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The Classic Theatre Managing Artistic Director

Position Description and Responsibilities

The Managing Artistic Director is responsible for the artistic operations, development, and management of The Classic Theatre of San Antonio.

Operations and Development Summary: 

The Managing Artistic Director oversees the day-to-day artistic activities of the company, ensuring that the organization is managed and performing efficiently and effectively, and plans and implements a development and fundraising program to provide for the short- and long-term needs of the organization, and oversees grant writing and reporting as needed. 

Artistic Summary:

The Managing Artistic Director is responsible for planning the season to include approx. 4-5 shows, selecting and interpreting scripts, directing technicians, organizing the production team and conducting and overseeing rehearsals to create stage presentations. This position is also responsible for generating, with Board of Directors support, programming activities which maintain or improve the artistic and educational quality of the theatre in a fiscally responsible manner. This position is the visible voice of the organization, who plans, coordinates, executes, and evaluates our relationships with our stakeholders: donors, cultural organizations, employees, suppliers. The MAD will guide Classic Theatre to be the preeminent theater company in San Antonio in pursuit of its mission to create excellent theater that is entertaining, relevant, diverse, and transformative. 

In addition, this position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the theatre in such a manner that artistic responsibilities will not overshadow managing responsibilities by performing the following duties.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Operations Manager, Education Director, Directors, Actors, Designers, Technicians, Crew

Operations Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with the Operations Manager to sustain, promote, and grow programs and services.
  • In cooperation with the Operations Manager, establishes quantitative and qualitative metrics, guidelines, and standards by which the company’s efficiency and effectiveness can be evaluated; identifies opportunities for improvement.
  • Projects a positive image of the organization to employees, patrons, donors, , industry, and community.
  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors and Operations Manager to develop sales goals, monitor progress toward those goals, and develop strategies to attract and retain patrons.
  • In cooperation with the Operations Manager, communicates with all departments of the organization to identify available opportunities and needs for volunteers.
  • Manages drafting and executing of artist contracts.
  • In cooperation with the Operations Manager, conducts periodic performance appraisals with regular personnel and reports observations to the Personnel Committee.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 Development Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Operations Manager to execute the mission, purpose, and priorities of the organization.
  • Conducts periodic performance appraisals with regular personnel and reports observations to the Personnel Committee.
  • Performs other duties that relate to the artistic development of the company as assigned.

Artistic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Operations Manager to coordinate activities of regular personnel and volunteer staff members to ensure efficient operation and to promote patronage of the theatre. 
  • Works with the Long-Range Planning Committee, prepares schedules/activities for implementation of long-range plans for the theatre productions
  • Directs 1-2 productions per season and secures paid guest directors for selected productions.
  • Confers with Stage Manager to coordinate production plans, script changes, overall production design, and secures production space.
  • Designs actors’ blocking, entrances, and exits. Oversees and consults with guest directors as hired. 
  • Rehearses cast in individual roles to elicit best possible performance. Selects cast members and Stage Manager.
  • Suggests changes, such as voice and movement, to develop and enhance performance.
  • Approves scenic and costume designs, sound, special effects, and choreography.
  • Makes public appearances, solicits advertisements and donations from individuals, businesses and community groups on behalf of the theatre.
  • Oversees PR person/team for theatre publicity and public relations.
  • Maintains relationships with regional, state, and national theatre organizations
  • Acts as artistic liaison between the Board of Directors and staff members, works closely with them to ensure the compliance of all organizational matters at the highest possible standard of ethics and care.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree (BA/BFA, MA/MFA) from four-year college or university and/or two to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous stage directing experience required, developmental experience preferred.  

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret stage productions. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to patrons, public groups, and/or the Board of Directors

Financial/Mathematical Skills: Capability to create, maintain, interpret, and explain all regular financial documents including, but not limited to, P&L, Balance Sheet, Forecasts, and Budgets.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV/Resume, and a list of 3-5 references to The cover letter can be addressed to ATTN: Alvin Loewenberg, Search Committee Chair  

Application due by May 21, 2021at 5pm.

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