William Lockwood, Jr. to step down as director of special programming at McCarter Theatre after more than half a century

William Lockwood, Jr. Photo courtesy of McCarter Theatre.

William Lockwood, Jr. will be stepping down as the director of special programming at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton at the end of June next year, but will still continue to work with the center as a consultant.

Lockwood has been responsible for McCarter’s special programs for more than half a century and is currently the senior arts presenter in the United States in terms of continuous service. In addition to his work at McCarter, Lockwood has held positions at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

His association with McCarter Theatre goes back almost 60 years when he produced his first events as a Princeton University undergraduate. Since 1963, he has brought thousands of performers, artists, and writers to McCarter’s stages.

“Bill’s incredible tenure at McCarter is unparalleled. His relationships, keen eye for talent, and unique place in the industry as a world-class producer leave us with an invaluable legacy. I’ve enjoyed working with him in this challenging year to design a terrific season that we believe audiences will appreciate – and that showcases Bill at his best.” said Sarah Rasmussen, the artistic director at McCarter.

“I look forward to expanding our artistic staff in order to maintain the extraordinary relationships Bill has built, attract exquisite talent across all mediums and ensure that we continue to bring the most exciting new artists – and high profile headliners – to our stages,” Rasmussen said. “It is an honor to be collaborating with Bill, and learning from his incredible tenure. We are fortunate to have him as a friend of McCarter and a creative advisor moving forward.”