Stephen Gutwillig, managing director of L.A. Theatre Works, has been named to take over the reins of Outfest, L.A.’s annual gay and lesbian film festival. His appointment as executive director takes effect immediately.
Lesli Klainberg and Gabriel Reyes, co-presidents of the Outfest board, stated in the announcement: “Stephen’s background and relationships in the gay and lesbian community will be instrumental in the continued branding of Outfest.”
Gutwillig has had extensive experience as an arts administrator for organizations in Boston, New York and Los Angeles since 1986. Among the companies he has served in marketing or development capacities are the Boston Ballet, New York’s Joyce Theatre, L.A.’s Cornerstone Theatre Co. and the Labor/Community Strategy Center of Los Angeles.
Established in 1982, Outfest recently expanded its program to include weekly screenings at Hollywood’s Ed Gould Plaza.
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Gutwillig replaces Morgan Rumpf, who announced his departure during the most recent fest event in August, following a five-year stint in which he doubled both the fest’s programs and attendance as well as expanded sponsorship and outreach programs.