Ellen Richard, a Leader in NYC Theatre, Is California-Bound as A.C.T.'s Executive Director

News   Ellen Richard, a Leader in NYC Theatre, Is California-Bound as A.C.T.'s Executive Director
Ellen Richard, former executive director of New York City's Second Stage Theatre, will be the new executive director of American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. The appointment was announced on July 12.

Richard was also managing director of Roundabout Theatre Company in Manhattan, where, as at Second Stage, she oversaw a financial overhaul. In her time, she helped develop Roundabout from a small nonprofit organization into one of the leading performing arts institutions in the country, with three performing spaces and net assets of more than $67 million.

During her tenure at Second Stage, she helped grow the institution (48 percent increase in subscription income and 75 percent increase in individual giving) and brokered the purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre, a Broadway performance space for the company. She holds six Tony Awards as a producer, for Roundabout productions of Cabaret (1998), A View from the Bridge (1998), Side Man (1999), Nine (2003), Assassins (2004) and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005).

Richard will start her tenure at A.C.T. on Aug. 17.

As producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, Richard had direct supervision of general and production management; marketing and advertising; contracts with creative personnel; rights, royalties, and enhancement deals; transfers; theatre rentals; and budgets.

Prior to her tenure at Roundabout, Richard served as business manager of Westport Country Playhouse, theatre manager for Stamford Center for the Arts, and business manager for Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer and scenic artist assistant. For the past year, the A.C.T. Board of Trustees and staff have been engaged in the first phase of a ten-year strategic plan that "lays out an ambitious vision to increase A.C.T.'s capacity in relation to education, facilities, and audience engagement."

Artistic director Carey Perloff said in a statement, "I am absolutely thrilled that the A.C.T. board of trustees unanimously selected Ellen as our new executive director, whose vast accomplishments and deep knowledge of the field have made her something of a legend in theater circles around the country. I believe that Ellen's expertise in marketing, facilities development, financial planning, and organizational change will serve A.C.T. beautifully as we begin to implement our exciting new long-range plan."

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