Steven Wishnoff


An LGBT Diversity Speaker
With the experience of a two-time EMMY nominee, Steve was the perfect choice to be the LGBT events director for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee. He is responsible for bringing the stories, successes and struggles of LGBT people within the television industry to a broad audience. Also as an outspoken youth advocate, Steven was responsible for the development of sponsorships for LifeWorks, the youth development and mentoring arm of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center (the largest organization of its kind in the world.) To date he has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in just the last year.

Steve has a wealth of knowledge and experiences of developing partnerships between both corporate and non-profit sectors, creating successful fundraising events at all levels and integrating LGBT partnerships into the workplace. And shares them in his many presentations that have been designed to assist profit and non-profit administrators to better understand the role of LGBT awareness.

Combined with his professional skill, Steve shares with his audiences stories about his theatrical history. As a veteran of stage, screen and television Steven has played (and continues to play) dozens of gay (and straight) characters including Albin/Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles, Vivian McVanish the invisible soprano in Howard Crabtree’s Whoop Dee Doo, Lucy Tania in Nigel Finch’s acclaimed feature film Stonewall and most notably Tony Masters, leader of the gay gang in HBO’s OZ. In May of 2011 he completed filming of a new series Fabulous High.

Having been the senior producer of LGBT events for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee for more than 4 years he is proud to have produced critically acclaimed events featuring hosts: Kathy Griffin, Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, Network chiefs Robert Greeblatt, Meredith Kadlec, Billy Cogar, Sarah Lindman, and Actors: Billy Crystal, Amanda Bearse, Ant, Geri Jewell, Chaz Bono, Adamo Ruggiero, Dilshad Vadsaria, Paul James, Daniela Sea, Alexandra Billings, Candis Cayne, Martin Ritchie, Tracy Scoggins, Ryan Kelley, Scott Bailey and writer/producers: Craig Wright (Dirty Sexy Money), David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters), Ken Storer (Law & Order SVU), Patrick Sean Smith (Greek), Stuart Krasnow (Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency), Daniel Sladek & Katie Ford (Prayers For Bobby).

Steven has served on the board of directors at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber.