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The Pasadena Playhouse Announces David DiCristofaro and Board of Directors Chairman and Brad King as Vice Chair

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The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) announced today that David DiCristofaro, currently serving as the Board’s Vice-Chairman, will be taking on the role of Board Chairman as of September 1, 2014.  Board member Brad King will fill DiCristofaro’s position as Vice-Chairman.


This announcement comes simultaneously with steps taken by The Playhouse in the planning of their centennial in 2017, beginning with the installation of new carpet and seating set to be completed just before the start of the theatre’s season opener KISS ME, KATE starring Wayne Brady.


"I am glad to welcome David and Brad to these critical roles at The Playhouse.  They are innovative thinkers with the power to see a vision through to completion.  They honor our historic legacy with a pioneering spirit that will help set the direction for our next 100 years," said Elizabeth Doran.


David DiCristofaro is Executive Vice President and President for the Greater Los Angeles region of Wells Fargo Bank. DiCristofaro oversees more than 2,800 team members at over 150 banking stores geographically spanning East and South Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire, and the Coachella Valley. DiCristofaro assumed his current role in March 2010. Previously, he was regional President for Wells Fargo’s South Coast Community Bank for four years. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for Wells Fargo’s L.A. Metro region. DiCristofaro joined Wells Fargo through the former Norwest Bank in 1997 as Managing Director of Online Banking. In 1999, he was named to head finance and strategy for Wells Fargo’s Northern California region. Before joining Wells Fargo, DiCristofaro worked as a consultant with BDO Seidman, a senior consultant with FinExc Consulting Group LLC, and as Vice President of Corporate Planning for Roosevelt Bank. DiCristofaro received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. DiCristofaro currently also serves as Vice-Chairman of the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles Board, and on the Board of Directors for the Pasadena Education Foundation.  He previously served on the Advisory Board for Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, California, and on the board of the Sacramento Ballet Company.

King is a visionary in the areas of technology and business. He has twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur building early stage companies. He has launched five separate companies and invested in four times as many early stage ventures. He was one of the very first Internet pioneers in 1994, developing some of the earliest Internet-based technologies. In 1998 he sold his company, Net Effect, to Ask Jeeves. He then financed several successful ventures including eHarmony and Baidu. His last venture, iChange, was recently sold to Herbalife. Separately, Brad has enjoyed producing independent films under the banner of Epiphany Entertainment. His last film won the Alfred P. Sloan award and was invited to the Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Brad has served as a trustee to Thrive Foundation For Youth, an advisor to Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Psychology, and board member to Pasadena Heritage. Brad lives in Pasadena with his wife, Pamela (a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary), and their three children.

Joining DiCristofaro and King on The Pasadena Playhouse Executive Board are returning members Board Treasurer Tony Phillips and Board Secretary Linda Boyd Griffey.

"The Playhouse is stronger, more vital, and artistically as vigorous as ever as we head towards our 100th Anniversary.  I am so happy to have the opportunity to partner with this new board leadership team as we head towards that golden event,” said Sheldon Epps. “Their long time commitment to The Playhouse, their passion for our work, and their desire to support the goals set by the rest of the board and the leadership team guarantee ongoing growth and tremendous success for our valuable and much loved theatre."




Laguna Playhouse Announces Ellen Richard as its Interim Executive Director

May 3, 2016…Laguna Beach, Calif…Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors announced today that, later this month, Ellen Richard will be joining Laguna Playhouse as its Interim Executive Director. The Playhouse announced late last year that it was undertaking a national search guided by Arts Consulting Group (ACG) for an Executive Director to succeed Karen Wood who had held this position for the past eight years.

Commenting on the appointment Joe Hanauer and Paul Singarella, Co-Chairmens of the Board of Directors, said “In the midst of our search we encountered this wonderful opportunity to engage Ellen while we continue to seek appropriate long-term leadership. To have found someone with the extraordinary qualifications that Ellen has is thrilling. She is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company where she was Managing Director. Ellen also has strong successes in supervising the construction of theatres in New York and also in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater, a rare and valuable skill set considering the contemplated major remodel and expansion of the Laguna Playhouse.” Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “We are pleased and proud to have Ellen Richard, truly a rock-star in our field, join us as our interim Executive Director who will help guide the Playhouse during this transition.” Comments Ellen Richard, “I have quickly grown fond of Laguna Beach and the Playhouse. I embrace this extraordinary opportunity to join one of the country’s top regional theatres at this time in its remarkable 95-year history. I look forward to helping the Playhouse and working with their incredible Board of Trustees and Ann E. Wareham.”


Ellen Richard served as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2010 through 2015.  During her tenure, Ms. Richard negotiated a deal to buy the Strand Theater in tech corridor of Mid-Market San Francisco, helped raise the $34,000 million to renovate and operate it and steered the design and construction for the project which opened in May of 2015. The complex featured two performance spaces and has won multiple awards.  She opened the 50 seat Costume Shop Theater, a 49-seat “black box” venue used for the company’s Master of Fine Arts students and for shows by other local companies.  Ms. Richard was also credited with expanding the company’s educational efforts, coming up with programs like the San Francisco Semester, which brings undergraduate acting students to ACT from around the world, and Stage Coach, a community theater mobile unit that reaches into diverse neighborhoods

She was also Executive Director of The Second Stage Theatre in New York City. During her tenure at Second Stage, which began in 2006 (through 2009), she was responsible for the purchase contract of the Helen Hayes Theatre, growth in subscription income of 48 percent, and growth in individual giving of 75 percent, as well as conceptualization of a highly successful gala format and “Second Generation,” a giving program through which donors enable deserving New York City youth to experience live theater. Under Ms. Richard’s leadership, Second Stage provided the initial home for the Broadway productions Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and The Little Dog Laughed.

From 1983 to 2005, Ms. Richard enjoyed a rich and varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. The Roundabout that Ms. Richard joined was a small nonprofit theater company in bankruptcy. By the time she departed as Managing Director, Roundabout had become one of the country’s largest and most successful theater companies of its kind, with net assets in excess of $67 million dollars. Ms. Richard is the recipient of six Tony Awards as 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). As producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she had direct supervision of all management and marketing functions. She created Roundabout’s “Theatre-PLUS” programs, which include singles, teachers, family, gay and lesbian, wine tasting, and the 7 p.m. “Early Curtain” series, all of which grew to represent more than 10 percent of Roundabout’s 40,000 subscribers.

As director of design and construction at Roundabout, Ms. Richard was responsible for more than $50 million of theater construction for 11 projects. She conceptualized the three permanent Roundabout stages — The Broadway venues of Studio 54 and the American Airlines Theatre, and the Off-Broadway venue The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre She directed the location search for Cabaret and oversaw the creation of the production’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to her tenure at Roundabout, Ms. Richard served as business manager of Westport Country Playhouse, theater 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.