By Michael Gioia, Hannah Vine Jul 25, 2016
Steve and Anita Shevett, the house photographers for the Tony Awards since 1980, reveal the stories behind the iconic shots that captured unforgettable Broadway moments.
Although Anita Shevett had dreams of performing, it was photography that proved to be her calling. “I started at the High School of Performing Arts, where they told me I had a natural eye for photography,” says Anita, who went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley, and took pictures for their drama department.
She kept photographing and was introduced to her now-husband Steve Shevett and his father, who worked at a camera store and lent Anita photo equipment. When Steve accompanied Anita on a photoshoot as her assistant, the two hit it off, and the rest is history. They’ve been working together ever since and started photographing for the Tony Awards in 1980.
The two share photo credit. “See, when it comes to who took the shot,” Steve says, “the answer is ‘Anita and Steve.’ There’s no separation.... And now they share exclusive shots from their longtime career with Playbill. The two, who’ve launched BroadwayPrints.com (in which theatre fans can purchase the iconic shots for themselves) ... take us behind the scenes of each picture.
John Houseman and Robin Williams - 1982 Steve & Anita Shevett.
“[This picture is] from an Acting Company event, I would say early 1980s, around 1982. We’re actually still doing the Annual Acting Company Gala in New York City. [John] Houseman…would say to Anita, ‘You have 12 shots. Use them wisely,’ but he would stick to his 12 shots. He would count, and when you hit 12, you were done unless there was something specifically he wanted, but he was just like that. It was 12 shots—you’re done.” – Steve Shevett... Read More