The Basics: The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is searching for an experienced individual to lead our theatrical department. Unlike many performing arts centers, the Ordway presents AND produces Broadway quality musicals. We are seeking a person with a unique skill set who has the insight to produce unforgettable work (“Ordway Originals”) and the connections to secure and present fine touring Broadway in a highly competitive market.
We seek a leader who can engage today’s audiences and grow audiences of tomorrow, and who is a skilled negotiator and a disciplined, detail-oriented budget spreadsheet wizard. Qualified candidates have a contact list that includes agents, presenters, directors, choreographers, designers and actors, possess an appreciation for the talent rich Twin Cities’ theater community, are skilled story teller and can share that with audiences, donors and staff; and are able to recommend which Broadway bound shows the Ordway should invest in.
Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of their work.
Position Purpose: The Producing Artistic Director is responsible for creating both long-term and short-term artistic vision, direction, strategies, and guidelines for the Ordway’s produced and presented theatrical shows and community partnerships while establishing and maintaining a local and national presence for the Ordway with the musical theater and theatrical community, as well as with producing theaters, presenting organizations, and creative talent in musical theater and theatricals.
Candidate Attributes: The ideal candidate understands the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the Ordway and has the ability to translate those goals into departmental goals and metrics. The Producing Artistic Director also plays an essential role in advancing organization-wide commitments to DEI, and successful candidates must provide demonstrable evidence of DEI-related experience, knowledge, and competencies in support of theatrical production, presentation, and administration.
Applicants must have a proven track record of successful collaboration, cooperation, persuasion and negotiation along with compelling presentation and communication skills, and must be able to communicate effectively with a diverse employee base as well as designers, directors, technical crews and theater management. This role must actively plan for and create an overarching theme for the Theatrical Season and ensure that all theatrical programming supports the mission and goals of the Ordway.
This position must collaborate with other departments in developing and implementing ancillary events (such as pre- and post-show panels or discussions, community workshops, etc.) that support produced and presented shows and understand the organizational structure and functions and the inter-relationship of functions and how each impacts the other.
Successful candidates will also be able to conduct operational planning and budgeting, and have the ability to develop an annual operating budget projecting income and expenses and to monitor and report on that budget in a monthly and quarterly report as a cost center manager.
Finally, candidates must possess knowledge of union contracts and negotiations, be able to anticipate and plan for the unexpected, have the ability to represent the Ordway in a professional manner, and work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
Key Performance Areas
Develop a Theatrical Vision for produced and presented musical programs that supports the mission and goals of the Ordway.
Create, guide, and manage all aspects of Theatrical related events to enrich and enhance the audience’s Ordway experience as well as the Ordway’s Theatrical Artistic Vision and goals by producing first class musicals to support the mission and goals of the Ordway.
Advocate and implement Ordway’s DEI integrative framework in all programming processes and decision making, including program selection, production, performance practices, curation, and dramaturgy.
As a member of Ordway’s Senior Management team, provide strategic direction and leadership to support and further the Ordway’s mission.
Lead, inspire, evaluate, coach, and develop employees to result in the motivation, recognition, and retention of high performing employees that meet the Ordway’s business needs.
Create opportunities for Ordway Original productions to tour.
Seek out and secure collaborations, partnerships and co-production opportunities with other organizations and individuals that benefit the Ordway, its mission, and the local community.
Actively plan for and create an overarching theme for the Theatrical Season and a production-specific sense of purpose rooted in a national, regional, local environment and all theatrical programming to support the mission and goals of the Ordway.
Cultivate relationships with local performing arts organizations.
Serve as primary negotiator, representative, and (when applicable) Ordway voting member in theatrical associations, guilds, partnerships, and theatrical unions.
Participate on committees and project teams that support the Ordway’s mission to result in enhancement of partnerships, increased revenues, reduction of risk, optimum customer service, and positive employee engagement in support of the Ordway’s mission.
BFA with emphasis on Performance and Performing Arts Management, or equivalent experience, required.
At least ten years’ experience in professional performing arts.
Knowledge of stage craft, theatrical language and theater history.
Knowledge of theatrical union rules and theatrical contracts.
Conversant in all live performing arts forms and fluent knowledge of theatrical protocol, unions, contracts and business procedures.
Reliable transportation required.
To Apply: To apply, click the "Apply" button from our Career Center page job posting. You can navigate to our Career Center page via the link on www.ordway.org/employment website, then click on the title of job posting to see details and apply. Please include a cover letter and resume with your online application. Only those applicants who apply through our online Career Center page will be considered. The Ordway is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply for positions.
The Ordway: The Ordway, recognized as one of the U.S.’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, is home to a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance, and vocal artists. Performances take place in the 1,900-seat Music Theater and a new 1,100-seat Concert Hall. The Ordway is committed to providing a welcome and inclusive environment for all patrons, artists, and employees.