CAT Leadership Announcement
June 19, 2017

Lynda Zimmerman, CAT's Founder and Executive Director, has announced her retirement, effective June 30th.

Lynda has been a dear colleague and friend. Through CAT’s programs, hundreds of thousands of young people have been introduced to theatre and had their lives changed in innumerable ways. We congratulate Lynda on an amazing career and thank her for her dedication. 


On Monday, June 12th, CUNY-CAT celebrated the legacy of Lynda Zimmerman. The evening captured many memorable aspects of CAT's 42-year history, which included 30 years at NYU and the last 13 at CUNY. Lynda founded CAT and has been its sole director. The program included performances from the CAT Ensemble, the CAT Youth Theatre, and CAT’s College and Adult Program; and words from a number of speakers.

The room was filled with mounted photos from CAT’s history, showing actor-teachers working with young people and adults from across the City. The room was also filled with dedicated, passionate people Lynda has gathered around her across the decades, and whose lives have been touched by Lynda as mentor, supervisor, colleague and friend. All of these elements were a testament to Lynda's remarkable career, and the tremendous impact she has had in using drama to transform lives.

In her closing remarks, Lynda introduced CAT’s incoming executive director, Dr. Jeanne Houck, who comes to CUNY from the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Jeanne has a strong background in both development and arts management and a keen understanding of the arts and social change. We welcome her to CAT, and look forward to our work together.


In honor of Lynda and her legacy, CAT's Advisory Board has announced the establishment of the CAT Founder's Fund. Contributions will help continue innovative programs in the future at the Creative Arts Team. 

Please join us in wishing Lynda the very best in her new adventures. If you haven't seen it yet, we encourage you to watch the video tribute to Lynda and her legacy. 


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