Jenny Gersten Leaving the Williamstown Theatre Festival at End of Year [Berkshire on Stage]

Jenny Gersten has served as Artistic Director of WTF for two seasons.(photo: Larry Murray)

Jenny Gersten has served as Artistic Director of WTF for two seasons.(photo: Larry Murray)

It was announced today that Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten will step down at the end of 2013. She begins a new job as Executive Director of New York’s High Line in January. In a note to friends and colleagues, she wrote:

“It’s with a heavy heart that I prepare to leave the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which has been my home for many years. However, the opportunity to work at the High Line provides me a way to offer service and imaginative programming to a very special part of a city I love – my hometown. It was irresistible. I’m thrilled to be able to stay on to oversee the 2014 season artistically. It promises to be a very special summer, and I’m happy to keep ties to a place I hold dear.” – Jenny Gersten

The Williamstown Theatre Festival congratulated her on her move to become Executive Director of Friends of the Highline, the non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and re-use of an elevated railway that has become a renowned public space in New York City. While the search is underway for a new Artistic Director, WTF’s 2014 summer season will remain under Gersten’s Artistic Direction; she will curate and oversee the season to ensure a seamless leadership transition. Among the possible projects for Summer ’14 is Chita Rivera in The Visit in a pre-Broadway production. Rivera acts as if it is a fact, but when we checked with Gersten, she was appropriately tight lipped. {article here}

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