David Geffen Hall’s Theater to be Named Wu ‘Tsai Theater’

By Francisco Salazar

The theater in the new David Geffen Hall will be named the “Wu Tsai Theater” in honor of a gift by Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, philanthropist and Lincoln Center Board Member.

The commitment was made at the end of 2020, and was the critical gift that allowed the acceleration of the project by two years, supporting more than 6,000 jobs. The gift allowed for 42 percent construction participation from minority- and women-owned businesses and 52 percent of the workforce derived from underrepresented communities.

The landmark $50 million gift and Clara Wu Tsai’s commitment to ensuring diverse representation in the arts also comes with he launch of an annual ’Wu Tsai Series’ that will feature performances celebrating interdisciplinary works from diverse voices that take advantage of the Theater’s unique flexibility.

In a statement Clara Wu Tsai, Founder of the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation and member of Lincoln Center’s Board of Directors said, “Joe and I are ardent lovers of the arts, and passionate about the role they play in our civic wellbeing. We are particularly passionate about Lincoln Center’s commitment to broadening the voices represented on stage and reaching new audiences, to help create a more equitable and dynamic future in the arts. We could not be more pleased to support this amazing project for New York City.”

The new annual “Wu Tsai Series” celebrates diverse artists and socially engaged works. It is specially curated to demonstrate the flexibility of the new Wu Tsai Theater, and highlights synergies between art forms and cultures – inspired by Clara Wu Tsai’s commitment to reaching new audiences and championing new voices at Lincoln Center.