Peter Pastreich Named Interim Executive Director of American Conservatory Theater

The theatre will continue to search for a permanent successor to Ellen Richard, who departed in 2015.

SAN FRANCISCO:  American Conservatory Theater (ACT) has announced that Peter Pastreich will serve as the theatre’s interim executive director, beginning this week. Pastreich, who is expected to serve in the role for a minimum of six months, succeeds Ellen Richard, who left her position in March 2015. The theatre will continue its search for a permanent executive director.

“The board of trustees is extremely fortunate to have Peter’s wisdom and expertise during our search for a permanent executive director,” said board of trustees chair Nancy Livingston in a statement. “His accomplishments, distinguished reputation, and deep understanding of the arts community will propel us into our 50th anniversary season.”

Peter Pastreich. (Photo credit Jamie Whitington, Philidelphia Baroque Orchestra)
Peter Pastreich. (Photo credit Jamie Whitington, Philidelphia Baroque Orchestra)

Pastreich comes from a background in managing symphony orchestras. He served as executive director of the San Francisco Symphony for 21 years, during which time the symphony more than sextupled its budget. Prior to his time with the San Francisco Symphony, Pastreich served as executive director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for 12 years. He has done management consulting in Europe, and from 2009 to 2012, he served as executive director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

“I am honored that American Conservatory Theater has entrusted me with the responsibility of being their interim executive director, and very much look forward to working with Carey Perloff and ACT’s effective and committed board of trustees and staff,” Pastreich said in a statement.

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