Director of Community Engagement, Trinity Rep

Providence, RI

Department:    Artistic

Reports To:      Artistic Director

FLSA Status:    Exempt, Full time

Trinity Repertory Company seeks a Director of Community Engagement to join the theater’s artistic department, reporting to Artistic Director Curt Columbus, and working alongside Associate Artistic Director Tyler Dobrowsky, Director of Education and Accessibility Jordan Butterfield, Artist-in-Residence Marta Martínez and Conversationalist-in-Residence Christina Bevilacqua. The Director of Community Engagement is a senior-staff position responsible for establishing long-term partnerships between the theater and community stakeholders and will play a critical role in the theater’s artistic, educational, and community-centered initiatives. This is a full-time position with a focus on creating joyous, inclusive, civic-minded points of entry as well as sustained, mutually-beneficial relationships between Trinity Rep and the people of Southeastern New England.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


Nurture current long-term, mutually-beneficial partnerships, in particular: Rhode Island Latino Arts and Teatro en El Verano, Sophia Academy, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR), the Providence Public Library, Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together (COAAST), and the Tomaquag Museum, among many others

Cultivate new, mutually-beneficial community partnerships based on the plays Trinity Rep is producing, and as the local or national discourse demands

Produce show-specific events, salons, and conversations, including: post-show discussions, lobby displays, our pre-show discussion series (Prologues) and “Context and Conversation,” our program in partnership with the Providence Public Library.

Work with Trinity Rep acting company member and founder of the Center for Activism and Performance Joe Wilson Jr. to produce “America Too,” Trinity Rep’s annual theatrical interrogation of an important, pressing socio-political issue

Produce experiences or events independent of Trinity Rep’s production calendar that closely tie the theater to the larger Southeastern New England community (such as producing Trinity Rep’s float in the Providence Pride Parade)


Collaborate with the Artistic Director on season planning, paying particular attention to 1) which plays could establish new community partnerships and entry points for new audiences, 2) which plays could allow for community groups to be an integral part of the production, and 3) which plays could provide compelling, inclusive, civic-minded events

Collaborate with the Associate Artistic Director on casting, literary management, new play development, and mentoring the artistic management intern each year

Collaborate with the Director of Education and Accessibility on curriculum development, and occasionally teach in our after-school classes, our Young Actors Summer Institute, and our programs for adult learners

Provide artistic and dramaturgical support as necessary while productions are in rehearsal and in previews


Participate in senior staff meetings with a focus on theater-wide long term strategies while operationalizing and institutionalizing community engagement initiatives

Participate in Artistic department meetings focused on season planning and other artistic, educational, and community programming

Participate in the theater’s New Play Club, which involves finding, reading and analyzing new plays being produced around the country

Serve as the liaison between Community Engagement programs and the Marketing and Development departments, particularly in regards to audience and donor development and content creation (print, lobby, digital), as well as grant writing

Assist in the administration of the theater’s Equity and Inclusion Working Group

Represent the theater at local events and national conferences, such as the Humana New Play Festival or the Theater Communications Group conference

Be a representative of (and advocate for) Trinity Rep in the community

Be a representative of (and advocate for) the community in Trinity Rep

Supervisory Requirements

The Director of Community Engagement, working with the Associate Artistic Director, interviews, hires, and trains the Artistic Management intern each year.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Artistic Competency
A delightful appreciation of and a fundamental curiosity about art-making and story-telling; the ability to communicate (in person and in writing) with directors, actors, designers, staff, and the community about a particular show in a clear, compelling manner

Budget and Administration
The ability to maintain a budget and maximize human and financial resources; ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry to practical situations; analytical thinking a must

The ability to communicate using different mediums transparently and effectively; strong public speaking, writing and active listening skills are imperative; fluency in other languages besides English (particularly Spanish) a plus; familiarity and comfort with multiple cultures necessary

Cultural Competency and Relationship Building
A love of meeting new people and forging relationships; excellent social skills with an emphasis on building meaningful, long-lasting partnerships with both individuals and organizations; a deep understanding of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression principles and practices; the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds

Education and/or Experience
A college degree; at least five years of experience working at an arts or community-centered organization; directing, design, choreographic experience a plus; teaching experience a plus

Project Management
The ability to conceive both the strategy and the execution of community programs, including budgeting, staffing, and producing the events; ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

Team Building and Collaboration
The ability to bridge the needs and desires of community groups with the needs and desires of the theater; the ability to cheerfully work cross-departmentally within the theater and lead community engagement programs

Computer Skills
To perform this job effectively, an individual should have knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to remain in a stationary position for up to 50 percent of the time

Must be able to regularly move about inside office spaces to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

Must have the physical ability to regularly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e. a calculator, copy machine, computer printer)

Specific vision abilities required include close vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

The person in this position frequently communicates with staff and other constituencies. Must be able to exchange information, discuss, express oneself, and communicate in a tactful and professional manner.

Must be able to observe physical body language and non-verbal cues.

Must have the physical ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds for office functions.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee is exposed to outside weather conditions 5% of the time

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Employee must be able to work nights and weekends up to 25% of the time

This job requires national travel up to 5% of the time


$47k-$49k, starting July 2019

Interested candidates should contact Tyler Dobrowsky at

Trinity Repertory Company is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.


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