In January of 2015, Alfred Preisser was named the first Artistic Director of the historical Harlem School of the Arts, where his mandate is to produce and support the performance and exhibition work of HSA’s programs in Theatre, Music, Art & Design and Dance. Mr. Preisser has directed/produced over fifty professional shows in New York, regionally and Europe. 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. His productions of Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death and Caligula are archived at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and he has taught directing, acting and theatre studies at CCNY in Harlem, The Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, and Stella Adler NYU. Additional career highlights include Founding Artistic Director, The Classical Theatre of Harlem (1999 – 2009), Macbeth at The Bonne Biennale, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song at Sons Hiver in Paris and multiple productions at Central Park Summerstage.