Kennedy Center names Robert van Leer to new senior post in artistic planning

Posted on: June 25, 2015

In Tuesday’s (6/24) Washington Post, Peggy McGlone reports, “The Kennedy Center has selected an arts leader from London to supervise its creative management team of theater, dance and music programmers and to establish a unified artistic vision….In the newly-created role of Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, Robert van Leer will coordinate the programming of the arts center and its resident companies, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. The managers who previously reported to the president will now report to him. He starts July 6. Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said she realized early on that she would need an artistic advisor to assist her in shaping a larger vision….Van Leer, 51, was most recently the managing director of the arts consultant firm Wonderbird UK in London. From 2011-2013, he was managing director of Nederlands Dans Theater, where he is credited with re-imagining the company’s mission as a developer of young, visionary choreographers. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at the Barbican Centre in London [as] head of music and arts projects.” Van Leer, who holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia, has also held posts at Lincoln Center and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Posted June 25, 2015