TO STEP DOWN AT THE END OF 2017 - AFTER A REMARKABLE 32 YEARS WITH THE DANCE ORGANIZATION
FROM THE FOLKS AT THE JOYCE:
Linda Shelton, Executive Director of The Joyce Theater Foundation, announced today that Martin Wechsler, the organization’s long time Director of Programming, will step down on December 31, 2017. For 32 years, first as an administrative assistant and then, for the past 22 years as The Joyce's influential Director of Programming, Wechsler helped shape The Joyce Theater into the world’s leading presenter of dance. An official search for his replacement will commence shortly.
About her multi-decade partnership with Martin Wechsler, Linda Shelton said today, “While I am saddened that Martin will be leaving the Joyce in December, I am thankful for a long and productive partnership with him that has benefited the dance field in so many ways over many years. He has become an invaluable colleague with a long institutional history but also a willingness to explore new projects and programs. I can’t count the number of times I said “go ask Martin”. I will miss working with him on a daily basis but leave the door open for future projects.”
Wechsler added, “In my 22 years as The Joyce Theater’s Director of Programming, I’ve had the privilege and responsibility of providing emerging choreographers with their first residencies at Joyce SoHo; grown up alongside artists like Stephen Petronio and David Parsons; worked with masters like Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, and Twyla Tharp; and presented large-scale international companies, including The Royal Ballet, at Lincoln Center. After a restful break, I am excited to pursue new professional opportunities, but I know I will miss working with Linda Shelton to help choreographers and dance companies develop their work and share it with the public.
Martin Wechsler started working at The Joyce Theater immediately after graduating from Oberlin College in 1985, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in Dance and Economics. Starting out as an administrative assistant, he has risen through the ranks to his current position. Mr. Wechsler has served as Director of Programming since 1996.