David Roberts is the Executive Director of SDC Foundation, having started his tenure in November 2016 as Foundation Director. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, he is responsible for leading, designing, executing, and evaluating all programs of the Foundation, as well as managing its operations, fundraising, and finances. During his tenure, the Foundation has increased the participation, diversity, and access within its signature Observership Program; expanded the national footprint of the popular Masters of the Stage podcast series with the addition of the Regional Originals mini-series; and launched an additional Artistic Leadership Group convened on the west coast, based on the demand garnered by the NYC version of the program.
Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, he was the Managing Director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH). Under Mr. Roberts’ administrative leadership from 2013-2016, 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.
As a volunteer, Mr. Roberts serves on the strategic planning committee of SITI Company, and the advisory board of the eco-theater company, Superhero Clubhouse. He previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Palissimo Company, a New York based dance and performance troupe. Past producing and management credits include Managing Director of Pearl Theatre Company, 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 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. He currently serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama.