthologies called Social Graces.
Married to Eric Mindich for 22 years, their proudest co-productions are sons Russell, Danny and Charlie.