“Josh was simply the best candidate. Because of our national search, his skills and qualification for the position became more and more clear to us on the Board of Trustees,” said Charles Kingsley, board chair. “He’s been serving as the interim managing director for the past six months and he’s done a wonderful job. Josh has the total confidence of the Board, the staff and Gordon (Edelstein, artistic director.
This will be Borenstein’s second stint at Long Wharf Theatre, serving in various capacities from 2003 to 2007, most recently as its Associate Managing Director. In this capacity, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, including finance, human resources, contract negotiations, labor relations, and facilities. Josh had previously served as interim managing director in 2006.
“I am honored and excited to be returning to Long Wharf,” said Borenstein. “The work is outstanding, and it is an important cultural asset to both the region, as well as the national theatre community. I am greatly looking forward to working with the Board, Gordon, and the staff on moving the organization forward in this rapidly changing time.”
Borenstein was recently a Project Manager with AMS in its Fairfield. His AMS experience includes over 50 projects in strategic planning, cultural facility development, and market analysis. Recently, Borenstein was the lead researcher for Culture Track 2011, a comprehensive national study on arts participation that was released earlier this month. He also led an in-depth analysis of the Columbus, Ohio arts sector that offered recommendations to make it more sustainable. His clients have included producing arts organizations, performing arts centers, local and state arts agencies, national service organizations, and children’s museums.
Prior to his tenure at Long Wharf Theatre, Borenstein was at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston through Theatre Communication Group's "New Generations: Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow" program. In this role, he worked on a variety of strategic planning projects, including assisting with the development of the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion. Borenstein also served in various roles at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. While at Trinity Rep, Borenstein began a partnership between the theatre and a children's psychiatric hospital.
Borenstein has been a guest lecturer at Yale University and at Boston University. He also served as Board President and as Treasurer of the Summer Cabaret at Yale as well as a community grant reviewer for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
He earned a master of Fine arts degree in theatre management from the Yale School of Drama and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in classical civilization from Wesleyan University.