Doran, who is currently executive director of the Pasadena Playhouse, was named president and chief executive officer after a nationwide search that included 150 potential candidates. She has 20 years of executive experience in the arts and previously worked at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Telford is retiring after nearly 40 years with San Diego Theatres, the nonprofit organization that manages the two theaters in downtown San Diego for the city. Telford was instrumental in creating the organization.
“We are thrilled to have Elizabeth join San Diego Theatres. Her passion for the arts is palpable, and her strong executive experience will lead us into the next phase of what promises to be a thriving future for the arts in San Diego,” said Faye Wilson, chair of the San Diego Theatres Board of Directors. “We are pleased to have found a unique, qualified, dynamic and visionary person to lead our organization.”
“We are grateful for the years of dedicated service Don provided to our organization and to the arts in San Diego,” said Wilson. “He has set very high standards for our organization, and we look forward to carrying his legacy forward. Thanks to his hard work and commitment, we are well positioned to embark with firm footing on this new stage.”
Telford will remain with the theaters until June 30 to ensure a smooth transition.
“I am honored to have been selected as the new CEO of San Diego Theatres,” said Doran. “San Diego is known for pushing past geographic, scientific, demographic and cultural borders. In the heart of the city, San Diego Theatres is uniquely positioned to entertain, to reflect the vibrant community and, importantly, to help transcend its next frontiers.”
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