Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Samuels Teaching Studio, Lincoln Center Education (165 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023)
Are you engaged in human resources work without the benefit of a formal human resources department? Do you have questions about resolving conflicts within your faculty of teaching artists? Do you wonder about conducting performance reviews with a small staff? This is a workshop for department heads and program managers who have at least one person who reports to them. Through a combination of lecture, Q&A, and interactive role-play, learn practical strategies to improve your human resources practices. This workshop will be lead by Darren Robertson (see his bio below).
Darren is Associate Director, Labor Relations for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In this role, Darren manages all aspects of labor relations with union-represented personnel, including negotiation and administration of 15+ collective bargaining agreements covering 350+ union-represented employees. He also serves as the chief negotiator in collective bargaining involving the majority of the organization’s bargaining units.
Previously, Darren was Director of Human Resources and Administration for The Actors Fund – supervising HR, risk management, facilities and capital projects for the Fund at seven locations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Englewood, New Jersey – and from 2005-2011, was Director of Human Resources for Manhattan Theatre Club.
Darren has also served as an HR Consultant for the national nonprofit, the David Lynch Foundation, and was the principal of an HR and Operations consultancy for arts organizations in New York. Clients have included: Theatre Development Fund, Frankel Green Theatrical Management and 54 Below, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Joyce Theater Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Pilobolus Dance and Pencils of Promise.
Darren received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from New York Law School, and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute and a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional.
Darren is a guest lecturer for the MFA in Theatre Management Program at Columbia University. Darren also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of SPACE at Ryder Farm, a not-for-profit arts residency program on a 130-year-old organic farm in Brewster NY.