Levy, author, philanthropist and an arts management icon, is probably best known to the live performance industry as the president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 2001 to 2014. During his tenure at Lincoln Center, award winning and critically acclaimed programs flourished. Simultaneously, a $1.2 billion physical transformation occurred. Levy authored an account of the transformation in his book, They Told Me Not To Take That Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics and the Transformation of Lincoln Center.
“I am deeply honored to have Reynold Levy give the keynote address,” says Bill Sapsis, NATEAC director. “I can’t think of anyone who has done more in and for the Arts than he has. I am very much looking forward to hearing his thoughts on where the design of performance venues, old, new and those not yet planned, is headed.”
Most recently, Levy was appointed president of the Robin Hood Foundation, which is devoted to reducing poverty in New York City and relieving the plight of those who remain in that condition. He is also a senior advisor to the private equity firm, General Atlantic, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, a consultant to nonprofit institutions and foundations and a Director of First Republic Bank. A member of the board of overseers of the International Rescue Committee, he was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the National Book Foundation and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, he was elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.
The 2016 North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference takes place in New York City on July 17-18 and will bring together over 300 leaders in the architectural, engineering, manufacturing, and consulting fields to discuss the issues faced in designing and building performance venues in North America in the 21st century.
For more information, go to www.nateac.org.