Peabody-winning commentator to be director of Md. Theater

HOLLYWOOD — Peabody-winning NPR commentator Murray Horowitz has been named director-chief operating officer of the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, effective July 1. Currently under construction, the three-plex in Silver Spring, Md., is slated to open in spring 2003.

Horowitz will oversee all programs, operations and outreach for the AFI Silver, including festivals, screening series, premieres, special events and educational programs. He will report to both American Film Institute director-CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg and co-director/chief operating officer James Hindman.

Staying in tune

Horowitz, who is currently VP of cultural programming at National Public Radio, will remain with NPR part time as a cultural commentator, contributing occasional on-air pieces to news and cultural programming.

Horowitz is the co-author of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. In addition to Tony, Grammy and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for that show, he received two Peabodys for his work at NPR. Horowitz has written for film, directed for TV and acted. He also wrote song lyrics for John Harbison’s opera “The Great Gatsby,” which is returning to the Metropolitan Opera in April.

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