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Joseph Papp

Born: Jun 22, 1921

Death: Oct 31, 1991

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Joseph Papp

Date of Birth : Jun 22, 1921
Date of Death : Oct 31, 1991
Birth Place : Brooklyn

Joseph "Joe" Papp was an American theatrical producer and director. Papp established The Public Theater in what had been the Astor Library Building in downtown New York. "The Public," as it is known, has many small theaters within it. There, Papp created a year-round producing home to focus on new creations, both plays and musicals. Among numerous examples of these creations were the works of David Rabe, Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Charles Gordone's No Place to Be Somebody, and Papp's production of Michael Bennett's Pulitzer Prize–winning musical, A Chorus Line. Upon Papp's death, The Public Theater was renamed the Joseph Papp Public Theater.


  • Businessperson
  • Theatrical producer
  • Film Producer
  • Theatre Director

Also known as

  • Joe Papp
  • Papp József
  • Joseph Papirofsky


  • Yetta Papirofsky
  • Samuel Papirofsky


  • Gail Merrifield
  • Peggy Marie Bennion


  • Susan Lippman
  • Miranda Adani
  • Tony Papirofsky
  • Barbara Mosser
  • Michael Faulkner

Awards Won

  • Tony Award for Best Musical
  • Obie Award for Special Citations
  • Tony Award for Best Revival
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
  • Drama Desk Special Award
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Special Citations
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement Awards
  • Special 20 Year Obie Award
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