Wilma Theater Managing Director Leigh Goldenberg leads mission-driven and creative organizations, with a commitment to Philadelphia. She joined the Wilma in March 2020 alongside the Cohort of Co-Artistic Directors.From 2017-2020, she served as the first Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia, the region’s theatre marketing and leadership organization. During her tenure, she started Philly Theatre Week, a region-wide celebration of theatre performance and drove changes to the Barrymore Awards program with an eye towards inclusion and representation, including the implementation of gender inclusive performance awards.
In Philadelphia, she has held marketing positions at Arden Theatre Company and Lantern Theater Company, as well as consulted for Tiny Dynamite and Public Citizens for Children and Youth. In New York City, she co-founded Stone Soup Theatre Arts, a politically and socially conscious theatre company; was a member of the first Producer’s Lab at Women’s Project; and worked in administrative or production capacities with HERE Arts Center, The Pearl Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, and MCC, among others. She took a short detour from her theater work for a time at Wash Cycle Laundry, a triple-bottom line laundry and linen service.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Theatre Production and Management. She now teaches arts management at Marymount, as well as at University of the Arts and University of Pennsylvania.
Leigh is a past President of the South Philly Food Co-op, a community-owned grocery store that opened in 2020. She has been a Democratic Committeeperson in the First Ward since 2018, was the chair of Friends of Kirkbride Elementary School, and is an alumn of Leadership Philadelphia’s Connectors and Keepers and Philly Girls Do Good, which celebrates women leaders in community development, and was a Rad Girls nominee for Connector of the Year in 2018.
Her work has been featured in local and national outlets including The New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, Fast Company, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and American Theatre Magazine. She has written for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Love Notes, and Spoke Magazine and she has appeared on ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid and the DIY Network’s Kitchen Impossible. She lives in South Philadelphia with her husband and kid, with a garage full of bicycles.