Producer Director

William whitefield

was the Executive Director at Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ for six years. As Executive Director, he was responsible for overseeing the Production, Education, Development, Marketing & Box Office staff, and making all programming and artistic decisions. As Executive Director, he produced over 30 main stage Broadway style shows such as the New Jersey premiere of Spamalot starring Robert Johanson, Joseph….., Tuesdays with Morrie, The 1940s Radio Hour, The Music Man, Always, Patsy Cline starring Sally Stuthers and Carter Calvert, Kids Say the Darndest Things starring Patrick Cassidy, My Fair Lady starring Glory Crampton and Robert Johanson, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek, The King & I, Annie Get Your Gun and South Pacific. The once struggling Main Stage series took on a life of its own and has since moved the theatre from a large deficit to a comfortable surplus in just a few short years.

 

For two years prior to his tenure as Executive Director, William was the Director of Arts Education at the theater where he turned the fledgling Theatre School into what is now an award-winning, first-class Performing Arts Academy that continues to serve over 400 students each year. During that time he also started the Asbury Park High School Acting Studio, which was an after school program that gave students the chance to appear over the course of three years in several main stage school productions such as You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Voices from the High School and Teen Scene. The program, which had been non-existent for fifteen years, was so successful that the Asbury Park school district elected to hire a full time drama and dance teacher.

 

For three years prior to Algonquin Arts Theatre, he was the Associate Director alongside Producing Artistic Director Bill Castellino at Western Michigan’s Cherry County Playhouse as well as the first Director of Musical Development and a member of the Founding Board of Directors for The Genesius Guild in New York.