Stephen D. Rountree Named New Managing Director of Center Theatre Group

by Jacob Coakley

Stephen D. Rountree, new managing director of Center Theatre Group of Los AngelesStephen D. Rountree will begin as managing director of Center Theatre Group on January 2, and will work with CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie on all aspects of the institution.


CTG’s Current Managing Director Edward L. Rada to Depart in December

Stephen D. Rountree has been named the new Managing Director at Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the country, it was announced today by William H. Ahmanson, President of the CTG board of directors.

Rountree has served as the President and CEO of The Music Center for almost 12 years (beginning in 2002) and held the position of CEO of the Los Angeles Opera concurrently from 2008-2012. He will begin his new role at CTG on January 2, 2015.

Rountree will work in close collaboration with CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie on all aspects of the institution, and supervise the management, financial, marketing, development, technology and human resources departments at CTG.

“The Music Center is a dynamic destination for performing arts in Los Angeles,” said Ahmanson. “Steve will be able to apply his management skills and depth of Music Center knowledge at Center Theatre Group in a way that will be unique in the history of this campus.”

“This is a great choice, not only for Center Theatre Group, but for all of Los Angeles,” said Ritchie. “I have known Steve for 10 years and I greatly admire his strong leadership here at The Music Center. He has this wonderful ability to bring people together and to get the job done. He was instrumental in the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003, in the major renovation of the Mark Taper Forum in 2008, and the opening of Grand Park in 2012. Steve is the person you want on your team, and I look forward to our new partnership with him.”

“CTG is a vital artistic organization for The Music Center and for Los Angeles, a company with a rich history and a wonderful future ahead,” Rountree said. “After having such a rewarding experience with The Music Center, I am excited by this opportunity to partner with my colleague Michael Ritchie and the CTG board in order to continue CTG’s artistic leadership, locally and nationally. It is a chance for me to move from the broad responsibilities at The Music Center to a deeper engagement with a great theatre company. I have long been devoted to dramatic literature and the theatre. My experiences with the business and management side of the performing and visual arts make this position especially interesting.”

Edward L. Rada, who is CTG’s current Managing Director, is departing CTG at the end of December. Rada informed Ritchie and the CTG board of directors last spring that he was not renewing his contract.

“I admired Ed from the minute I met him,” said Ritchie. “That admiration grew more and more each day through our time together. Though I will miss him, I fully support Ed’s


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decision, and I am extremely pleased that he is remaining in his leadership position during this time of transition.”

“I am proud to have worked with Michael to navigate CTG through a difficult economic period,” said Rada. “By restructuring our marketing division and streamlining operations, I am confident that CTG is positioned to take advantage of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead as the institution approaches its 50th anniversary. CTG is critical to the cultural fabric of Los Angeles and I am proud to have been associated with this great organization for 18 years, first as its Chief Financial Officer and then as its Managing Director.”

Previous to The Music Center, Stephen Rountree served the J. Paul Getty Trust for 22 years starting in 1980 as Deputy Director of the Getty Museum. In 1984, he was appointed Director of the Getty Center Building Program, with responsibility for managing all aspects of project development, design, and construction of the Getty Center in Los Angeles. In January 1998, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Getty Trust.

He currently serves as a Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Occidental College and is a trustee of The Ahmanson Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Opera and the Grand Park Foundation. He advises numerous non-profit institutions on matters relating to non-profit management and building programs. His involvement was critical to the building of Walt Disney Concert Hall at The Music Center, serving on the boards of the LA Phil and Walt Disney Concert Hall, Inc.

Rountree, a native of Southern California, is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles. He received a master’s degree in management from the Drucker-Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading non-profit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to providing theatre of the highest caliber to the vibrant, diverse communities of Southern California, CTG supports a significant number of arts education, community partnerships and play development initiatives.