Wiley Hausam Director Arts and Cultural Programming

Wiley Hausam is a veteran live performance presenter, theater producer, educator, and editor. Since 2002, he has been primarily a multi-arts presenter in higher education, including at New York University (opening the Skirball Center), Purchase College, Stanford University (inaugurating Stanford Live and opening the Bing Concert Hall), and, for the past five years, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he oversaw five theaters and relaunched UNCSA Presents, a professional visiting artist series.

As a presenter, he has curated seasons featuring some of the world’s most influential artists, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Lang Lang, the Harlem String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, the San Francisco Opera,  Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Jon Batiste, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Christian McBride, Jake Shimabukuro, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Mavis Staples, DakhaBrakha, The Nile Project, Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams, the Abbey Theatre of Dublin, the Gate Theatre of Dublin, Mabou Mines, Anna Deavere Smith, Basil Twist, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Kyle Abraham’s AIM, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and such thinkers as Harold Bloom, Tony Kushner, Vice President Al Gore, Jeffrey Sachs, and others.

Before 2002, he worked successfully in the theater in New York City, first as a playwrights’ and director’s representative (he was the agent for George C. Wolfe, Anna Deavere Smith, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael John LaChiusa, and Jonathan Larson, among others), and then as an associate producer under George C. Wolfe at The Public Theater.

While at The Public, he launched Joe’s Pub with Audra McDonald’s first-ever professional live concert, curated the award-winning Songbook Series there, and was the associate producer of four shows on Broadway, including George C. Wolfe’s Broadway productions of The Tempest starring Patrick Stewart, Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, On the Town starring Savion Glover and The Wild Party starring Mandy Patinkin, Eartha Kitt, and Toni Collette.

For twelve years, he taught in the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently teaches arts management at UNCSA. In 2003, he edited The New American Musical: An Anthology from the End of the Century for Theatre Communications Group.

Hausam graduated from the School of Music at Northwestern University and received the Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern in 2015.

The first in his family to attend college and the son of an immigrant from Bolivia, he is living proof that the arts change lives. He believes passionately that every individual deserves the opportunity to participate in the arts, be it on the stage, in the audience, or in the classroom.