BROOKLYN COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT OF THEATER

 

Harold Wolpert
Adjunct Lecturer, Seminar in Performing Arts Management (Managing Director, Roundabout Theatre Company)

Harold Wolpert (Brooklyn College)

 

BA, History, University of Pennsylvania

Harold Wolpert recently celebrated his 10th anniversary at Roundabout Theatre Company, having joined as Managing Director in 2005. He is responsible for leading all management, administration, and operations for this renowned, Tony Award-winning company with an annual budget of $51 million, 26,000 subscribers, 600,000 annual theatregoers, 1,000 annual employees, and five theatres. He oversees all production, finance, marketing and public relations, audience services, real estate, and house and facilities management, including labor relations contract negotiations, capital project planning, and legal and human resources.

Under Mr. Wolpert’s leadership, Roundabout developed a branding and positioning campaign, opened and created the business and operating plan for the new Stephen Sondheim Theatre, the first LEED®-rated “green” venue on Broadway, developed and supervised an overhaul of marketing strategies that lead to increases in subscription and single ticket sales, oversaw Roundabout’s first national tours, and served as executive producer of The Importance of Being Earnest Live in HD film exhibited worldwide.

A Philadelphia native, Mr. Wolpert earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wolpert served as Company Manager at Circle Repertory Company and Manhattan Theatre Club before transitioning to the role of General Manager at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre (Houston, TX) in 1994. He returned to Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 as General Manager during the time that Doubt and Proof won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards® for Best Play. He was also a key member of the management team that supervised all aspects of the Biltmore Theatre restoration and created the theatre’s operating plan. Mr. Wolpert teaches graduate studies at Brooklyn College’s Theatre Department as an Adjunct Lecturer to the MFA Program in Performing Arts Management. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres, of which he is also a Vice President, the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group and The Foundry Theatre, and is a member of the Broadway League. Mr. Wolpert served on the Board of Directors of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers from 2000-2012. He also volunteers as a Lifeline Counselor for The Trevor Project.