Southampton Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary arts center located at 25 Jobs Lane in the heart of Southampton Village, today announced the hiring of Tom Dunn as Executive Director. Mr. Dunn comes to Southampton Arts Center from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where he was part of the senior management team and held a series of executive positions.

“We are thrilled to have Tom on board at Southampton Arts Center,” said Simone Levinson, Southampton Arts Center Board of Directors co-chair. “Tom’s deep knowledge, extensive experience and passion for the arts position him perfectly to lead Southampton Arts Center’s next phase of growth.” Mr. Dunn will oversee all aspects of the organization including strategic planning, expanded development capabilities, programming direction, community engagement and audience development among other management functions.”

“I am excited to join the Southampton Arts Center as Executive Director. I look forward to working with the staff, Board and Southampton Village officials to build on the success of SAC’s first five years and to create a dynamic, sustainable organization that will serve the East End community for years to come,” said Mr. Dunn.

Southampton Arts Center has become a hub for arts and culture on the East End with almost 40,000 visitors, 6 exhibitions and over 200 events in 2017 alone.  The broad programming is delivered year-round through an impressive array of partners including New York Academy of Art, Hamptons International Film Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Telluride Mountainfilm, the Watermill Center, and many more.  With the recent upgrade of the theater, including state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, lighting and new seating, Southampton Arts Center has expanded its breadth of programming to include first-run films, theatrical performances and concerts.

“We are very proud of all we have accomplished in our first five years,” said Whitney Stevens, Southampton Arts Center Board of Directors co-chair, “now, we are looking forward to the future under Tom’s leadership including the long-term project of the major restoration and expansion of our iconic building and grounds.”

“What’s appealing and exciting about SAC is that it’s literally and figuratively at the center of Southampton Village. It’s a place for the entire community – year-rounders and summer residents of all backgrounds – to come together to experience free and affordable world-class art and cultural offerings,” added Mr. Dunn.

“Southampton Arts Center has made its mark on our Village in just five years, bringing to our community the opportunity to experience a multi-faceted arts center,” said Southampton Mayor Michael Irving. “We look forward to this next chapter under the direction of Mr. Dunn and working together to extend the level of offerings and impact that the Center has on our Village and downtown business district.”

Until 2017, Mr. Dunn ​was part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts senior management team that oversaw the $1.2 billion​ physical redevelopment of Lincoln Center’s 16-acre campus. Most recently, as Senior Director, Concert Halls Operations, Mr. Dunn led the effort to redesign and elevate the overall guest experience as Lincoln Center emerged from the decade-long redevelopment. Previously, his roles included Founding Director of the David Rubenstein Atrium, and aide to the President of Lincoln Center. Prior to joining Lincoln Center, Mr. Dunn worked as a writer, producer and director in the off-Broadway, comedy and television industries.


Southampton Arts Center


Located at 25 Jobs Lane in the heart of the Village, Southampton Arts Center provides diverse programming year-round through a broad array of partnerships with renowned artists, performers, educators and cultural institutions.  Our mission is to serve our East End community as a hub for arts and culture for while preserving this iconic building and grounds for future generations.

Southampton Arts Center is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.



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