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Roger Stevens (RLS collection)

Roger Stevens

Roger L. Stevens(Founding Chairman, National Council on the ArtsFounding Chairman, The Kennedy Centerborn March 12,1910, Detroit, Michigan – died February 2, 1998) For almost half of the twentieth century, Roger Lacey Stevens was a dominant force as a theatrical producer, arts administrator, and real estate entrepreneur. A highly successful real estate broker who once owned the Empire State Building, Stevens backed his first Broadway show in 1949. He quickly established himself as a significant power in the theater, both in the United States and in Britain. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Roger Stevens' many contributions to the field of performing arts management was the influence he brought to bear on people's imaginations.