Richard Stein

President & CEO
Arts Orange County
Irvine, California

Rick is President & CEO of Arts Orange County, the official nonprofit countywide arts agency, located in Irvine, California, which provides a robust programmatic menu as well as consulting and project management services to a wide range of clients. Now completing his third term as President of the Boards of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, sister organizations building public will for the arts statewide, Rick helped lead successful advocacy efforts resulting in major funding increases for the California Arts Council as well as favorable arts legislation. During his long career as a theatre producer and director, he is known for transforming the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach over 17 years as its Executive Director into a major professional theatre. He holds degrees from Columbia and Syracuse Universities, served on the League of Resident Theatres Executive Committee, and has authored six articles for AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.