Janice Lythcott Hill Named Executive Director of the Lincoln Theatre

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Janice Lythcott Hill, who has spent more than 25 years as an executive and producer in the recording and entertainment industry, has been named Executive Director of the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Janice Lythcott Hill, who has spent more than 25 years as an executive and producer in the recording and entertainment industry, has been named Executive Director of the historic Lincoln Theatre. The announcement was made by Rick Lee, Chairman of the U Street Theatre Foundation, which has management responsibility for the New Lincoln Theatre.

Most recently, Mrs. Hill served as Director of Marketing and Event Management for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF), where she was responsible for the planning and implementation of all marketing initiatives and production of CBCF events.

In making the announcement, Rick Lee said, “The Lincoln Theatre Board of Directors had its search committee identify the most qualified person available for the challenging position of Executive Director of the Lincoln Theatre. We are pleased to have such a nationally experienced person as Mrs. Hill to serve in this capacity”.

Janice first became associated with the CBCF during the 16 years she worked with pioneering recording executive, the late LeBaron Taylor, at CBS Records and Sony Music Entertainment, first as Manager of Administration for CBS Records and later as Director, Project Development for Corporate Affairs at Sony Music Entertainment. She has also served as Project Director for the International Jazz Academy and Hall of Fame; Producer of President Bill Clinton’s Birthday Bash in l994; and Producer of Beyond the Music Makers for WETA-TV.

In speaking about her new appointment, Mrs. Hill said she was thrilled about being a part of the renaissance of the “new” U Street and the “new” Lincoln Theatre. “It is my personal honor to be able to build on the Lincoln’s rich legacy by capturing the multicultural energy of the community through vibrant and exciting programming. It is inspiring to participate in the revitalization of such a dynamic area – what’s good for The Lincoln is good for U Street!”

At the Lincoln Theatre, Mrs. Hill is responsible for all administrative and artistic aspects of the theatre. She indicated that her immediate priorities include “reinstituting the Artist-in-Residence Program, initiating programmatic quality control mechanisms and broadening marketing efforts.”

Built in l922, the Lincoln Theatre was a popular venue hall for legendary jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and others in the l930’s and l940’s. The theatre has undergone extensive renovation and is presently owned by District of Columbia government.

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