We'd like to congratulate two Guild staff members who have recently been promoted into leadership positions.
We're thrilled to announce that Emmanuel Wilson and Tari Stratton have taken on new roles here at the Guild, as Executive Director of Creative Affairs and Membership and as Director of the Dramatists Guild Institute respectively.
Emmanuel Wilson is the Executive Director of Creative Affairs and Membership at the Dramatists Guild. In this role, he oversees the development of strategic programming, communications strategy, and manages member service and member programming for the organization comprised of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. He comes to the position after growing the Guild’s membership, from 6,500 to more than 10,000, in his four years as Director of Membership and one year as Managing Director with the organization.
During his tenure at the Guild, Emmanuel revitalized the Guild's print and digital communication strategy, oversaw the development of the Guild's new website and database, rebuilt the Guild's membership department to focus more on member service, helped to diversify Guild staff, and made industry outreach a core tenet of the Guild's advocacy strategy. He developed and/or renewed partnerships with Blackboard Plays, #ENOUGH, The 24 Hour Plays, the Educational Theatre Association, Final Draft, and Theatre Communications Group. Emmanuel also developed the Guild's Young Dramatist initiative, which introduces the Guild and the profession of theatre writing to younger writers across the country. Emmanuel is a Theater Communications Group New Generations Fellow. This multi-year fellowship, designed to "cultivate and strengthen a new generation of future theatre leadership" was supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Emmanuel was formerly the artistic associate and literary manager at TADA! Youth Theater, and serves on the boards of Arts Workers United, Times Square Alliance, and The 24 Hour Plays.
Tari Stratton is the Director of Education for the Dramatists Guild of America; the Associate Editor of The Dramatist magazine, the only magazine dedicated to the theatrical writer; and the Director of the Dramatists Guild Institute.
Tari has been at the Guild since 1997. She is a member of the Guild’s Education, Awards, DEIA, and Copyright Advocacy committees. She also helps produce the Dramatists Guild’s regional and national conferences, their annual Awards Night, and other special events. Tari has also represented the Guild at various conferences around the country. Tari is proud to have served on committees with the Guild, the League of Broadway Theaters and Producers, and the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts to increase diversity in the performing arts and has assisted in planning episodes of the Dramatists Guild’s podcast The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK.”
Before joining the Guild, Tari worked as an actress and/or theatre administrator at theatres across the country, including Ohio, Detroit, Woodstock, NYC, and Cedar City, Utah. She also taught theatre at Fordham University in New York City. Other teaching includes courses in theatre history, acting, and scene study. She has a BFA in acting/directing from Kent State University and an MFA in theater management from Wayne State University.