ALBANY – Diane Eber has been named the executive director of The Egg Center for Performing Arts.
Eber, who has a background in the performing arts and a history of discovering talent, aims to usher in a new era for the Albany venue, making the space increasingly accessible to diverse audiences.
“I hope to breathe new life into The Egg and tap into its unique architectural design as a point of inspiration for future artistic programming,” said Eber. “I want to open our doors and make this iconic structure more accessible to new audiences while honoring our rich 45-year history. Let’s hatch The Egg together.”
The news comes more than a year after longtime executive director Peter Lesser announced his plans to retire. Lesser stepped down last year, with the board subsequently launching a worldwide search to find his successor.
A native of the Rochester area, Eber previously worked as the executive producer and artistic director of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, where she oversaw New York City’s longest-running performing arts festival and led a 100-plus-person team. She continually aims to foster the vital spark between audience and performer, always seeking new opportunities for artists to share their creations.
She has worked with artists ranging in genres, booking performers such as Mitski, David Byrne, Chaka Khan, Kamasi Washington and Maggie Rogers.
Besides her work with BRIC, Eber helped launch the Auditory After Hours series at MASS MoCA and served as the interim executive director at GlobalFEST. She also previously worked as a corporate communications coordinator for Warner Music Group.
“Truly, Diane Eber brings the best of what we at The Egg hope for in an executive director: bold vision; deep connections in the world of performing arts; and sincere respect for the power of artistic expression to both transport and transform our audience and community,” said Mary A. Griffin, chair of The Egg’s board of directors. “The Board is pleased that Diane has enthusiastically leaped into this new role, both to learn the history of The Egg and Albany and to lead its next chapter as a premier performing arts center in the state of New York.”
Eber officially began as The Egg’s executive director on Sept. 5.