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Al Heartley

Al Heartey is Managing Director of the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University. 

Al Heartley currently serves as Managing Director of the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University where he oversees all operational and programmatic aspects of the center. A recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, he has worked at various theaters across the country in managerial positions including Yale Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Writers Theater. Recently, Al started ALJP Consulting, a search and consulting firm with Jocelyn Prince focusing on mid-level and executive hiring and organizational consulting. He has presented at the Theater Communications Group National Conference, TCG’s Fall Forum, the Commercial Theater Institute, the National Theater Institute, and the Humana Festival for New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Al is the Development Committee Co-Chair of the National Board of the Young Nonprofits Professionals Network and a board member of Yale Summer Cabaret. Starting in the fall 2019, he will serve on faculty in the theater department at Northwestern. 

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Balancing Business, Art, and Mission
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Balancing Business, Art, and Mission

A Conversation about Theatre Management

8 December 2019

Early career arts manager Al Heartley speaks with Jennifer Bielstein, executive director of American Conservatory Theater, about active listening, how to balance focusing on the details with looking at the bigger pictures, management values, and more.