Stephen Richard joined Management Consultants for the Arts in 2015 as Senior Consultant after working in ballet, theater and museums for more than 30 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in American History from Reed College. After completing graduate work at UCLA, he was the founding Managing Director of the Los Angeles Theatre Center and played a central role in bringing this 4-theatre complex to downtown Los Angeles.
After moving to the East, he worked for four years as Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Vice President of External Relations for three and a half years at the National Children’s Museum. His longest tenure was 18 years as the Executive Director of Arena Stage, where he planned and managed the theater’s $125 million capital campaign for the Mead Center for American Theater.
In addition, Stephen has over 30 years of private consulting clients as varied as the Williamstown Theater Festival and Pittsburgh’s contemporary art museum, The Mattress Factory. He has taught arts management at Georgetown University and George Mason University, among others. He has also served on the boards and committees of some of the nation’s most prestigious arts organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, American Arts Alliance, the League of Resident Theatres, and the Theatre Communications Group.