Jacqueline Z. Davis

Performing Arts Executive Director
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Jacqueline Z. Davis is executive director of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where she oversees a collection of more than 9 million items related to performance. Davis was director of the Concert, Chamber Music and New Directions Series beginning in 1980 and as the executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas from its opening in 1993 until 2000. She is vice president of KU's Theatre and Film Advisory Board. Davis is serving her second three-year term as a Tony Award nominator and is a Tony voter. She is on the American Theatre Wing Advisory Committee and the Executive Committees of the International Society for the Performing Arts and Benjamin Barber's Global Interdependence movement. She assisted in the creation of the Imagine '04 Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas, for which she received an Obie Award. Davis has been recognized as one of the 11 most influential university presenters by International Arts Manager, named to KU's Women's Hall of Fame and honored as an Outstanding Citizen by Lawrence Public Schools. She received a master's in French from KU.


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