Jed Bernstein became the ninth president of Lincoln Center in January 2014. A native New Yorker with a lifetime passion for the arts, Bernstein has extensive experience in producing, arts administration and education, fundraising, and the use of digital platforms to expand the reach of the performing arts.
Prior to assuming the Lincoln Center presidency he served for seven years as president of Above the Title Entertainment, a theatrical production company and entertainment and marketing consultancy. As an independent Broadway producer, Bernstein received a Tony Award® for the revival of Hair, and most recently produced Driving Miss Daisy which had successful runs on Broadway, London’s West End, and in Australia. From 2011 through 2013, he simultaneously played a central role in the financial and creative restructuring and renovation of the iconic Bucks County Playhouse, where he served as producing director.
For 11 years, as president of Broadway League, Bernstein headed up Broadway’s national trade association. His work on digital initiatives included the launches of the Internet Broadway Database, the number-one theatrical industry data resource, and TonyAwards.com the official website of the Tony Awards®. In addition to fundraising for many theatrical productions, Bernstein led successful fundraising campaigns for the Broadway League and the Bucks County Playhouse.
During his 15 years in the marketing and advertising industry, Bernstein led creative teams and worked closely with corporate clients such as IBM, American Express, and Seagrams on some of the most noteworthy, effective campaigns of recent times.
Bernstein has a longstanding commitment to arts education, and taught and lectured for more than 20 years at the Yale School of Drama, NYU and Savannah College of Art and Design, and also served as executive director of the Commercial Theater Institute.
Bernstein is a graduate of the Yale School of Management where he received an MBA, and the University of Pennsylvania where he led the student drama group, the Penn Players.