Photo of André Bishop by Chasi Annexy.
André Bishop announced plans to conclude his celebrated 33-year leadership tenure at Lincoln Center Theater upon completion of the theater’s 2024-25 season.
The Lincoln Center Theater Board of Directors will launch a search for a successor in due course to ensure a seamless, coordinated leadership transition.
Bishop has served as Producing Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater since July 2013, and first joined the organization as Artistic Director in January 1992. His departure in June 2025 will coincide with the close of Lincoln Center Theater’s 40th anniversary season.
Under Bishop’s stewardship, Lincoln Center Theater flourished as a premier cultural institution, presenting a wide array of award-winning productions, expanding its footprint, and amplifying its educational and community programs. A 2012 Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Bishop has won numerous theater awards, including 15 Tony Awards for Lincoln Center Theater productions.
“André has accomplished so much and touched so many. His leadership and artistic vision can be credited for Lincoln Center Theater’s longstanding success and impact, and our high stature among the preeminent not-for-profit performing arts organizations in America,” said Kewsong Lee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center Theater. “On behalf of the Board, I express our deepest gratitude for his devotion, insight, and care in guiding the institution. As Lincoln Center Theater prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary, we look forward to continuing in the tradition André helped establish and welcome new leadership to guide the next era of achievement and growth.”
Mr. Bishop said, “My years at Lincoln Center Theater have been happy ones, and I will miss working with all my friends and colleagues. But the time has come, as it inevitably does, for the next generation to step in and step up. I look forward to that. LCT has always been a welcoming home for artists, and I know that tradition will continue. I thank the Board for their continued support, and I look forward to collaborating on a seamless transition.”
Adam Siegel, Lincoln Center Theater’s Managing Director, said, “André Bishop’s leadership and guidance have been invaluable to all of us at LCT. On behalf of our entire staff, we look forward to the great productions yet to come under André’s leadership over the next two years and ensuring his heart is as full as he has made ours.”
Under Bishop’s direction, Lincoln Center Theater productions have included a number of memorable New York, U.S., and world premieres including The Coast of Utopia, The Invention of Love, and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard; Oslo and Blood and Gifts by J. T. Rogers; Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar; The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang; the opera adaptation of Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage; The Royale by Marco Ramirez; The Light in the Piazza by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel; A Free Man of Color by John Guare; Hello Again and Marie Christine by Michael John LaChiusa; The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein; The Substance of Fire and Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz; Contact by Susan Stroman and John Weidman; Via Dolorosa by David Hare; Parade by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown; A Man of No Importance by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog; War Horse; Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau; and Greater Clements by Samuel D. Hunter.