LORT Officers

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    Timothy J. Shields, President

    Managing Director | McCarter Theatre Center

    Timothy J. Shields has served as McCarter Theatre Center’s (Princeton, NJ) Managing Director since 2009.  From 1983 to 1992 he was McCarter’s Business Manager and General Manager.  His professional experience includes serving as Managing Director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater for ten years and as Managing Director at Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY) for six.  He’s held administrative positions at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and at the Denver Center Theatre Company.  He’s pleased to be the current Chair of the ArtPride NJ board.  Prior board service includes: Theatre Communications Group; Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Board; the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and Theatre Wisconsin.  He’s been a panelist, panel chair, and on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts.  He holds a BFA in Drama Production from Carnegie-Mellon University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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    Jennifer Bielstein, Vice President, President-Elect

    Managing Director  | Guthrie Theater

    Jennifer Bielstein joined the Guthrie Theater in April 2016. She was most recently Managing Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville for 10 seasons. Her national involvement in the field includes serving as Vice President of the League of Resident Theatres, on the board of Theatre Forward, and as a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. In Louisville she served on the boards of the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation, Greater Louisville, Inc., and the Arts and Cultural Attractions Council. Ms. Bielstein was recognized with the Pyramid Award of Excellence in Leadership from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, as one of Business First’s 40 Under 40 and was voted Today’s Woman magazine’s Most Admired Woman in the Arts. In Chicago, Ill., she was the executive director of Writers Theatre and also worked for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, and Lincoln Park Zoo and served on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres. Ms. Bielstein is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in business administration and theatre, Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders in the Arts, and Bellarmine University’s Masters in Business Administration.

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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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    Debby Buchholz, Secretary

    General Manager | La Jolla Playhouse

    Debby Buchholz has served as general manager of La Jolla Playhouse since 2002. She is the Secretary of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) and a member of its Executive Committee. 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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    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.

Board Members

  • Maggie Arbogast

    General Manager | Wilma Theater

  • Jennifer Bielstein

    Managing Director  | Guthrie Theater

  • Maggie Boland

    Managing Director | Signature Theatre

  • Debby Buchholz

    General Manager | La Jolla Playhouse

  • Don-Scott Cooper

    General Manager | American Conservatory Theater

  • Linda DiGabriele

    Managing Director | Asolo Repertory Theatre

  • Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

    General Manager | Two River Theater

  • Angela Lee Gieras

    Executive Director | Kansas City Repertory Theatre

  • Barry Grove

    Executive Producer | Manhattan Theatre Club

  • Rebecca Hopkins

    Managing Director | Florida Studio Theatre

  • Michael Maso

    Managing Director | Huntington Theatre Company

  • Susan Medak

    Managing Director | Berkeley Repertory Theatre

  • Kevin E. Moore

    Managing Director | Actors Theatre of Louisville

  • Janet Mullet

    General Manager | Northlight Theatre

  • Tom Parrish

    Executive Director | Trinity Repertory Company

  • Roche Schulfer

    Executive Director | Goodman Theatre

  • Timothy J. Shields

    Managing Director | McCarter Theatre Center

  • Adam Siegel

    Managing Director | Lincoln Center Theater