About The Kennedy Center
“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” – President John F. Kennedy
The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the Center presents performances across all genres, and is also home to artistic affiliates Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra.
At the Kennedy Center, we strive to foster belonging and empowerment at work. We are able to advance our mission because of our committed and passionate employees. We are fortunate to be able to leverage their diverse perspectives, life experiences and skills to inform how our workplace can be a safe, transparent, and replenishing community. The Kennedy Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant based on race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or related condition, or any other basis protected by law.
Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts.
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Reporting to the SVP Artistic Planning, The Director of Comedy and Institutional Programming will curate, present, and produce an annual season of Comedy programs, with an emphasis on revenue-generating performances, complimented by residencies and festivals. These season will make use of venues across the Kennedy Center, ranging from the 2400-seat Concert Hall to the more intimate Club at Studio K.
Additionally, they will oversee the Sound Health program. Launched in 2016 under the leadership of Renée Fleming and Dr. Francis Collins, Sound Health is a partnership between the Kennedy Center and National Institutes of Health, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Kennedy Center seeks to provide a platform for artists, researchers, neuroscientists, and music therapists to bring this fascinating work to a broader public. The Director, Comedy and Sound Health will work with the program leaders to create mission-aligned programs and events.
Duties & Responsibilities
65% Produce Comedy at the Kennedy Center series and annual comedy festivals and residencies. Duties include:
15% Oversee Kennedy Center Sound Health initiative with partners the National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Sound Health Network; create and produce events and series; oversee ongoing Sound Health ancillary activities, previous examples of which include The Second Saturday Series; Dance for PD; Weekly Yoga; and regular Millennium Stage events.
10% Produce or oversee additional institutional programming as assigned.
10% Budget management and entry for all managed programming and events, as approved by SVP Artistic Planning. Contract and deal oversight for all Comedy and Sound Health programming and events.
N/A Other duties as assigned.