Alfred Preisser is an award winning director, writer and producer of theatre. From 1999 - 2009, Mr. Preisser was the Founding Artistic Director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Under his leadership The CTH grew from a start up into a critically acclaimed force with a national reputation for artistic excellence, producing over forty classical works ranging from Euripedes to Melvin Van Peebles. His productions with that company have been archived at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and included for exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Award-winning highlights include his 2009 production of ARCHIBISHOP SUPREME TARTUFFE starring André De Shields; Melvin Van Peebles' Ain't Supposed To Die a Natural Death; his production of King Lear which opened the 75th Anniversary season at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. and Black Nativity Now, again with Mr. De Shields, at The New Victory Theatre.
Mr. Preisser continues to work as an independent Director/Producer and educator. Recent New York productions include The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller (NYTimes Critic's Pick), Aint Nothin But the Blues (2011 AUDELCO AWARDS, Outstanding Director and Musical of the Year) and the upcoming world premier of Power of Trinity, a theatrical concert exploring the life of Haile Selassie. 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.
As an educator Mr. Preisser has taught and directed with NYU Stella Adler, City College University/New Haarlem Arts Theatre and The Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center. He was the Director of the Theatre Department at The Harlem School of the Arts from 1999-2007, where he produced and staged over thirty student shows.