After 21 years with Queens Theatre in the Park, founding Executive Director Jeffrey Rosenstock has announced he'll be stepping down. Rosenstock leaves the performing arts venue at the end of June, after the company's 2011 season.
Rosenstock, 56, has been with the theater since 1989 and oversaw the recent completion of a $27 million renovation. He says he's leaving Queens Theatre in the Park because it's the right time both for the theater, and for him, to try something new.
“This might be that opportune time when things are going really, really well for the theater and really well for me, and that’s the time maybe to really get off and let somebody else come on rather than when there’s disaster and despair,” Rosenstock says, adding that the company's board is in the very early stages of looking for a successor.
Queens Theatre in the Park, which is known for its annual arts festival celebrating Latino culture, is located in a pavilion designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964 World Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Rosenstock grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Queens.