Laguna Playhouse announces hiring of new Grants & Community Outreach manager, Michael Garman

Laguna Playhouse is proud to announce the hiring of its new Grants & Community Outreach Manager, Michael Garman. 

Under the leadership of Director of Development Doug Vogel, Mr. Garman oversees the Playhouse’s grant fundraising efforts to help underwrite Main Stage plays, musicals, special engagements and the theatre’s award-winning youth education programming. 

In this role, Garman is also active in the local community, building the theatre’s local visibility and support among elected officials, community leaders and nonprofit organizations. 

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Michael Garman fits in very well at the Playhouse

Through the Playhouse’s new outreach program TheatreHope, Garman builds partnerships with local nonprofits serving children and families in need and coordinates inspirational outings at the Playhouse. Guests receive free admission and transportation to a performance, an exclusive backstage tour of the famous Moulton Theatre and an opportunity to learn about pursuing live theatre as a career from Playhouse actors and staff.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael to the Playhouse family,” says Laguna Playhouse Executive Director, Ellen Richard. “His experience, core values and enthusiasm will make him a great asset to both the Playhouse and the community.” 

“The Playhouse is an artistic landmark that has enriched the lives of so many for almost a century,” says Garman. “I’m honored to be a part of the team, and I look forward to helping the theatre continue its important service to the community.”

Garman’s background is in nonprofits – and comedy writing

Garman comes to the Playhouse from Green Dot Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school organization based in Los Angeles that serves approximately 15,000 students in historically low-income communities nationwide. 

As a grant writer, Garman helped generate $755,000 in grants for afterschool programs, community engagement initiatives and arts & music programs. Prior to that, Garman worked in the entertainment industry for several years, including a stint with comedian Andy Samberg and his musical trio, The Lonely Island. 

Founded in 1920, the historic Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is proud to be an active participant in the celebrated Laguna Beach arts community. 

The Laguna Playhouse has range

From classic plays and musical comedies to the current off-Broadway smash, cutting edge and traditional music exhibitions, dance festivals and stand-up comedy performances, Laguna Playhouse brings the magical experience of the performing arts direct to over 80,000 patrons each season. 

Laguna Playhouse educational programming includes year-round classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and is one of the few companies in the region that offer a curriculum-based professional theatre-touring program, TheatreReach, which aligns with the California State Standards for literature, history and performing arts curriculum. 

Laguna Playhouse has been recognized in 2017, 2016 and 2015 as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the category of Live Theatre, and has been recognized by OC Hotlist in their “Best Theatre Group” winning first place in 2017 and 2016. The Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage, including Ed Asner, Leslie Caron, Hershey Felder, Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Val Kilmer, Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, Hal Linden, Wendie Malick, Rita Rudner, Charles Shaughnessy, French Stewart, Loretta Swit, and Bette Davis.

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