LORT Officers

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    Jennifer Bielstein, President

    Executive Director  | American Conservatory Theater

    Jennifer Bielstein joins A.C.T. with more than 25 years of theater management experience. She is currently president of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT)—an organization that represents 75 theaters nationwide—having previously served as LORT’s vice president; chair of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee; secretary; and on multiple union negotiating teams. Before relocating to the Bay Area, Bielstein was the managing director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, managing director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, and executive director of Writers Theatre in Chicago. She has also worked for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and the Lincoln Park Zoo, as well as serving on the boards of the League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Forward, the Arts and Cultural Attractions Council, and other civic boards. She has received the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Pyramid Award of Excellence in Leadership, and has been recognized as one of Louisville’s Business First’s 40 Under 40. In 2017, Bielstein was named by Twin Cities Business as a Person to Know, and, in 2018, Minnesota Business magazine named her as a Real Power 50 member. Bielstein is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, attended Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, and earned an MBA from Bellarmine University, where she received the MBA Faculty Merit Award and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business programs

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    Debby Buchholz, Vice President

    Managing Director | La Jolla Playhouse

    Debby Buchholz has served as general manager of La Jolla Playhouse since 2002. She is a Vice President of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) and a member of its Board of Directors. In 2009, she received a San Diego Women Who Mean Business Award from The San Diego Business Journal. Previously she served as Counsel to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. She was a faculty member of the Smithsonian Institution’s program on Legal Problems of Museum Administration. Prior to The Kennedy Center, she served as a corporate attorney in New York City and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of UC San Diego and Harvard Law School. Ms. Buchholz and her husband, noted author and White House economic policy advisor Todd Buchholz, live in Solana Beach and are the proud parents of Victoria, Katherine and Alexia.

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    Adam Siegel, Vice President

    Managing Director | Lincoln Center Theater

    Adam Siegel, now the Managing Director and previously the General Manager of Lincoln Center Theater, for the past 14 years has overseen over 80 productions at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, and Claire Tow Theaters, and other theaters on and off Broadway; as well as touring productions nationally and internationally; TV and film projects; and original cast recordings.  Prior to joining Lincoln Center Theater in 1999, he worked as a Company Manager on National Tours of LES MISERABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and MISS SAIGON, and on Broadway for Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE.

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    Maggie Arbogast, Treasurer

    General Manager | Wilma Theater

    Maggie Arbogast has been working in non-profit theater for over twenty years, and is finishing her seventeenth season at The Wilma Theater.  At the Wilma, Maggie oversees the business office, HR, systems administration, and artist contract negotiations, as well as serving as the organization’s Tessitura Power User. She also played a lead role in the creation and advancement of the Philadelphia Regional Arts Consortium, of which the Wilma is a member.  Prior to coming to the Wilma, she worked at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (formerly the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival) where she was the Business Manager and Systems Administrator.  While at STNJ, she assisted the organization in completing a $7.5M capital campaign to build the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, which opened in June, 1998.  Prior positions include Company Manager/Asst. Business Manager for George Street Playhouse, Box Office Manager for Bristol Riverside Theater, House Manager for Opera Festival of New Jersey, and Box Office Associate for McCarter Theater.  Maggie began her career in theater as a part of McCarter Theatre Center’s internship program.  She has served multiple times on LORT Collective Bargaining Negotiating Committees, been a panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and has served as a member of the TCG Fiscal Survey Advisory Committee.  Maggie is currently a member of the Tessitura Network Board of Directors and the Tessitura Member Advisory Committee, serves as the Chair of the Operations Committee for the Philadelphia Regional Arts Consortium, as well as on the Finance Committee for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

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    Maggie Boland, Secretary

    Managing Director | Signature Theatre

    Maggie Boland joined the Signature Theatre staff in May 2008. In addition to her leadership and management responsibilities, she is also the primary liaison to Signature’s Board of Directors (of which she is also a member). Boland was recently named a recipient of 2016 Women Who Mean Business award from the Washington Business Journal. Prior to joining Signature, Boland spent nearly 10 years at Arena Stage in increasingly senior positions, beginning as Marketing Director, responsible for Arena’s earned income, and assuming oversight of the $3 million+ Annual Fund and $125 million Next Stage Campaign in subsequent seasons as the Director of External Affairs. Prior to joining Arena Stage, Boland worked on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company for nearly six years, most recently as the Director of Annual Giving, responsible for raising more than $3.5 million annually. Boland also participated extensively in Roundabout’s capital campaign to fund the restoration and renovation of the American Airlines Theatre. Boland graduated magna cum laude from Boston College’s Honors Program with a BA in English. Boland is a member of the Board of Directors of Capital City Public Charter School and serves as Secretary of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).


Board Members

  • Maggie Arbogast

    General Manager | Wilma Theater

  • Jennifer Bielstein

    Executive Director  | American Conservatory Theater

  • Maggie Boland

    Managing Director | Signature Theatre

  • Debby Buchholz

    Managing Director | La Jolla Playhouse

  • Linda DiGabriele

    Managing Director | Asolo Repertory Theatre

  • Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

    General Manager | Yale Repertory Theatre

  • Angela Lee Gieras

    Executive Director | Kansas City Repertory Theatre

  • Barry Grove

    Executive Producer | Manhattan Theatre Club

  • Rebecca Hopkins

    Managing Director | Florida Studio Theatre

  • Christopher Mannelli

    Executive Director | Geva Theatre Center

  • Michael Maso

    Managing Director | Huntington Theatre Company

  • James McNeel

    Managing Director | City Theatre Company

  • Susan Medak

    Managing Director | Berkeley Repertory Theatre

  • Michael Page

    General Manager | Theatre for a New Audience

  • Roche Schulfer

    Executive Director | Goodman Theatre

  • Timothy J. Shields

    Managing Director | The Old Globe

  • Adam Siegel

    Managing Director | Lincoln Center Theater

  • Nausica Stergiou

    General Manager | Center Theatre Group

  • Becky Witmer

    Managing Director | ACT Theatre