Ryan Rilette, Artistic Director
Ryan Rilette is in his eighth season as Artistic Director of Round House, where he has acted in Annie Baker’s new version of Uncle Vanya, and directed Oslo by J.T. Rogers, Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, “Master Harold” … and the Boys by Athol Fugard, The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, Angels in America Part II: Perestroika by Tony Kushner, 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 theatres 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 Theater.
Ed Zakreski, Managing Director
Ed Zakreski is the Managing Director of Round House Theatre, one of the “Big Six” professional theatres in the Washington, DC area, where he oversees the management, finance, marketing, and fundraising. He has been working in theatre and arts management in the DC region for more than 25 years. As an executive leader and fundraiser, he has raised more than $100 million in his career. At Round House, he has led the $14 million Full Circle Capital Campaign, and co-produced the four highest-grossing shows in the theatre’s history.
Prior to joining Round House in 2016, Ed spent 12 years as the Chief Development Officer at Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he completed the $75 million capital campaign to build Sidney Harman Hall and produced the $3 million opening gala, called “the most buzzed about gala” by Washington Life. He also doubled the annual fund and led the development of STC’s annual gala and Will on the Hill into two of the top 10 events in Washington as rated by Bizbash.
From 1998-2005, Ed served at the Kennedy Center in increasingly senior positions, culminating as Director of Individual Campaigns where he oversaw a 22-member team raising more than $11 million annually. While there, he significantly increased the engagement and fundraising of many of the Center’s auxiliary boards and led unique experiential arts meetings around the United States and in Beijing, Budapest, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Prague, and St. Petersburg.
Ed holds a degree in arts management from American University. He is a frequent presenter and leader of workshops about management and fundraising for nonprofit arts organizations.