Artistic Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival
Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah

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Artistic Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City, UT, USA
100000 per year +
Full Time

Job Description:

The Artistic Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival will be a dynamic leader with a passion for Shakespeare production, performance in repertory, and ensemble storytelling who will work collaboratively with Festival staff and company members, the Board of Governors, and the leadership of Southern Utah University to articulate and direct the Festival's vision and propel the organization into its next decades of artistic excellence.

The Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the organization, and for major decisions about the ongoing development of the aesthetic values and activities including mainstage productions, The Greenshow, new play development, and educational programming.

The Artistic Director stewards the equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging values of the Festival.

The Artistic Director is responsible for the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of resident and seasonal artistic personnel including artistic associates, directors, designers, performers, stage managers, and production personnel. The Artistic Director reports to the Festival's Managing Director.

In partnership with the Managing Director, Board of Governors, and Festival staff; the Artistic Director develops and implements the strategic plan and an annual operating budget ensuring the financial affairs of the organization are viable, sustainable, and transparent.

The Artistic Director is a spokesperson for the organization's artistic mission and programs with Festival stakeholders including the Board of Governors, patrons and donors, community members, media and others. Fundraising and events are integral duties.

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by June 16, 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as the leader of the artistic and production team to develop season plans, calendar, and play selection. Selects and schedules season plays and other productions.

  2. In collaboration with the Managing Director, develop and adhere to the annual operating budget. Determine appropriate departmental policies/procedures, and budget expenditures.

  3. Implement the artistic vision and strategic goals for the organization, including the management of day-to-day artistic operations and seasonal oversight. This includes attending design and production meetings, technical and dress rehearsals, and preview and opening performances to ensure artistic excellence and mission adherence.

  4. Auditions, recruits, and hires directors, designers, and performers. Make necessary artistic adjustments as needed during rehearsals and performances. Oversees the Production Manager and Festival Stage Manager who recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal stage management and production staff. Collaborates with the General Manager to negotiate fees and contracts with artists and unions.

  5. Partners with the SUU Department of Theatre, Dance and Arts Administration department to cultivate educational opportunities and maximize efficiencies with facility scheduling.

  6. Assist the Managing Director, USF Development office, and SUU Advancement office in fundraising efforts. Engage with Festival stakeholders to deepen relationships and enhance contributed revenue opportunities.

  7. The Artistic Director will direct, perform, or contribute creatively to at least one theatrical production per year at the Festival. After the first two years in leadership, they may have the opportunity to work professionally with other organizations at the discretion of the University President. The off-campus artistic residency shall be to the mutual benefit of both USF and the guest presenting theatre.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Requirements:


  1. Must be a visionary leader capable of creating and articulating long-range organizational goals with experience in professional theatre administration

  2. Knowledge of classic and contemporary theatre with familiarity of the Shakespeare canon

  3. Experience with professional theatre operating procedures in artistic, production, and administrative areas

  4. Effective communication skills, ability to collaborate with diverse creative personalities, adheres to detail and deadlines, commitment to customer service, builds consensus, and the ability to make difficult decisions while seeking team input

  5. Bachelor's degree in arts, theatre, humanities, or a related field


  1. Three to five years as an Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director or other leadership position in a non-profit professional theatre

  2. Experience with repertory performance

  3. Fundraising and financial capabilities

  4. Master's Degree in theatre or related field

Documents Needed to Apply:

  1. Resume

  2. Cover Letter

  3. Statement of Leadership Philosophy

  4. Contact information for 3 professional references

Southern Utah University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages individual commitment to personal responsibilities in equal measure with personal rights. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Southern Utah University does not discriminate against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable law in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services.

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