GEOFFREY SHLAES: Executive Director
The Historic Spreckels Theatre
A seasoned Theatre Executive, Geoffrey Shlaes has worked in the professional theatre for over 25 years. His position with the Spreckels Theatre continues a family legacy as the third generation to operate this elegant storied venue. As Managing Director (1976-1979) he supervised its’ conversion from a first run motion picture house back to a live presentation venue, before leaving to pursue career opportunities in New York. Across the arc of his professional experience Mr. Shlaes has served as Founding Artistic Director of the American Directors Institute, a service organization dedicated to professional stage directors; Managing Director of New York’s Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, America’s premiere bilingual Off Broadway theatre company and theatre school for disadvantaged youth founded by Miriam Colon and Raul Julia. PRTT received the Governor’s Arts Award for the Best Theatre Company in New York State in 1998; Managing Director and Booker of the 47th Street Theatre, Off-Broadway’s host venue of three plays winning Obie Awards for Best Musical during his tenure; Executive Director of El Portal Center for the Arts, an historic four venue LORT arts complex in Los Angeles; Executive Director of The Pacific Repertory Theatre a ten show LORT season producing in three historic venues in Carmel, CA; and now as Executive Director of the Historic Spreckels Theatre, and American Resident Theatre Stage (ARTS) at the Spreckels. In his current role he is responsible for the oversight of theatre and business activities, booking, special projects and restorations for the Spreckels Centennial Celebration, educational activities, and development and implementation of the Five Year Plan of ARTS.
Before becoming a theatre executive Mr. Shlaes concentrated his career on stage directing and designing over 100 theatre and television productions nationwide. He received his M.F.A. training at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre School in Directing and Theatre Management and received his A.B. in English from Princeton University and also attended classes at Oxford University in Great Britain. Mr. Shlaes presently resides in New York with his wife Susan LaFollette and still maintains his longstanding relationship booking the 47th Street Theatre, currently hosting a run of Tony Award and Obie Award winner Forbidden Broadway’s 24th satirical season in the Big Apple.