Executive/Managing Director

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Location: Stevenson Ranch California, United States


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Summary

Zeke has a 25-year career in the arts as a director, producer and actor. He has served as the Managing Director for the Hudson Theatres since 2000. From 2015-2019 he also served as the Executive Director for Opera Project Columbus in Columbus, OH. From 1998-2000 Zeke served as Artistic Director for the PAC Theatre in Hollywood. Award Winner – Best Director, 2009 NAACP for Ragtime, which played to sold out crowds in the Hudson Backstage Theatre. Zeke has helmed the Hollywood premieres of Robert Riechel’s Buffalo Hole, Mark Goffman’s Me Too, and Public Pool sketch comedy at Comedy Central Stage. Steven Stanley called Rettman’s stage direction “Herculean” for his work on Ragtime, and Neal Weaver said Rettman’s direction on Buffalo Hole was “impeccable”. Rettman has worked in development on numerous projects including Danielle Mari’s Inconceivable, which premiered at the St. Louis Fringe Festival and Shanit Keter Schwartz’s Daughter of the Wicked, which will premiere at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in spring of 2022. Zeke has also provided stage direction for Rossini’s Il Barbiere Di Siviglia and Nino Rota’s I Due Timidi with Opera Project Columbus. As an actor he’s received awards from the National Film Challenge and the IFS Film Festival. As a voice over actor, he has been heard in over 100 television and radio commercials.

Education

EDUCATION

1992-1996                                                              Columbus, OH

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre                                The Ohio State University

Experience

EXPERIENCE  

Nov 2015-Jul 2019:                                                                   Columbus, OH

Executive Director                                                          Opera Project Columbus

  •    Achieved a 50% increase in donor support
  •    Collaborated with board members to hone the company’s identity and brand
  •    Networked with local arts organizations to drive sales and visibility
  •    Expanded the design concepts and talent base
  •    Served as primary liaison with venues
  •    Created new marketing strategies and community outreach efforts
  •    Mentored stage directors and production staff
  •    Managed under budget productions while maintaining highest standards of quality

Feb 2000-Present:                                                                                Hollywood, CA

Managing Director                                                                     Hudson Theatres

  •    Increased the return rental client rate by 30%
  •    Improved the reputation and brand recognition of the company to the top 1% in the LA market
  •    Implemented an upgraded system for front of house communications
  •    Elevated staff productivity using alternative training techniques and evaluation methods
  •    Enhanced language on rental contracts to offer more protections for all parties
  •    Conducted general accounting, maintenance requests and product purchasing
  •    Controlled the aesthetic preservation and improvements of our theatre complex
  •    Administered all front of house operations

Oct 2005-Nov 2015:                                                                               Los Angeles, CA

Freelance Producer                                                                          Various Theatres

  •    Coordinated all production logistics from budget inception to strike
  •    Recruited and hired house staff, production staff, stage crew, talent, musicians and dancers
  •    Negotiated contracts with venues and contractors
  •    Maintained all insurance and legal requirements
  •    Supervised accounting

May 1997-Nov 2015:                                                                           Los Angeles, CA

Freelance Director                                                                        Various Theatres

  •    Recipient of the 2009 NAACP Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Ragtime
  •    Received LA Times Critic’s Choice and LA Weekly Pick of the Week honors
  •    Helmed world premiere dramas and comedies in venues throughout Los Angeles
  •    Worked with writers and producers in development of more than 50 original projects

 

Nov 1998-Feb 2000:                                                                          Hollywood, CA

Artistic Director                                                                         PAC Theatre

  •    Created a season of plays for a company of over 50 actors, directors and writers
  •    Managed company and production castings
  •    Launched a high-volume concept company to the LA small theatre market
  •    Coordinated all company logistics and membership responsibilities
  •    Supervised and mentored directors, writers, producers and actors

Skills

  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Script development

Specialties

    Budget management, Marketing strategies, Programming, Public Speaking, Team Building, Team Management, Venue Management

Groups & Associations

    Budget management, Marketing strategies, Programming, public speaking, Team Building, Team management, Venue Management

Spoken Languages

    English

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