Joan Stein
Joan Stein
Tony Award winning theater producer Joan Stein has died from appendceal cancer. She was 59.

Her many stage producing credits include The Nerd, Side Man, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, Butley, Nine to Five, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, and Baby It's You.

In 1982, she began a five-year tenure as the Managing Director of the historic Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she partnered with Artistic Director Josie Abady.

In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became the Executive Director of The Canon Theatre, Stein was also the theater producer of the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen.

Her many television credits include My Brother's Wife and Crazy in Love.

In addition to producing, she created and manages 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.

She is survived by her husband, director and landscape architect Ted Weiant, her mother Florence Stein, and her sisters Marcia Stein Kirschner and Emily Stein.