The Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce the promotion of Christopher Moses to Associate Artistic Director. Moses joined the education staff of the Alliance Theatre in 2000 and has served as the Alliance’s Director of Educational Programs since 2011. This transition reflects the Alliance’s ongoing commitment to artistic integration in education.
“Excellence in education has always been as central to the Alliance’s mission as excellence in theatre. We are committed to arts education that advances learning, empathy, and social engagement. As our Director of Educational Programs, Chris has been a phenomenal partner in the leadership of this theatre’s artistic vision,” said Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director. “In a desire to recognize and celebrate that partnership, we’ve promoted him to the position of Associate Artistic Director, a position in which I know he will continue to grow, thrive, and create the most innovative and engaging models for arts education in our field.”
Under Moses’s leadership, the Alliance Education Department has doubled the number of young people participating in the educational programs to approximately 11,000 students this year. During his tenure as Director of Educational Programs, the Alliance Education Department launched innovation new programs including Theatre for the Very Young, an Artist to Artist master class series, ArtsVibe programming for teens, and Alliance@Work professional development courses, and expanded nationally recognized programs like the Collision Project and the Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists.
“It’s inspiring to work at a cultural institution that values its educational work as much as its artistic work. And really, it’s the deep relationship between the two that makes this place so extraordinary,” said Moses. “The educational work is always more powerful when it’s steeped in the art and the reverse also holds true because the Alliance Theatre creates extraordinary artistic work not as an end in itself. Rather, it uses the artistic experience as a catalyst for learning, for creating community, and ultimately for building compassionate human beings.”
In his new role, Moses will continue the work he started to develop important new partnerships with organizations like GA Quality Care for Children, GA Bright From the Start, the Anti-Defamation League, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, and will deepen system wide school partnerships with Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools.
“The support from Susan Booth, from the board, and from the entire staff of this theatre encourages our education department to continue to take the same creative risks in the classroom as we do on our stage,” Moses continued. “This is vitally important in an educational landscape that is in need of reform. This deep rooted and authentic commitment to education is what makes the Alliance such a unique force both locally and on a national level. What a profound gift to be in the position to continue to move this mission forward.”