Jed Bernstein, a veteran Broadway producer, executive and fundraiser, is to be the next president of Lincoln Center. He takes over from Reynold Levy, who is stepping down in December after 11 years in the post.
From 1995 to 2006, Bernstein led the Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry. He was integral in leading the development of the Internet Broadway Database, now a significant industry resource; an annual family event called "Kids' Night on Broadway;" and televised editions of “Broadway under the Stars” and “Broadway on Broadway.” He also established corporate sponsorship programs with Continental Airlines and Visa.
After leaving the Broadway League in 2006, he formed Above the Title Entertainment, a theater and television production company as well as a marketing consultancy. The company’s clients include Broadway shows such as “Passing Strange," "Oleanna," "Hair" and the revival of “Equus."
Bernstein, 58, started his career in advertising, working for more than 15 years at Ogilvy & Mather, Ally & Gargano and Wells Rich Greene. He holds an MBA from Yale University.
Lincoln Center comprises 11 arts organizations on its 16-acre campus, and presents its own artistic and educational programming.
“Jed’s breadth and depth of experience in the arts, together with his strong track record of inspired entrepreneurial leadership, are an ideal fit at this time for Lincoln Center,” said Lincoln Center board chair Katherine Farley in a statement.