Stephen Eich appointed at Pasadena Playhouse

Executive director will manage business and admin

Stephen Eich has been named executive director of the Pasadena Playhouse. Stepping into the new post July 1, he will work with artistic director Sheldon Epps and will manage all business and administrative functions of the theater.

His appointment was announced by Pasadena Playhouse board of directors chairman Michele Dedeaux Engemann and vice-chairman Sheila Grether-Marion.

At the Pasadena Playhouse, Eich steps into a post that opened several months ago when Brian Colburn resigned as managing director to take a new position at Seattle's Intiman Theatre.

A producer, manager, teacher, and director, Eich has spent 30 years in both the commercial and not-for-profit professional theater. From 1979 to 1995, he was the managing director of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

He produced Steve Martin's award-winning "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at Steppenwolf before taking it to Los Angeles' Westwood Playhouse, then to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and England.

He was co-producer of Paul Simon's Broadway musical "The Capeman" and produced two concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York featuring the national voices of Puerto Rico.

From 2000-2008, Eich was the managing director of The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. This year, he produced the world premiere of Mark Roberts' "Rantoul and Die" in Los Angeles with Don Foster, exec producer/writer of CBS' "Two and a Half Men."