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Center Theatre Group names Edward L. Rada as managing director

May 16, 2011 | 12:28 pm

Rada Center Theatre Group announced Monday that it has named Edward L. Rada as its new managing director. Rada will assume his new post July 1, taking over from Charles Dillingham, who has served as managing director of CTG for nearly 20 years.

Rada has had an extensive professional relationship with CTG. He served as the company's chief financial officer for 12 years from 1996 through 2008. He is currently the president of the Music Center Foundation, for which he supervises the organization's investment portfolio, among other duties.

As managing director, Rada will be responsible for overseeing CTG's finances, marketing and administrative activities. His areas of oversight will also include the company's development, technology and human resources. He reports to Michael Ritchie, the artistic director of CTG since 2005.

Rada's previous jobs include director of finance at the Old Globe in San Diego from 1994 to 1996 and principal of Rada & Associates, an accounting firm.

CTG has been hit by the economic recession in recent years. In 2009, the company laid off 12 employees -- a tenth of its full-time staff at the time.

The company also announced Monday that its general manager, Douglas C. Baker, has been promoted to the newly created position of producing director. In his new job, Baker will supervise and manage all three of CTG's theaters -- the Ahmanson, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre -- as well as continuing his responsibilities in management, administration and facilities.

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-- David Ng

Upper photo: Edward L. Rada. Credit: Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging

Lower photo: The Ahmanson Theatre. Credit: Center Theatre Group

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