David Roberts is the newly appointed Director of SDC Foundation, having started his tenure in November 2016. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, he was the Managing Director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH). Under Mr. Roberts’ administrative leadership since 2013, CTH increased income, reduced deficits, increased audiences, and expanded programming. He was pivotal in professionalizing the company’s operations, and actualizing its turnaround and momentum plans. Prior to CTH, he served as Managing Director of The Pearl Theatre Company, where he oversaw the successful transition of the classical company from its temporary residence at New York’s City Center to its permanent home on far West 42nd Street, and the planning and launch of its 30th Anniversary Season.
As a volunteer, Mr. Roberts recently served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Palissimo Company, a New York based dance and performance troupe. Past producing and management credits include Associate Producer for SITI Company, Associate Managing Director and Company Manager at Yale Repertory Theatre; Line Producer for Sonia Flew at Summer Play Festival 2006; the inaugural Producer’s Chair Award recipient, a mentorship program of The Foundry Theatre, for his work as producer on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, first presented at the Public Theater’s 2007 Under the Radar Festival.
Mr. Roberts holds a BFA in Acting from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama.