André Bishop will step down from his function as producing creative director of Lincoln Heart Theater subsequent yr, after having labored on the nonprofit theater firm for 33 years.
Bishop will depart on the finish of the theater’s 2024-2025 season and the board of Lincoln Heart Theater will launch a seek for his successor “sooner or later.” The transfer from Bishop, who has held the place of manufacturing creative director on the Lincoln Heart theater since July 2013, after serving as creative director since January 1992, marks the newest shake-up in Broadway’s nonprofit realm, which consists of 4 theater firms.
On Wednesday, Second Stage founder Carole Rothman introduced she would depart the corporate after 45 years. Longtime Roundabout Theatre Firm CEO and Creative Director Todd Haimes died in April, and Manhattan Theatre Membership Govt Producer Barry Grove introduced his departure in January after 48 years with the group.
Chris Jennings, who had beforehand been the manager director of the Shakespeare Theatre Firm in Washington, D.C., succeeded Grove. Director Scott Ellis has stepped in as interim creative director at Roundabout.
Bishop stated he’s leaving the place to permit the following technology of management to step in.
“My years at Lincoln Heart Theater have been joyful ones, and I’ll miss working with all my pals and colleagues. However the time has come, because it inevitably does, for the following technology to step in and step up. I sit up for that,” Bishop stated. “LCT has all the time been a welcoming residence for artists, and I do know that custom will proceed. I thank the Board for his or her continued help, and I sit up for collaborating on a seamless transition.”
This season, Lincoln Heart Theater is producing the New York premiere of The Gardens of Anuncia by Michael John LaChiusa, in addition to a brand new translation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by Heidi Schreck. Over the following two seasons, Lincoln Heart Theater plans to supply a brand new play by J.T. Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher, a brand new play by Ayad Akhtar and a world-premiere musical.
Throughout his tenure, Bishop has received 15 Tony Awards for Lincoln Heart Theater productions, with notable ones together with The Coast of Utopia, The Invention of Love and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, Oslo and Blood and Items by Rogers, Disgraced by Akhtar, The Mild within the Piazza by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel, Battle Horse and Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, and Parade by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown.
Lincoln Heart Theater can also be well-known for its revivals, which have included Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, South Pacific and Carousel; Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot and My Honest Woman; August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; and plenty of extra below Bishop’s tenure.
Bishop additionally led the creation of the Off-Broadway Claire Tow Theater, which opened in 2012 as the house for the LCT3 program, which has a mission of manufacturing new work by the following technology of artists. These artists have included Akhtar, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Younger Jean Lee, Martyna Majok, Dave Malloy, Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu and extra.
“André has completed a lot and touched so many. His management and creative imaginative and prescient will be credited for Lincoln Heart Theater’s longstanding success and impression, and our excessive stature among the many preeminent not-for-profit performing arts organizations in America,” stated Kewsong Lee, chairman of the board of administrators of Lincoln Heart Theater. “On behalf of the Board, I specific our deepest gratitude for his devotion, perception and care in guiding the establishment. As Lincoln Heart Theater prepares to rejoice its fortieth anniversary, we sit up for persevering with within the custom André helped set up and welcome new management to information the following period of accomplishment and development.”