Richard Whittington has served as Managing Director of Triad Stage since its inception fifteen years ago. A native of Dallas, Texas, Rich previously served as Managing Director for the Ensemble Company for the Performing Arts (ECPA), as Artistic Administrator for the Dallas Theater Center and Associate Producer of The Big D Festival of the Unexpected. His experience also includes work at the Roundabout Theatre in New York and StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. Rich has a BFA in acting and directing from Marymount Manhattan College and an MFA in theatre management from the Yale School of Drama. He is a visiting professor at UNCG and has taught at Greensboro College and N.C. A&T and has been a guest lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC School of the Arts, Wake Forest University and UNCG. He served on the board of ArtsNC and served 9 years on the Governor-appointed NC Arts Council Board. In 2010 he and his business partner Preston Lane received the J. Edward Kitchen Leadership Award from Downtown Greensboro, Inc. In 2013 they were both honored by UNCG for their distinguished public service with the Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award.