Director of Learning and Community Organizing

Long Wharf Theatre
New Haven, CT 06511

Job Details


Long Wharf Theatre
Position: Director of Learning and Community Organizing
Direct Reports: Community Partnerships and Literary Associate, Teaching Artists
Reports to: Artistic Director
Classification: Full-Time

The Invitation:
Long Wharf Theatre is on an unprecedented journey where art and activism can live side by side. We are committed to building a boundary-breaking theatre with, for, and by the New Haven community. We are in search of a visionary leader to head our Learning and Community Organizing department, as LWT joins the growing movement to reimagine a new American Theatre.

The Overview:
Long Wharf Theatre is committed to centering, amplifying, and restoring the voices of the New Haven community. We believe theatre can be a powerful bridge to engaging fully in the civic life of our city—creating community that transcends neighborhood boundaries. Through equitable collaborations, our work will create, nurture, and sustain relationships across the community including but not limited to students, educators, artists, activists, organizers, and other arts and culture leaders.

Key to the Director’s portfolio will be developing and launching “A Generation of Access”: a new and expansive commitment by the Theatre to engage every student in New Haven’s public-school system. Over time, students will have multiple pathways to connect with LWT through our student matinee series, internships, and youth advisory board. We pledge that this programming will be provided at no cost to participants, their families, or their schools for the next twenty years. Our hope is that these programs will develop future audiences, artists, and leaders.  

In addition, LWT will engage core community partners to co-create and strengthen each season’s programming. To help manifest this commitment, we will partner with organizations that are in alignment with our values and connected to the themes and activism illuminated by our work. While we search for partners to collaborate with on specific programs, we are committed to engaging all our partners throughout the season. Our goal is to find organizations and individuals who are interested in building deep and long-lasting partnerships that will live beyond any one season.

All programs will be anchored by LWT’s pillars of artistic innovation, radical inclusion, and kaleidoscopic partnerships. Reporting to the Artistic Director, The Director of Learning and Community Organizing will be a key member of the artistic staff and the theatre’s senior leadership team.

The Portfolio:
The Director of Learning & Community Organizing will develop, launch and oversee:

Theatre for Young Audiences—Long Wharf Theatre will commission new work for young audiences that celebrate all our stories and challenge current and historical injustice in our society. These plays could be original work or adaptations of young adult novels.

Stage Squad—a dynamic and innovative group of high school students from all over Connecticut who are invested in the future of American theatre. The Council gathers biweekly to learn about the process of creating theatre, engaging in the art form through workshops, trainings with LWT staff, and trips to see productions all over CT. These students serve as the present and future leaders in our community and will help Long Wharf Theatre build a boundary-breaking future for our audiences and artists alike.

August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC)AWMC introduces high school students to the work of one of America’s greatest playwrights, August Wilson (1945-2005) while connecting themes from Wilson’s American Century Cycle: ten plays—one for each decade—about the African American experience in the 20th century, to social studies, English, and theatre coursework. Students select a Wilson monologue that they are passionate about, regardless of their own race, age, or gender. Through auditions and regional finals, two students are selected to represent the Greater New Haven region at the national finals, to be held on the stage of Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre in late spring. In partnership with Yale Repertory Theatre, this yearlong program reaches 400 students at eight high schools each year.

New Haven Play Project—a three-year commitment to building bridges between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities supported by The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Year one has focused on devised work through partnerships with Sanctuary Kitchen, the Muslim Coalition of CT, and Storytellers New Haven, resulting in a multidisciplinary, ninety-minute film.. Years two and three will focus on commissioning a world premiere play based on a YA novel exploring Muslim themes and experiences. Educational materials will be developed for this piece and it will premiere for schools and the public.

New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) Partnership—a robust partnership with NHFPL’s branches across the city that facilitates free library passes, storytelling events, artist in conversation talks, community ambassadors, and microbranches of materials connected to the work we produce.

The Duties:

+ Oversees all practices of Learning and Community Partnership at Long Wharf Theatre including local artist engagement, community-based theatre practice, and civic engagement.

+ Supports the New Haven Play Project Director who facilitates a cohort of New Haven Play Project partners. This will include maintaining partnerships and cultivating new potential partnerships.

+ Facilitates inclusion, connection, and an open flow of information with community members, partners, Long Wharf Theatre staff, board members, and funders.

+ Crafts narratives and assists in fundraising for all learning and community programs.

+ Teaches and attends classes and workshops at partner sites.

+ Organizes and executes learning and community gatherings—ensuring all partners are informed and updated of upcoming events. Supports the execution of all other Partnership programs as needed.

+ Works with the Long Wharf Theatre’s marketing team to promote partner events, performances, and gatherings.

+ Develops and maintains systems of analysis for programs including data collection, information sharing, and narratives needed for grants as needed. 

+ Builds infrastructure to sustain and grow programs.

+ Work closely with production and artistic departments to ensure that activities are integrated with the institution’s workflow. 

+ Develop pathways so the entire staff is more deeply connected to work with our learning and community partners.

The Salary:
Salary range is $60,000 to $65,000 plus a generous benefits package.  


The Timeline:
Position is available immediately. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to with “Director of Learning and Community Organizing” in the subject line. Applications close on Friday, September 25.