In this newly created position Bragin will be responsible for curating Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festivals. Bragin will also handle special events programming of Lincoln Center's 50th anniversary, which is slated for the 2009-2010 season.
Lincoln Center's vice president of programming, Jane Moss, stated, "We wish to unify the curatorial vision for our outdoor programming festivals – Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors – especially in light of the current transformation of Lincoln Center's public spaces. Bill's encyclopedic knowledge of the international music scene will ensure that the hundreds of thousands of people who come to Lincoln Center each summer will have outstanding, diverse artistic experiences in a new, welcoming outdoor environment."
The Public Theater has appointed Shanta Thake the new acting director of Joe's Pub as Bragin assumes his new role for Lincoln Center. Thake previously worked as associate director of the popular venue in coordination with Bragin for the past five years.
Public Theater artistic director, Oskar Eustis, stated "Over the past six years, Bill’s passion, tireless commitment and vision have shaped Joe’s Pub into one of New York City's most celebrated showcases for live music and performance."
Bragin has served as director of Joe's Pub since 2001. In his time at the Public, Bragin presented over 3,000 concerts, created Joe's Pub in the Park and initiated the musical Passing Strange, which is slated for a 2008 Broadway transfer. Bragin co-founded the world music festival globalFEST in 2004, and programmed Central Park SummerStage for five seasons. His Lincoln Center transition begins in January. Eustis assures the public that Thake and team "are committed to providing the same caliber, diversity and frequency of live performance in the future as you have come to expect from Joe’s Pub in the past."