Monday Morning Meet Your Leaders – Steve Steiner
Producing Artistic Director
1. What is one of the most important qualities of a great leader?
I think my job as a leader is to first, hire good people who share the same passion for our mission as I do. Then, once everybody is on board with that, my job is to facilitate them being able to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. I really believe my most important function is as a facilitator. Occasionally, I need to be a motivator as well, but if the hiring has been done properly that’s usually not necessary.
2. How does your organization take our community to the next level?
We are the largest, professional producing theatre company in Ocean County, and the fifth largest in the state, in terms of both budget and attendance. Having an entity like Surflight Theatre in Ocean County, sets us apart from other locations in New Jersey due to the quality and accessibility of a professional theatre. While we are a very accessible venue in terms of patrons with disabilities, in this regard I am speaking of accessibility due to price structure and ease of attendance (good roads, ease of free parking, comfortable venue, etc.).
3. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
We don’t have a lot of spare time, but I enjoy an annual vacation with my wife, and we love visiting our daughter (she’s in college).
4. What is your favorite food/recipe and why?
Well, you’ve stumped me. Ten year old me would have said German Chocolate Cake, but now I really like a variety of cuisine. French, Italian and pretty much everything my wife makes, as she is a far better cook than I. I do enjoy grilling – steaks, pork, chicken, vegetables. So I guess this might count as the answer to both questions 3 AND 4.