Carol S. Ostrow ’77, P’09, ’15

AB, MFA; New York, New York

A person with shoulder-length brown hair in bangs and a dark blue formal jacket smiles at the viewer.

Carol Ostrow is an independent theater producer in New York City. Ostrow began her producing career at Vassar, where she developed and founded the Powerhouse Season, a collaboration between Vassar and New York Stage and Film, now celebrating its 35th season. She went on to become producing director of the award winning Classic Stage Company, where she produced Sigourney Weaver and other notable artists in reimaginings of the classics. In the wake of 9/11, Ostrow became the producing director of The Flea, where she produced over 100 world premieres, including plays by A.R. Gurney, Elizabeth Swados, Will Eno, Thomas Bradshaw and Adam Rapp amongst others. She also spearheaded the construction of a three-theater performing arts complex in Lower Manhattan.

She has been an adjunct professor of theater at Vassar College, Chatham College and McGill University. Ostrow holds an AB from Vassar College and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

My six-word story

“Grew up. Star struck. It stuck.”

Carol is proud to be a member of the Board of Trustees of Vassar College, where she chairs the development committee. She also serves on the Yale School of Drama Board of Advisors. She is a member of the executive committee on the board of the National Psoriasis Foundation, where she is committed to the goal of eradicating this auto immune disease and co-chairs the Sag Harbor Partnership, a working civic organization dedicated to preserving the natural, historic and cultural life of this unique American village.

Carol is married to Michael Graff, a managing director at Warburg Pincus, LLC. They have four children: daughters Anabel, VC ’09, Emily and Candace and son, Jesse, VC ’15. She and her family count Pittsburgh, London, Montreal and, now, New York City once again, as home.