Round House Theatre names Ryan Rilette New Producing Artistic Director

Ryan Rilette. Photo by Kevin Berne/Marin Theatre Company.

After a seven-month national search process, which considered more than 100 candidates, the Round House Theatre’s Board of Trustees announced today that it has named Ryan Rilette as its new Producing Artistic Director.

He will assume his full-time duties on August 1, 2012, replacing Blake Robison, who leaves at the end of June after having led Round House for seven years to become Artistic Director at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

“Blake’s announcement last fall gave the board the critical time it needed to reflect on what we do well, what we can do better, and where we can grow,” said Sally J. Patterson, President of Round House Theatre’s Board of Trustees. “We are proud to be in Montgomery County, to provide innovative and challenging theatre, and to continue our commitment to artistic engagement for all ages. Ryan embodies our greatest hopes for all our aspirations.”

With 13 years of arts management experience, Rilette is currently the Producing Director of Marin Theatre Company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rilette is also currently the President of the National New Play Network, the country’s leading alliance of theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays for the American theatre.

“It’s a great honor to follow in the footsteps of Blake Robison and Jerry Whiddon,” Rilette said. “I’ve long been a fan of both Round House and the DC theater community, and look forward to working with the board and staff to guide Round House through the next phase of its illustrious history.”

About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.