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April 13, 2015

Lincoln Center Education Next Stage: "A Conversation With Brian Stokes Mitchell" May 5

Lincoln Center News

April 13, 2015

Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz


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Lincoln Center Education Announces New Next Stage Event

“A Conversation With Brian Stokes Mitchell”

Moderated by Jed Bernstein, President, Lincoln Center

Tuesday, May 5, at 6:00 p.m.


Lincoln Center Education announces “A Conversation With Brian Stokes Mitchell,” a new event in its Next Stage series which explores the role of education in an artist’s creative and commercial work. Equally comfortable in front of TV cameras, a symphony orchestra, and Broadway footlights, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins moderator Lincoln Center President Jed Bernstein in the intimate Clark Studio Theater for a candid conversation about his career and the importance of arts education in his work.


This event will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Clark Studio Theater, located on the 7th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center, 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.


Tickets for this event are $25 and available for purchase at, 212-721-6500, and at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, Broadway and 65th Street. Tickets for educators and students are available for $10.


Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a spectacular career that spans four decades of Broadway, concerts, television, recordings and film. His long list of Broadway credits include Man of La Mancha (Tony nomination and Helen Hayes Award); Kiss Me Kate (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Circle Awards); Ragtime (Tony nomination); August Wilson’s King Headley II (Tony nomination); Kiss of the Spider Woman and Mail, which earned him a Theatre World Award for outstanding Broadway debut. His long television career began with a seven year stint on Trapper John MD. Numerous film and TV appearances more recently include his role on Glee as one of Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) two dads alongside Jeff Goldblum, and recurring roles on Crossing Jordan and Frasier. Stokes has performed in concert from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall and the White House. He has performed selections from Porgy and Bess with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, works by Aaron Copland and various contemporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the batons of Leonard Slatkin and John Mauceri, Broadway tunes at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch, and jazz standards with Maestro John Williams at Walt Disney Concert Hall and with the Boston Pops. He has been invited to the White House and has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama. In addition to his live performances Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums on many of which he has arranged and orchestrated the music, including his new critically acclaimed recording “Simply Broadway” which features Stokes and his piano accompanist and co-arranger Tedd Firth. Stokes enjoys working with numerous charitable organizations from the March of Dimes to the USO and is the 12-year Chairman of the Board of the Actors’ Fund.


Jed Bernstein was named President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in the spring of 2013. Prior to Lincoln Center, he spent seven years co-producing Broadway shows, including the Tony Award®-winning revival of Hair, and Driving Miss Daisy with Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, among others. His work in partnership with the Bridge Street Foundation to re-establish the iconic Bucks County Playhouse as a vital venue for live theatrical entertainment earned wide praise. From 1995-2006, Bernstein served as president of The Broadway League.  He led the development of such programs as the Internet Broadway Database, “Kids’ Night on Broadway” and televised editions of “Broadway Under the Stars” and “Broadway on Broadway.” His successful corporate sponsorship programs and marketing initiatives generated significant and ongoing support for the Tony Awards®, as well as for the entire Broadway community. Bernstein worked in the advertising industry for more than 15 years at Ogilvy & Mather, Ally & Gargano and Wells Rich Greene, where he helped create some of the most noteworthy and effective marketing campaigns of recent times for major corporate advertising clients. Bernstein has taught and lectured for more than 20 years on advertising, marketing and the arts at the Yale School of Management, Yale School of Drama, New York University, and other institutions.  He also is Executive Director of the Commercial Theater Institute, a training program for early career producers.


Lincoln Center Education (LCE) is a global leader in arts education and advocacy and the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts complex. LCE is committed to enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, via digital platforms, and within the community. Founded in 1975 as the Lincoln Center Institute, LCE has nearly four decades of unparalleled school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, consulting services, and its very own repertory. LCE has reached more than 20 million students, teachers, school administrators, parents, community members, teaching artists, pre-service teachers, university professors, and artists in New York City, across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great PerformersLincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and 11 resident organizations: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information: and



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