has served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director since October, 2007. During his tenure, he has helmed the Playhouse’s acclaimed productions of The Squirrels, Hollywood, The Darrell Hammond Project, His Girl Friday, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Dram of Drummhicit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Restoration and the musicals Escape to Margaritaville, Disney’s Freaky Friday, Chasing the Song, Xanadu, Memphis, which won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and Come From Away, for which he won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical. He also spearheaded the Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) series and the Resident Theatre program. Prior to joining the Playhouse, he directed the Broadway productions of Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), All Shook Up and The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), as well as the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along. Other New York credits include: Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, Wonder of the World, Communicating Doors, Bunny Bunny, The Night Hank Williams Died and Fires in the Mirror (Lucille Lortel Award), among others. Mr. Ashley also directed the feature films Jeffrey and Lucky Stiff, as well as the American Playhouse production of Blown Sideways Through Life for PBS. Mr. Ashley is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, the Drama League Director Fellowship and an NEA/TCG Director Fellowship.
was recently appointed La Jolla Playhouse’s new Managing Director and has served as General Manager of the Playhouse since 2002. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT). In 2009, she received a San Diego Women Who Mean Business Award from San Diego Business Journal. Previously she served as Counsel to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.. She was a faculty member of the Smithsonian Institution’s program on Legal Problems of Museum Administration. Prior to the Kennedy Center, she served as a corporate attorney in New York City and Washington, DC. She is a graduate of UC San Diego and Harvard Law School. Ms. Buchholz and her husband, noted author and White House economic policy advisor Todd Buchholz, live in Solana Beach and are the proud parents of Victoria, Katherine and Alexia.
joined the Playhouse in November, 2014 from Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theatre Company, where he served for five years as Artistic Associate. Prior to that, he was the founding Artistic Director of FireStarter Productions in Texas, as well as an ensemble member with American Theater Company in Chicago since 2009. His directing credits include The Royal Society of Antarctica at Portland Center Stage/JAW, Tiger Style! at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Dallas Theater Center, Chimichangas and Zoloft at Atlantic Theater Company, How We Got On at Cleveland Playhouse, Welcome to Arroyo’s at The Old Globe and American Theater Company, Red Light Winter at Perseverance Theatre, The Motherf**ker with the Hat at Kitchen Dog Theater, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant at Circle Theatre and Blue/Orange and Sonnets for an Old Century at FireStarter Productions. A Drama League fellow and recipient of the Princess Grace Award and the TCG New Generations Grant, Castañeda holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gabriel Greene (Director of New Play Development) joined La Jolla Playhouse’s artistic staff in 2007. In addition to curating and producing the annual DNA New Work Series, he has dramaturged over two dozen new plays and musicals for the Playhouse, including Wild Goose Dreams, At the Old Place, Escape to Margaritaville, Miss You Like Hell, JUNK, The Last Tiger in Haiti, Blueprints to Freedom, Up Here, The Darrell Hammond Project, The Who & The What, Milk Like Sugar (also off-Broadway) and Memphis (also Broadway and London; four Tony Awards). With Alex Levy, he wrote Safe at Home, a site-specific show which was developed through the DNA Series and received its world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre in 2017 (Ivey Award). Goosebumps Alive, his immersive adaptation of R.L. Stine’s best-selling novels (co-written and directed by Tom Salamon) received its world premiere at The Vaults (London) in 2016. He is a graduate of University of Michigan and Trinity College, Dublin.
A native New Yorker, Julia B. Foster has dedicated the majority of her career to the non-profit arts, in both performance and administration. After earning a B.A. in dance at Washington University in St. Louis, she pursued a professional career in modern dance, musical theater, singing and acting, including six years as a soloist with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Later transitioning to arts administration, Foster most recently worked at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, as Vice President of Development, overseeing their successful annual fund campaign that raised a record $10.5 million goal in FY18, and leading the Center’s annual Candlelight Concert gala to its highest net profit finish in its 44 year history. While at the Center, she previously served as the Director of the Capital Campaign, where she oversaw the Center’s $73 million Next Act Capital Campaign, and planned and implemented successful campaign events, including the groundbreaking and opening celebrations for the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Past positions at Segerstrom Center include Director of Major Gifts and Director of the Annual Fund. She also co-chaired the Orange County Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day fundraiser luncheon. Prior to the Segerstrom Center, Foster held the post of Chief Development Officer at both Project Access and at Irvine Barclay Theatre and served as the Cultural Development Manager for the Vail Valley Foundation in Colorado.
Mary joined the Playhouse’s Communications team in 2007. During her tenure she has overseen the launch of the marketing campaigns for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, the Page To Stage Production of the on and Off-Broadway hit Peter and the Starcatchers, the West Coast premiere of the Tony-nominated play 33 Variations and the world-premiere musicals Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Side Show and Little Miss Sunshine. Under her direction, the Playhouse was named one of the “Top 100 San Diego Brands” by the San Diego Ad Club and was the recipient of a 2011 Telly Award. She and her team played an instrumental role in launching the Playhouse’s groundbreaking Without Walls Festival in 2013, which garnered major national press coverage. Prior to joining the Playhouse, Mary held a marketing position for Advanced Marketing Services, a national book distributor that serviced Costco and SAM’S Club. In this role she managed a $4 million cooperative advertising budget and launched the in-store promotional campaigns for numerous major book releases, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Jimmy Carter’s Our Endangered Values. She attended the University of California Irvine where she graduated Cum Laude and was a member of the Humanities Honors Program.
