Ryan Rilette, Artistic Director
Ryan Rilette is in his fourth season as Artistic Director of Round House, where he has acted in Annie Baker’s new version of Uncle Vanya, and directed The Night Alive by Conor McPherson, Fool for Love by Sam Shepard, This by Melissa James Gibson, and How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain.
Prior to joining Round House, Rilette served as Producing Director of Marin Theatre Company for five seasons and Producing Artistic Director of Southern Rep Theater for six seasons. He is also the co-founder of New York’s Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, where he served as Artistic Director for three seasons, and is the former President of the National New Play Network.
Rilette has directed the world premieres of Bellwether by Steve Yockey, Magic Forest Farm by Zayd Dohrn, The House of Plunder by Jim Fitzmorris, Rising Water and The Vulgar Soul by John Biguenet, and The Sunken Living Room by David Caudle. He has also directed regional premieres of God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire, Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, In The Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, In Walks Ed by Keith Glover, and Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire.
As an actor, he has worked at numerous theaters regionally and in New York, and on TV/ film in In the Electric Mist and the CBS miniseries “Elvis”, among many others. He is a former professor at Tulane and Loyola Universities in New Orleans, and earned his MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theatre.
Ed Zakreski, Managing Director
Ed Zakreski is a senior level arts administrator and $100 million fundraiser with over 20 years of experience as both a development officer and Executive Director for a number of Washington D.C.’s premier performing arts organizations. As Chief Development Officer for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ed led a 14-person team responsible for raising nearly $8 million annually while also conducting multiple capital campaigns.
During his successful ten-year tenure with the Shakespeare Theatre, Ed developed and implemented strategies to successfully raise $27.5 million to close the company’s $75 million capital campaign while consistently increasing public support for the theatre’s annual fund. He has successfully worked with the board on numerous fundraising initiatives and has personally acquired a number of major individual and institutional contributions, including multimillion dollar gifts, securing a $1 million grant from the Kresge Foundation and, increasing the theatre’s donor base by 10%.
Prior to joining the Shakespeare Theatre, Ed spent eight years on the development team at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as Director of Individual Campaigns, Manager of National Advancement and Assistant Manager of Annual Giving. During his time at the Kennedy Center, he was tasked with increasing responsibility for development strategies, eventually assuming leadership of a 20-person staff across three business areas with an $11 million annual fundraising goal.
Prior to moving to a highly successful focus in fund development for two of the country’s most prestigious companies, Ed served as Executive Director for both the Arlington Symphony and Washington Bach Consort respectively. Ed attended American University where he received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts Management.
|Associate Producer||Danisha Crosby|
Administration & Finance
Associate General Manager
|Auditors||Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman|
|Director of Development
Major Gifts Officer
|Manager of Institutional Giving||Mary Bounds|
|Campaign Coordinator||Amanda Kegu|
Marketing & Communications
|Director of Marketing & Communications||Bryan Joseph Lee|
|Associate Director of Marketing & Communications||Sarah Pressler Randall|
|Graphic Design & Content Manager
|Director of Audience Services||Wil E Johnson III|
|Box Office Manager||Latashia Carney|
|Box Office Associates||Marquita Dill|
|Lead House Manager||Michele Cesar Turner|
|House Management Staff||Tiffany Broadus|
|Lori Lentner Schwartz|
|Production Manager||Jesse Aasheim
|Technical Director||Eric Knauss|
|Assistant Technical Director||Jose Abraham|
|Master Electrician||Liz Sena|
|Costume Shop Manager||Rachel Schuldenfrei|
|Scenic Charge||Jenny Cockerham|
|Master Carpenter||Shaun Bartlow|
|Production Apprentice||Laura Sperling|
Lead Teaching Artist, Teen & Adult Programming
|Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan|
|Michael Anthony Williams|
Tia Shearer Bassett