Job

Director of Artistic Programs

Signature Theatre

480 W. 42nd Street
New York, New York 10023

Deadline

Jan 08, 2021

Posted

Dec 05, 2020

Signature Theatre, one of New York’s leading Off-Broadway theaters, is seeking a Director of Artistic Programs to join its artistic staff.

Founded in 1991, Signature Theatre celebrates playwrights and gives them an artistic home, producing a body of work by each resident writer and a season of six to eight productions annually. In 2005, Signature began its groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative, providing affordable tickets to every production. In 2012, Signature opened the Pershing Square Signature Center, the Frank Gehry-designed 75,000 square foot Center featuring three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a central, public lobby with a café and bookstore, and administrative offices. In 2014, Signature became the first New York City theatre to receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Artistic Programs is a senior member of the leadership team and will spearhead two mission-expanding programs – LaunchPad and SigSpace - and serve as the artistic line producer on 1-2 additional residency productions annually. This is a full-time, exempt position, with a minimum salary of $90,000. Benefits include group health, dental, and vision plans, as well as the opportunity to participate in flexible spending, commuter and 401(k) plans. This position requires both regular weekday office hours and some work on nights and weekends.

Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field and aligning with the theatre’s institutional goals and priorities focused on playwrights, community and access are strongly encouraged to apply.

Signature is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and welcomes candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for underrepresented communities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

LaunchPad

  • Reporting directly to the Artistic Director, the Director of Artistic Programs will spearhead and produce the upcoming LaunchPad Residency for early-career playwrights from historically underrepresented communities. In this capacity, the Director of Artistic programs will:
  • Curate LaunchPad residency and corresponding programming with the Artistic Director
  • Solicit and read new plays to identify potential LaunchPad residents
  • Report to Artistic Director and work closely with Production, General Management, Marketing and Finance teams to develop a producing model and project budget
  • Work closely with LaunchPad Resident writers to navigate them through residency opportunities, including dramaturgical development and mentorship
  • Produce LaunchPad programming – full productions, workshop productions, developmental readings and ancillary activity as follows:
  • Collaborate with LaunchPad resident playwright throughout each production and developmental process
  • Work with director, playwright and production staff to assemble creative teams and organize design meetings
  • Liaise with casting director, playwright and director and attend casting sessions
  • Liaise with production manager throughout design and bid processes with an eye towards budget and realizing the artistic vision of director and playwright
  • Attend LaunchPad production meetings, technical rehearsals, and preview performances

SigSpace

  • Develop and produce SigSpace programming, an eclectic mix of lobby events, in collaboration with outside partner organizations and Resident playwrights
  • Report to Artistic Director and work closely with Production, Marketing and General Management teams to craft a producing model and budget
  • Explore, identify and develop relationships with partner organizations.
  • Co-concieve lobby programming that is mutually beneficial for artists, partner organizations, and Signature.

Artistic Line Producer

The Director of Artistic Programs will also serve as artistic line producer on 1-2 additional residency productions annually. Reporting to Signature’s Associate Artistic Director and collaborating with the production and general management departments, the artistic line producer helps to plan and manage Residency 1, Residency 5 and Legacy productions as follows:

  • Collaborate with Signature’s resident playwrights throughout each production process
  • Produce developmental readings and workshops
  • Work with each production’s director, playwright and Signature staff to assemble design and production teams and organize design meetings
  • Liaise with casting director, playwright and director and attend casting sessions
  • Liaise with production manager throughout the design and bid processes with an eye towards budget and realizing the artistic vision of director and playwright
  • Attend production meetings, technical rehearsals, and preview performances
  • Communicate with artists about Marketing and Development events

Requirements

DESIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience producing theatre in a professional setting
  • Strong curatorial and communication skills
  • Organized and detail oriented (including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously)
  • Comfort collaborating with artists at different career levels
  • Knowledge of and dedication to working with early career playwrights and new plays