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After Years Helping to Reinvent 42nd Street, Cora Cahan Will Step Down

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Cora Cahan, who as head of The New 42nd Street revitalized a stretch of seedy theaters near Times Square into thriving cultural institutions, announced on Thursday that she will step down as the organization’s chief executive next June.

Demonstrating what the organization’s board chair called “smarts, acumen and moxie,” Ms. Cahan helped to preserve and reinvent seven historic Broadway theaters — the Apollo, Empire, Lyric, Liberty, Selwyn, Times Square and Victory — into spaces that now include the New Victory Theater, the New 42nd Street Studios and the Duke on 42nd Street.

“It has been a privilege as well as a challenge to take part in the transformation of the heart of the city for the past 28 years,” Ms. Cahan said in a statement.

“With all seven historic theaters now set up for long-term use, this feels like the exact right time for me to pass the baton and watch the organization that has been my professional home for these many years as it grows into its next phase,” she added.

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Cora CahanCreditAlexis Buatti Ramos

Ms. Cahan had a career as a dancer before she entered the arts administration world as a co-founder and executive director of the Feld Ballet. She caught the eye of New 42nd Street, a nonprofit established by New York State and New York City to revitalize the street, which by the 1990s was filled with boarded-up buildings and porn theaters.

For her first project, in 1995, she turned the Victory into the nonprofit New Victory, which stages shows for families and children at affordable prices. Other theaters on the street are in commercial use, including the Lyric (now home to “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) and the Empire (now a movie multiplex).

Perhaps her most notable behind-the-scenes feat was the creation of the New 42nd Street Studios, which she described as an answer to the city’s lack of rehearsal spaces for performers.

Completed in 2000, the 10-story, $34.7 million office, rehearsal and theater space offers 14 studios where performers from shows including “Hamilton” and “Frozen” practice. Since its creation, 1,500 productions have rehearsed or performed in the space.

The New 42 Street offered no word on Ms. Cahan’s successor.


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