Director, Theater Producing and Programming

The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC 20566

Job Details


The Director, Theater Producing and Programming works with VP, Theater Producing and Programming to create, develop, and manage all aspects of program administration for the Theater department. The Director is responsible for the overall achievement and function of the Theater Producing and Programming department, with focus on the annual programmatic budget of approximately $50M and staff management. The Director may be responsible for supervising other staff within the department.



Duties and Responsibilities:

50%                Works with VP, Theater Producing and Programming to curate the annual Theater season. Oversees and delivers budgeting and contracting, working with external agencies, communicating with artists and agents, and working with internal staff to coordinate education, special events and legal issues.


15%                Serve in the capacities of a theater General Manager for Kennedy Center produced theatrical productions including budgeting, hiring of creative and production staff, contracting, negotiating with agents, ticket distribution, etc.


10%                Collaborates with the Vice President to supervise Theater Producing and Programming staff. Make appropriate assignments for programming projects. Oversees department and staff to manage programmatic and logistical details.


10%                Work with Center’s Marketing, PR, and Development departments to build institutional and programmatic support for presented and produced Theater programs. Oversee revenue strategy in conjunction with the Marketing department.


5%                  Works with the finance department to oversee department G&A budget and fiscal year planning, as well as any additional institutional budgets as relates to Theater programming work


5%                  Acts as Theater Producing and Programing representative internally and externally on the behalf of the VP Theater Producing and Programming. Attends meetings and events in the VP’s absence to ensure that action items are advanced.


3%                  Research and evaluate trends and new programming ideas.   Review institutional data to help direct programming.


2%                  Reads scripts or other submitted materials on new plays and evaluate for artistic merit and production feasibility. Attend live performances of new productions as requested, or in the absence of the Vice President of Theater Programming.


N/A                 Other duties as assigned.


N/A                 Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner.


N/A                 Adheres to all employer policies and procedures.




A minimum of 7 – 10 years’ experience working in the Arts, in the capacity of Producer, General Manager/Associate General Manager, and/or Marketing or Booking agent.  Must have a strong familiarity with theater related budgets, numbers, contracts, etc.


Bachelor of Arts or Science, Masters, or other education/experience in arts management


Prior experience working in a non-profit arts institution and/or Broadway/theatrical office.


Detail oriented, knowledge of Excel and accounting systems, and ability to prioritize between multiple job responsibilities.


Excellent written and verbal communication and ability to work with various levels at the Center.


Ability to work well with artists, booking managers and agents.


Strong analytical skills.



Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required

Must be extremely detail-oriented, have excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment, work well under pressure and be able to meet deadlines.



Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks.  The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms.  This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.



Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is normal.


Travel up to 10% may be required.




The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan.