Associate Vice President
Dat Ngo (he/him/his) has held arts education and community engagement leadership positions for over 20 years. An accomplished nonprofit educator, arts administrator, coach, and social justice advocate, Ngo has dedicated his career to leading and supporting equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging efforts within a wide variety of cultural organizations. His prolific work in the arts and culture sector has centered around program planning, strategic visioning, diversity training, executive coaching, and community engagement.
Previously, Ngo held various positions at Shakespeare Theatre Company, including the roles of Associate Director of Education and Associate Director of Engagement and Inclusion. During his 14 years of service at the theater, Ngo broadened and successfully executed a spectrum of impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. He built structural frameworks that supported fair employee assessment and developed strategies that formed a diverse talent pipeline, with special attention to early career professionals of all backgrounds. Ngo led numerous professional development sessions and chaired the theatre’s first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
“Art is my vehicle for progressive change—whether it be at the individual, organizational, or community level—in the pursuit of a more humane, just, and equitable world. I operate with the faith that there is common ground on which to build from if we can recognize and honor each other's humanity.”
Ngo has also fulfilled leadership roles at Sitar Arts Center, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. A first-generation Vietnamese-American, Ngo devised original performances with teens at Asian Arts Initiative. He served as a panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and was a member of the 2018 National Facilitator Cohort for artEquity. Dat continues to partner with organizations such as artEquity, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and the National Endowment for the Arts in the fight for racial justice and ensuring equity and access for all who wish to engage with the arts.
Ngo holds a bachelor of science degree in film and television from Boston University.
Ngo's professional and client work includes:
Adventure Theatre – MTC
Ojai Playwrights Conference
Philadelphia Young Playwrights
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Sitar Arts Center