Jed Bernstein

Jed Bernstein Leaves Presidential Post at Lincoln Center

Robin Pogrebin and Michael Cooper of the New York Times report that Jed Bernstein, Lincoln Center’s president, is stepping down next week after two years in the post. The announcement was made yesterday in a memo from Lincoln Center.

Bernstein has a history as a Broadway producer—for over ten years he led the Broadway League, and helped to revamp the Bucks County Playhouse as a venue for live performance. “It has been an honor to be at the center of managing this cultural icon. But as I have considered my future, I have come to realize that the next step for me should be a return to direct engagement with what makes me happiest: creating and producing,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein was considered a surprise choice when he was hired in May of 2013, as he did not have experience in the nonprofit world. But the recommendation of former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg helped considerably. Nonetheless, Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, said “The Met has enjoyed a successful working relationship with Jed and applaud his many efforts to bring the arts to a broader audience. I wish him well with all of his future producing projects.”