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Alfred Preisser Photo by Lia Chang

Alfred Preisser Photo by Lia Chang

Alfred Preisser is an award winning director, writer and producer of theatre. His recent hit Caligula Maximus is being groomed for a commercial run in 2011. He has led over forty professional productions in New York and regionally. From 1999 – 2009, Mr. Preisser was the Founding Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, where he created a wide and distinguished body of work noted for its physicality, originality, and use of music and dance. Award-winning highlights include his 2009 production of ARCHIBISHOP SUPREME TARTUFFE starring André De Shields (four Audelcos); Melvin Van Peebles´ Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death (seven Audelcos) and his 2006 production of King Lear with André De Shields which opened the 75th Anniversary season at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. He has created critically acclaimed original adaptations of Medea, The Trojan Women and Electra. He is a visiting artist and professor of theatre and directing at City College of New York, and is working with Professor Eugene Nesmith, Associate Professor, and Chair in the Department of Theater at CCNY, to create CityArts Theatre (CAT), a professional summer theatre company for the school. Other productions in New York include Black Nativity Now, Macbeth, which toured Germany in 2004, Hamlet, Day of Absence, Dream on Monkey Mountain and Romeo and Juliet. His work has been recognized with the American Theatre Wing Award (Outstanding Artistic Achievement), Drama Desk Award (Artistic Achievement), Edwin Booth Award (Outstanding Contribution to NYC Theater), Lucille Lortel Award (Outstanding Body of Work), two Obie Awards (Sustained Achievement and Excellence in Theatre) and numerous Audelco Awards.

Jamin Ruhren aka ACID BETTY & Kayvon Zand, lead the cast of CALIGULA MAXIMUS at House of Yes, 3/31-4/17
6 Questions with Alfred Preisser, Director and Co-Playwright of CALIGULA MAXIMUS
2010-2011 CALIGULA MAXIMUS Articles Archive
The Concrete Brothel: Exclusive Video Interviews with CALIGULA MAXIMUS Director and Co-Writer Alfred Preisser, Castmembers and the Show review: Caligula Maximus: Circus Maximus by Beatrice Williams-Rude
CALIGULA MAXIMUS Review Roundup With Caligula, Alfred Preisser Offers a Pleasurable Mess by Tom Penketh
Not your Camus’ ‘Caligula’ La MaMa delivers ‘cockeyed daredevil history lesson’ BY JERRY TALLMER

Photo and Video Feature: Alfred Preisser and Tracy Jack’s BLACK NATIVITY NOW
New York Amsterdam News Review: BLACK NATIVITY NOW
NY POST: The Gospel Truth is, it’s entertaining
Multimedia: BLACK NATIVITY NOW Rehearsal Photos

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