The Durango Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws in the administration of its employment policy.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

There are no current employment opportunities at DAC at this time.  We always welcome volunteers to support events, general operations and programs.  Contact Doug Gonzalez to learn more at doug@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606, Ext 13.

DAC Applause Program Director

TITLE: DAC Applause Program Director
REPORTS TO: Artistic Director & Theater Manager
SUPERVISES: Applause faculty
FLSA STATUS: Part-time/Exempt—30 hours per week
SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday with occasional evenings and weekends for shows and events
SALARY: $17 per hour. Position is eligible for either employer-based group health insurance (DAC pays 65%) or a monthly wellness bonus. Annual paid time off includes 2 weeks paid vacation accrued during the first year + 10 federal holidays and 2 personal days.
DEADLINE:  July 24, 2017
EXPECTED START: August 21, 2017

Interested candidates should submit application materials via email (preferably in a single PDF or Word document) to ATTN: Theresa Carson, Artistic Director, theresa@durangoarts.org, with the subject line Applause / Your Name:

  • 1-page cover letter describing your experience in teaching, directing and/or choreographing musical/non-musical theatre productions and/or education programs
  • 1-page resume / curriculum vitae
  • Up to three professional references. DAC will not contact your references without your prior knowledge.

Thank you in advance for your interest in the Durango Arts Center. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted.



The Durango Arts Center (DAC) seeks an experienced and creative performing arts professional for the position of Applause! Program Director to oversee the musical and non-musical theatre education programs at DAC. This position is supervised and supported by DAC’s Artistic Director & Theater Manager, and works closely with the Theatre Technical Director to ensure the success of the after-school programs, summer camps, and related productions. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, highly organized, detail-oriented, able to work independently in a fast-paced setting, and passionate about fostering theatre development in children and youth. The Applause Director will interact with theatre, as well as education, marketing, development and administrative staff. Responsibilities encompass a combination of creative and administrative duties, including oversight and scheduling of the Applause teaching faculty, directing the annual Kids’ Follies, spring Creativity Festivity production, coordinating summer camps and performances and one additional family show per year. Annually, DAC Applause fulfills approximately 275 registrations for after-school programs and summer camps, serving students ages 4-16.

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from a 4-year accredited college with major or coursework in theatre or education is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
  • Minimum of 3 years of performing arts, teaching, freelance director, production or other artistic leadership role. Preference for past work leading a children & youth performing arts program; a passion for the performing arts and education is a must!
  • Strong proficiency in email communications and a mastery of Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/Powerpoint) is required. Aptitude for working in databases and familiarity in Google Business applications (Gmail, Docs, Sheets) is preferred.
  • Qualified candidates will be capable of communicating and coordinating in a timely and professional manner with a variety of individuals such as parents, students and DAC staff, while maintaining a positive and friendly composure to interface with the public.
  • A self-starter with the ability to initiate and follow through on new projects; able to manage multiple tasks, establish priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.

  • Create timelines and schedules for all Applause! after-school and summer programs including class times, production meetings, rehearsals, performances, parent volunteer duties, etc.
  • Recruit, interview and train instructors and all necessary crewmembers for Applause! productions and programs, including facilitation of applicable contracts, in coordination with the Artistic Director.
  • Select appropriate performances for Applause! programs; secure rights and coordinate delivery and return of all rental materials so that all deposits are returned.
  • Coordinate with DAC’s Technical Director to facilitate proper technical capabilities for Applause! events such as Kids’ Follies, summer camps and related performances and productions.
  • Coordinate with DAC Marketing Coordinator to recruit new students to the Applause! program and promote the program and performances in an effort to increase student and program success.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between DAC staff, the students, and parents of the Applause! program in a prompt, courteous, and professional manner via phone calls, emails, newsletters, etc.


  • Work with Administrative Operations Coordinator and Education Director to assist in student registrations.
  • Coordinate with Education Director to review and distribute semester need-based scholarship funds. Ensure scholarship allocations do not exceed annual budget allotment.


  • Organize and facilitate special events intended to generate additional income for DAC Applause! program expenses and scholarship fund, in coordination with the Director of Development.
  • Coordinate, if applicable, special touring events with community partners.

  • Serve as a teacher of DAC Applause! programs for at least four hours per week for each Fall and Winter/Spring sessions.
  • Serve as teacher/director for at least two summer camps.
  • Serve as director of annual Kids’ Follies production, including coordination of casting, rehearsals and technical support in coordination with DAC’s Technical Director.
  • Oversee the annual DAC Applause! Creativity Festivity production and Spring Showcase performance at Stillwater Music’s Party in the Park.
  • Direct one additional Applause! production as part of DAC’s Theatre Season, typically the annual holiday show, to include duties such as coordinating casting, rehearsals, costuming and technical support in coordination with DAC’s Technical Director.
  • Emphasize a fun, respectful and productive learning process for an enhanced student experience from class to audition, through to rehearsals and onstage production.
  • Maintain a weekly timesheet with breakdown of administrative, teaching and directing hours.
  • Attend all staff meetings; and programming meetings when applicable.
  • Candidate will undergo a background screening at the expense of DAC and will receive results.
This is a salaried position at 30 hours per week requiring availability for day, and occasional weekend and evening shifts. This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and will not receive overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty in a seven-day workweek or over twelve hours per day.
The Durango Arts Center will provide employees with an appropriate workspace and office equipment. Employees may be subject to prolonged periods of sitting during normal office days. The Durango Arts Center is a fast-paced, convivial work environment and this position shares an office space with two other employees and will interact with fellow program and leadership staff, artists, parents and the general public on a daily basis. DAC is physically located in downtown Durango, within a historical 14,400 sq. foot facility that was once a car dealership.
The Durango Arts Center (DAC) is a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization located in Southwest Colorado that enriches the community through innovative visual and performing art, and arts education. DAC advances appreciation and participation in the arts as a cultural leader in the region. Annually, DAC coordinates over 80 community events, such as exhibit receptions, theatre performances, artist lectures, film screenings and the region’s largest outdoor fine arts and fine craft showcase, the Durango Autumn Arts Festival, which welcomes over 7,000 guests to downtown Durango. The exhibits and artist services program engages over 500 visual and performing artists, and DAC education enrolls an average of 1,300 children, youth and adults. DAC presents 4-5 theatre productions annually to an average of 5,800 patrons, and the theater serves an event venue to over 60 organizations and businesses. Please visit our website for more information on programs, services and events: www.durangoarts.org.