The Ambassador Theatre Group is expanding its North American operations, tapping Stephen Lewin as Chief Executive Officer and Kristin Caskey as EVP Content and Creative.
In 2015, ATG acquired a second Broadway theater, the Hudson, and the ACE Theatrical Group, a company which specializes in the design, development, construction and operation of live performance venues. In his new position, Lewin will have the overall responsibility for the merger of the two entities, in addition to expanding the ATG platform in North America. ATG’s North American portfolio includes eight theaters: the Lyric, the Hudson, and, via ACE: the King’s Theater in Brooklyn; the Saenger Theater and the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans; the Majestic Theater and the Charline McCombs Empire Theater in San Antonio.
Lewin moves into theater management after 30 years in the wine and spirits business. He has worked for companies including Joseph E. Seagram & Sons; Clicquot, Inc. where he served as EVP, Sales and Marketing; Paramount Brands as President and Chief Operating Officer; Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits as Chief Marketing Officer; Independence Wine & Spirits as Vice President and General Manager; as well as his own import, sales and distribution company.
Veteran theater executive Caskey has spent most of her career with Fox Theatricals, a division of Fox Associates, becoming President in 2010, with responsibility for producing and booking The Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. She has produced more than 20 plays, musicals and tours in partnership with Mike Isaacson, current Artistic Director of The Municipal Theater Association of St. Louis (The Muny). At ATG, she will continue her work as a producer with Isaacson, at the same time as having overall responsibility for programming.
“I am enormously looking forward to learning the theater business; and can’t think of a better place to do so than ATG – with its breathtakingly beautiful portfolio of theaters – or a better person to learn beside than Kristin: she’s the complete theater professional,” said Lewin. “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’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,” added Caskey.