Producing Director

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor


The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is a vibrant and vital multidisciplinary arts presenter dedicated to the culture and arts of our time. We are an anchor institution in our city’s most diverse neighborhood, and we leverage our resources, ingenuity and expertise in support of the creative work of emerging artists, producers and partner organizations. We invest locally, knowing we are connected globally.

Under the leadership of Executive Director, janera solomon, KST implemented a new business model in 2008, with significant success and growth, building an ambitious range of quality, contemporary programming and garnering accolades as a presenter, producer and mentor of emerging artists. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater has grown from a rental house to an exciting, arts presenter. Stakeholders praise the organization for our dedication to diversity, community engagement and world-class performance.

KST has become a cultural leader and with the support and commitment of the Heinz Endowments, KST has emerged as a mid-sized organization with a unique mission and perspective. We encourage, enable, and empower a spectrum of artists, collectives and independent organizations, which in turn, enriches both the artistic and cultural climate of Pittsburgh and the economic development of our neighborhood, East Liberty.


As we look toward the future, we see what is at stake within the changing context of our neighborhood, and importance of our work:

  • The diversity of our programs, and our commitment to artists and audiences of color has become even more urgent as development efforts attempt to rebrand East Liberty. Our work is an expression of an appreciation for the neighborhood’s rich history. We believe neighborhoods, like cities, are always changing, and cultural spaces must reflect diversity to build bridges between old and new residents.


  • We want to see participation in art and culture as a hallmark of life for those that live and work here, and for East Liberty to serve as a thriving model for the city of Pittsburgh. A place where economic development benefits all residents. A place where the unique cultural of our neighborhood is reflected in, and enlivened by, new growth.



The ideal candidate has an insatiable appetite for engaging a diverse community in meaningful arts experiences. This individual is a leader and connector, passionate about connecting talented artists, producers and curators to diverse audiences. The candidate is a knowledgeable and experienced curator (performance, visual, events) and producer with the ability to identify and foster opportunities for partnerships and collaborations.  The ideal candidate is a strong and effective manager comfortable with the courage to make tough calls and compassion to understand others and manage diverse relationships.

The Producing Director is a leadership position responsible for cultivating a vibrant arts program through visioning, producing and management. The Producing Director is a facilitator charged with guiding a curatorial and producing team to craft a multidisciplinary program in collaboration with the curatorial advisors in performance, visual, media arts, and engagement programming. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Producing Director will manage the vision, cultivate programs, support interesting curators and producers and refine and launch programs aligned with KST’s values.

The position develops programming concepts, manages all program budgets, staffing and space coordination needs and is the primary person responsible for communication across the organization in regard to programming and artistic planning as it relates to marketing, public relations, fundraising and finance.  



  • Oversee the implementation of KST Presents presenting series of dance, theater, music and film
  • Manage Producing Partners Program – our incubator program that supports independent artists, producers and small arts organizations
  • Develop programming plans and budgets for all programs in consultation with Executive Director;
  • Develop strategies for maximizing earned revenue from presenting programs
  • Implement plans and proposals for new and expanded programs in coordination with Executive Director & Managing Director
  • Manage all program staff including Producing Associate, Community Engagement, Associate and Interns
  • Work closely with ED and Development teams on fundraising proposals
  • Manage growth and effectiveness of KSTPresents in alignment with strategic plan
  • Collaborate with the Managing Director, ED and key staff on development and presentation of education and community engagement programs
  • Collaborate with the in-house Production Department to ensure programming needs are met
  • Ensure programs and projects meet organizational goals and requirements
  • Identify opportunities within program planning for donor cultivation and stewardship, marketing, P.R. and communicate internally
  • Oversee contracting for KSTPresents; liaise with Managing Director
  • Work closely with communications and marketing team to develop communications collateral
  • Ensure the documentation of all programs in coordination with marketing department, including coordination of photo and video shoots and arranging for distribution of completed documentation
  • Implement efficient department systems; ensure adherence to deadlines



  • 5+ years of director-level experience in arts program management
  • 5+ years experience implementing plans and proposals for new and expanded programs
  • Demonstrated experience as an arts/entertainment producer with the ability to manage budgets and resources effectively
  • Passion for diverse mix of artistic expressions and demonstrated skills, experience and knowledge in producing theatrical events
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience hiring and supervising employees
  • Proficient computer knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook



The Producing Director reports to the Executive Director and manages a team including: Associate Producers of KSTPresents, EL Public and Community Arts, and independent curators on special projects.



This position includes a competitive insurance and benefits package. Salary commensurate with experience.



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