The Secrets of Successful
Shared Leadership in
American Theatre

TCG National Conference Presentation

June 17, 2022

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This study centers around successful Dual Executive Leadership (DEL) in American theatre. The primary objectives of the research are to answer the following questions:

  • What is the prevalence of the Dual Executive Leadership structure in American Theatre and does it vary by budget size?

  • What can partners do to improve likelihood of success and reduce tension in a DEL?

  • Do managing directors and artistic directors have different expectations for each other’s jobs?

  • What role does the board and staff play in the success of DEL partnerships?

The research offers a lens into how partners view each position and how success may be achieved.  The study offers practical recommendations to promote success.