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 Diana, 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 appointed La Jolla Playhouse’s new Managing Director in 2018 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, DC. 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.
Eric Keen-Louie joined the Playhouse in September, 2018, after seven years at The Old Globe, where he started as Associate Producer and later became Associate Artistic Director. At the Globe, he helped guide nearly fifty productions, eleven of which moved to Broadway or off-Broadway, including Bright Star, Allegiance and the Tony Award-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He co-created the theater’s new play development initiative The Powers New Voices Festival and helped launch the arts engagement programs Community Voices and Globe for All. Keen-Louie spent three years at The Public Theater as the Assistant to the Associate Producer and then Director of Special Projects, working on world premieres by Stephen Sondheim, Richard Nelson and Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as the Broadway revival of Hair and the creation of The Mobile Unit. Independently, he produced Kingdom and the GLAAD Media Award-winning when last we flew. He also assisted Broadway producer Margo Lion on Hairspray and Caroline, or Change. He is a recipient of The Edward & Sally Van Lier Arts Fellowship for Producing, an alumnus of American Express’ Leadership Academy, and served on NAMT’s Festival Committee and New Works Committee. He graduated with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature from New York University and an M.F.A. in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University, where he received a Dean’s fellowship. He shares his commute to La Jolla with his husband Anthony Keen-Louie, an administrator in student affairs at UC San Diego.
Gabriel Greene 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 The Squirrels, 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.
Karen A. Quiñones
Steven M. Strauss*
Mary Walshok, Ph.D.
Richard Atkinson, Ph.D.
Geri Ann Warnke*
Robert Wright, Esq.
David Copley (1952-2012)
Ted Cranston (1940-2012)
Milton Fredman (1920-2005)
Ewart W. Goodwin, Jr.* (1938-2019)
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 June 6, 2019
Director of Artistic Development
Artistic Programs Manager & Local Casting Director
Executive Assistant to Christopher Ashley
Assistant General Manager
Samantha De La Riva
Company Management Assistants
Alex Bezdeka, Jacob Sinclair
Robert C. Wright, Wright & L’Estrange
F. Richard Pappas, Esq.
Director of Finance
Accounts Payable Manager
Employee Benefits Coordinator
Director of Philanthropy
Julia B. Foster
Associate Director of Philanthropy
Foundation & Government Relations Senior Manager
Elizabeth Pennington Kaplan
Philanthropy Operations Manager
Corporate Relations Manager
Individual Giving Manager
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 Specialists
Tanya Barach, Paul Preston
Associate Director of Ticketing Services
Senior Patron Services Manager
Patron Services Assistant Manager
Senior Lead Patron Services Representative/Group Sales Specialist
Lead Patron Services Representative
Patron Services Representatives
Devon Gonzales, Devin O’Reilly
Director of Education & Outreach
Associate Director of Education & Outreach
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Mernie Aste, Laurielynn Barnett, Brian Berlau, Michele Dixon, Tina Dyer, Lisa Iliana, Shari Lyon, Ann McDonald, Kay O’Neil, Deborah Sanborn, Leslie Satz, Sylvia Southerland
Hilda Colondres, Lynn Ann Garrett, Anelia Glebocki, Alycen Haynesworth, Suzanne Lightbourn, Billieanne McLellan, Geri Wu
Frankie Alicea, Adrian Alita, Bradley Behrmann, Julie Benitez, Ian Brandon, Kelly DeRouin, Kristen Fogle, Donny Gersonde, Kirsten Giard, Samantha Ginn, Cory Hammond, Rachel Hoey, Jeffrey Ingman, Levi Kaplan, Justin Lang, Bruce McGlumphy, Richard Mendoza, Ursula Meyer, Lizette Ortiz, Wilfred Paloma, Tara Ricasa, Nicole Roerick, Michael Shantz, Sydney Wilson, Sofia Zaragoza
Playhouse Teen Council
Justin Canning, Lilith Freund, Elizabeth Gelber, Rebecca Genin, Zoe Goldstein, Mia Grust, Emre Gumus, Kelly Hatfield, Madison Hoffman, Andalyn Honselaar, David Lopez, Ariella Markus, Christina Martino, Naomi Melville, Dylan Nalbandian, Nicky Redd, Vivian Romero, Lexi Smith, Emily Talerman, Carly Walton, Sabrina Webster, Shelby Westbrook
Director of Operations
Network Systems Specialist
Daryl “Scooter” Davis
Assistant House Managers
Avery Floto, Jessica Loomer, Sara Lucchini, Amy Marquez*, Chastyn Rauh, Mondis Vakili
Ashley Carbonell, Sarah Delgado, Christopher Ferreria, Cory Kurkierewicz, Benjamin Nelson, Sultan Saeed, Gemina Soriano
Janitorial Professional Maintenance Systems
Juan Mena, Maria Mena, Tony Villafuerte
Associate Production Manager
Production Office Manager
Associate Technical Director
Kyle Ahlquist, Mihai Antonesco, Megan Birdsong, Michael Brodsky, Jacob Bruce, Matt Clark, David Hanna, Peter Hirsch, Nick Jackson, Scott Kinney, Paul Mares, Brylan Ranscht, Syd Svetz, Tim Van Der Lind, Zane Whitmore
Edee Armand, Dwaine Best, Jenn Imbler
Prop Shop Supervisor
Zlatko Mitev, Zach Zeringue
Resident Costume Design Assistant
Stephanie Gift, Keira McGee
Alex Cluff, Mike Doyle, Xavier Luevano, Andrea Ryan
Interim Sound/Video Supervisor
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.