Meet Our First Managing Director, Josh Garneau!

At the beginning of 2022, we announced a new search that we were looking for our first-ever Provincetown Theater managing director. We received applications from dozens of qualified candidates thanks to our partnership with Third Sector New England. 

As a result, we’re thrilled to welcome our  new managing director! Josh Garneau comes to us by way of ImprovBoston, where he worked for over 13 years, holding the managing director role since 2018. A Boston local, Josh stood out among the many talented individuals we interviewed. He possesses a passion for people and the arts, as well as familiarity with the unique challenges and opportunities faced by a growing organization, proven leadership experience, and a dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-DEI informed practices.

Where were you born?

Born, raised, and have lived in Boston my whole life. I’ve traveled extensively, but Boston has always been my home. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like to live in a new place!

Where did you attend college? 

I graduated from UMass Boston to be an English teacher. Life has taken some tangents along the way. 

What excited you about the opportunity with PTF? 

I see so many wonderful things already in place at the PTF including great shows, a beautiful space, and much care and concern for the art as well as the audience. I love the idea of being able to help PTF grow into its next iteration – keeping the wonderful parts and finding new ways to include and share the joy with more people – audience members, donors, professional collaborators, board members, and staff. There is an excellent base already in place with nothing but potential for moving forward. 

What are you looking forward to accomplishing at PTF? 

I am looking forward to two separate pushes. As a manager and organizer, I look forward to getting a handle on the small details that help an organization stabilize and thrive.  Active, living, and usable policies and procedures for safety and reporting, employee retention and growth, fiscal security, etc. None of these things are traditionally exciting, but they help create a secure and safe environment for the art. 

Secondly, I look forward to taking the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and putting them into practice. I’ve spent a large portion of the last few years learning and taking advantage of the COVID downtime with a focus on DEI, and I feel strongly that a focus on DEI work can allow us to bring ever better art to our audiences. 

Anything else that you’d like to add? 

Provincetown is a unique place. I am incredibly excited and feel extremely privileged to be able to join an organization that can so effectively blend many of the different sides of the town. Sitting in this new Managing Director seat, I will actively participate in my work with this  respected theater and Provincetown’s success. I’m thrilled to be here! 

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