Four-time Tony Award-nominated producer Jeffrey Finn has been appointed vice president of theatre producing and programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, effective Oct. 7.
Finn has produced or co-produced more than a dozen shows on Broadway, including American Idiot, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, both productions of An Act of God, and the Bradley Cooper revival of The Elephant Man.
The position was created for Finn in response to the growing theatrical mission of the Kennedy Center, which released a statement saying, Finn will be working with the Center’s team “to develop and implement a vision for the Center’s theatrical offerings that set the national standard for artistic achievement and innovation.“
His responsibilities will include commissioning, curating, producing and presenting work. He will also oversee all aspects of the theatre program’s curatorial, planning and presenting activities.
“I’m honored to be joining The Kennedy Center, one of the most prestigious arts institutions in the nation,” Jeffrey Finn said in a prepared statement. “Under the direction of Deborah Rutter, this is a thrilling moment of change and inspired growth for the organization. It is an incredible opportunity to be able to focus on creating, producing, and programming new theater for the Kennedy Center, while fostering strategic relationships and expanding the current presenting efforts to offer the best theater from Broadway, across the nation, and the globe. I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with senior vice president for artistic planning Robert van Leer as I have an enormous amount of respect for the leaders of the Kennedy Center and their vision.”
Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said, “To have someone of Jeffrey’s caliber, a four-time Tony Award nominee and active contributor to the artistic canon coming out of Broadway and beyond, leading our efforts to enhance theater programming at the Center is extremely exciting. His relationships with top theaters around the country, coupled with his extensive experience in producing top quality works and creating new, critically acclaimed productions will allow us to explore more original works and innovative partnerships than ever before. Our team is eager to work with Jeffrey to continue building on the success of our renowned Theater program. His added expertise will help us broaden and diversify our theater offerings, produce and present work that engages audiences with the pressing topics of our time, and best serve our mission to present the highest quality of performing arts that reflect the enduring values of John F. Kennedy.”
Finn earned his four Tony nominations as producer or co-producer of The Elephant Man, American Idiot, A View From the Bridge (2010 revival) and On Golden Pond (2005 revival).
Through Jeffrey Finn Productions, Jeffrey will continue to develop and produce live theatrical entertainment including the upcoming Broadway production of The Honeymooners and An Act of God across the country and internationally.