Craig Peterson Named Artistic Director of Abrons Arts Center

Peterson brings 25 years of experience in the performing arts and dance to Abrons Arts Center.

 NEW YORK CITY: Henry Street Settlement has named Craig Peterson artistic director and deputy program officer of the Abrons Arts Center in the visual and performing arts division. Peterson succeeds Jay Wegman and will begin the role on Sept. 6.

Craig Peterson.
Craig Peterson.

“We’re thrilled to bring Craig’s leadership and talent to Henry Street to help write the next incredible chapter for the Abrons and the constellation of artists, audiences, and community stakeholders that engage in our work,” said executive director David Garza in a statement. “Our future in the arts deserves to be as rich and exciting as our venerable history and we’re confident Craig can make that happen.”

Most recently, Peterson served as director of programs and presentation at Gibney Dance in New York City, where he built arts programs and helped facilitate nearly 100 new works. Prior to that, he served as the director of the Philly Fringe Festival and the Live Arts Brewery. He also spent 10 years at New York’s former Dance Theater Workshop, where he served as the director of artist services, the co-artistic director, and the senior producer during his tenure. Peterson received a bachelor’s degree in theatre/choreography and psychology from Bard College. He is a member of the Bessies Committee, and serves as a board member of the Alliance of Artist Communities and Big Dance Theater.

“It’s clear that Henry Street is deeply invested in the success of its forward-thinking arts programming,” said Peterson in a statement. “The Settlement has a long history of making art and artists a central component of their valuable work in communities. I look forward to being a part of this organization’s incredible legacy of social change.”

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