Long Wharf Theatre Names Hope Chavez As Artistic Producer
Chavez joins as chief deputy to Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón as Long Wharf embarks on a mission to reinvent and reinvigorate the renowned theatre.
Long Wharf Theatre (Jacob G. Padrón, Artistic Director; Kit Ingui, Acting Managing Director) is proud to announce Hope Chavez (she/her) as its Artistic Producer.
In the newly created role, Chavez will serve as the lead producer on staff and oversee all productions. She will partner with Padrón on both short and long-term artistic projects and provide strategic leadership in all areas of artistic programming. She will be instrumental in leading the operations of the theatre to ensure Long Wharf Theatre is producing all of its work at the highest level possible. She will also play a lead role in supporting the theatre’s work in the areas of inclusion, accessibility, and workplace culture.
Long Wharf Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jacob G. Padrón said, “Hope Chavez is a dynamic, thoughtful, and rigorous leader who will bring considerable experience to our company. Her strategic mind and expansive imagination will make such a meaningful difference in our work at Long Wharf. I feel honored to partner with her as we reimagine what theatre can do and the impact it can have on the world.”
Prior to her appointment at Long Wharf Theatre, Hope served as the Programs Manager at A.R.T./New York, a service organization supporting the artistic visions and administrative needs of more than 410 nonprofit theatres in New York.
“I am elated to join forces with Long Wharf Theatre, an institution poised to lead the field in actualizing a more radically hospitable and inclusive American theatre” said Chavez, “As the Artistic Producer, it is my mission to further ground our practices in the values of anti-oppression and anti-racism. I am humbled to work alongside Jacob and Kit, the staff, our artists, and the New Haven community in cultivating a joyful and rigorous home for boundary-breaking art.”Chavez plans to move to New Haven and will begin her appointment on September 3, 2019.
About Hope Chavez
Hope Chavez (she/her) is a mixed-race Latinx creative producer and arts administrator. Originally from Texas, Hope has spent the last 9 years working in the New York City theatre community. She began her work in the commercial theatre, training under Marc Routh and supporting his productions on Broadway and across East Asia.
Following her tenure with Marc, Hope began freelance creative producing and focused on developing a practice that centered her values of equity, justice, and radical hospitality. She has produced new work by artists such as Gracie Gardner, Don Nguyen, and Rae Mariah MacCarthy, and worked in venues including LaMaMa, the Laura Pels Theatre, and The American Airlines Center. From 2016-2018, Hope was the Managing Producer of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, a young artist development program for actors, writers, directors, and producers ages 18-25. She was instrumental in pushing the needle forward on the program’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
From 2016-2019, Hope produced Keen Company’s educational program, Keen Teens. This free program allows high school students across New York to work on the development of new plays by prestigious playwrights such as Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, Leah Nanako Winkler, and A. Rey Pamatmat, among others. Hope focused on growing the accessibility of the program and deepening engagement with the local community. Earlier this year, Hope had the great honor of producing the world premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays at Joe’s Pub featuring the work of Julia Brownell, Sam Chanse, Halley Feiffer, Sharon Kenny, Melissa Li, Sharyn Rothstein, Natasha Stoynoff, Bess Wohl and Anna Ziegler.
Hope most recently served as the Programs Manager at A.R.T./New York, a service organization supporting the artistic visions and administrative needs of more than 410 nonprofit theatres in New York. While there, Hope was instrumental in developing the first sexual harassment prevention training program for non-profit theatres in New York. She also facilitated the creation and launch of three new programs aimed at shifting organizational culture: Diversifying Our Organizations (a cohort-based EDI learning program for board members and executive leaders of New York’s non-profit theatres), Body Autonomy (a program to prevent and combat abuse and harassment), and Access A.R.T./New York (a program to increase accessibility for disabled artists, administrators, and audience members).
Hope is a proud member of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) and former mentee in their 2018 cohort of the Leadership Through Mentorship Program. She is deeply committed to centering the voices and experiences of those who are historically marginalized and creating a vibrant environment that acknowledges artists’ full dignity and allows them to flourish.
About Long Wharf Theatre
Founded in 1965, Long Wharf Theatre (Jacob G. Padrón, Artistic Director and Kit Ingui, Acting Managing Director) is a Tony award-winning company of international renown and has been a leader in American theatre, producing fresh and imaginative revivals of classic and modern plays, rediscoveries of neglected works and a variety of world and American premieres.
Throughout its history, Long Wharf Theatre has created a unique home in New Haven for theatre artists from around the world, resulting in the transfer of over 30 productions to Broadway or Off-Broadway, including Napoli, Brooklyn; Satchmo at the Waldorf; My Name is Asher Lev; The Glass Menagerie; Durango; BFE; Sixteen Wounded; Wit (Pulitzer Prize); Hughie; American Buffalo; Requiem for a Heavyweight; Quartermaine’s Terms (Obie Award/Best Play); The Gin Game (Pulitzer Prize); The Shadow Box (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award/Best Play); The Changing Room; The Contractor (NY Drama Critics Circle/Best Play); and Streamers, among many others now in the American theatre canon.
Each year, Long Wharf Theatre produces an annual season featuring original productions on its two stages, along with education programming, a new play festival, community partnerships, and a variety of special events.