Stacey Mindich is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning theater producer, recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Excellence in Commercial Producing and winner of the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
As the lead producer and creator of Dear Evan Hansen, Stacey nurtured this original musical from an idea presented by its then-undiscovered composers, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, through an eight-year development that featured critically acclaimed and sold-out runs at both Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theater. In its current home at The Music Box Theatre, Dear Evan Hansen will celebrate four years on Broadway, once live theater is able to reopen.
Dear Evan Hansen is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, three Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award. 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 Camelot in 1961. Dear Evan Hansen was recognized as part of America’s cultural heritage when the Smithsonian Institution inducted the show’s iconic blue polo and arm cast into their permanent collection. Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” the show’s global footprint includes a production in London’s West End and several other foreign productions are in development.
Stacey’s other noteworthy productions include Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical), The Bridges of Madison County (Tony Award, Best Score), Annie, The Heiress, Lucky Guy, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Lion (Drama Desk Award). Throughout her career, Stacey has produced more than 25 shows on and off Broadway.
Dear Evan Hansen was born out of a commissioning program at Stacey Mindich Productions that pairs emerging composers with esteemed directors in the theater industry. Believing deeply in the need to develop 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 Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Second Stage Theater. Stacey is a founding board member of the Lilly Award Foundation, which celebrates, supports and advocates for women theater artists by promoting gender parity at all levels of production. Through “The Lillys,” Stacey presents the annual “Go Write a Play” and “Go Write a Musical” Awards, which support new work by women playwrights and composers. In 2020, Stacey established the “Go Work in Theater” Award, which facilitates internships or fellowships for five BIPOC theater artists each year in theater careers that have historically under-represented BIPOC women.
Stacey is the co-chair of the New York City Center board, home to the Tony Award-winning Encores series of musical revivals and its newest series, Stacey’s brainchild, “Encores: Off-Center,” which spotlights off-Broadway revivals interpreted for a new generation. Stacey was the board vice president for the National Alliance for Musical Theater and also serves on the Broadway League’s Board of Governors. She is also on the national board of “The Jimmy Awards” (The National High School Musical Theater Awards).
An alumna of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Stacey received a degree in Magazine Journalism and English in 1986 and gave the commencement address at Newhouse in 2016. Prior to her career in theater, Stacey was a journalist and editor. She was Senior Editor at Town & Country, where she oversaw the features departments and wrote several monthly columns. 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 two collections of anthologies called Social Graces.
Married to Eric Mindich for 25 years, their proudest co-productions are sons Russell, Danny and Charlie.