Gerald W. Lynch Theater

image[4]524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 237-8005

About Us

Welcome to the Gerald W. Lynch Theater 

Comedy Central2 @ GWLTSince opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community. The Theater is dedicated to the creation and presentation of performing arts programming of all disciplines with a special focus on how the artistic imagination can shed light on the many perceptions of justice in our society. The Theater is also a member of CUNY Stages, a consortium of 16 performing arts center located on CUNY campuses across New York City.

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater hosts a broad spectrum of events including the Lincoln Center Festival since its first season in 1996, and the subsequent Mostly Mozart & White Light Festivals, as well as the New York City Opera, Mummenschanz, and the World Science Festival. The Theater has been the site of live and recorded events including Inside the Actor’s Studio, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, Comedy Central Presents, the American Justice Summit, and the NYC Mayoral Democratic Debates. The Theater hosts premiere galas, corporate meetings, conferences, international competitions, and graduations. In addition to maintaining a stock of lighting and sound equipment, direct street access to stage level ensures speedy load-in and load-out of client equipment. Technical and administrative personnel help clients arrive at sensible, cost-effective solutions.

The Theater has hosted events in the Lincoln Center Festival since its first season in 1996, as well as, New York City Opera, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Gotham Chamber Opera, Metropolitan Opera Guild and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Ailey II. The Theater has also been the site of many television and film specials including A&E’s Live by Request, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Robert Klein in Concert and VH1’s Soundtrack Live.


The Mission of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater: 

  • To provide diverse artistic and scholarly events that will educate, entertain and involve our academic and public communities. These events shall resonate with the goals and mission of John Jay College: EDUCATING FOR JUSTICE.
  • To provide a source of free or low cost cultural and artistic presentations to the John Jay community and the surrounding neighborhood of Clinton.
  • To provide a venue for John Jay College academic and community events.


History of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater

The theater is named after Gerald W. Lynch, the President of John Jay College for nearly 30 years. During Lynch’s presidency, John Jay grew from a small police science college in the basement of another CUNY school to a center of research, education, and training in criminal justice and public safety. Under his leadership, the school’s external activities also expanded, the college supported more curricular cultural diversity, and John Jay embraced an approach to education more attuned to the liberal arts. As part of the growing liberal arts curriculum, Lynch petitioned the city, state and other agencies to fund building a theater within the college, a very expensive endeavor and especially at a “cop college” where funding was tight even for core academics.

Lynch, an avid theater goer, felt that the students learning to police their community and the community itself were entitled to having a theater and hence all of the rich experiences a theater can bring. President Lynch was confident that through the presentation of performing arts, the “cops” at John Jay would gain insights into themselves and the world, which would in turn bring more thoughtful, compassionate and engaged policing. Lynch was passionate and innovative about improving relations between the police and the public, and building the theater was just one of the unique resources he introduced to the college and the community.

Clients Past & Present

A BroaderWay Foundation, Idina Menzel
American Ballet Theatre II
American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)      
Applause Africa, African Diaspora Awards
Aquila Theatre
Ballet Academy East
Bellydance Evolution
Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS
Bronx Opera Guild
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Q
Carnegie Hall
CBS Sports
Cedar Lake Dance, Inc.
Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies
Comedy Central Presents
Comedy Central, Premium Blend
Dance Ministry International
Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Theater
Dell’arte Opera Ensemble
Dzul Dance
Encompass New Opera Theatre
Ephrat Asherie Dance
Epic Theatre Ensemble
Fordham University
Friends in Deed
Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Gotham Chamber Opera
Houses on the Moon Theater Company
IATSE, Local One
IMG Artists
Inside the Actors Studio
Jazz Reach
Joffrey Ballet School
Limon Dance Company
Lincoln Center Festival
Lincoln Center presents the Mostly Mozart Festival

Lincoln Center presents the White Light Festival
Make Music New York
Mannes Chamber Orchestra
Metropolitan Opera Guild
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
National Football League
NBC “30 Rock”
NBC “Believe”
New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV)
New Wave Entertainment
New York City Opera
New York Philharmonic
Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre
Peridance Ensemble
Princeton Triangle Club
Rebecca Kelly Ballet
Rooftop Films
St. George’s Society
Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor
Television Academy
The Actors Fund
The Hollows
The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre
The Little Orchestra Society
The School at Steps on Broadway
The TORCH Program
Theatre Development Fund
Theatre for a New Audience
TKO Entertainment
Tom Gold Dance
United States Secret Service
University of Pennsylvania, The Mask & Wig Club
US-China Cultural & Educational Foundation
Voto Latino
Why Not Sports, Inc.
Women in the World/Tina Brown Live Media
World Science Festival


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