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La Jolla Playhouse names Solana Beach resident Debby Buchholz as new managing director

La Jolla Playhouse names Solana Beach resident Debby Buchholz as new managing director

In her nearly 16 years as La Jolla Playhouse general manager, Debby Buchholz has been part of some significant history — from the launch of the smash-hit musical “Jersey Boys” in 2004 to the current Broadway success of the Playhouse-bred “Come From Away.”

Now, Buchholz is about to make history of her own, as the first woman to serve as the institution’s managing director.

The Playhouse announced April 18 that Buchholz will join artistic director Christopher Ashley as one of the renowned regional theater’s top two leaders, overseeing the company’s administrative and financial operations.

She succeeds Michael S. Rosenberg, who is departing after nine years as managing...

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