Vallejo Gantner, who led Performance Space New York from 2005 to 2017, will join the Onassis Foundation USA as artistic and executive director on April 1. In his new role, he will oversee the nonprofit’s cultural activities in the United States.
While working at Performance Space New York, which was formerly known as Performance Space 122, Gantner managed all programs and strategic plans. Notable projects of his include the creation of the annual COIL Festival, the production of worldwide tours for multiple shows, and the recent $35 million renovation of the organization’s East Village home.
“In the U.S.—as we examine our notions of democracy, cities, and the ways culture and the arts can effect change—I am thrilled to join the Onassis teams here and in Athens, and to continue that urgent exploration with new work, new ideas, new forms, and new audiences,” Gantner said in a statement.
Afroditi Panagiotakou, the director of culture of the Onassis Foundation, said, “We are at the beginning of a new era for Onassis Culture in Athens, New York, and beyond. Vallejo Gantner’s talent, vision, and innate curiosity are perfectly compatible with our strategy for the future. I am excited to see him lead Onassis USA to new heights.”