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Leadership

Content in this section explores leadership in theatre: best practices, aspects that need to change, and more. It contains one of HowlRound’s most robust Journal series: The Changeover: Leadership in Transition, marking the period of unprecedented turnover of leadership in the nonprofit theatre in the United States and Canada from 2018 to 2021. In this series, incoming or outgoing institutional leaders are in conversation with one another about their tenure leading organizations and their hopes for the future.

The Latest

There's Nothing General About General Admission
Podcast
There's Nothing General About General Admission
With Rose Kim of Art Rat Theatre School
by Yura Sapi
22 September 2021
Transforming Organizational Structures
Podcast
Transforming Organizational Structures
With Eric Lockley of The Movement Theatre Company
by Yura Sapi
15 September 2021
Co-Productions and Rethinking Leadership
Podcast
Co-Productions and Rethinking Leadership
With Maurice Parent of the Front Porch Arts Collective
by Yura Sapi
30 June 2021
A Family Affair
Essay

A Family Affair

The Gifts of Jim Houghton

12 August 2016

A tribute to the founder of Signature Theatre, Jim Houghton by David Bruin.

Alas, Poor Diversity
Essay

Alas, Poor Diversity

a Case for The Jubilee

30 March 2016

Brian Sonia-Wallace considers the Jubilee initiative’s possible implications for artists and the field, and weighs the pros and cons.

Where is the Union for Arts Admin Workers?
Essay

Where is the Union for Arts Admin Workers?

25 November 2015

Thom Dunn makes a case for union protection for the marketers and fundraisers and other theatre administrators who all play important roles, working long hours for little pay or glory.

Your New Diversity Officer
Essay

Your New Diversity Officer

Enforcer or Social Visionary

13 November 2015

Piper Anderson discusses the dual roles of diversity officers and advocates the need for leadership training.

Fear and the Representation Problem
Essay

Fear and the Representation Problem

20 September 2015

Dramaturg Alex Barron posits that homogenous seasons may have less to do with sexism and racism than with risk aversion.

And Somehow, Miraculously, We Have A Season
Essay

And Somehow, Miraculously, We Have A Season

13 September 2015

In this first post in our series on season planning, Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director Bill Rauch discusses the process for programming his eleven-show seasons.

How a Season Comes Together
Essay

How a Season Comes Together

29 August 2015

ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower shares the process behind programming the company’s 2015/2016 season.

Confessions of a Convert
Essay

Confessions of a Convert

22 August 2015

Lisa Portes on the power of shared leadership and collective action as embodied by the Latinx Theatre Commons.

So You Want to Start a Diversity Program? Ten things to consider when creating a diversity and inclusion program
Essay

So You Want to Start a Diversity Program? Ten things to consider when creating a diversity and inclusion program

21 August 2015

Snehal Desai outlines important things to keep in mind when creating or implementing a diversity and inclusion program.

You Want a Diverse Theatre? Prove it.
Essay

You Want a Diverse Theatre? Prove it.

18 August 2015

Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll and Deena Selenow provide practical advice for making recruitment, retainment, and casting practices more equitable and inclusive.

Next Gen National Arts Network
Essay

Next Gen National Arts Network

Leadership Defined for the Future

9 July 2015

Candace Feldman introduces New Gen National Arts Network, a group that seeks to position young arts administrators for leadership in their fields.

Calling Future American Theater Leaders
Essay

Calling Future American Theater Leaders

We Want You!

8 August 2014

The Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) in downtown Los Angeles is looking for ten arts leaders of various backgrounds who represent the future leadership of the American theater to apply to our newly minted Artistic Leaders Fellowship. The Fellowship will take place from October 1 through November 21, 2014 at The LATC, and run concurrently with the 2014 LATC Encuentro—the largest National Latina/o theater festival in over twenty-five years. // El Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC), localizado en el centro de Los Ángeles, busca a 10 diversos líderes en las artes que representan el futuro liderato del Teatro Americano para que soliciten la nueva beca llamada Artistic Leaders Fellowship. Este programa se llevará a cabo del 1 de octubre al 21 de noviembre en el LATC en paralelo con el Encuentro LATC 2014—el festival nacional latino más grande en la nación en los pasados veinticinco años.

Partially cloudy sky with a sign that reads "Change Just Ahead"
The Changeover
Series

The Changeover

Leadership in Transition

The US and Canada are in the middle of an unprecedented turnover of artistic leadership in the nonprofit theatre. This series aims to put a range of voices, issues, and ideas in play that can inform and reflect this historic changeover. 

Leadership
Series

Leadership

An examination of the methods used by artists and administrators to spearhead civic engagement.