LESLIE STIFELMAN is an internationally recognized music director, conductor and pianist, as well as a leading figure in arts education and theatrical entertainment. With a dedication to transforming the creative lives of performers and students of all ages, Leslie has created some of the most decorated arts educational initiatives all while celebrating 21 years on Broadway as the Music Director and Conductor of CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL, the longest running American musical in Broadway history. She is known for her extensive collaborations and partnerships spanning the world of entertainment through performances, recordings, television and films extending from the concert hall to Broadway to HBO®, and her projects have been awarded the highest honors in the arts and media including the Peabody®, Grammy® and Tony® Awards.  Ms. Stifelman also has vast experience as an Executive Producer and Producer where she is expert in programming, production, personnel and financial management of complex artistic projects.  She is a skilled fundraiser, communicator, and innovator.



  • From television and film to Broadway, her projects have been awarded the highest honors in the arts and media including the Peabody® , Grammy®  and Tony® Awards.

  • Concert and recording career spanning over three decades, collaborating with some of the world’s most esteemed orchestras, theaters,  performers, choreographers, directors, recording companies and composers with over 100 World Premieres.

  • Leader in arts education creating transformative large-scale experiences for young people of all ages K-Post Doc.

  • Leader in arts education Designed and executed award-winning programming and educational initiatives for HBO®, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, The New York Philharmonic, The Baltimore Symphony, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, The College of the Performing Arts at the New School, and many other non-profit organizations that included concert programming, television programming, recordings, master classes, professional development training programs, classroom training, school curriculum, community engagement partnerships and arts & education resource assessments.

  • University leadership and Artist Faculty, Artist-in-Residence and director of Musical Theater programs at the College of Performing Arts at the New School: MANNES-JAZZ-DRAMA, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Pace University.

  • Created innovative curriculum across educational divisions that focus’ on original student work in Musical Theater, foundational technique in singing, dancing & acting, and theatrical professional development.

  • Vast experience in programming, production, and financial management of complex theatrical projects, leading  teams of up to 100 people.

  • Skilled communicator managing and partnering with Board of Directors, C-Suite Executives and University Dean Councils  to create and execute strategic planning and initiatives.

  • Raised significant funds for numerous profit and non-profit enterprises from individual, government, corporate and foundation sources.



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