Robert Earl Price – G.A.R. Artistic Director

Robert Earl PriceFor over three decades, Robert Earl Price has amassed writing credits in fiction, drama and poetry. His many awards include the Theater Communications Group/National Endowment for the Arts Playwright’s Residency, the American Film Institute’s William Wyler award for screenwriting, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Cultural Olympics commission for theater.  He is also a 2012 recipient of a Maryland Individual Artist Award for playwriting.

Currently, Robert Earl Price is artist in residence in the Drama Department of Washington College, coordinator for the annual Kent County Poetry Festival and resident playwright at 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.   He has recently been retained as Artistic Director of the soon to be renovated G.A.R. Meeting Hall. Chestertown, MD

His recent plays, All Blues, Golden Sardine, Hush: Composing Blind Tom Wiggins and Come On In My Kitchen have premiered to wide ranging acclaim.  Robert Earl Price’s play Blue Monk was produced in Johannesburg, South Africa, becoming one of five plays nominated for the National Theater Award there.  His Berlin production at Theater Am Winterfeldtplatz of Yardbird’s Vamp played to standing room only audiences.  His eleven full-length, professionally produced plays include an adaptation of Claude Brown’s Man Child in the Promised Land and a ritual play, Black Cat Bones For Seven Sons.

Bloodlines, Blood Elegy, Blues Blood and Wise Blood are the titles of his four volumes of poetry.  His poems have appeared in scores of journals and magazines including The Atlanta Review and The Chattahoochee Review.  He has performed hundreds of readings in places as diverse as Berlin, Havana and Johannesburg, and he is active in the open mike/slam poetry scene. He is presently editing poems for his next volume with the working title “Blood Bank.” (expected publication date in late 2014)

Price is the recipient of dozens of prizes and notices for his poetry and drama, including two individual NEA awards, the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Fellowship, and he is an honorary member of The South African Poets League.

Robert Earl Price is a graduate of the American Film Institute, a protégée of the Oscar winning film director Jan Kadar and Pulitzer/Emmy winner Alex Haley.

GAR Artistic Director Job Description

  • The GAR artistic director will report to the Board Chair (Leslie Prince Raimond.)
  • The Artistic Director will be responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the organization as defined by the board, and for supervising the ongoing development of the aesthetic values and activities, after extensive consultation with the board of directors.
  • Duties and responsibilities:
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates annual programs
  • Develops annual programming budget.
  • Leads in the securing of sponsorship for specific programs by way of proposal writing, foundation solicitation, and organizational sponsorship programs.
  • Acts as a spokesperson for the organization’s artistic purpose via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, and, as requested, at fundraising events and solicitations
  • Fosters the development of good relations with other cultural organizations by participating in meetings and joint activities where appropriate
  • Reports to the Board of Directors on a regular basis to give an update on programming scheduling, activity
  • Supervises event management for organization sponsored events,
  • Markets and publicizes organization artistic organization and solicits audiences
  • Develop technical and support committees.