QTIP founder stepping down

After 21 years as the founding executive director of Queens Theatre in the Park (QTIP), Jeffrey Rosenstock will step down at the conclusion of the current season.

“I think one wants to leave at the right moment,” Rosenstock said, adding that he felt it was the right time for himself and for QTIP.

Rosenstock noted that the theater “just achieved a major milestone” when, last week, it held a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the completion of a $27 million expansion and renovation. He also said that QTIP is $45,000 away from reaching a $2 million campaign goal.

Describing QTIP as his “baby for the past 20 years,” Rosenstock said there comes a time when a person has to leave the organization and see what it can do and the next step it will take.

Rosenstock also said that, at age 56, he felt like he needed to see if there was another journey for him to take.

“Jeff’s vision was the driving force in creating an accessible and affordable regional venue for a diverse and changing population,” said QTIP president Frances A. Resheske. “Everyone at the theatre thanks Jeff for his passion and tireless dedication and we wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

While at QTIP, Rosenstock said that one of his proudest accomplishments has been changing the demographics and programming of the theater to reflect the borough. He also noted that they have opened the doors to people who wouldn’t typically attend the theater.

“During my tenure, I led the transformation of an abandoned World’s Fair building into a premier performing arts center,” Rosenstock said. “I am proud of our diverse programming and to have laid the foundation for future artistic development.”

QTIP is now in the process of looking for a new executive director. Rosenstock said that he will remain through June to help with the transition.

Although Rosenstock has no specific plan for what he will do next, he said he hopes to find another organization to help move forward while giving him the opportunity to have an impact in the community again.