The Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre is on an unprecedented journey to allow art and activism to live side-by-side. We are committed to building a boundary-breaking theatre with, for, and by the New Haven community. We are looking for a dynamic and visionary fundraising professional to join our growing community as the Director of Philanthropy, assist us in reimagining the experiment that is the new American Theater and develop a new paradigm of fundraising for the organization and the field.
Long Wharf Theatre (LWT) was founded in 1965 in a vacant warehouse space in a food terminal with seats borrowed from a retired movie house and became an important force in the regional theatre movement. Artistically ambitious, we are known for our commitment to commissioning, developing, and producing new work that becomes a part of the modern American canon.
Today, Long Wharf Theatre is one of the leaders in a sea change in American theatre. Jacob G. Padrón became Long Wharf Theatre's fifth Artistic Director and first leader of color in February 2019, and Kit Ingui was appointed Managing Director in October 2019 after joining LWT in 2017 as Associate Managing Director. Under their guidance, Long Wharf Theatre is a gathering place dedicated to producing boundary-breaking theatre with and for its kaleidoscopic communities. LWT is guided by the pillars of Artistic Innovation, Radical Inclusion and Revolutionary Partnerships. The company strives to approach our work with the values of curiosity, joy, disruption and conversation.
Long Wharf believes that theater is for everyone. We are on a journey to (re)connect with the many vibrant communities of New Haven and become an organization that reflects each of them through our programming. In 2020, we embraced our long-standing reputation for being an incubator of new work and programmed “One City, Many Stages,” an emergent season of digital artistic events, panel discussions centered around emergent topics, community-led projects, and the inaugural issue of our literary and arts journal, “Kaleidoscope.” The multi-million dollar company annually produces a season of five to six mainstage productions, special events, school and community-based programming for lifelong learning while vigorously investing in compelling new voices for the stage who represent perspectives underrepresented in the canon of American dramatic literature.
Jacob G. Padrón (he/him), Artistic Director
Jacob G. Padrón, Long Wharf’s Theatre's Artistic Director, is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project, a national theatre initiative established in 2016 that partners with leading theatre companies to amplify the voices of Latinx playwrights and build artistic homes for artists of color. He was the Senior Line Producer at The Public Theater from 2013 to 2016 where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park, and Public Works. From 2011 to 2013, he was the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company overseeing artistic programming in the Garage, their space for new work, new artists, and new audiences. From 2008 to 2011, Jacob was an Associate Producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he was instrumental in producing all shows in the eleven-play repertory. Most recently, Jacob worked in Cultural Investments at Time Warner (HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner), identifying diverse storytellers for media projects. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and the Yale School of Drama’s Theater Management program, where he teaches artistic producing.
Kit Ingui (she/her), Managing Director
Kit joined Long Wharf Theatre as Associate Managing Director in January 2017 and became the company's Managing Director in October 2019. Prior to Long Wharf, she served as Associate General Manager for Joey Parnes Productions (JPP), a Broadway producing and management firm. With JPP, Kit was the company manager for the Broadway productions of This Is Our Youth, the 2014 Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and the 2013 Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Other Broadway credits include End of the Rainbow, Passing Strange, Butley (starring Nathan Lane), Well, and the national tour of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin. Kit served in the producing offices of the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Tony Awards and the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Drama Desk Awards, and was Line Producer for the 2015 and 2016 Drama Desk Awards. Prior to her work in commercial theatre, Kit worked at nonprofit theatres in New York City, including Vineyard Theatre, Classic Stage Company, and Playwrights Horizons. She is a graduate of Florida Southern College.
Work Environment and Culture
The leadership at LWT cares deeply about staff culture and development. Members of the LWT staff are encouraged to engage in courageous conversations within departments and interdepartmentally. There is a belief within the organization that great art comes from great relationships. LWT supports and cares for team members as a reflection of the quality of artistic exploration on our stages.
The Director of Philanthropy (DOP) role is ideal for an innovative fundraising professional with a vision for an iterative model of philanthropy that supports and promotes social and economic justice. The DOP will have a values-driven and community-centered approach to fundraising that challenges and disrupts current industry practices. We are particularly interested in candidates who dream to revolutionize the way nonprofits think about fundraising and are looking for an organization to pilot their innovative strategies and tactics. This new organizational leader will be able to communicate their vision and strategy and catalyze change within and outside of the organization. Because Long Wharf strives to exemplify the power of theatre to strengthen communities, the incoming DOP will be energized by the opportunity to bolster and cultivate authentic, enduring relationships. The DOP will have a facility for speaking about LWT’s values alongside its artistic work and community and educational programs.
The ideal candidate will align with our philanthropic values:
The Director of Philanthropy will be a key senior team leader in partnership with Jacob and Kit, providing a values-aligned fundraising perspective in all aspects of the theatre’s current operations and future planning. The DOP will be a key strategic partner, helping to shape the organization’s future as a theatre rooted in its community. In this role, the DOP will plan and execute fundraising and advancement strategies and build relationships with supporters, connecting them with Long Wharf Theatre’s artistic, educational, and operational funding possibilities. Radical inclusion and anti-racism will underpin all of the DOP’s work with all of LWT’s constituents, internal and external.
The New Haven area is on the unceded lands of the Quinnipiac, Paugussett, and Wappinger tribes.
A thriving city located in the heart of Connecticut, New Haven is a bustling area of nearly 130,000 and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The city is home to many firsts, including the hamburger, and known for its educational institutions which include Yale University, Quinnipiac University, Wesleyan University, the University of New Haven, and many others which exist in the region. Out of all the cities in America, New Haven is considered to be most reflective of the demographics of the United States.
In addition to the city of New Haven, New Haven County comprises 26 smaller cities and towns bringing the total county population to approximately 850,000 people. Located primarily along the coast of the Long Island Sound, there is an abundance of choice in place of living whether one’s preference is urban or shoreline or rural. Rich in cultural activities and a rich diversity of culinary pleasures, New Haven offers an expansive metropolitan experience within an intimate and closely-connected community.
What are the expectations?
Benefits Package: paid time off, health insurance, dental insurance, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.
How do I apply?
Visit aljpconsulting.com/apply-for-open-positions to submit your application.
Long Wharf Theatre is an equal opportunity employer that centers and celebrates radical inclusion, anti-racism, equity, and diversity in all forms.