- Minimum education of Bachelor of Arts with a preference for a Masters degree in the arts or theatre, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum of five years of professional experience and responsibility as an artistic director, freelance director, theatre arts instructor, producer, or other artistic leadership role.
- Experience in building and working within nonprofit budgets is essential.
- Seeking a visionary creative professional with a broad knowledge base of both traditional performing arts and performance art
- Must be proficient computer skills needed to compile reports, budgets, and effectively manage productions (Microsoft Office, Google Drive apps and Gmail, TIX, Submittable).
- Engaging and outgoing personality with exceptional interpersonal skills, able to quickly develop rapport and build and maintain productive relationships with donors, audiences, colleagues, volunteers and the performing arts community.
- Must be self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with strong planning and organizational skills.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, with occasional evenings and weekends for rehearsals, shows and events.
DAC THEATRE SEASON—45%
- In collaboration with the theatre department staff—Applause Program Director and Technical Director—the Artistic Director researches and selects shows for the annual theatre season that are aligned with DAC’s mission and strategic objectives. DAC’s season currently consists of 4 productions per year:
- Winter (March)—Adult contemporary drama
- Fall (August-September)—Musical production
- Holiday (December)—Culminating musical produced with students of DAC Applause performing arts education program. Directed by Applause Program Director.
- 10-Minute Play Celebration—Call for proposals in October-February; Staged Readings in June and Festival production of five finalist and winning plays in mid-October.
- Beyond or within the annual theatre season, the Artistic Director will remain abreast of trends in performance art with the intention of diversifying community engagement beyond musical/non-musical theatre.
- Directs and/or choreographs a minimum of one show per season and secures directors/choreographers for remaining shows. If unable to secure, responsibility is the Artistic Director’s to direct/choreograph/produce.
- For most shows (unless the director has secured them) secures costume designer, set designer, stage manager and musical director as appropriate.
- Sits in on auditions and assists with casting regardless of directorial role in the production.
- Maintain oversight of shows and works with individual directors as needed. Supervise and support guest directors to ensure all programs meet artistic and budget goals.
- Manages program scheduling; maintains production/performance calendars.
- Oversee the 10-Minute Play Celebration, from contest submissions (via Submittable), coordinating community reviews, the staged readings and culminating festival of finalist and award-winning plays. The Artistic Director directs at least one of the festival plays.
- Coordinate outreach activities related to the promotion and engagement of theatre season productions with community organizations as appropriate.
- Provide overall collaborative leadership and support to the Applause program in selection of productions (6 annually), and to enhance the learning opportunities and environments for students to integrate performances into the academic program.
- Teach at least one DAC Applause class in the after school fall semester and at least one class in the spring semester.
- Direct one of the musical or non-musical theatre summer camps.
ADULT THEATRE EDUCATION—5%
- Coordinate performing arts learning opportunities for adults, currently comprised of daylong Saturday workshops in the areas of acting, storytelling, musical theatre dance and other relevant topics.
- Oversees all agreements and forms required for productions; drafts agreements, contracts and copyright applications; ensures compliance with the various licensing agencies.
- Oversees the development and administration of the theatre department budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
- Contributes to the success of the theatre operations by supporting the work of the Director of Development in cultivating and implementing new revenue sources by delivering information in a timely manner (at a minimum of 6 mos in advance of a production).
- Contributes to an annual marketing plan for each production that will be executed by DAC’s Marketing Director by delivering comprehensive information by set deadlines; compile all production information for PR activities, and engage in media inquires and interviews as requested.
- Responsible for outreach and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with local educational institutions with the objective of developing a successful internship program that supports DAC theatrical productions and provides the intern with valuable professional experience and/or portfolio pieces.
- Publicly represents the DAC Theatre programs to continually enhance its image, visibility, and influence across the community. This includes attendance of events and performances produced by outside companies, and serving as an active resource and collaborator in the performing arts community.
This job summary is not to be interpreted as all-inclusive; rather it aims to identify essential functions and qualifications of the Artistic Director position. Applicants may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated above; certain functions not explicitly mentioned in this description are nevertheless understood to be essential to the position.