Zach Theatre, Austin, Names Jamie Herlich Mclalwain from Seattle Rep as Managing Director


ZACH Theatrea nnounces Jamie Herlich Mclalwain as the new managing director beginning September 12, 2022. Herlich Mclalwain will be responsible for strategic planning, management and operations, finances, education, marketing and fundraising for the organization.


Jamie Herlich Mclalwain (2022)(via Seattle native has an extensive background in theatre and performing arts organizations, including Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle Rep), Seattle Opera, Edmonds Center for the Arts, and New Century Theatre Company. At Seattle Rep, Herlich Mclalwain most recently served as Chief Advancement Officer and before that, as Director of Development.  During her nine-year tenure there, she served in a key senior leadership role, expanding the donor base and ensuring significant growth in contributed revenue, creating, and executing the organization’s strategic plan and supporting the theatre’s needs as it expanded the scope of productions and community programming. 


She serves on the board of Theatre Communications Group, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. 


ZACH Theatre Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley, long-time Trustee Mindy Ellmer, and a committee of other ZACH trustees helped lead the search conducted by Arts Consulting Group.


“I am thrilled that Jamie was the unanimous choice of our staff and Trustees,” Steakley said. “She inspires all of us to think expansively about the future, and practically about how to stabilize ZACH after the pandemic shutdown, while empowering our outstanding ZACH team.” Steakley hopes a fresh perspective helps ZACH reach new heights.


As the incoming Managing Director, Herlich Mclalwain will also work with the ZACH Theatre Board of Trustees to define the future of the renowned organization. ZACH’s Board President, Nelda Treviño stated, “Jamie’s impressive experience, strong record of operational excellence and passion for the theatre made her the perfect fit for ZACH.”


Jamie Herlich Mclalwain replaces Elisbeth Challener, who lea s ZACH after 15 years as managing irdector to cofound FineWomen Productions, a new Broadway production company.