Lincoln Center taps Public Theater’s Shanta Thake as chief artistic officer

Posted on: August 4, 2021

“Lincoln Center [has] chosen a theater executive with a reputation for working across disciplines as its next artistic leader,” writes Javier C. Hernández in Tuesday’s (8/3) New York Times. “Shanta Thake, most recently an associate artistic director at the Public Theater, will assume the role of chief artistic officer at the center … as it works to broaden its appeal beyond classical music and ballet into genres such as hip-hop, poetry and songwriting. Thake … said she was eager to bring more popular and world music to Lincoln Center…. Lincoln Center is the landlord of the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet and other independent institutions…. But it … also a presenting organization in its own right…. Thake, who starts next month, replaces Jane Moss, who … stepped down … last year…. Thake said she saw her mission as, in part, to ‘lift up the city that is still reeling from the ongoing trauma’ of the pandemic. She said Lincoln Center could play a role in helping smaller arts organizations…. Thake, whose mother is Indian and whose father is white, said she was committed to presenting artists who represent a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds.”