Alfred Preisser is a NYC based director, writer and producer of theatre. Mr. Preisser has directed/produced over sixty 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.

  • 60+ professional shows in New York, regionally and Europe

  • Founding Artistic Director, Classical Theatre of Harlem

  • Named first Artistic Director at Harlem School of the Arts in organization's 50+ year history

  • Teaching credits with NYU Stella Adler, Harlem School of Arts, Aaron Davis Creative Arts Center and CCNY Harlem Campus


A bold and uniquely theatrical vision


  • 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

  • AUDELCO AWARDS | Outtanding Direction of A Musical

  • AUDELCO AWARDS | Outstanding Director of a Play

  • AUDELCO AWARDS | Dramatic Production of the Year

  • Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, The Blacks and Caligula archived at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts