Northern Stage Seeking BOLD Associate Director

NORTHERN STAGE SEEKING BOLD THEATER WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CIRCLE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR 

NORTHER STAGE, a LORT-D theater in White River Junction, Vermont, seeks a woman associate director who aspires to become an artistic director in the American theater.  This position is funded by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, a new initiative to promote women artistic directors, and is for two years at Northern Stage working with Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne.  We seek an ambitious and energetic director and administrator who will assist in executing the vision of Northern Stage, to change lives one story at a time. Responsibilities include overseeing New Works Now, Northern Stage’s new play festival, organizing auditions and casting, supporting special events and development programs, teaching in Northern Stage’s many advanced learning programs, mentoring Dartmouth students in the Dartmouth College/Northern Stage E-Term program, directing in New Works and on the main stage, and assisting the Producing Artistic Director in all aspects of running the theater.  Northern Stage prides itself on a culture of “yes” and this position requires a candidate who is passionate about the theater’s ability to deeply impact the lives of its audiences and students.  In turn, Northern Stage is committed to giving the Associate Director the tools needed to progress to an Artistic Director position in their career.

The Associate Director will become a member of the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle during their tenure at Northern Stage.  The Circle meets twice annually, and all Circle members will be mentored by prominent women artistic directors and theater professionals.

Northern Stage is a non-profit theater with a budget of $3.5 million dollars.  We produce six main stage shows each year in our new state of the art 240-seat Barrette Center for the Arts.  Our New Works Now has produced five world premiers since its inception in 2014, with two Off Broadway transfers to 59E59 Theaters.  We offer a breadth of programming rare for our size, with large cast musicals as well as reimagined classics and new work drawing in audiences of over 40,000 attendees.  Our Educational programs serve students of all ages, with the Youth Ensemble Studio for ages 12-18 as its centerpiece.  We offer a Summer Musical Theater Intensive and a Summer Shakespeare Intensive, thus functioning year round as the only fully professional LORT regional theater in Vermont and New Hampshire.   We are the home for Bridge Up:  Theater in the Schools, which brings high-level theater residencies to students all over Vermont and New Hampshire.

.  We seek an emerging artist/administrator who has strong producing instincts.  The position is ideal for someone eager to work with a dedicated staff in a small LORT company where impact can be profound.

Primary responsibilities include:

·      AD serves as associate producer/artist on all Northern Stage projects.
·      AD will oversee New Works Now, Northern Stage’s New Works Festival held each January.  AD will work year round cultivating relationships with playwrights and composers.
·      AD will serve as an ad hoc member of Northern Stage’s Lead Team.
·      The AD will direct on the Main Stage, in New Works Now, and in our educational programs.
·      AD provides additional oversight for Northern Stage, and will assist in managing other producing needs of the main stage season, Off Broadway transfers, or special events.
·      When requested, AD may serve as PAD’s surrogate, spokesperson, artistic consultant in select areas of operation, which may include staff meetings, company initiatives, press events, marketing, development or community events.  When called upon, the AD will also attend national conferences, new play festivals, etc., to represent Northern Stage.

·      AD will participate in fundraising efforts along with the Leadership Team.

Requirements:
Seeking applicants with a minimum of a BA or BFA in theater, English or related field. Should have significant professional directing experience including experience with new work.   Should also have administrative experience, computer skills, strong writing skills and a willingness to work in all areas of administration.

An advanced degree in theatre or theatre education is preferred, although equivalent professional experience will be considered.  The position is full time, year round with competitive salary and housing provided.  Travel will be required.

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Carol Dunne, Producing Artistic Director, at bold@northernstage.org.  No phone calls, please.