Pasadena Playhouse names Charles Dillingham to interim post


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The Pasadena Playhouse is gaining the services of a name familiar to the Southern California theater community. Charles Dillingham, who worked for nearly 20 years at Center Theatre Group as managing director before leaving in 2011, will join the company on an interim basis as executive director.

A spokesman for the Pasadena Playhouse said that Dillingham will stay with the company until a permanent hire is named. Stephen Eich stepped down from the executive director position earlier this month after serving 2 1/2 years.


Dillingham is a vice president of Arts Consulting Group, a national company that provides management services to creative organizations. A Pasadena Playhouse spokesman said Dillingham’s services are being provided through Arts Consulting Group.

The spokesman said that Arts Consulting Group’s relationship with the playhouse officially began Tuesday, the same day Dillingham began his new position.

As interim executive director, Dillingham will be in charge of the day-to-day financial management of the company and its business operations. Sheldon Epps continues to serve as artistic director. The Pasadena Playhouse has spent the last two years trying to emerge from financial difficulties that forced the venerated company to temporarily close its main stage in 2010 and to declare bankruptcy. The company has since reopened its main stage and has mounted full productions, but not at the same volume as it did before bankruptcy.


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-- David Ng