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Geoffrey Charles Shlaes


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Geoffrey Charles Shlaes Obituary
June 13, 1951 - January 14, 2016 Geoffrey C. Shlaes (1951-2016), an LA native, died suddenly from a heart attack at his San Diego home on January 14. He was 64. A seasoned American theatre executive, producer, and director of over 40 years, Geoffrey was working as Executive Director of the historic Spreckels Theatre and the not-for-profit, American Resident Theatre at the Spreckels (A.R.T.S) in San Diego from 2010 until his death. Geoffrey's position with the Spreckels Theatre continued a family legacy as the third generation to operate this elegant storied venue. Before returning to California, Geoffrey lived in Manhattan and Westchester, NY since 1980. Mr. Shlaes served as Managing Director of NY's Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, starting in 1993. He also managed the company's 47th Street Off-Broadway Theatre, operating as booking representative until his death. During his career, Geoffrey also worked as Executive Director of LA's El Portal Center for the Arts and at the Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel. Before becoming a theatre executive, he concentrated his career on stage & television directing for hundreds of productions nationwide. In 1981, Geoffrey founded the American Director's Institute, (ADI,) a not-for-profit dedicated to the work of American Stage Directors. He oversaw the organization for a decade. Geoffrey was a member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. He founded The Entertainment Wave LLC, a production and management group. He was a consultant to the formation of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and a board member of Theatre Trustees of America. Mr. Shlaes received his M.F.A. training at the Art Institute of Chicago Goodman School of Drama in Directing and Theatre Management. He earned his A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University in 1973. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1969. Geoffrey was passionate about singing and was a proud member of the Princeton Footnotes a cappella group. He continued singing with alumni throughout his life. He was a first-rate athlete, excelling at football, softball, racquetball, and fishing. His zest for life included a deep love of music, art, travel, and mentoring people from all walks of life. Geoffrey is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Susan; his daughter, Rachael; his son-in-law, Jason; and his beloved granddaughter, Maya. He is also survived by his mother, Jacquelyn and two sisters, Melissa and Lucy. Funeral services were held at Hillside Memorial Park in LA. A memorial service in NYC will follow. Donations in his name may be made to the (donatenow.heart.org), or A.R.T.S at the Spreckels Theatre (619-234-8397).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2016
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