"It's time," Dillingham said in a Sept. 20 statement. "I have been with CTG for 20 years, and will have spent a total of 44 years managing performing arts organizations, and the time has come for me to move on to new adventures and make room for someone younger."
Dillingham supervises all development, marketing, administrative and financial aspects of Los Angeles' CTG, one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the country. CTG operates the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
"Since the day I arrived at CTG," said CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie in a statement, "Charles has been an invaluable partner in leading the organization. He has helped us in the best of times and in more complicated times with the same steadiness, wisdom, work ethic and sense of humor. He has rightly earned a reputation as one of the leading arts managers in the country. During his time here he has made all of us better, wiser and stronger. He is a class act and will be missed, but his influence will be felt for years."
Dillingham will work with Ritchie, the board and the CTG staff to make the 2010-2011 season a successful one, and will assist in the transition to new management.
After he leaves CTG, Dillingham plans to stay active with a number of pursuits, including consulting, executive coaching, teaching and volunteer work. Prior to CTG, he was CEO of The Entertainment Corporation USA, presenting the Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Opera, Kirov Ballet, Kirov Opera and Royal Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House and on U.S. tours. He was executive director of American Ballet Theatre when Mikhail Baryshnikov was artistic director, managing director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre Company, general manager of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and general manager of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has served on the board of LA Stage Alliance and on theatre advisory panels at the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and on the Board of Arts for L.A. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC School of Theatre and the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres, and is the vice president of the National Corporate Theatre Fund.