Stephen J. Albert
In Memoriam: November 6, 1951 - December 29, 2017
“He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.” - William Shakespeare
Steve was one of AlbertHall&Associates' founders and, until his untimely passing, remained active with the firm on a project basis while devoting the majority of his time to the Court Theatre in Chicago as its Executive Director.
Steve's career spanned over thirty-five years with a number of America's leading theatres. An innovative executive and consultant, he was recognized for his efforts in achieving strategic innovation in highly complex, creative environments and for his caring support of colleagues and others throughout the non-profit theatre profession.
He began his career with the Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles where he worked in senior management positions for over ten years, both as General Manager and Managing Director. He went on to become Executive Director of Houston's Alley Theatre, where he helped lead a turnaround that stabilized the organization, retired its significant operating debt, and doubled its endowment.
He then joined renowned director, Mark Lamos, as Managing Director of the Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage Company. That partnership resulted in some of the theatre's most successful seasons and solidified Hartford Stage at the forefront of the regional theatre movement. During his tenure in Hartford, Mr. Albert led the initiative to create a 25,000 square foot, state-of-the-art production center, securing the donation of the facility and the funding for its renovation.
Upon leaving Hartford Stage, he turned his attention to broader community development issues and was instrumental in the creation of the MetroHartford investment fund, a $45 million community development initiative that provided much needed mezzanine financing for indigenous entrepreneurs and real estate developers in Connecticut's capital region.
Steve served as both President and Vice President of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and as a board member and officer of Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He had also been an associate producer of numerous acclaimed Broadway productions.
He was a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum, a graduate of the University of Southern California, held a MBA from the UCLA Graduate School of Management, and was certified in group facilitation and organizational planning by the Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA-US).
He will be missed...