Posted: Nov 6, 2019

Director of Programming

Full Time/Benefits
Salaried position
Please include salary requirements when applying, in order to be considered.

We are searching for our next Director of Programming, who will guide the Programming Department’s annual and long-term programming goals. 

  •  Achieve annual financial goals by developing and maintaining new and existing relationships with agents, managers, artists, promoters, and renters.
  • Administer all aspects of the booking calendar for performances and events. Work with the Programming team, Special Events, Community Engagement & Education, ideastream®, and all resident companies to determine maximum efficient usage of all spaces.  Approve venue usage requests and mitigate potential conflicts.
  • Oversee all Programming (including but not limited to Broadway, presented concerts and cultural attractions, for-profit and non-profit performance rentals, and special events) from booking through settlement.  Develop budgets, negotiate deal points, administer contracts, determine base and dynamic pricing strategies, manage expenses, and execute settlements. 
  • Supervise a team of Programming professionals, maintaining a culture that attracts, retains, and motivates top quality employees.
  • Develop and maintain expenses for the annual department budget and prepare the annual budget calendar and show budgets for Finance.  Provide monthly financial forecasting for all performances and events.
  • Maximize the effectiveness of shows for the highest gain to each department throughout the organization.
  • Represent Playhouse Square to the industry by attending appropriate conferences and meetings. 
  • General Manage shows produced or co-produced by Playhouse Square.


  • Minimum of ten years programming, theater operations and contract negotiations.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent computer and analytical skills.
  • Flexible, outgoing, people-oriented person, with outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.


Playhouse Square is proud to have been recognized for 10 consecutive years as one of Cleveland’s Top Workplaces by The Plain Dealer, a recognition based solely on surveys completed by our employees.

Playhouse Square offers an attractive and comprehensive benefit package to employees that provides exceptional coverage.

This package includes:

  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • LongTerm Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Wellness Program
  • Discounted Parking

In order to apply, please submit a resume along with a cover letter including salary requirements to one of the following:

E-mail to [email protected]

Fax to 216-771-0217


Playhouse Square
Human Resources Department
1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115