Bob Fennell Point Scholarship
Bob Fennell’s sharp wit, attention to detail and consistently congenial disposition made him an irreplaceable presence in the New York theater community and beyond. As a Broadway press agent, Bob represented more than 100 productions across the United States, including launching the blockbuster musical “Wicked”.
Having started out as an actor, he had a insatiable passion for theater and the community in which he worked. While Bob had a natural understanding of the business side of the industry, he also relished in the artistic side as well. He believed in the power of theater to bring about social change, as evident in his work as the press agent for the original production of Eve Ensler’s cultural phenomenon, “The Vagina Monologues” and the historic premiere of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America”.
Bob also served as the press agent for such hits as “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “Three Days of Rain” (with Julia Roberts), “James Joyce’s The Dead” (with Christopher Walken), “A Raisin in the Sun” (with Sean Combs) and “The Diary of Anne Frank” (with Natalie Portman).
Bob began his career in publicity at Boneau/Bryan Brown. He was an original staff member there and even helped build its shelves. (Carpentry was another lifelong passion of Bob’s.) He left the company in 1996 to form The Publicity Office and worked steadily for a decade, on Broadway and off as well as in regional theater. In addition to commercial theater, he handled productions for a series of major institutions, including the Royal National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company (Bob loved London) and the Signature Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York.
Bob was also passionate about education. He completed his undergraduate education at Fordham University and his graduate work at New York University – and taught at Brooklyn College’s Theatre Administration program for many years.
Bob died in November 2006. He is deeply missed by his family, friends and the entire theatre community.
“Like a handprint on my heart.”