BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Linda Herring is presently the Executive Director of Tribeca Performing Arts Centers at the Borough of Manhattan Community College since 1996. She received her MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College and a second MFA in Dramaturgy. She was formerly the Managing Director of New Federal Theater for over 11 years. She was the recipient of a grant from the Theater Development Fund for her first commercial production, “Stories About the Old Days,” by Bill Harris and starring Abbey Lincoln. The following year she produced the musical, “Easy,” conceived by Jeree Palmer Wade, music composed by Frank Owens, directed by Adam Wade. The project was presented at the AUDELCO Black Theater Festival. Herring has served as General Manager for several for productions: “God’s Trombones by James Weldon Johnson starring Theresa Merritt, Ossie Davis, Al Freeman, Jr., Tramaine Hawkins and S. Epatha Merkerson at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia; “Zora Neale Hurston” by Laurence Holder and directed by Wynn Handman at the National Black Arts Festival; “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil,” by Bill Harris at the North Carolina Black Theater Festival. Herring is a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania; there she received her dance training and performance experience in the arts. As an undergraduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she joined the Pittsburgh Black Theater and Dance Ensemble and later taught dance to children and adults through the company’s training school, The Afro-American Dance Center. Her responsibilities expanded and included choreography, where she contributed to five seasons of the company’s annual dance concerts. Herring is a board member of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York, a member of the League of Professional Theater Women and is Listed in the national Register’s Who’s Who’ in Executive and Professionals. She has received several awards and honors. She was honored by The Graduate Theater Organization of Brooklyn College, Theater Alumna of the Year Award; from Lehman College she was awarded The Jane Harris Award, Black Studies Honor Society, Morani Shuja; Lehman College Individualized Studies Honors, The Gertrude B. Wertenbaker Scholarship, Lehman College Foundation Scholarship, Golden Key national Honor Society, and 1997 Galaxy Women of the Future by New York Women’s Agenda. She has served on several panels, such as, Arts & Business Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Lucille Lortel Nominating Committee, Massachusetts State Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Montgomery County Council on the Arts, New Jersey Council on the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Arts Tours.