Rich Regan is the Chief Executive Officer at the Auditorium Theatre and a live-performance professional with more than 25 years of senior leadership experience. Previously, Regan served as the Vice President and General Manager at Lyric Opera of Chicago from 2006 to 2019.
From 1999 to 2006, Regan was General Manager at the Auditorium Theatre, where he initially developed his passion for historic restoration as he led the National Historic Landmark venue through a $13 million historic renovation. Today, as CEO of the Auditorium, Regan is committed to restoring the 130-year-old theatre to its original glory, aiming to preserve the venue for all of Chicago – and the world – to enjoy for another 130 years.
Prior to his work at performing arts institutions, Regan worked for the Nederlander Organization, producing large-scale concerts and music festivals and presenting touring theatricals.
Regan also spends his time volunteering in education. Most recently, he was elected as a trustee to Triton Community College Board and is currently serving a six-year term. He previously sat on the Riverside District 96 Board of Education (appointed in 2014 and elected to a four-year term in 2015), serving as Finance Committee Chairman and Facilities Committee Chairman during his Board tenure. He also served as the Board representative for all labor negotiations.
Regan resides in Riverside, IL with his wife, Amy, and their three children.