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Director of Education

New London Barn Playhouse

Director of Education New London Barn Playhouse New London, NH

The New London Barn Playhouse, one of the country’s oldest professional theaters, is seeking creative, qualified candidates with a background in theater education administration for the position of Director of Education. This full-time position requires someone who demonstrates strong administrative and organizational skills, a dedication to bringing the theater arts to people of all ages, a belief in the impact of theatrical education to develop life skills, and a passion for maintaining, building, and evolving current and new programming in a growing education department. Reporting to the Executive Artistic Director, the ideal candidate will have experience in teaching and implementing theatre education programs as well as working with community partnerships. This position is an essential member and collaborator with the senior leadership team of the organization. The Director of Education will be a locally based position and serve as the public face of all educational programs for an organization that is a unique and beloved part of the cultural fabric of Northern New England.

Reporting: The Director of Education reports to the Executive Artistic Director and is available as needed or requested by the Managing Director. The Education Director is also a member of the Board's Education Committee.

Specific Responsibilities & Duties:

  1. Create, oversee, and promote educational and community programs that provide opportunities for all ages to experience theatrical education programming at the New London Barn Playhouse. From storytelling for families and children to adult learning, programming goals should extend opportunities from age four to ninety-four.

  2. Develop and manage relationships with like-minded community partners (educational, governmental, non-profit, and business) to create collaborations and support existing and/or newly created performing arts instruction to benefit the organization's education and community outreach goals.

  3. Oversee the management and delivery of workshops, classes, summer camps and productions designed for all ages who want to explore the performing arts in exciting, energizing, and educational ways resulting in an enjoyable and fun experience for participants. These include, but are not limited to: Children’s Theatre Series (Junior Intern Program), Summer Youth Camps, School Year Programs, Adult Learning and Engagement, Family Oriented Programs.

    • -  Supervises the Director of Junior Interns, Summer Camps Director, and Education Associate.

    • -  Oversees the production of all Education programming and performances.

  4. Provide program management and direction for all contracted professionals who are

    involved in aspects of educational programming.

- Recruit, supervise, and support volunteers, staff, and teaching artists for educational programs as needed.

  1. Create and manage budgets for all educational programming.

    • -  Create efficient and effective budgets

    • -  work within budget guidelines

    • -  effectively track expense and income and provide financial controls and discipline.

  2. Serve as a crucial collaborator with the Managing Director and Director of Development in raising philanthropic funding to support educational programming.

  3. Establish and implement policies and protocols that are in line with the organization to support all educational programs.

  4. Coordinate with the Director of Sales and Marketing and Education Associate to execute all aspects of marketing for educational programs.

  5. Represent the New London Barn Playhouse as a spokesperson and presenter of our work through educational events and performances.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • -  Excellent writing and communication skills

  • -  Experience with curriculum and program development

  • -  Proven artistic and educational expertise in theatre with an emphasis on musical theatre is desired

- Experience in administering theater education/community programs in a school or arts organization setting preferred
- Experience in strategic planning, ideally with a focus on a long-term growth and program expansion coupled with hands-on implementation
- Experience with non-profit management and organization, preferably for arts-oriented organizations

  • -  Experience using a collaborative and team-oriented approach to manage and inspire staff

  • -  A positive attitude, a powerful individual initiative, a deep appreciation of fun, and an abiding love of theatrical communities


    The New London Barn Playhouse is an award-winning professional theater now in its 90th season. As one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the country, the Barn is a cultural jewel of northern New England. Housed since 1933 in a centuries-old converted barn with historic landmark status, the theater offers a mix of classic and contemporary musicals and plays performed by seasoned professionals alongside emerging young artists. The Barn operates on an AEA SPT contract, with an annual operating budget of just over 1.2 million. The organization produces a six-show Mainstage season between Memorial Day and Labor Day each summer, with additional productions including one-night-only cabarets and a Children’s Theater Series throughout the season. The New London Barn Playhouse is currently engaged in the largest capital campaign in its history. As part of this campaign, a new year-round educational center is under construction. The Fleming Center for Artistic Development will open in May 2022 and will allow for the Barn Playhouse’s expansion to 12 month programming to serve as an artistic and educational hub for its community.


At the New London Barn Playhouse, our organization actively chooses to uplift applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, sexes, national origins, political affiliations, socio-economic status, veteran and Disability status, and other intersectional dimensions of diversity.

We are committed to ongoing learning and developing and implementing programs and initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in all areas of employment as well as through our creative process and projects.

Employment Requirements:

Due to our work with young people, all serious candidates must submit to fingerprinting and a background criminal check. To support the health and safety of our staff and the communities we serve, the New London Barn Playhouse has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees.

Compensation: $38,000 - $42,000 plus monthly health insurance reimbursements

Interested parties please submit resume, cover letter, and three references via email to: New London Barn Playhouse
PO Box 9
New London, NH 03257

Position open until filled.

How to Apply:
Salary Range:

$38,000 - $42,000 plus monthly health insurance reimbursements

Job Location:

New London

Date Added: December 28, 2021

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