DAVID IRA GOLDSTEINArtistic Director
David Ira Goldstein celebrates his 23rd season as Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company. In over two decades, he has produced over 190 mainstage plays, workshops and presentations including acclaimed appearances by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and the Theatre Royal Bath. He received the 2010 Leader of the Year Award in Arts and Humanities from the Capitol Times and the 2003 Governor’s Arts Award as Individual Artist for his contributions to the arts in Arizona.
This season he will direct Wait Until Dark for ATC. He has directed over 40 mainstage productions for ATC ranging from classics to new plays to musicals, including Xanadu, Next To Normal, The Sunshine Boys, Hair, Much Ado about Nothing, My Fair Lady, Valley Song, The Illusion, The Pajama Game, Side Man, [title of show], How I Learned to Drive, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Scapin, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Boys Next Door, Shadowlands, Fully Committed, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M. S. Pinafore, Willi, Dreams from A Summer House, Other People’s Money, The Heidi Chronicles, Noises Off and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as many world premieres including The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America), Inventing van Gogh, Rocket Man, Private Eyes, Over the Moon and Dracula by Steven Dietz, and Ten Chimneys, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Edgar Award nominee) and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club (Edgar Award nominee) by Jeffrey Hatcher.
Mr. Goldstein has been a guest director at theatres all across the country including Arizona Opera, The Pasadena Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage, Center Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Laguna Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Illusion Theatre. His musical A Marvelous Party: The Noël Coward Celebration, which originated at ATC, has played extensively across the U.S., winning many awards including four Jeff Awards in Chicago (including Best Director), the Elliot Norton Award in Boston, several Bay Area Critics Awards and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Production.
Before coming to Arizona, Mr. Goldstein was Associate Artistic Director of ACT Theatre in Seattle. His many productions there included Glengarry Glen Ross, Hapgood, Breaking the Silence, Lloyd’s Prayer, the world premieres of God’s Country by Steven Dietz and Willi by John Pielmeier, as well as a joint Soviet-American production of The Falcon. He was Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of St. Paul from 1983-86. Mr. Goldstein holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota. He has been a visiting instructor and director at ASU, University of Washington, University of Minnesota and University of Northern Iowa. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, Arts Midwest, and the Arizona, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington State Arts Commissions. Mr. Goldstein is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and Actors’ Equity Association. He is married to KJZZ radio announcer Michele Robins. They share their home with their dog and cats: Rio, Rocky, Cary, Reggie, and Dexter.
MATT LEHRMANInterim Managing Director
Matt Lehrman experienced his first Arizona Theatre Company production, A Walk in the Woods, as an audience member in 1989, shortly after moving to Arizona. He’s delighted to join ATC as Interim Managing Director as of September 2014.
Matt is best known in Arizona as the founder (in 2003) and CEO of Alliance for Audience and ShowUp.com, a pioneering initiative within Arizona’s arts and cultural community to stimulate public engagement with theatre, music, dance, art and cultural attractions statewide.
He was recognized by the Arizona Republic as “Best Cheerleader for the Arts,” and has received accolades from the AriZoni Theatre Awards, the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Phoenix. He has served as Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, teaching upper level seminars on Arts Entrepreneurship and Arts and Public Policy.
As the Principal of Audience Avenue, LLC, Matt is a popular speaker and consultant to arts and cultural organizations nationally, excited to explore the options and opportunities of non-profits when viewed from the audience-side of their mission statement.
Beginning in 1995, Matt served as the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications, the non-profit agency that manages the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Matt began his career as a lobbyist on banking and mortgage finance issues in Washington, D.C., in the mid 1980s.
He is a graduate of Oberlin College.
Matt and his wife Toby reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.
JESSICA L. ANDREWSManaging Director Emeritus
Jessica L. Andrews returned last year as Managing Director having retired from ATC in July 2009 after eleven seasons as Managing Director and three as Executive Director. From September 2010 – September 2011, she returned to ATC as Interim Managing Director. Following her tenure at ATC, she founded jandrews consulting and is currently consulting with Invisible Theatre and The Mini-Time Machine Museum. Previous consultancies include Borderlands Theater, The Loft Cinema, Pan Left Productions, the University of Arizona Poetry Center through the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Metro Theater Company, The Vineyard Playhouse, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and Break-Away Tours.
Ms. Andrews is the recipient of the 2008 Governor’s Arts Award for an Individual, the 2013 Lumie for Lifetime Achievement from the Tucson Pima Arts Council, the 2007 Distinguished Achievement in Theatre Management Award from the United States Institute of Theatre Technology, and a 2002 Woman on the Move Award from the Tucson YWCA.
During her career, she served on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres, and on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group. Since her arrival in Arizona, she has served on the Theatre Panel of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, was the president of Arizona Theatre Alliance, on the Board of the Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture and Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and is a member of Women at the Top; Nonprofit Executives Together; Nature, Arts, Culture and Heritage Organizations; and the Advisory Board of Arizona Woman Magazine. She also chaired a task force for the Pima Cultural Plan and served on the Livable Communities Mobilization Council of the Tucson Regional Economic Organization Blueprint.
From 1990-94, Ms. Andrews served as Managing Director of The Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, D.C.), and was the Director of the Theater Program for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1987-1990. From 1985-87, she was Managing Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre and from 1980-85 was Director of the Theatre Division of the national service organization, FEDAPT. Previously, Ms. Andrews was Managing Director of Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, and Hartford Stage Company.
In 2010, Ms. Andrews taught a class on Theatre Management and Organization at Arizona State University. She has guest lectured at University of Arizona, Arizona State University and The Yale School of Drama, and has been a reader for the Fund for New American Plays at the Kennedy Center. She served as co-chair of the Arts Committee for the 1997 UK/AZ Festival, and during the summer of 1995, taught a class in theatre management at the Centro Nacional de los Artes in Mexico City. She has served on grants panels for nine state arts agencies and on the Theatre Grants Panel for the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture. She has served on the NEA Theater Program’s Professional Companies, Challenge Review, Creation and Presentation, and Education and Access panels, and was an NEA site reporter for the Theater and Musical Theater Program.