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Steve Lukens, a former company manager on “The Inheritance” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” has been named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as senior advisor for arts and entertainment recovery.

In the role, Lukens will monitor reopening efforts, work with state agencies to develop and implement COVID-19 health protocols in the arts and entertainment field and serve as a liaison between government agencies and the industry.

The recent appointment was announced alongside more than 20 new hires within the Cuomo administration, but was the only position related to arts and entertainment. Lukens will work with Empire State Development, the Department of Health and New York State Council on the Arts to monitor reopening efforts.

Lukens is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. He previously served as a foreign service officer in the U.S. State Department, a public sector consultant at Deloitte and a business representative at Actors’ Equity.