D.C.-area regional taps new artistic director

Bethesda, Md.’s Round House Theater has tapped Ryan Rilette, producing director of the Marin Theater Company in San Francisco, as its new producing artistic director.

He succeeds Blake Robeson, who ankles this month to become a.d. of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Rilette is also prexy of the D.C.-based National New Play Network. His 13 years of arts management experience includes a.d. posts at Southern Rep Theater in New Orleans and Gotham’s Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, which he co-founded.

Round House’s board of trustees selected Rilette following a lengthy search for a new artistic honcho. He succeeds a popular exec whose seven-year tenure emphasized commissioned adaptations of novels such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

The Cincy theater selected Robeson last November to succeed longtime a.d. Edward Stern.

Rilette has directed numerous world preems at Marin Theater Company including Steve Yockey’s “Bellwether” and Zayd Dohrn’s “Magic Forest Farm.”

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