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Burke Named Executive Director of WHBPAC

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Dec 05, 2013
Westhampton Beach, NY

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center's (Westhampton Beach, NY) board of directors announced earlier this month that James Burke has been named executive director effective November 18, 2013. Since 2001, Burke has served as general manager and then director of arts & cultural programs at the City Parks Foundation, the largest presenter of free, outdoor programming in New York City, where he stewarded more than 1,000 performing arts programs from conception to presentation. He is responsible for the renowned SummerStage and SummerStage Kids festivals, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, and youth puppet programs produced at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and its touring component, the CityParks Puppet Mobile. Burke is the founder and chair of New York Music Presenters & Festivals, a coalition that meets quarterly to share concerns and best practices.

Chair of the search committee and president of the PAC's board of directors Neil Braun says, "After an exhaustive nationwide search, we are thrilled to attract such a high caliber executive with extensive experience in presenting diverse talent in unique locations appealing to huge audiences. Building upon the success of the first fifteen years, we are confident that James is the right person to lead the WHBPAC into the future. "
Burke commented, "I am extremely excited to build upon the amazing legacy of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Programming arts and entertainment in neighborhoods across the five boroughs of NYC has prepared me well to serve the audiences from the East End and beyond.  And my entire family is looking forward to becoming a part of the Westhampton community."
About Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center provides a vibrant venue for world-class music, dance, comedy and film, serving audiences of all ages across Long Island and beyond. The Center's stage serves as a year-round focal point for the community, offering high quality performances and programming, and creating a sense of community and cultural enlightenment among its patrons.  At the same time, the Center is building a comprehensive Children’s Arts Education Program that fulfills a vital component of the Center’s mission to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts through education. The programs and performances offered are consistently high quality learning experiences that engage, enrich, educate and entertain young audiences and participants.
Pictured Above: James Burke

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