ATLANTA: Alliance Theatre has named Mike Schleifer the company’s new managing director, effective immediately. Schleifer has served as the general manager since 2014, working with artistic director Susan V. Booth and performing the managing director duties. His new title comes ahead of the Alliance’s three-year renovation plan.
“The Alliance has a pretty extraordinary few years on the horizon, as we complete a new building design, move off campus for 12 plays in 12 venues, and return to a gorgeous new home for our 50th anniversary,” said Booth in a statement. “It will be a time that requires all of us to be at the very top of our game, and in Mike Schleifer, I’ve found a leadership partner who deeply loves this theatre and this art form and who is a great collaborator. We are fortunate to have an exemplary staff of theatre professionals, and Mike has an abiding respect for that group that is palpable.”
Schleifer served in various roles at Baltimore’s Center Stage for 13 years, including associate producer, production manager, and resident stage manager before joining the team at Alliance Theatre. While in Baltimore, he worked as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and served on the board of directors for Pumpkin Theatre. He also worked as the production manager at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU, and as company manager and casting director at the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, N.Y. As a stage manager, he worked at the Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage, and Playwrights Horizons, among others.
“The Alliance Theatre, under Susan Booth’s leadership, regularly reinvents the wheel in how we educate, engage, and entertain our local audience, while putting a loud and clear field-leading stamp on the national conversation,” said Schleifer in a statement. “I’m flattered and humbled to be recognized in this way, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to support the mission of the Alliance in this elevated role. I look forward to the challenge that the next three seasons brings.”