Staff Biographies

MAGGIE BOEPPLE, President & Director    

Maggie Boepple joined The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PAC@WTC) in 2012 as President/Director following a distinguished international career in public service, administration and government relations.

As President/Director of the PAC@WTC, she is responsible for developing and executing the center’s artistic and programmatic vision. Over the past three years, Boepple has built a world-class core artistic and operational leadership team, defined a new design direction for the building, and conducted a successful architect search.

Prior to joining PAC@WTC, Boepple was President of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council where, under her direction, the Council ran the largest artist residency program in New York, produced summer performance series, and created innovative arts programs, including the Lent Space Art Park and studios on Governor’s Island.

She also served as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of Transport in London on the Private Public Partnership for the London Underground and led the team that reorganized the newly created super- agency, Transport for London.

In addition, Boepple held senior government positions at the MTA in New York and in the Koch administration where she was the first woman to be appointed Director of Intergovernmental Relations. She served as Vice Chancellor for Government Relations at the City University of New York. She also advised the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on the final round of cultural grants from the Department of Housing & Urban Development’s September 11th monies.

For 14 years, Boepple ran one of the most successful government relations firms in New York State representing a broad range of financial, government and non-profit clients including The Bank of
New York, Canadian Pacific Railroad, Montefiore Medical Center, The New York City Partnership, New York Library Association, WNET Channel 13, Fordham University, the Law Boards and The American Museum of Natural History.

She currently serves as Vice Chair for The Fund for the City of New York.

Boepple graduated from Brooklyn College. She is married to noted sculptor Willard Boepple and lives in Manhattan. 

DAVID LAN, Consulting Artistic Director    David runs the Young Vic in London, which has a uniquely successful record of generating the kind of international co-productions of theater, dance, opera and musical theater proposed for the PAC. He has close relationships with theater companies and artists from Paris to Cape Town to Rio. He attracts top talent such as Jude Law, Gillian Anderson, Juliet Stevenson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Patrick Stewart, who work with internationally renowned directors on innov- ative, thought-provoking shows. Young Vic productions regularly move to the West End, London’s Broadway. His recent production of A Doll’s House transferred to BAM— garnered raves and was extended and sold out. David led an acclaimed major rebuild of his theater, which was named London Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects and won a dozen industry awards. At the heart of his three-theater complex is a restaurant/bar (recently named best theater bar in London) serving neighborhood, audience and artists from morning to late night. He is uniquely qualified to guide the artistic vision for the PAC. 

DAVID LANGFORD, General Manager & COO    David Langford joined the effort to rebuild the World Trade Center site in 2005 as the CFO of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. This organization was created to raise funds, design, construct and operate the cultural components in the redevelopment plans. As the 9/11 Memorial and Museum were completed, David shifted his focus to the Performing Arts Center.

Prior to joining the WTC redevelopment effort, David was the Vice President for Finance and Administration, overseeing the operations of the Museum of the City of New York, where, at the time, a building addition and major renovation were underway.  David’s personal interest in the arts and cultural organizations in NYC drove his break from the banking field. David previously worked in a number of lead financial roles for banking institutions, from major Wall Street firms to start-up financial organizations, where David honed his talents steering an organization through the challenges of rapid growth.

David graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Accounting. 

LUCY SEXTON, Consulting Associate Artistic Director   Lucy has worked in dance, theater and film as choreog- rapher, director and producer for more than 25 years, most recently serving as Director of the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies. Her extensive connections in the NY performing arts world has enabled her to do invaluable ongoing research with a range of artists, presenters and producers across many forms and genres to gather input on how the PAC can powerfully serve NY artists and audiences. This will be critical to the PAC’s success as a complement to and enhancement of the City’s already brilliant and vibrant art scene. 

JENNY GERSTEN, Consulting Producer  Jenny Gersten most recently served as the Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, responsible for programming and operation of the world-famous park on Manhattan’s west side.
Through the summer of 2014, she was Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where
Ms. Gersten also served as Associate Producer from 1996-2004. She served as the Associate Producer of The Public Theater in New York City for four years.

Prior to joining the Public, she was the Artistic Director of the theater artist collective, Naked Angels.
Ms. Gersten was Director of Marketing and Development at The 52nd Street Project, a mentoring theater organization that brings inner-city youth from the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood together with professional theater artists to create original plays. She has served as a casting director for Billy Elliot the Musical as well as for visual artist Gregory Crewdson.
She is a grant adjudicator for TCG and Pew, has taught theater producing at NYU, and is a Tony Nominator. Ms Gersten was an archaeology and art history major at Oberlin College. She is wife to writer and lyricist Willie Reale, mother to Gus and Leo, treat-giver to their beloved dog Penny. Her preferred method of transportation is bicycle.

TAL YARDEN, Artistic Technology Consultant  Tal is an internationally recognized video designer who has designed for over 100 theater, opera and dance productions at venues including Shakespeare in the Park, Yale Repertory, Roundabout, New York Theater Workshop, BAM, La Monnaie, Barbican, Kommische Oper, Opera de Lyon and Teatro Real.  He frequently collaborates with director, Ivo van Hove and has also worked with Reza Abdoh, Conway & Pratt, Stephen Petronio, Mark Brokaw, Daniel Sullivan and Rebecca Taichman.  He has also designed events, video installations & projections for clients including People’s Climate March, UNAIDS, United Nations, Microsoft, New York Times, Smart Car, Puma, Levis, Coca Cola, Heineken & Red Cross. Additionally he has directed live video with Annie Lennox, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, James Brown, Garbage, Wyclef Jean, Peaches, Patti Smith, Moby, Lady Sovereign and David Byrne.