Emerson College alumna and Board of Advisors member Bonnie Comley, MA ’94 was recently elected board president of The Drama League.
The prestigious role has traditionally been held by someone outside Broadway. Comley is the first Broadway producer to hold the position since the 1970s, according to a press release.
Comley has won three Tony Awards as a producer, as well as an Olivier Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. She also won the Distinguished Alumni Award from Emerson College.
She is the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD.com, the world’s premier online streaming platform delivering more than 350 premium live productions to theatre fans globally, which provided world class content while the pandemic forced theaters to go dark.
“I am honored to have been elected President and I am thrilled to lead The Drama League during these unprecedented yet promising times,” said Comley. “My career has taken me to the intersection of theater and technology — and both aspects have fueled my excitement about holding this position.
“As a Broadway producer, I have seen and heard firsthand how the support of the Drama League has propelled the careers of the talented alumni of their Directors Project. As live theater restarts, digital theater will remain as an additive, more inclusive, and expansive piece of the industry, which is now ready to embrace the possibilities it can provide. And while we will always celebrate and foster the work of the live stage, The Drama League will continue to train and include the work of theater directors who also work in the digital space, and I cannot wait to share my experience with the next generation of stage directors.”
Comley has served three terms as vice president for The Drama League, and has been on their board since 2009.