What does an Education Director do?
An EDUCATION DIRECTOR is typically found in a not-for-profit or regional theatre organization. EDUCATION DIRECTORS are charged with developing and executing programming for community partners, including but not limited to schools, social service agencies, and young professional organizations, that is usually connected to the shows currently playing at their venue. This programming can manifest in a variety of ways, including in school partnerships, internship programs, shadowing programs, events with a talkback for a specific demographic, etc. Sometimes the Education Department can be a part of, encompass, or work with the theatre organization’s Community Outreach, Audience Engagement, or Marketing sector/department. The EDUCATION DIRECTOR oversees the Education Department staff and often works with local teachers.
Event Planning | Strong communication skills | Ability and a desire to introduce the next generation to theatre | Multi-tasking | Facilitation | Curriculum Development
Degree in arts education and/or arts administration | Internships | Fellowships | Teaching Artist/Teaching
How to become a Education Director
Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in education, and some even offer an emphasis in theatre education. Those wishing to become an administrator in an education department might want to explore interning for companies or organizations with education departments or volunteer with neighborhood partners that offer theatre education classes for students.