Theatre Program Director – Harlem School of the Arts

WHO: Harlem School of the Arts

POSITION: Theatre Program Director

DESCRIPTION: Mission: Harlem School of the Arts

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) offers children and young adults in Harlem and beyond, the freedom to find and develop the artist, student and citizen within themselves in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives, empowering them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.

Position Summary

The Theatre Program Director is responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating all theatre arts instructional and educational programs, and performances within the HSA, and external community settings. Additionally, the Theatre Program Director serves in a leadership role in developing community programs and partnerships that support and enhance the HSA’s community outreach and visibility.

General Responsibilities
• In consultation with President & CEO, assist in developing overall vision of the Theatre Department in alignment with organizational Strategic Planning Goals
• Oversee the staffing and overall functioning of the theatre faculty.
• Establish teacher guidelines, evaluation standards, and procedures.
• Supervise classes to assess teacher and student performance, and complete annual faculty evaluations.
• Facilitate student recruitment for HSA Prep program (scholarship program) in consultation with Prep Program Director and Children’s Enrichment programs open to all students ages 2-18
• Manage curriculum development in response to student needs and interests, while ensuring that all theatre classes are designed to meet necessary accreditation standards.
• Coordinate all Theatre Department recitals/performances.
• Work collaboratively with the Development, Marketing, Musical Theatre, Dance, Music, and Visual Arts Departments to cultivate, develop and enhance community programming.
• Working with the Development Department, create strategies for special programming to attract and retain donors with a specific interest in theatre.
• Strengthen existing – and cultivate new – relationships/partnerships with professional actors and organizations.
• Present and occasionally attend workshops on topics related to the Theatre Department
• Collaborate with the President & CEO, Business Manager and Comptroller to develop and manage departmental budget to meet enrollment goals
• Generate required administrative reports and summaries


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
• Master’s degree in theatre arts preferred

• Demonstrated expertise and professional achievements in cross-cultural theatre arts education
• Demonstrated excellence in administration and prudent fiscal management
• Demonstrated ability to initiate and maintain effective cross-cultural programs, collaborations, and partnerships within communities, governmental agencies, foundations, among colleagues, peers, and others in the fields of cultural arts and education
• Strong organizational, administrative, communication and presentation skills
• Demonstrated knowledge and significant understanding of the arts and cultural sectors, particularly as they relate to theatre arts education, access, and community inclusion
• Multi-lingual capability a plus

The ideal candidate will be:
• An accomplished theatre professional and/or educator in his/her own right, with an impressive list of professional credits
• Multi-lingual and cross-cultural in their orientation to the arts and culture
• A resourceful and creative individual with exceptional skills as a teacher and communicator
• Community-oriented and engaged wherever they have lived and worked

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Only those candidates whose qualifications most closely meet those for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties as assigned.

-The Harlem School of the Arts, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer-


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