Robert Chelimsky

Managing Director

Robert Chelimsky is in his sixth season as the managing director at Playwrights’ Center, and his twenty-sixth as an executive leader in the nonprofit arts. In that span, in addition to other projects, he co-founded (with Charles R. Miller) the Smoky Mt. Shakespeare Festival/Bard of Education Shakespeare-in-the-Schools program, executive produced world premieres of Dispatches from (A)mended America by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. and Brandt Adams, and Nilaja Sun’s Pike St., the NY premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths Off-Broadway, and partnered with Vivienne Benesch and Ethan McSweeney to create the Chautauqua New Play Commission. Now, in partnership with Jeremy B. Cohen, the staff, and the board of Playwrights’ Center, he has worked to deepen Playwrights’ Center’s organizational and financial durability and resilience, while expanding the breadth and depth of the Center’s support for playwrights, and leading the All Narratives Campaign to build the organization’s new home and next chapter. He’s proud to have served his communities by spending seven years on regional boards for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as multiple terms on the board of Uprising Theater. He is currently the president of the board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce-MN. For all of that, his most valued roles are Kat’s (24) and Winter’s (13) dad, and Emily’s husband.