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Classical Lab Reading Series | MASSINISSA - Oct 20, 2010


                                                 ALFRED PREISSER is an

                                                   award winning director, writer

                                                   and producer of theatre. He

                                                   has led over forty

                                                   professional productions in

                                                   New York and regionally.

                                                   From 1999 – 2009, Mr.

                                                   Preisser was the Founding

                                                   Artistic Director of The

                                                   Classical Theatre of Harlem,

                                                   where he created a wide and

                                                   distinguished body of work

                                                   noted for its physicality,

                                                   originality, and use of music

                                                   and dance. Award-winning highlights include his 2009 production of ARCHIBISHOP SUPREME TARTUFFE starring André De Shields (four Audelcos); Melvin Van Peebles´ Ain´t Supposed To Die a Natural Death (seven Audelcos) and his 2006 production of King Lear with André De Shields which opened the 75th Anniversary season at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. He has created critically acclaimed original adaptations of Medea, The Trojan Women and Electra. Other productions in New York include Macbeth, which toured Germany in 2004, Hamlet, Day of Absence, Dream on Monkey Mountain, and Romeo and Juliet.

Mr Preisser was the Director of the Theatre Department at The Harlem School of the Arts from 1999-2007, where he staged over twenty student productions. He led an extremely competitive College Prep Theatre Ensemble that partnered with The Classical Theatre of Harlem in creating an unprecedented series of theatrical internships for New York City high school students. Many of Mr. Preisser’s former students are now enjoying successful careers in the performing arts.


Projects in development include an annual Christmas dance-concert Black Nativity Now, opening in December 2010 at Theatre at St. Clements; and a multi-city tour of Ain´t Supposed To Die a Natural Death by Melvin Van Peebles in 2011, marking the 40th Anniversary of that seminal American spoken word musical. After a twice-extended run at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre this Spring, Caligula Maximus, an outrageous theatrical extravaganza, combining elements of a circus, a play with music, and a nightclub installation, co-written by Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner and directed by Mr. Preisser, is slated for a commercial run this Fall.


His work has been recognized with the American Theatre Wing Award (Outstanding Artistic Achievement), Drama Desk Award (Artistic Achievement), Edwin Booth Award (Outstanding Contribution to NYC Theater), Lucille Lortel Award (Outstanding Body of Work), two Obie Awards (Sustained Achievement and Excellence in Theatre) and numerous Audelco Awards.

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