Center Theatre Group’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Meghan Pressman as the organization’s new Managing Director/CEO. Pressman joins Center Theatre Group from Washington, DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where she has served as Managing Director since 2014.
Following an international search conducted by Phillips Oppenheim, Center Theatre Group’s Board of Directors selected Pressman to partner with Artistic Director Michael Ritchie in leading one of the nation’s largest and most active theatre companies. As Managing Director/CEO, Pressman will oversee all of Center Theatre Group’s management, finances, communications, marketing, institutional advancement, technology and human resources.
“It’s truly a delight and honor to join Michael Ritchie in the leadership of one of our country’s most essential and influential cultural institutions,” said Pressman. “This is an amazing opportunity to build on Center Theatre Group’s legacy of artistic ambition and excellence, and to cultivate an audience as diverse and vibrant as Los Angeles. Center Theatre Group is really at a great, pivotal moment in its history, having already brought so many amazing works of theatre to audiences from all walks of life. I look forward to working with Michael, the Board, and the incredible staff to continue exploring ways to connect with new and different members of the community and ensuring the organization remains an integral part of L.A.’s cultural fabric for the next 50 years.”
“I look forward to a robust partnership with Meghan as together we move into this exciting new chapter for Center Theatre Group,” said Ritchie. “Following the resounding success of our 50th Anniversary Season, we are well positioned to set a strong foundation for this organization’s future, both as an internationally renowned theatre organization and as a civic partner for Los Angeles. Meghan is a great leader for where Center Theatre Group is today and where we expect to be in the next 10 years.”
“I am thrilled about the Board’s choice after an extensive and highly competitive international search which involved outreach to many of our stakeholders to help identify the best person for this critical leadership position,” said Center Theatre Group Board President Kiki Ramos Gindler. “Our search committee was looking for someone who could bring a fresh and strategic vision to our more than 50-year-old organization to continue steering it toward an exciting future. With Meghan’s deep roots in theatre, and her solid business training and fundraising experience, we are confident that she is the perfect individual to enhance Center Theatre Group and its impact on our patrons, donors and other stakeholders both throughout the greater Los Angeles area and also across the field nationally.”