The District Theatre Seeks Director of Professional Training and Development

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The District Theatre Seeks Director of Professional Training and Development


The District Theatre (TDT), a supporting organization of Indianapolis Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), seeks a Director of Professional Training and Development to design and oversee all professional learning and skill development programs within The District Theatre organization. Responsibilities include analyzing, identifying and developing professional development and training programs to supplement and strengthen Black theatre arts performers, writers, directors, set designers, etc.

Working in collaboration with other Black theatre leaders, the Director of Professional Training and Development will create group and individual learning courses and manage the training budget. To be successful in this role, a candidate should have solid experience organizing trainings and designing the educational curriculum for Black theatre participants plus a passion for all things theatre.

The selected candidate will bring artistic vision and expertise in acting, directing, design or technical theatre and be able to work effectively across the full range of theatrical productions. The candidate will also help publicize the training program by giving interviews, making presentations and leading discussions.


  • Teach in field of expertise
  • Contract additional teaching staff for areas in which the Director is less experienced
  • Oversee learning activities, curriculum and resources
  • Manage annual training budgets
  • Evaluate the results of learning courses, workshops and master classes
  • Develop strong community partnerships and conduct community outreach with the other Black theatre artists and organizations to determine the priority needs.
  • Implement coaching sessions and mentorship programs to establish a culture of continuous learning
  • Recommend new training methods (including e-learning courses)
  • Develop and manage a Fellowship program that includes funding for ten fellowships of $10,000 per Fellow

Requirements and skills:

  • Work experience as a professional theatre artist or technician and as a Training Director, Training Manager, Teacher or similar role
  • In-depth understanding of traditional and modern training methods (including workshops for admin training, e-learning and one-on-one coaching)
  • Experience organizing training activities in a theatre environment
  • Hands-on experience with project management and budgeting
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Record of collaboration and developing community partnerships

TDT Mission:

The mission of The District Theatre (TDT) is to enrich and strengthen the community by presenting, supporting, and amplifying the voices of performing artists, particularly those who represent the diversity of the human experience.

Application Process:

Please forward a cover letter, resume, reference list with contact information (email and telephone). Subject line “for Director of Training and Development.” Email address for applications.

The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 31, 2023 with employment commencing in February 2023.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

The District Theatre is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws, is prohibited.

This policy applies to all employment practices within The District Theatre including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. The District Theatre Board makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit and business needs at the time.

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