After a national and inclusive search led by ALJP Consulting, Trinity Repertory Company has selected Jennifer McClendon as the new Producing Director. Ms. McClendon joins Trinity Rep from Lifeline Theatre Company in Chicago, IL where she had been the Production Manager since 2016. Throughout the search, she distinguished herself as a strategic thinker, an empathetic collaborator, and a strong leader in production management.
Jennifer brings an inclusive and people-focused vision of production management to Trinity Rep whose mission is to reinvent the public square with dramatic art that stimulates, educates and engages its diverse community in a continuing dialogue. We are thrilled to have facilitated this process and look forward to the partnership between Jennifer and the Trinity Rep team.
In preparation for the return to live, in-person productions, Trinity Rep has restructured and reorganized its staffing, including making three new hires to its senior management team. The organization will also be hiring dozens of new employees for all departments in the coming months. Adjustments to the organizational structure are among many changes that Trinity Rep is making as part of its commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. This work is being done at every level of the organization, including by the Board of Trustees, and in every department. Additional changes include a review of all policies and practices, mandatory training, and re-allocation of resources. More information about Trinity Rep’s anti-racism commitment can be found at www.trinityrep.com/antiracism.
About Jennifer McClendon
Jennifer is a native Chicago theatre artist who received her BFA in Stage Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A former Steppenwolf Multicultural Fellow and Production Management Apprentice, Jennifer has worked as a freelance Production Manager and Stage Manager in Chicago, IL since 2012. She has worked with companies such as Steppenwolf, Remy Bumppo, The Hypocrites, Prologue Theatre Company, and Definition Theatre. She served as the resident Production Manager for Lifeline Theatre Company from 2016 through 2021, leading six productions a season, an annual storytelling festival, and various company events prior to the pandemic. Jennifer is both grateful and overjoyed to join the Trinity Rep family. She is excited for this new chapter and is ready to grow even further with this foundational theatre as it embarks on returning to live performances.
About Trinity Repertory Company
Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater, Trinity Rep has created unparalleled professional theater for and with its community since its founding in 1963. Trinity Rep strives to facilitate human connection and has been a driving force behind the creativity that fuels and defines the region for more than 50 years. Trinity Rep is committed to reinventing the public square and inspiring dialogue by creating emotionally- stimulating live productions that range from classical to contemporary and innovative education programs for all ages and abilities. Its annual production of A Christmas Carol has brought families together for over 40 years and made memories for over a million audience members.
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 sliding scale 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.”