Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) president Harvey Lichtenstein has announced that he will step down July 1, 1999 after over 32 years with the organization.
Karen Brooks Hopkins, BAM's executive vice president and chief operating officer will take his position. At that time, Joseph V. Melillo, BAM's producing director, will be promoted to executive producer.
Said Lichtenstein, "It has been a great run, from 1967 to the end of BAM's current fiscal year on June 30, 1999. I am proud of what has been accomplished at BAM and I am delighted to turn the reins over to Karen Hopkins and Joe Melillo."
Lichtenstein helped the academy to become known as an avant-garde center for dance as well as for music. Throughout his tenure at BAM, he has brought landmark performers and productions to the space, such as Peter Brook's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and the return of The Living Theatre in 1968 after five years of exile. He is responsible for the establishment of the Next Wave Festival, which has presented works by Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, and Robert Wilson, among others.