Michael S. Rosenberg will succeed Arlene Shuler as President and CEO of New York City Center beginning November 1. Shuler is stepping down after more than 19 years at the helm of Manhattan’s first performing arts center.
Rosenberg joins the organization with more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arts sector, including leadership positions at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse (2008–2018) and, currently, at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre Center. At New York City Center, he will work in tandem with the artistic and executive leadership team and staff to continue to fulfill City Center’s mission to make performing arts accessible to all audiences.
“After a national search including months of extensive interviews, a unanimous recommendation by our Board Search Committee, and approval by our Board, I am thrilled to announce Michael S. Rosenberg as New York City Center’s incoming President and CEO,” said New York City Center Board Chair Richard E. Witten. “A consummate leader in the arts, Michael has a proven track record when it comes to building, maintaining, and growing artistic communities with a dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has a profound commitment to City Center’s role as a home for artists and theatre for all the people of New York and will build on the extraordinary achievements of our long-serving President and CEO Arlene Shuler, who is stepping down after more than 19 years of exemplary service.”
“New York City Center holds a singular position in the arts world,” added Rosenberg. “One of my earliest and most influential theatrical experiences was at City Center, and I am honored to join this organization and help support artists who are consistently creating work that inspires so many people. Together with the staff and Board, I look forward to connecting this work to our growing community.”