Senior Vice President & Managing Director
New York City Center
New York, NY
Mark Litvin, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of New York City Center since 2001, Mark has helped lead the operations this Moorish Revival theater on West 55th Street (6th/7th) constructed in 1923 as the National Mecca Temple for the Shriners. Manhattan's oldest performing arts center, NYCity Center was dedicated in 1943 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia as "The People's Theater," a popular, affordable alternative to Broadway, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Mark was responsible for the building's recently completed $53 million renovation that corrected poor sightlines and cramped seating by reducing the seats to 2,257, re-raking the balconies, and installing wider seats with more legroom. The renovation also included lobby expansion and reconfiguration, a second elevator, new patrons' lounge, increased and expanded restrooms, energy-saving measures designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating, all new theatrical support systems, completely refurbished dressing room tower, and a lighted and heated street-level marquee.
Previously, Mark has been Stage Manager of the Bella Lewitsky Dance Company, Production Stage Manager for the Paul Taylor Dance Company (including touring internationally for five years), and Technical Director of the American Dance Festival in New London CT and Durham NC. He taught lighting design at Adelphi University and Tisch School of the Arts/NYU. After earning an MPA, he transitioned into management, working as Director of Finance and Administration at New York Foundation for the Arts, Managing Director of The Public Theater under George C. Wolfe, and Finance Director for Broadway producers, The Dodgers.