Steward, a former co-chair of the board’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee, succeeds Nikkole Salter.
After 6 years at Boston’s The Theatre Offensive, Steward will succeed Cathy Edwards in the role at NEFA.
This year’s TCG Our Stories Gala, presented in honor of Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, raised a record $300,000 for the organization.
Seven new members join the board, and Kathryn M. Lipuma will serve as board chair.
Steward will move from Dallas to Boston for the new leadership role.