Joseph Papp (1921-1991) was an American theatrical producer, director and theatre icon. 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 theatres 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, he is perhaps best known for “Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”, his production of Michael Bennett’s Pulitzer-prize winning musical, “A Chorus Line“, Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf“, and Charles Gordone’s “No Place to Be Somebody” (the first off-Broadway play to win the Pulitzer Prize. He founded Shakespeare In The Park and helped develop other off-Broadway theaters. At Papp’s death, The Public Theatre was renamed The Joseph Papp Public Theatre.