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Joe Levy, CVE

General Manager

Apollo Theater

Since 1992, Joe Levy has been managing, building, and renovating performing arts organizations overseeing multi-million dollar operating budgets, extensive physical plant operations, multi-phased construction projects, and safety and security.

Prior to joining Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater he was Director of Operations at Kaufman Center, a renowned concert hall, NYC’s largest community arts school, and an innovative public school for musically gifted kids; Director of Operations of the international creative marketing agency Jack Morton Worldwide; Director of Production and Facility Management for The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival managing all production and operations departments; and Production Manager for the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. The Apollo, The Public Theater, and The Walnut Street Theatre are all on the National Registry of Historic Places, giving Joe extensive experience in working with historic buildings and the unique development challenges they present. Joe was also owner and operator of Radiant Construction; a contracting, construction management and capital project consultancy committed to green building practices.

Both managing and constructing performing arts venues has provided Joe with an abundance of experience related to the ever changing needs and challenges of safety and security. His significant work in the area of safety and security has been recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers’ chairman Mark Mettes and he presented Joe with the Chair’s Citation at the 2017 annual IAVM conference for his leadership, service, commitment, and contributions to our industry. This honor further exemplifies Joe’s commitment to safety and security.

Joe is that rare individual who combines technical, financial, and analytical skills. Joe’s diverse background blends arts management and programming, facility construction and renovation, fiscal management, long-term planning, HR responsibilities and union management.