Stephen J. Albert
Steve is one of AlbertHall&Associates founders and remains active with the firm on a project basis while currently devoting the majority of his time to the Court Theatre in Chicago as its Executive Director.
Steve's career spans over twenty-five years with a number of America's leading theatres. An innovative executive and consultant, he is recognized for his efforts in achieving strategic innovation in highly complex, creative environments.
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 has 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 has also been an associate producer of numerous acclaimed Broadway productions.
He is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum, a graduate of the University of Southern California, holds a MBA from the UCLA Graduate School of Management, and is certified in group facilitation and organizational planning by the Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA-US).