Joan Channick

Professor in the Practice of Theater Management & Chair of Theater Management


Joan Channick is Professor in the Practice of Theater Management and Chair of the Theater Management Department at Yale School of Drama. She served as Associate Dean of the School of Drama from 2009 to 2017. She worked previously as Managing Director of New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre and as Managing Director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), a New York-based national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theater field, in which capacity she also served as Director of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. Other positions she has held include Associate Managing Director of Center Stage in Baltimore and Marketing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. Preceding her theater career, she practiced securities litigation with the Boston law firm of Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett. Joan is on the boards of the Foundry Theatre in New York and the Yale-China Association, where she chairs the Arts Committee. She previously chaired the Yale Cabaret board and has served on the boards of the National Corporate Theatre Fund, the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the American Theatre Exchange Initiative, the Ensemble Company for the Performing Arts, and Chase Brexton Health Services, and has also been a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the International Theatre Institute executive council, and the League of Resident Theatres executive committee. She has written for American Theatre magazine and is the author of “The Changing Legal Environment for the Arts,” a chapter in the book The Art of Governance, published by TCG. Joan has also taught in Goucher College's arts administration program and has been a guest lecturer at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. She is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Yale School of Drama.