Mark Litvin will retire from his role as New York City Center's managing director in 2018.
Mark Litvin will retire from his role as New York City Center's managing director in 2018.
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New York City Center announced today that senior vice president and managing director Mark Litvin will retire from his current position at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2018. An executive search for a successor is underway.

Litvin joined the executive staff of New York City Center in 2001, but his connection to the theater dates back to the mid-'70s when he was production stage manager for Paul Taylor Dance Company during their annual City Center season. In addition to overseeing operations for City Center's three venues and 12-story office tower that houses tenants and rehearsal studios, Litvin has negotiated labor agreements for the theater's 13 unions and, along with the vice president of finance, developed and maintained an annual operating budget which has grown from $9 million to over $25 million during his tenure. One of his greatest accomplishments was the supervision of City Center's $56 million award-winning renovation, completed in 2011.

"Mark has been an incredible resource to myself and City Center," said president and CEO Arlene Shuler. "His leadership has helped City Center grow into the thriving cultural destination it is today."

"I am very proud of all that has been accomplished at City Center during my 17-year tenure here — particularly the launch of Fall for Dance and Encores! Off-Center," said Litvin. "Having overseen the 2011 renovation, it is gratifying to know that City Center will be enjoyed by audiences and artists for years to come."

In addition to his time at City Center, Litvin has taught lighting design at Adelphi University and the Tisch School of the Arts, and has been finance director for Dodger Endemol Theatrical Productions, New York Shakespeare Festival (where he later served as managing director), and the New York Foundation for the Arts.