NEW HAVEN, CONN.: Joshua Borenstein, who has served at Long Wharf Theatre for 13 years, including as its Managing Director since 2011, will leave the organization at the end of July.
“Long Wharf is at an exciting moment,” said Borenstein in a statement, referring to the hiring of Jacob G. Padrón as the new artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre after his predecessor, Gordon Edelstein, was fired for sexual misconduct. “Jacob will lead this organization into an inspiring future. However, the past two seasons have been incredibly demanding personally. After much reflection, the moment is right for me to take a bow and for fresh leadership to take centerstage. We all agree that the timing is good.
During Borenstein’s tenure as managing director, Long Wharf completed an award-winning renovation of the Claire Tow Stage at the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre; established the Lord/Kubler Fund for New Work during its 50th anniversary season; significantly expanded education and community programs; and transferred a number of Long Wharf Theatre productions to New York, including Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower.
“Josh is a respected leader in the field,” said Padrón in a statement. “I look forward to cheering him on as he enters this exciting new chapter I’m grateful for the support he showed me during my onboarding, and I know he will do great things in the future.”
Added Laura Pappano, board chair, “Josh provided the theatre with a steady leadership hand at a crucial time. Among his many contributions, he was a clutch actor in a demanding role.”
Kit Ingui, Long Wharf Theatre’s current associate managing director, will serve as acting managing director, effective immediately. Ingui, with 20 years of experience in Broadway and Off-Broadway production, has become a key member of the leadership team since joining the theatre in 2017.
“I have been privileged to spend the past two-and-a-half years working with Josh and the amazing staff of Long Wharf Theatre,” said Ingui in a statement. “To continue that work alongside artistic director Jacob Padrón is truly exciting. As we look to our future, I am honored to be part of the team helping Long Wharf reconnect to its founding values of inclusion and social justice.”
Founded in 1965, Long Wharf Theatre is a Tony-winning company of international renown and has been a leader in producing fresh and imaginative revivals of classic and modern plays, rediscoveries of neglected works, and a variety of world and American premieres.