Becky joined the La Jolla Playhouse staff in 2009. During her tenure, she has garnered major national coverage in such publications as The New York Times, Time Magazine, American Theatre, LA Times, USA Today for the Playhouse’s world-premiere productions of Hands on a Hardbody, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Who & The What and the 2013 Without Walls Festival, among others. Prior to working at the Playhouse, she served as Associate Director of Alumni Communications at UC San Diego and as Director of Public Relations Director at The Old Globe. She has also held communications positions at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center and WNCN-FM classical radio station. Alongside her career in arts administration, Becky has performed professionally, with credits ranging from a European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar to regional productions of Into the Woods, Once Upon a Mattress and The Gift of the Magi, among others. She is a graduate of Carleton College and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy.
Randall L. Clark
Lisa S. Casey
Peter Cowhey, Ph.D.
Edward A. Dennis, Ph.D.
Dr. Lawrence Friedman
Lynn E. Gorguze
Kathy Jones, Ph.D.
Pradeep K. Khosla, Ph.D.
Mark J. Muñoz
Karen A. Quiñones
Scott M. Stanton
Steven M. Strauss*
Mary Walshok, Ph.D.
Richard Atkinson, Ph.D.
Ewart W. Goodwin, Jr.*
Geri Ann Warnke*
Robert Wright, Esq.
David Copley (1952-2012)
Ted Cranston (1940-2012)
Milton Fredman (1920-2005)
Hughes Potiker (1925-2005)
Roger Revelle (1909-1991)
Willard P. VanderLaan, M.D.* (1917-2012)
Arthur Wagner, Ph.D. (1923-2015)
Mandell Weiss (1891-1993)
Rita Bronowski (1917-2010)
Marian Jones Longstreth (1906-1997)
Sheila Potiker (1930-2011)
Ellen Revelle (1910-2009)
*Past Chair of the Board
As of July 31, 2018
Associate Artistic Director
Director of New Play Development
Artistic Programs Manager
Executive Assistant to Christopher Ashley
Assistant General Manager
Samantha De La Riva
Robert C. Wright, Wright & L’Estrange
F. Richard Pappas, Esq.
Company Management Assistant
Director of Finance
Sr. Production Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
Employee Benefits Coordinator
Director of Development
Julia B. Foster
Associate Director of Development
Major Gifts Officer
Jini Bernstein Archibald
Individual Giving Manager
Institutional Giving Manager
Interim Special Events Manager
Special Events Coordinator
Director of Communications
Director of Public Relations
Director of Sales & Marketing
Senior Multimedia Designer
Marketing Database Analyst
Direct Sales Associate
Patron Services Sales Specialist
Director of Patron Services
Patron Services Manager
Senior Lead Patron Services Representative/Ticket Specialist
Lead Patron Services Representative/Group Sales Specialist
Lead Patron Services Representative/Group Sales Concierge
Patron Services Coordinator
Patron Services Representatives
Deandre Clay, Devon Gonzales, Makayla Hoppe, Devin O’Reilly
Associate Director of Education & Outreach, Education Programs
Associate Director of Education & Outreach, Outreach Programs
Education Programs Associate
Mernie Aste, Brian Berlau, Joanne Brouk, Tina Dyer, Shari Lyon, Kay O’Neil, Deborah Sanborn, Sylvia Southerland, Susan Weekes
Lynn Ann Garrett, Anelia Glebocki, Alycen Haynesworth, Suzanne Lightbourn, Billieanne McLellan, Geri Wu
Bradley Behrmann, Julie Benitez, Leo Chang, Kirsten Giard, Aiden Ghosh, Cory Hammond, Catherine Hanna-Schrock, Becky Hurt, Jeffrey Ingman, Courtney Kattengell, Ursula Meyer, Marie Osterman, Mary Peterson, Erika Phillips, Lydia Real, Tara Ricasa, Tomas Tamayo, Kendra Truett, Sydney Wilson, Sofia Zaragoza
Playhouse Teen Council
Laural Cantor, Justin Canning, Natalia Escobedo, Zoe Goldstein, Emre Gumus, Nick Lux, Natasha Partnoy, Alice Shashkina, Izzy Shroff, Lexi Smith, Natalia Trifunovic, Shelby Westbrook, Katie Wilkinson
Director of Operations
Network Systems Specialist
Daryl “Scooter” Davis
Assistant House Managers
Avery Henderson, Sara Lucchini, Amy Marquez, Chastyn Rauh, Mondis Vakili
Ashley Carbonell, Kyle Hunt, Cory Kurkierewicz, Michelle Rodriguez, Sultan Saeed, Gemina Soriano
Janitorial Professional Maintenance Systems
Luis Bagshaw, Nora Gomez, Francisco Lopez, Juan Mena, Maria Mena, Santiago Servin, Tony Villafuerte
Associate Production Manager
Production Office Manager
Interim Technical Director
Megan Birdsong, Jacob Bruce, Matt Clark, James Fogarty, Nick Jackson, Scott Kinney,Stephanie Lee, Paul Mares, Albert Rubidioux, Zane Whitmore
Edee Armand, Dwaine Best
Prop Shop Supervisor
Prop Shop Foreman
Zlatko Mitev, Jeffrey Rockey, Gabe Serbian
Costume Shop Supervisor
Resident Costume Design Assistant
Joel Britt, Allison Cluff, Mike Doyle, Bryan Ranscht, Ramon Wenn, Matt Wilson
Resident Sound Engineer
Jessica Jakes, Haley Wolf
Master Electrician/Light Board Operator
Matthew Birchmeier, Haley Wolf
This theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 122.
Photo credit: René Millán and the cast of American Night, The Ballad of Juan José; photo by Craig Schwartz.