- Theatre Manager
Joshua S. Ritter, MFA, brings 15 years of experience in arts leadership and education to UNC Greensboro School of Theatre. His responsibilities include managing marketing, front of house operations including ticket services, development, and the financial aspects of a complex academic theatre program. Josh directs and mentors thirty plus students on the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as teaches theatre management related classes or Drama Appreciation each semester. Additionally, 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 established 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 for each show. He also served as the Director of the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre at Goodspeed, the only library in the world dedicated solely to musical theatre. In this position, he managed an array of educational programs for Goodspeed and regularly taught arts-integrated workshops to elementary, middle, and high school students throughout CT. While at Goodspeed, his other accomplishments include helping secure and administering funding for their Arts Education Collaboration, expanding the program from approximately 50 students in 2009 to more than 800 in 2018. This program continues to provide theatre access to underserved students throughout CT.
Josh also worked with a team to plan and implement Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals and sensory-friendly performances. 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. Joshua has 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 on the subject of developing and managing educational programs for arts organizations. Josh offered an experimental course on this topic in 2020.