Billy Russo, Project Associate
Executive & General Management
Billy Russo has had a long and successful career as a theatre executive, producer and general manager. He currently holds the position of Managing Director for the Arizona Theatre Company where he helped lead a successful turnaround from a financial crisis that threatened the company's continued operation. Previously Mr. Russo had been Managing Director of the Tony Award-winning American Repertory Theater, Managing Director of New York Theatre Workshop, and General Manager of Playwrights Horizons, a major off-Broadway company.
While Mr. Russo was with the American Repertory Theater, the company achieved a 50 percent increase in contributed income. At New York Theatre Workshop, he developed and implemented a strategy toward achieving organizational stability that included restructuring staff, administration, and programmatic costs, retiring a $1.3 million deficit and rebuilding cash reserves. The company also produced world premieres of Once and Peter and the Starcatcher, both of which transferred to Broadway, garnering 13 of the 26 competitive Tony Awards in 2012.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Russo served as Associate General Manager for Manhattan Theatre Club and for five years in the West End of London as an associate producer with David Pugh Limited for numerous shows, including the original production of Yasmina Rezao's Art with Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott; Kay Mellor's A Passionate Woman; and Michael Palino's The Weekend.·
Mr. Russo is a member of the Board of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Theatre Division of Columbia University's School of the Arts. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.