Artistic Director

Job Description

The Artistic Director reports to the Board of Directors and works in partnership with the Managing Director as PRIME’s executive and key leadership team.

This position is currently a volunteer position, but may pay a stipend on a per-show basis.

Administration: The Artistic Director hires and supervises artistic staff, recruits and trains the volunteer staff, and exercises responsible stewardship of all resources within the organization and collaborates with the Managing Director to ensure the optimal balance of artistic quality, financial strength, and institutional integrity.

Financial Management: The Artistic Director works with the Artistic Director to develop an annual budget to support the organization’s programmatic and institutional priorities. The Artistic Director is responsible for monthly financial reporting, budget performance, forecasting, cash flow projections and maintenance of the accounting systems.

Mission and Programming Growth: The Artistic Director works with staff and Board to develop, revise, and implement PRIME’s strategic plans for mission and programming growth.  The Artistic Director develops PRIME’s productions and seasons with the Managing Director, ensuring focused but aggressive growth of PRIME’s programming while managing mission creep.

Artist Recruitment: The Artistic Director is directly responsible for recruiting and procuring artists for all PRIME productions - actors, writers, directors, visual artists, photographers, musicians, and designers. In addition the Artistic Director attends community artist events (including other theatrical productions) to develop relationships and organizational partnerships, expanding PRIME’s reach and building bridges in the community.

Planning: The Artistic Director works with the Managing Director, Board and staff to create and execute long-term marketing and fundraising strategies that will sustain the fiscal and operational health of PRIME.

Board of Directors: The Artistic Director serves, with the Managing Director, as the primary staff liaison to the Board. The Artistic Director assists the Board’s leaders as appropriate with the recruitment, education and development of Board members and works closely with Board committees to engage the members in the service of PRIME.

Advocate: The Artistic Director helps to advance the relationship between the Theatre and various local and regional organizations, including government agencies and advocacy groups, community and local business groups and arts organizations. The Artistic Director/Managing Director team presents the public face of PRIME and the Artistic Director may be called upon to speak to private and public organizations and to the press.

The ideal candidate will:

- Have a bachelor’s degree or a minimum of five years experience with a nonprofit or for-profit organization in a management/leadership role. Experience with artistic relationships, marketing, and community building is highly desirable;

- Have clear understanding of PRIME’s mission and culture with experience in organizational leadership, performance or visual art, and nonprofits;

- Demonstrate experience and capacity to lead, manage, motivate, inspire, train and collaborate with staff, artists, Board and volunteers;

- Have the ability to successfully develop and implement long-term strategic and annual tactical plans;

- Be a highly motivated self-starter with strong computer skills and experience with Google Docs

- Exhibit stamina and a strong work ethic, as well as the flexibility to deal with unpredictable pressures and a variable flow of work activity with a small administrative staff;

- Be able to speak and write persuasively and serve as a spokesperson for PRIME in public and to the media;

- Demonstrate experience and interest in supervising/Artistic fundraising campaigns and identifying new sources and increased levels of contributed income;

- Have a working knowledge of artistic production including intellectual property rights and contracts;

- Have experience and knowledge of marketing, advertising and public relations activities, particularly as they relate to brand visibility and perception;

- Demonstrate a passion for theatre and the connection between a professional company and its community.

PRIME is committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace that celebrates individual differences and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. PRIME does not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local regulations.


Apply now by sending a resume and cover letter to info@primetheatre.org using the subject line: “LastName - Artistic Director.” Resumes and cover letters should be named as follows: “LastName Resume - Artistic Director,” and “LastName CoverLetter - Artistic Director.”