Posted: Dec 1, 2021

Director of Programming

Full Time/Benefits

Please include salary requirements when applying, in order to be considered.

Playhouse Square requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot, when eligible. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on an individual basis.

Playhouse Square is looking for a self-motivated, outgoing individual with experience in theater operations, programming and contract negotiations to take on our exciting position of Director of Programming 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Guide the Programming Department’s annual and long-term programming goals pursuant to the organization’s mission.  Achieve annual financial goals by developing and maintaining new and existing relationships with agents, managers, artists, promoters, and renters.
  2. Administer all aspects of the booking calendar for performances and events. Work with the Programming team, Special Events, Education, ideastream®, and all resident companies to determine maximum efficient usage of all spaces.  Approve venue usage requests and mitigate potential conflicts.
  3. Oversee the day to day Programming initiatives (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. 
  4. Embrace Playhouse Square values and programs that further Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the department.
  5. Supervise a team of Programming professionals, maintaining a culture that attracts, retains, and motivates top quality employees.
  6. 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.
  7. Maximize the effectiveness of shows for the highest gain to each department throughout the organization.
  8. Represent Playhouse Square to the industry by attending appropriate conferences and meetings. 
  9. General Manage shows produced or co-produced by Playhouse Square.


  1. Minimum of ten years programming, theater operations and contract negotiations.
  2. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  3. Knowledge of Programming trends in all genres of the Performing Arts.
  4. Excellent computer and analytical skills.
  5. Flexible, outgoing, people-oriented person, with outstanding interpersonal skills.
  6. Self-motivated with strong organizational skills.
  7. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.


Playhouse Square is proud to have been recognized for 11 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
  • Long-Term 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 to one of the following:

E-mail to

Fax to 216-771-0217


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