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Executive Director- Dallas Children’s Theater

Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) invites mission-driven organizational leaders with a deep love for youth and family programming to join a team of seasoned, committed professionals who together will lead the theater into new horizons of success and impact. The Executive Director, in partnership with the Artistic Director, will work to ensure that the vision for the theater is defined by joy, optimism, and a commitment to quality programming.

Priority will be given to positive experiences in the arts which afford young people chances to build creative and confident minds and souls. The Executive Director will actively advance and advocate for DCT’s commitment and ongoing work to be a highly diverse, collaborative and artist-centric organization. As an organization originally built by artists as administrators, a synergistically minded Executive Director would join an institution founded on a unique framework that requires a view of decision-making through the lens of the art itself and the artists creating the work.

DCT has a more inclusive approach to innovation and problem solving than is typical. This approach is inherent in the organization’s core infrastructure and personality. Leveraging the deep roots already established in Dallas over 38 years coupled with the goal of expanding the means and manner in which DCT presents its work, the next Executive Director along with the dynamic leadership team will build upon a tremendous legacy and help find new ways to showcase DCT as one of the nation’s most important theaters for youth and families. Management Consultants for the Arts has been engaged to lead the search for the Executive Director of Dallas Children’s Theater. Interested candidates may apply for this position by visiting this link: https://mcaonline.com/searches/executive-director-dct

Organizational Profile

Dallas Children’s Theater was founded in 1984 by Robyn Flatt and Dennis Vincent, in response to the growing need for professional family theater. Since its founding the theater has become a leading voice in theater for young audiences. With a multi-million-dollar budget, DCT is the largest professional family theater in the southwest. DCT historically has offered a season of eight to ten fully produced productions in the expansive Rosewood Center for Family Arts. DCT is also deeply committed to arts education and offers training and enrichment experiences through its theater academy and arts-in-education programs for local schools. The company has been recognized for its national touring productions. (The national tour was paused in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.) More about the Dallas Children’s Theater can be found at https://www.dct.org/.

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