After an inclusive search led by ALJP Consulting, Marin Theatre Company has selected Meredith Suttles as the theater's new Managing Director. Ms. Suttles has had a long and distinguished career in senior management in performing arts organizations, including TheatreWorks USA, Soho Repertory Theatre, Theatre Communications Group, New York City Opera, and The Public Theater.
Meredith Suttles is a fundraising and development professional with an extensive combined 10+ year’s background in creative and performing arts in the areas of development, management, strategic planning, fundraising, and performance. Previous roles include Director of Development at TheaterWorksUSA and Soho Rep., Institutional Giving Officer at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and Director of Institutional Giving for the New York City Opera. Meredith is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and former EmcArts: Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI) Fellow. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a Steering Committee Member of the Black Theatre Commons and currently serves on the Board of Directors of viBe Theater Experience. As a visionary leader known for her ability to win community support, develop key coalitions and build strong relationships with a shared sense of purpose, she is passionate about devising meaningful ways to address and further the goals of organizations within the nonprofit arts and culture sector.
Ms. Suttles brings her extensive experience in management, fundraising, and strategic planning to Marin Theatre Company, the 54-year-old theatre whose mission is to engage theatre artists and community through challenging plays and quality education programs that inspire, educate and encourage empathy. MTC is the American playwrights’ home for the development, production and promotion of new plays that tell the stories important to our time.
Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area’s premier mid-sized theatre and the leading professional theatre in the North Bay. We are committed to the development and production of new plays, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards and readings and workshops by the nation’s best emerging and established playwrights. Our education programs serve more than 4,500 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year. MTC strives to create intimate, powerful and emotional experiences that engage audiences to discuss new ideas and adopt a broader point of view. MTC celebrates the intellectual curiosity of our community, and we believe that theatre is an important tool to help build empathy. MTC was founded in 1966 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
ALJP CONSULTING GROUP was established by Al Heartley and Jocelyn Prince in 2019. ALJP Consulting puts artistry and equity at the heart of their practice. ALJP employs planning and search services to address the contemporary challenges of nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture sector. The group provides talent searches, career coaching, strategic planning, and community building to theater arts organizations and professionals at pay what you can rates. Past partners include: Mixed Blood Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, San Diego Rep, Remy Bumppo, Pivot Arts, National New Play Network, Waterwell Drama Program and The Lark. ALJP strives to create more diverse and inclusive environments for artists, administrators, and patrons
Adrales ushers in a new era of amplifying unique voices for The Lark
ALJP Consulting congratulates May Adrales on her new position as Artistic Director of the The Lark in New York City. After a rigorous and inspiring search process led by ALJP, Adrales stood out amongst the candidates as a visionary and leader in the industry, who will usher in a new generation of diverse and powerful playwrights that amplify the voices and stories of our global community.
MAY ADRALES is a director, teacher and artistic leader. She served as Associate Artistic Director of Milwaukee Rep until 2020, as Director of On- Site Programming at the Lark Play Development Center from 2008-2010, and as Artistic Associate at The Public Theater from 2006-2009. She helmed the world premiere of Lortel Award and Obie Award-Winning production VIETGONE at Manhattan Theatre Club/ South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep. Other selected productions: LUCE (LCT3), SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER (Second Stage Theatre), EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM (Actors Theater of Louisville), THE WAY THE MOUNTAIN MOVED (OSF), POOR YELLA REDNECKS (South Coast Rep), and MARY (The Goodman Theatre). Adrales is the recipient of the TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award; League of Professional Women Josephine Abady Award; Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s inaugural Denham Fellowship and the Paul Green Emerging Directing award. She is a recipient of a TCG New Generations grant. She has been awarded directing fellowships at New York Theater Workshop; Women's Project; SoHo Rep; and The Drama League. She has directed and taught at NYU, Juilliard, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Fordham University and Bard College. She has served on faculty at Yale School of Drama; Einhorn School of Performing Arts at Primary Stages and Brown/Trinity MFA program. Adrales is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
THE LARK is an OBIE-winning, international theater laboratory, based in New York City, dedicated to amplifying the voices of playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community. They provide writers with funding, space, collaborators, audiences, professional connections, and the freedom to design and drive their own creative processes. The Lark believes that playwrights are society’s truth tellers, and that their work strengthens our collective capacity to understand our world and imagine its future.
ALJP CONSULTING was established by Al Heartley and Jocelyn Prince in 2019. ALJP Consulting puts artistry and equity at the heart of their practice. ALJP employs planning and search services to address the contemporary challenges of nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture sector. The group provides talent searches, career coaching, strategic planning, and community building to theater arts organizations and professionals at pay what you can rates. Past partners include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mixed Blood Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, San Diego Rep, Remy Bumppo, Pivot Arts, National New Play Network, Waterwell Drama Program and The Lark Theatre. ALJP strives to create more diverse and inclusive environments for artists, administrators, and patrons.
Executive Director of The Lark, Stacy Waring, says of ALJP: “ALJP understands the nuance of the change that is needed in our industry right now. This moment is not about diversifying, it is about equity. ALJP can not only elucidate that difference but can meet an organization where they are and help them make changes in ways that are sustainable and meaningful to the entire organization. Leadership change is not just about change at the top, it is about change from within. It is a perspective, an understanding of what it means to truly be inclusive. ALJP has a non prescriptive approach that allows you to clarify your intentions and discover the blind spots that you didn't know were there. You come away from the experience feeling enriched as a human being with a sharper analysis of what it means to be an equitable organization.”