Theater Bits Bog – Alliance Theatre Announces New General Manager

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Atlanta's Alliance TheatreAfter conducting a thorough national search, the Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce that Mike Schleifer has been chosen as the new General Manager of the Alliance Theatre, beginning March 3, 2014.  Schleifer steps into the position left vacant by Max Leventhal, who served the Alliance for 10 seasons before transitioning to the role of Owners’ Representative to the Woodruff Arts Center in September, 2013.  Schleifer brings to his new role 19 years of theatre management experience in a variety of company leadership and stage management positions.

For 13 years, Schleifer has worked for CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, MD, first as Resident Stage Manager, and then as Production Manager for the past five seasons.  Before CENTERSTAGE he was the Production Manager at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU, and the Company Manager and Casting Director at The Hangar Theater in Ithaca, New York.  Schleifer began his Stage Management career in 1995 and has been at the helm for productions at some of the nation’s most prestigious theatres including Lincoln Center Theatre, 2nd Stage, and The Public Theatre in New York.  He has over 50 Stage Management credits including Jitney, Caroline Or Change, Godspell, Grease, Much Ado About Nothing, and Intimate Apparel.  Schleifer shares the Alliance’s passion for new work, having been a part of premieres of plays by August Wilson, Jose Rivera, A. R. Gurney, Nilo Cruz, David Ives, Lynn Nottage, Melanie Marnich, Tina Landau, Julia Dahl, Mac Wellman, Billy Aronson, KJ Sanchez, James Magruder, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Curt Columbus, Marisa Wegrzyn, Scott Organ, Stephen Thorne and others.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to the Alliance family,” said Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director.  “Mike’s extensive experience gives him a unique and thorough understanding of the internal operations of a large theatre company at every level of the production process.  We are confident that his leadership will be a great asset to the Alliance’s mission of shared theatre for diverse audiences.”

“I am honored to be joining the leadership team of the Alliance Theatre,” said Schleifer.  “I deeply respect the work and mission of the Alliance and its role as a leader in both the national theater scene and the Atlanta arts community.  I look forward to the opportunity to work and contribute in this exciting new role.”

Schleifer will relocate to Atlanta with his wife of 15 years, theater director and educator Laura Hackman, and two children, Jack (11) and Ben (9).