Heather Rigby is a Los Angeles native and Manging Director of the Ford Theatres, a historic outdoor amphitheater in Hollywood. Having started as a Production Assistant at the Arts Commission nine years ago, she now leads the programming and administrative team at the Ford Theatres where she puts her deep interest in community engagement, cultural equity and direct arts participation to good use. She is committed to learning and advancing conversations about what it means to present, curate and create performing arts in an increasingly pluralistic society.
As part of her work at the Arts Commission, she serves as Associate Producer for the L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a live televised program featuring local choirs, dance companies and music ensembles on December 24 each year. She also oversees the County’s Free Concerts program which supports over 80 free music events in the region. Heather holds a B.A. in Art History from Harvard University and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University. She serves on the board of California Presenters and supports CP’s All California Initiative on diversity, and is a participant in the inaugural cohort of the APAP Leadership Fellows program. She came to the arts via the world of social dance and still makes time to cut the occasional rug.