Leslie Gates received her BA in Theatre from Mercer University. Her love from theatre started at 5 years of age and continued through high school. In college, she taught theatre classes at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Macon, GA. Leslie worked extensively in Atlanta and Chicago both onstage and off, as actor, stage manager, designer or anything else she could do just to get in the theatre building. She served on the Board of Directors of Onstage Atlanta and was a founding member of Potluck Productions, dedicated to bringing a slice of the South to the Windy City. Since moving to Huntsville, Leslie has served in several capacities on the Board of Directors of Theatre Huntsville. She appeared on stage with Theatre Huntsville, Fantasy Playhouse and Renaissance Theatre; most recently as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. She has directed multiple award-winning shows, including Nunsense, Nunset Boulevard, A Few Good Men, Harvey, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and The Musical of Musicals! The Musical! Leslie is also a Teaching Artist with Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre and Academy and was the Theatre Performance Instructor at Lee High School from 2015-17.
Leslie is a member of Alpha Psi Omega – the National Theatre Honor Society, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Theatre Communications Group, and the American Association of Community Theatre.
From Gates : “Theatre Huntsville has a very exciting future ahead of us. Change is inevitable and to grow as an organization we must be prepared and excited to embrace it. As our City evolves and grows, we are ready to go on that journey. I want to engage our community in conversations via performance and artistic vision.
Theatre faces many challenges in this century. My focus will be to ensure TH’s future both financially and artistically. The first can be achieved by diversifying income sources, community partners, and diverse offerings. The second involves engaging artists to perform and create the work they want to present and find the audiences for these new works. The Rocket City Playwright Series was a first step in our expansion into the area of new works, and TH plans to continue that series.
Our mission is to present a diverse and entertaining slate of high quality, theatrical experiences that educate, stimulate and enrich the entire community. Expanding our programming to meet the needs of a new generation of theatre-goers, while maintaining our current audiences with work that will engage them, fulfills that mission. Not all programming is the same, often requiring a different set of resources. Diversification ensures that all of those resources can be used to the best of our ability to lead the theatre community into the future.”