...the arts not for the privileged few, but for the many"
The organization observes Lincoln Center founder John D. Rockefeller 3rd's mandate that "the arts not for the privileged few, but for the many." Guided by the motto, "Good Plays, Popular Prices," Lincoln Center Theater makes every effort to keep admission prices low and its doors open to all. The average price of a ticket for a Lincoln Center Theater performance is around $32 and an innovative Membership program allows 30,000 participants to see any production at the Theater for just $30 to $50 per play from the best seats available.
Lincoln Center Theater was re-established in 1985 under the leadership of Chairman John V. Lindsay, Director Gregory Mosher and Executive Producer Bernard Gersten. Since that time, the organization has produced dozens of plays and musicals, seen by millions of audience members at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, the Claire Tow Theater, and other venues.
Lincoln Center Theater also distributes thousands of free tickets each year to culturally under-served populations throughout the five boroughs and regularly offers special performances for the hearing impaired. Other ongoing activities include the Directors Lab, a developmental symposium for new and emerging artists; Open Stages, an arts-in-education program operated in cooperation with New York City public schools; Lincoln Center Theater Review, a literary journal available in the Theater's lobbies and distributed free-of-charge to schools and libraries, and the Platform Series of free conversations with LCT artists.
In June 2012, LCT opened a new 2-story addition on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater. This addition includes the Claire Tow Theater, rehearsal rooms, office space and a roof terrace. It is the permanent home of LCT3, our programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new playwrights, directors and designers. Through fully staged productions and affordable tickets, LCT3 is bringing a new generation of artists and audiences to LCT.
Today, under the leadership of Chairman J. Tomilson Hill, Artistic Director Andre Bishop and Executive Producer Bernard Gersten, Lincoln Center Theater has been named "the pre-eminent theater in the country" (New York Times). Indeed, through tours, telecasts, films, publications, recordings and this website, the organization reaches audiences across the nation and around the world.