Rick Stein, Executive Director of Arts Orange County

Richard Stein has served as executive director of Arts Orange County, our community’s nonprofit local arts agency, since 2008.

Before that he transformed The Laguna Playhouse from a community theatre to a $7-million, internationally respected, professional theater during 17 years as its executive director.

A California native, he arrived in Orange County in 1987 to manage the Grove Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove. He holds degrees from Columbia and Syracuse universities, is a contributing writer to the national monthly American Theatre, and remains active as a stage director.

He served as Orange County Supervisor Harriett Wieder’s appointee to the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission and twice was co-chairman of Orange County’s National Philanthropy Day celebration.

He resides in San Juan Capistrano with his wife, Alison, an artist.


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