December 8, 2021
I hope this finds you well and that you’re enjoying the start of the holiday season. I am writing today to share some personal news with you. After 19 incredible years, I have made the decision to step down from my position as New York City Center’s President and CEO this summer, following the close of our 2021-2022 season.
City Center has been part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. The first time I set foot inside the theater was to perform the role of Clara in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. As a young dancer, I felt it was the role of a lifetime. Little did I know that many years later I would return to City Center in the true role of my lifetime, leading this organization for nearly two decades.
During that time, City Center has grown exponentially—beyond what I could have possibly dreamed—and I am enormously proud of all we have accomplished. I cannot express enough gratitude to our extraordinary Board of Directors, and in particular our Chairman Emeritus Ray Lamontagne and current Co-Chairs Stacey Mindich and Richard Witten, each of whom has been steadfast in their support of my vision and City Center’s mission. I also want to say what a privilege it has been to work with such a passionate, talented, and dedicated staff and crew, both behind the scenes and in the front of house.
It has been particularly gratifying to reopen the theater to audiences this fall knowing that City Center has come through the darkest days of the pandemic and is well poised to meet whatever the future has in store. Now the time is right for me to pass the baton to a new leader who will write the next chapter in the history of this landmark institution. Our Board of Directors has already formed a committee to begin the search for my successor, and I look forward to supporting that new leader as they build upon Mayor La Guardia’s founding mandate to be the theater for all New Yorkers.
I will miss many things about my time here, too many to share in one email. Most of all, I will look back with gratitude on the community that we have built together. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for making these last 19 years the most rewarding of my life. I hope to see you often at our performances this spring and look forward to taking my place among you in the audience for all that’s to come at our home for the arts on 55th Street.
With warmest wishes for the holidays,
President & CEO
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