Remembering Glen de Vries
Posted on: November 17, 2021
The Roundabout Theatre Company Board of Directors, Leadership Council, and staff mourn the loss of board member, Glen de Vries, 49, who died in a small-plane crash on Nov. 11, 2021.
We first met Glen in 2014 during our revival of Cabaret at Studio 54. His passion for life, and for the importance of theatre, poured out of him with exuberance. He understood the need for the arts alongside science to maximize and inspire innovation.
What was apparent to all of us was that Glen was a bright, bright star; he was passionately devoted to his work, his family and friends, and his philanthropic causes. To every interaction, he brought enthusiasm, talent, humor, and kindness.
He quickly joined Roundabout’s Leadership Council, where he helped advance the mission of the theatre from 2015 to 2018. Glen crossed the footlights in 2016, when he made his Broadway debut as a walk-on hoofer in Roundabout’s production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn.
During the industry shutdown, Glen was a rock of support as we navigated 18 months without audiences. Last summer, Glen agreed to take on a more significant leadership role, and in October, was unanimously and enthusiastically elected to our Board of Directors. He was passionately determined to make a difference in expanding access to the theatre.
But one new adventure wasn’t enough, and on October 13, he would go into space as one of the four passengers of the flight of the Blue Origin space capsule. He shared with us that he felt it was important to understand the earth from space and planned to use the opportunity to promote his philanthropic endeavors in science and the environment.
We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, loved ones, and Glen’s colleagues at Medidata/Dassault Systèmes.