alex conley to leave soho rep

this press release just arrived:

Alexandra Conley, who has served as Executive Director of Soho Rep

since 1999, is leaving that post, it has been announced by Jon Dembrow,

Chairman of the Board at Soho Rep. Ms. Conley leaves Soho Rep to join

her husband in Milan, Italy, where he has accepted a new position in

the fashion industry. The search for a new Executive Director will

begin shortly and the position will be filled by summer ’08, according

to Mr. Dembrow

Artistic Director Sarah Benson also announced new dates in the fall of

’08 for the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kane’s play BLASTED: originally

scheduled for production this spring, BLASTED will start Oct. 2, 2008.

The date change accommodates the search and also Marin Ireland’s

schedule, who will star in the show, and is now scheduled to appear in

BLASTED in the fall.

As both Mr. Dembrow and Ms. Benson note, Soho Rep has experienced

tremendous growth since Alexandra Conley joined the company as

Executive Director nine years ago: during her tenure the theatre’s

budget has expanded 350% and attendance has grown from 42% to 85%

annually. As well, the company has successfully cultivated one of the

youngest adult audiences in New York City, with over three-quarters of

its theatre goers aged 18 to 35.

Now in its 33rd season — which is Ms. Benson’s first as Artistic

Director — Soho Rep has moved from an Off-Off-Broadway company to a

full-fledged Off-Broadway company. The theater has also instituted

some novel (and extremely popular) ticket pricing policies this season,

including all seats for 99-cents on Sundays.

According to Ms. Benson, “Alexandra has led the company through

terrific institutional growth, and has furthered the vision of this

theatre through her remarkable passion and dedication to the work at

the heart of Soho Rep. She leaves the company in wonderful shape.”

Mr. Dembrow adds, “Alexandra’s professionalism in managing the

theater’s operations has been extraordinary. The board has had a great

trust in her fiscal management of the theater. We wish Alexandra and

her family only the best in their move to Italy. Our thorough search

to find a replacement will be a difficult task, but we feel confident

that we will find the right candidate to continue to build support for

Soho Rep’s expanded artistic output.”

Soho Rep, which began its 2007-08 season with a sold-out engagement of

John Jesurun’s PHILOKTETES followed by an acclaimed, extended run of NO

DICE by Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, will continue the season with a

wide range of developmental work, including the popular Writer/Director

Lab in April and May, and a workshop in May of Jenny Schwartz’s (GOD’S


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