Houston Grand Opera Managing Director(United Kingdom)
Managing Director Perryn Leech, born in Brighton, England, joined Houston Grand Opera as technical and production director in the 2006–07 season. He became chief operating officer in August 2010, and in May 2011 was appointed the company’s managing director, overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations. Prior to beginning his tenure with Houston Grand Opera, he spent five years at Welsh National Opera (WNO) as technical director, where he oversaw the creation of nine productions each year with extensive touring in both Wales and England, and was also managing director of Cardiff Theatrical Services, the commercially run workshop arm of WNO. He was also formerly the production manager at English National Opera and the head of lighting at the Edinburgh International Festival, one of the most prestigious arts festivals in the world. In 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on his Quality of Life Transition Committee. He is chairman of the board for Theater District Houston and serves as a board member of Houston Grand Opera, Central Houston, and Opera America. In addition, he is a board member and treasurer of the Houston Arts Combined Endowment Foundation and board member and secretary of the Wortham Center Operating Company.