Alliance Theatre hires Mike Schleifer as its new general manager

By Maria Saporta

After conducting a national search, the Alliance Theatre has selected Mike Schleifer as its new general manager. He will begin his new job on March 3.

Schleifer is following Max Leventhal, who served in that role for 10 seasons before becoming the owners’ representative to the Woodruff Arts enter this past September.

Before getting selected as the Alliance Theatre’s general manager, Schleifer has spent 19 years in theatre management in a variety of role. Most recently he has been serving as the production manager and associate producer at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, Md., where he has been for five seasons.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to the Alliance family,” said Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, in a release. “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.”

Prior to CENTERSTAGE, Schleifer was the production manager

at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU, and the company manager and casting director at the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, N.Y.

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 more than 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 by 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.

“I am honored to be joining the leadership team of the Alliance Theatre,” Schleifer said in a release. “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.

Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre has become the leading producing theatre in the Southeast, reaching more than 200,000 patrons annually.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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