Celise Kalke, the Alliance Theatre’s director of new projects and artistic programs manager since 2005, will join the team at Synchronicity Theatre as the company’s new managing director. Her official start date will be October 22, 2018.
At the Alliance, Kalke managed the development and production of prominent world premiere works and discovered and mentored many new artists who went on to have major careers in American theater and film. While she was director of new projects, the Alliance produced the world premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s In the Red and Brown Water in 2008; McCraney went on to win an Academy Award in 2017 for his script for Moonlight. Kalke also developed and grew the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and the Alliance’s Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, which have launched the careers of many emerging playwrights and theater artists.
Synchronicity operates out of a 140 seat theater in midtown Atlanta with the mission of “uplifting the voices of women and girls.” Kalke, alongside Producing Artistic Director Rachel May, will handle Synchronicity’s strategic development. She will direct all aspects of financial and business operations of the organization, from a strategic and operational perspective, including long-range and annual planning. She will also work with the board of directors as it creates and executes fundraising and growth strategies.
“I am humbled at this historic moment to support Synchronicity’s mission, and so excited to assume a leadership position in the Atlanta theatre community,” says Kalke. “Synchronicity is poised for growth, and I’m honored to grow my strategic thinking and management skills with this wonderful company. I’m excited for the opportunity to closely work with Rachel May, whose taste and artistry I’ve admired since I saw The Long Christmas Ride Home in 2005.”
From 2003 to 2005, Kalke was the director of the literary department at the Public Theater in New York City, where she developed projects, managed playwright commissions and mentored emerging playwrights under producer George C. Wolfe. From 1999 to 2003, she was the resident dramaturg at the Court Theatre in Chicago. In the late 1990s, she was a staff dramaturg in the Julliard Drama Division, where she worked part-time with the Juilliard Playwrights program headed by Marsha Norman and Chris Durang, and with students such as Adam Rapp, Brooke Berman, David Lindsay-Abaire, Jessica Goldberg and Michael Winn. She was a dramaturg for Michael Kahn, Garland Wright and JoAnne Akalaitis.
In the 1990s, Kalke lived in Prague, Czech Republic; was a member of Misery Loves Company, a Czech/English company; and worked with the Narodni Divadlo and Divadlo Pod Palmovkou while a student at DAMU, the Prague Theatre Academy. She speaks Czech and German. Kalke has worked with the Emory University Theatre Department, Creative Writing Department and Center for Ethics; Kennesaw State University; Atlanta Women in Theatre; Working Title Playwrights; and Actor’s Express.