M&D Playhouse is seeking an Artistic Director who will lead all artistic activities of the company in collaboration with its Executive Director. The Artistic Director will work side-by-side with the Executive Director and Board leadership to set the vision for the company’s future, all the while cognizant of and highly engaged in the community where M&D is located. As with the Executive Director, this is a volunteer position with no monetary compensation.
The Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic and community building vision and focus of M&D’s mission. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Artistic Director will also participate in major decisions about the ongoing development and delivery of the organization’s mission, values and activities, with input from M&D Board of Directors, staff and the community. In addition, this position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the theater in such a manner that artistic responsibilities will not overshadow managing responsibilities by performing the following duties.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
Productions / Mainstage Season
- Map out the season by selecting the number of shows to be produced, selecting the shows, and recommend any special events to the board of directors.
- Responsible for hiring all artistic staff for the season within the budgets set by the Board of Directors and Executive Director. Conducts periodic performance appraisals with regular personnel and reports observations to the Executive Director and the Board
- Prepares and monitors theater schedules and budget for Board approval.
- Working with Governance Committee, prepare schedule/activities for implementation of long-range plans for the theater.
- Confers with Internal Affairs Committee to secure and book additional programming that fits within the artistic vision of the theater and expands the audiences for the theater overall.
- Directs a maximum of two productions and works to insure that each production has the artistic staff and personnel needed to realize the full season.
- Confers with Production Manager to coordinate production plans, script changes, overall production design, and secures production and rehearsal space.
- Insures that scenic and costume designs, sound, special effects, and choreography are within the parameters of the budget for each production and for the overall season.
- Act as the NHTA Liaison for the company and as an adjudicator by attending yearly training. Coordinate and supervise other adjudicators from the company. Coordinate all reservations for adjudicators attending our productions.
- Seeks out and provides educational opportunities and communications for our community of artists and works to expand those involved with the theater artistically.
- Monitor rehearsal and performances and provide support to directors as needed. Coordinates post-production discussions to insure those artistically involved can express their experience so the theater can adjust how things are done, if necessary.
Administrative, Special Events, & Fund Development
- Develops an annual budget with the Executive Director, Finance Committee and External Affairs Committee for operation of all theater activities for approval of the Board of Directors.
- Assists the Executive Director in the financial business and maintains operational and historical records of the theater.
- Works closely with Executive Director and Finance Director to develop and adhere to budgets (production and program related) and advance organization goals.
- Ability and desire to represent the organization and mission externally.
- Attends and reports at Bi-monthly Board meetings (and Executive Sessions as needed).
- Maintains relationships with regional, state, and national theater organizations.
- A commitment to the values and mission of the organization
- An understanding of music direction, choreography and/or technical theatre
- A natural and welcoming leader and mentor with a commitment to community building
- Ability to develop skills and knowledge for our participants
- Excellence in writing, messaging and communications.
- Proficiency Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and/or other task management platform
HOW TO APPLY
The Deadline for applications is November 1, 2019.
Applicants should provide résumé/CV, cover letter, and at least three professional references to Deborah Jasien, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials will be held in strict confidence. The letter of no more than 1½ pages should describe why this post and theater is attractive to the applicant and what about them and their work makes them a potentially strong contributor as a co-leader of M&D Playhouse. Once all materials have been submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation of their submission via the email address provided in the resume’.