Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is very pleased to announce the appointment of a new North American leadership team: Stephen Lewin who will be Chief Executive and Kristin Caskey who will be Executive Vice-President, Content and Creative, as they expand their North American operations.
With close to 50 venues in Britain, the United States and Australia, ATG is the world's largest theatre company. As recently as August 2015, ATG was running only one theatre in North America: the Lyric, the largest theatre on Broadway. In the latter part of 2015, ATG significantly expanded their North American operations, acquiring not only a long lease on a second Broadway theatre, the Hudson, but also the ACE Theatrical Group, a company which specializes in the design, development, construction and operation of live performance venues. There are now no fewer than seven theatres in ATG's North American portfolio, namely the Lyric, the Hudson, and, via ACE: the King's Theatre in Brooklyn; the Saenger Theatre and the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts in New Orleans; and the Majestic Theatre and the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio. Mr. Lewin will have the overall responsibility for the merger of the two entities, in addition to expanding the ATG platform in North America.
Stephen Lewin commented, "I am enormously looking forward to learning the theatre business; and can't think of a better place to do so than ATG - with its breathtakingly beautiful portfolio of theatres - or a better person to learn beside than Kristin: she's the complete theatre professional. In recent years, ATG and ACE have achieved great things. I am certain, though, that we have the potential to achieve even more; and can't wait to start capitalizing on that potential. I am certain, too, that one of the secrets to success, whether it's in the wine and spirits or theatre business, is good product and good people, and that's one reason I am happy to be working with Kristin."
Kristin Caskey commented, "I'm excited by the prospect of working for ATG and by the things it can achieve artistically. It's going to be great, working alongside somebody with Stephen's entrepreneurial energy and branding, management and relationship skills. Stephen is a team player, with a long track record of building cohesive, effective teams. That's important to me. I strongly believe that good theatre is all about good teamwork. Fox Theatricals has been my life for more than 20 years. I have been incredibly happy there and am more than grateful for everything it has given me."