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.”