Carole Kleinberg is a theater professional with a long record of success in Sarasota Florida and Chicago Illinois. She is currently the Interim Artistic Director of the fledgling Sarasota Jewish Theater, and also facilitates a popular series of lectures on film and theater for the Brandeis National Committee study groups in Sarasota.
Carole was the Artistic Director for the Banyan Theater Company, Associate Artistic Director of PLATO Arts, and Education and Outreach Director for the Asolo Repertory Theatre where she managed the Access to the Arts program for students, and co-produced the groundbreaking Kaleidoscope Musical Theatre Workshop. Up north she was a Professor of Theater, teaching a range of theater and speech classes, and serving as the lead Mainstage Director at Oakton Community College on Chicago’s north shore.
Among the plays that Sarasota audiences have enjoyed are her productions of The Drawer Boy and Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun for the Banyan Theater Company, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Women, The Musical, Jest A Second, and Love, Loss and What I Wore at The Players Center for Performing Arts, Nickel and Dimed at the Venice Theater, The Long Weekend and Mixed Emotions at the Island Players, and Harvey and Crossing Delancey at the Lemon Bay Playhouse. She co-produced the Art Helps/Art Heals benefit at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center which raised over $25,000 for hurricane disaster relief, and conceived and directed Movies that Changed My Life, Musicals that Made My Heart Sing, and Uncommon Woman: A Tribute to Wendy Wasserstein with The Broad View Theater Troupe.
Her most satisfying Illinois directorial experiences were award-winning productions of The Elephant Man and The Diary of Anne Frank.
Carole has deep experience curating and presenting new play series’ and enjoys her work as “midwife” to playwrights, helping them refine their plays and bring them to life on the stage.
She holds a BA in Speech/Theater from the University of Illinois, MA in Theater Arts from the University of Miami, and has done additional academic work at the UCLA theater school. Over the years she has taken master classes in acting, directing and technical theater.