Senior Director, Artistic Programming
Jordana Leigh is the Senior Director of Artistic Programming at Lincoln Center. She is responsible for the curation for virtual and in-person venues. In her twelve years with the organization, she has curated and produced over a thousand performances with artists from over 100 nations. As a creator and visionary, she has developed 11 series for the organization and commissioned nearly 50 artists. Ms. Leigh oversaw Restart Stages, an initiative designed to celebrate and bring the arts back to New York City after the height of the covid-pandemic. The series consisted of over 300 performances and events of all genres and styles across ten outdoor stages and rehearsal spaces. Restart Stages featured partnerships with 70+ community and cultural organizations and reached over 250,000 audience members.
Ms. Leigh joined Lincoln Center in 2009 and helped open the David Rubenstein Atrium. In her role as Director, she redesigned the core weekly presenting series to reflect the diversity of New York City. She fostered a partnership with VICE Media to present film screenings and talk backs about current political and social issues. Ms. Leigh co-created the performance series ¡VAYA! 63, which increased Lincoln Center’s engagement within the Latin communities and Poet‐Linc a poetry slam competition featuring high school students designed to enhance their literacy skills and their civic participation. Before joining Lincoln Center Ms. Leigh was a consultant for artists and festivals in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. She was as the Associate Producer for MAPP International Productions from 2001-2008 during which she co-created the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium. Ms. Leigh has served as a jury selection member for music showcases including Womex (2020), Show Me (2019), Atlantic Music Expo (2018), as well as a panelist for several foundations and governmental grants. Ms. Leigh received her BA from the New School for Social Research and her MFA from Brooklyn College.