- Theatre Manager
Joshua S. Ritter, MFA, brings 15 years of experience in arts leadership and education to UNC Greensboro School of Theatre. Josh is passionate about creating and maintaining an inclusive, collaborative, and respectful space where theatre practitioners can work to the best of their ability. His responsibilities include managing marketing, front of house, development, licensing, and the financial aspects of an academic theatre program. Josh mentors thirty plus students on the undergraduate and graduate levels and teaches arts management and arts in education related classes each semester. Josh is proud to be a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow for the Bryan School of Business and Economics.
Before coming to UNCG, Josh served for nine years as the Education Manager & Library Director for Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT. In this position, he reinvigorated and vastly expanded Goodspeed’s Musical Theatre Institute, wrote the program notes for Goodspeed Opera House productions, and worked with a team to create Goodspeed’s educational documents and multi-level lesson plans based on state and national standards. Josh also managed an array of educational programs and a team of teaching artists offering arts education and arts-integrated workshops on the K-12 levels throughout CT. His other accomplishments included working to expand the Arts Education Collaboration from one school in 2009 to eight schools in 2018. Josh also assisted in producing Goodspeed’s annual Festival of New Musicals and sensory-friendly performances.
Josh is honored to have served on the Connecticut Early Music Society board of directors and the CT State Library Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development. In his earlier career, Josh worked for WICKED on Broadway, was the box office manager for the Dorset Theatre Festival in VT, and served as a drama director and English teacher in Madrid, Spain. Josh holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Management and a B.A. in Theatre and Arts Administration with a Minor in Philosophy. Josh also created a series of unique presentations on musical theatre’s greatest composers such as Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers using resources from the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre that he enjoys sharing on a regular basis. Additionally, Josh has presented at several national conferences to propose the need for a new pedagogy integrating arts management, entrepreneurship, and education to optimize the work of education directors at arts organizations. Josh offered experimental courses on this topic in 2020 and 2021.