Likely changes ahead for NJPAC programming

Posted on: November 11, 2011

In Thursday’s (11/10) Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), Peggy McGlone reports on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, one of the homes of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. “The new CEO at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center didn’t take long to shake things up. John Schreiber has fired long-time programmer Stephanie Hughley and her assistant, replacing them with a promoter with strong ties to the for-profit music industry. The major shift, which Schreiber described as a ‘restructuring’ of the department, brings BergenPAC executive David Rodriguez to Newark in the newly created position of executive producer/vice president. Schreiber, who took over NJPAC four months ago, said yesterday that Rodriguez’s business experience is critical to the Newark arts center’s future. ‘There is a necessity for us to not only present great artists but,’ he said, ‘to take advantage of other revenue streams that are available to us, like television and audio recordings, DVD recordings, paid downloads.’ … Prior to BergenPAC, Rodriguez spent five years as the chief executive of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where he produced six seasons of ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ among other shows. Schreiber and Rodriguez have known each other for 20 years and worked together on ‘Harlem Song,’ the George C. Wolfe musical revue.”

Posted November 11, 2011