New York, NY — The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is proud to announce the arrival of new Managing Director Daniel Kaplan. Kaplan comes to CTH from the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops where he was Director of Business Development. The theatre is thrilled to welcome Kaplan who will be working alongside Producing Artistic Director Ty Jones and the CTH Senior Management Team.

“Daniel joins CTH leadership with an impressive resume and a dynamic yet lasered perspective that will complement our visionary Ty Jones, our powerhouse Board and devoted staff who are deeply committed to the future success and sustainability of CTH,” said Peggy King Jorde, CTH Board Chair.

As Managing Director, Kaplan will play an integral role in the development and execution of the company’s strategic plan in addition to day-to-day administrative activities. Additionally, Kaplan will be responsible for the overall management of the theatre, advancing relationships between CTH and various local and regional resources, and strategizing for operating requirement and fundraising.

“I’m very pleased to be joining CTH at such an exciting time for the organization. CTH has been a valuable part of New York’s cultural fabric for many years and is poised for further growth and impact in the years that lie ahead. I’m excited about being part of a team of skilled and passionate individuals committed to developing the next great American theatre company,” said Daniel Kaplan.

“Myself and the rest of the CTH family are thrilled to bring Daniel on board. We’ve come a long way, and believe that Daniel will play a vital role in ensuring CTH’s continued success as we look to bring the highest quality theater uptown to both our direct community and all New Yorkers passionate about the performing arts,” said Producing Artistic Director Ty Jones.

Kaplan is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of Cape Town. He also holds a degree from New England Conservatory. He began his career at Dalberg Global Development Advisors– a strategy and policy advisory firm and has also worked for the Boston Ballet and Boston Lyric Opera.



The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is an American theatre company that tells stories as seen through the lens of the African diaspora and does work that honors the cultural legacy of the neighborhood in which it was founded. CTH combines original adaptations, music, and dance to present great classics of world literature as well as contemporary works that will stand the test of time while being truly reflective of the diversity of ideas and racial tapestry that is America. Since its founding in 1999, CTH has presented works ranging from traditional classical playwrights (Anton Chekhov, Euripides and William Shakespeare), to established 20th-century playwrights (August Wilson, Langston Hughes and Jean Genet) to new plays by emerging playwrights. CTH also proudly provides theater-based training and live theater experiences to Harlem youth and their families through its arts education program, Project Classics. The organization engages new audiences, provides artistic development of new work, and gives exposure to emerging playwrights with its three free reading series: Future Classics, Playwrights’ Playground, and Revisited Classics.


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Major support for CTH provided by Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Braugher Family, Casement Fund, Coalition of Theatres of Color, The Columbus Foundation, ConEdison, Douglas & Paige Armentrout, Ford Foundation, Google, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, L & N Andreas Foundation, Luther & Deborah Ragin, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, The Office of NYC Councilmember Inez Dickens, The Office of NYC Councilmember Mark Levine, Puffin Foundation West, Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, SHS Foundation, and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.


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