Michael Bateman to release ‘A Noise Within’
A Noise Within announced today that its Managing Director, Michael Bateman, will be leaving the theater after a nine-year growth period.
By News Desk
During Michael’s tenure, A Noise Within’s budget doubled from $1.6 million to over $3.7 million in the 2022-23 season. Michael ensured the financial stability of the ANW organization by increasing cash reserves, paying off debt, navigating pandemic relief programs and creating an endowment for the organization’s extensive education program . Through a combination of sound fiscal management, prioritizing artistic excellence and striving for greater equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism practices, known as EDIA, Michael leaves ANW in a strong position to rise the future challenges of the field of theatre.
The prioritization of EDIA projects for the organization has resulted in a greater variety of stories and artists on stage and greater BIPOC representation on the board. Additionally, Bateman has helped produce more than 60 main stage productions and dozens of additional community events, including playing a central role in the conception and establishment of ANW’s groundbreaking Noise Now program, which expanded the programming to include dance, music, art installations, non-traditional theatre. and beyond.
Production art directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott said in a joint statement:
We are incredibly lucky to have had Michael by our side for the past nine years. He has been an invaluable asset to the organization and a great thinking partner for both of us. His commitment to creating theater that centers the art, and all who participate in its creation on and off stage, has been a gift to us. We are a better organization because of his input and now look forward to the next phase of ANW.
“I feel immense gratitude for the opportunity I’ve had to contribute to the meaningful and deeply impactful mission of A Noise Within,” Bateman said. “After almost a decade of wonderful partnership with Geoff and Julia, the artists, staff, board, teaching artists and our community, it was a sad but healthy decision for me to leave the organization as I look forward to digging deeper into some of my other passions. ANW is an extraordinary community that produces stunning plays, introduces new generations to theater and is rigorously responsible for a vision of a more equitable and inclusive field; I am proud to have helped lead the company and am happy to leave it in a strong and stable position as it emerges from the pandemic. I’ll be watching what’s next for ANW, and with the incredible leadership of the producer art directors; management of a dedicated board; and the talent and collaborative spirit of the staff, artists and teaching artists, I have no doubt it will be spectacular.
Maryellen Gleason, who previously worked with A Noise Within as interim director of development, will serve as interim general manager while a nationwide search is conducted for Bateman’s successor. Details of the search will be announced in the coming weeks.