MAGGIE BOEPPLE, President & Director

Maggie Boepple joined The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts in 2012 as President/Director following a distinguished international career in public service, administration and government relations.

As President/Director of the The Perelman Center, 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 the Perelman Center, 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. 

 

BILL RAUCH, Artistic Director

Bill Rauch was appointed the inaugural Artistic Director of The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts in February of 2018. His work as a theater director has been seen across the nation, from low-income community centers to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of Robert Schenkkan’s “All The Way,” as well as at many of the largest regional theaters in the country. His other New York credits include the world premiere of Naomi Wallace’s “Night Is A Room” at Signature Theatre, the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” at Lincoln Center Theater, and a site-specific Occasional Grace in multiple Manhattan churches for En Garde Arts.

Since 2007, Bill has been the Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the country’s oldest and largest rotating repertory theater, where he has directed seven world premieres and 20 other plays including several by Shakespeare and innovative productions of classic musicals. Among his initiatives at OSF, Bill committed to commissioning 37 new plays to dramatize moments of change in American history. “American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle” is now in its ninth year of productions, resulting in such watershed plays as Lisa Loomer’s “Roe,” Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” (winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize), Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” Universes’ “Party People,” Culture Clash’s “American Night,” and both of Robert Schenkkan’s plays about LBJ, among others.

Bill is also co-founder of Cornerstone Theater Company where he served as artistic director from 1986 to 2006, directing more than 40 productions, most of them collaborations with diverse rural and urban communities nationwide. He has directed world premieres at Portland Center Stage, Center Theater Group, and South Coast Rep, and has directed multiple times each at American Repertory Theater, Yale Rep, the Guthrie, Arena Stage, and Seattle Rep, as well as at Long Wharf Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, and Great Lakes Theater Festival. His production of “The Pirates of Penzance” performed at Portland Opera.

Bill twice won the Independent Reviewers of New England Award. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Ivy Bethune Award from Actors’ Equity Association for his commitment to diversity in casting and producing, a 2015 Ford Fellowship, the 2012 Fichandler Award from the Society of Directors and Choreographers, Theatre Communications Group’s Visionary Leadership Award in 2010, the Margo Jones Medal for his commitment to living writers in 2009, and the United States Artists Prudential Award in 2008. Other honors include Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Direction of “All The Way,” as well as Helen Hayes, Ovation, Los Angeles Weekly, DramaLogue, Garland, and Connecticut Critics’ Circle Awards, and he is the only artist to have won the inaugural “Leadership for a Changing World” award from the Ford Foundation.

He was a Claire Trevor Professor at the University of California Irvine, and has also taught at the University of Southern California and U.C.L.A. Bill was educated at Harvard College. He will relocate to New York City full-time in summer of 2019 with his husband Christopher Liam Moore and their two children, Liam and Xava Rauch-Moore.

DAVID LANGFORD, Chief Operating Officer

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 Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts.

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. 

SUANY CHOUGH, Consulting Producer

Suany Chough is Director of Project Development at The Perelman Center.  Suany is a project manager with a broad background in design and construction, real estate development, and transportation planning.  She has over 20 years of professional experience working on large-scale projects in New York and San Francisco, including the revitalization of Times Square, the design and planning of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, redevelopment of Governors Island, and transit expansion projects for the San Francisco Municipal Railway. 

Suany chairs the board of The Civilians, an investigative theater company. 

CATHERINE BLANEY, Development Consultant

Catherine joined the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in the fall of 2006. Along with Chairman Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, she has helped spearhead fundraising for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for both the capital campaign and for operational and program development.  She is also the CEO of CBlaney Group (formerly Cathy Blaney & Associates), a nationally recognized fundraising firm in the political and not-for-profit world.   Most recently, Catherine is continuing fundraising and developing partnerships with several different initiatives that are partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies.  She received her law degree from St. John’s University and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Fordham University.

JULIE PYUN, Development Consultant

Julie Pyun is a seasoned development executive with 20 years of experience specializing in non-profit initiatives, partnership development, strategic planning, project management and fundraising compliance work. Julie continues to focus on fundraising and developing efforts with several different organizations that are partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies.  Her continuous role as a managing director of CBlaney Group (formerly known as Cathy Blaney and Associates), continues to build synergy to a nationally recognized fundraising firm in the political and not-for-profit world.  

JENNY GERSTEN, Consulting Producer

Jenny Gersten has been the Consulting Producer for The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts for over four years and produces independently including the long-running Off Broadway “pie shop” production of “Sweeney Todd,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Live Cinema” workshops, the forthcoming musical of “Beetlejuice,” and several projects for Virgin Voyages first ship (setting sail in 2020).

Prior to The Perelman Center, Ms. Gersten was the Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, responsible for programming and maintaining one of the great public spaces in New York City. She was Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) for four seasons, and the Associate Producer of The Public Theater in New York City for four years.  

She also spent five years at the inner-city mentoring program The 52nd Street Project, and once was a casting director for “Billy Elliot the Musical” as well as for visual artist Gregory Crewdson. She has served as a grant adjudicator for TCG, the J.M. Kaplan Innovation Fund, and Pew Center for Art and Culture, taught theater producing at NYU and Williams College, and served as a Tony Nominator.

Ms. Gersten studied archaeology and art history at Oberlin College. Her preferred method of transportation is bicycle.