NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city’s world-renowned State Theatre is without a leader, after Anna Marie Gewirtz, acting president and CEO, stepped down in December 2017.

Kelly Blithe, communications director for the non-profit, confirmed on the morning of Jan. 18 that Gewirtz had left the theatre’s top job, but declined to provide a reason for her departure.

In the meantime, the theatre is “working with a national non-profit arts search firm,” Blithe added, with the hopes of securing a new president and CEO in the spring.

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As for the theatre’s leadership, the non-profit’s department heads will work with the governing board until a new president and CEO is found, Blithe said. 

Gewirt’z position was interim since she stepped up in August 2017, taking over for Tom Carto, who himself stepped up to the role in the summer 2015.

She would hold the job in the meantime while the theatre looked for a long-time president and CEO, Blithe said.

She started at the State Theatre in 2013 as the non-profit’s vice president of development and strategic partnerships, where she oversaw fundraising efforts, according to her LinkedIn. In 2016, she moved up to the theater’s vice president and chief external affairs.

Gerwtiz attended the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan in the 1990’s, then received a bachelor of music and political science at Rutgers University in 2002.

In 2006, she received a Masters of Business Administration in marketing and arts management from the Rutgers Business School.

The historic theatre, a central piece of New Brunswick’s downtown district, will be a main facet for the ambitious New Brunswick Cultural Center.

Next door to the theatre will be the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, a 22-story, $172 million project on Livingston Avenue.

Once completed, NBPAC will be the home of the George Street Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre, as well as the American Repertory Ballet and a detachment of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

The redevelopment will also have 30,000 square feet of office space, owned by Middlesex County, on the two floors above the theater complex.

Additionally, NBPAC will have 207 luxury apartments, owned and operated by Pennrose.

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