Finn — pictured above with Sean Hayes, who starred in “An Act of God” on Broadway this summer — will work with Robert van Leer, the Center’s senior vice president for artistic planning, to shape the D.C. institution’s theater initiatives, including curating, planning, producing and presenting stage works. The organization considers the position a new one; its longtime vice president of theater programming, Max Woodward, stepped down in the spring.
“Act of God,” which has played two Broadway runs and also in engagements around the country, is on a list of prior Finn projects that also includes Theresa Rebeck plays “Seminar” (which starred Alan Rickman) and “Dead Accounts” (with Katie Holmes). As an independent producer, he’ll continue to develop new stage offerings including the long-gestating musical version of “The Honeymooners.”
In the past the Kennedy Center has had a hand in producing musicals that have caught Broadway’s eye, including revivals of “Ragtime,” “Follies” and “Side Show.” The organization’s theater activities are part of a performing arts lineup that also encompasses dance and music, with the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera on board as artistic affiliates.