Dietz succeeds Jim Gardia, who held the position for six years and is now moving to Northern California. Dietz will work alongside artistic director Jason Alexander and managing director Danny Feldman.
In a statement Reprise! Board president Lawrence Y. Iser said, "We welcome one of Los Angeles' most important theatre figures to our organization. Susan Dietz will be the ideal complement to the talents of Jason Alexander and brings to our organization a wealth of experience, expertise and contacts. For the past twenty-five years she has made nationally important theatre, using Los Angeles as her home base. We couldn't be more excited for her to join our organization. We also want to thank Jim Gardia for his extraordinary contributions to Reprise! We wouldn't be in a place to even entertain having Jason Alexander as our artistic director or Susan Dietz to succeed him without Jim's seasoned leadership. We wish Jim great success in the future."
Dietz added, "Musical theatre is alive and well in Los Angeles thanks to Reprise! I am excited to be working alongside Jason Alexander, once again, whom I have known for the past ten years. In the way that things work only in Los Angeles, Jason and I first became producing partners on benefits for our kids' school, and when the opportunity came up to continue that relationship for Reprise!, I jumped at the chance to work with him again."
Dietz is the recipient of the Drama-Logue Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to L.A. theatre. She has served as artistic director of L.A. Stage Company and the Pasadena Playhouse and ran the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills for 21 years. On Broadway Dietz produced Topdog/Underdog, The Lonesome West, the revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Steel Magnolias, Mail and The Little Dog Laughed. She is currently developing Billy Porter's Sondheim revue, Being Alive. Dietz serves on the board of Los Angeles Stage Alliance.
Reprise! will next present a staged reading of The Odd Couple (Jan. 25 and 26) and a production of Li'l Abner (Feb. 5-17). For more information visit www.reprise.org.