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Lyric Opera’s Rich Regan named CEO of Auditorium Theatre

He previously served as the Auditorium’s general manager from 1999 to 2006, 

Newly appointed Auditorium Theatre CEO Rich Regan.
Newly appointed Auditorium Theatre CEO Rich Regan.
Courtesy Auditorium Theatre

Rich Regan has been named the new CEO of the Auditorium Theatre effective Oct. 1, it was announced Tuesday.

Regan, who previously served as the Auditorium’s general manager from 1999 to 2006, replaces Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, who stepped down from the post in 2018. He arrives at the Auditorium from his current role as vice president and general manager of presentations and events at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

“I am honored to return to the Auditorium Theatre, one of the most iconic buildings in Chicago and the place that ignited my passion for historic restoration, as the CEO,” Regan said via statement. “It is a privilege to serve this legendary institution in this capacity.”

The Auditorium Theatre, a National Historic Landmark venue located at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., will celebrate its 130th anniversary during the 2019-2020 season, which kicks off in September. Among the highlights are performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater, the Bolshoi Ballet, Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and “Chicago Celebrates Sondheim,” a 90th birthday tribute to legendary composer Stephen Sondheim.

As the Auditorium’s GM, Regan oversaw a $14 million restoration and renovation of the venue in the early 2000s. Prior to his work with the Auditorium and Lyric Opera, he worked for the Nederlander Organization as general manager of Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre.