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AMERICAN THEATRE | Managing Director Leslie Marcus to Step Down from Playwrights Horizons

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NEW YORK CITY: Playwrights Horizons has introduced that managing director Leslie Marcus will step down in summer time 2024 after 30 years within the place. The board of trustees has enlisted Tom O’Connor Consulting Group to guide the seek for Marcus’s successor.

Throughout her tenure, Marcus led the group in partnership with three creative administrators: Don Scardino (1993-1996), Tim Sanford (1996-2020), and Adam Greenfield (2020-present). Marcus has helped Playwrights Horizons navigate quite a few challenges, together with 9/11, the monetary disaster of 2008, and the COVID-19 pandemic, amongst others, and, in her remaining years with the establishment, has labored to arrange the group for the long run. Beneath Marcus’s management, Playwrights Horizons has been acknowledged with 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 9 Tony Awards, and 47 OBIEs, amongst many different accolades.

“One can’t overstate Leslie Marcus’s contributions to Playwrights Horizons and, by extension, to the panorama of latest performs at giant,” mentioned creative director Adam Greenfield in a press release. “For the 17 years I’ve labored at this theatre—via recessions, growth occasions, hurricanes, floods, a pandemic, and even just a few successes—Leslie has remained a stalwart optimist, propelling our theatre into the long run with savvy and religion. My disappointment about her departure is offset solely by my gratitude for all she’s given us.”

Previous to her management of Playwrights Horizons, Marcus was a senior administration guide to the mayor’s workplace in New York, engaged on the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the founding of the United Nations. She served as government director of the host committee for the 1992 Democratic Nationwide Conference. She was finance director of David Dinkins’s profitable 1989 marketing campaign for mayor and finance director of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1988 marketing campaign for reelection. Marcus has additionally been the affiliate director of improvement for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the manager director of the Battery Dance Firm. She has served on the board of A.R.T./New York and as a theatre panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, and presently serves on the Arts Advisory Committee of the Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance.

“I’ve spent 30 years doing one thing I really like and that I’m terribly pleased with,” mentioned Marcus in a press release. “What may very well be extra great than that? What has saved me at Playwrights all these years is the creativity and spirit of innovation that exists throughout the group. Our mission is our North Star, and it will probably by no means get outdated as a result of it’s about what’s new. I work with a exceptional employees and board. Collectively we help writers and artists and launch their work into the theatrical canon. Though this post-pandemic time is extraordinarily difficult, I do know that Adam’s management will efficiently cleared the path, and am gratified that an incoming managing director will arrive with a well-considered imaginative and prescient for the long run.”

Playwrights Horizons is a author’s theatre devoted to the event of latest American playwrights and to the manufacturing of latest works. As of 2022, Playwrights Horizons had an approximate finances of $11.3 million.

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