Mission The Wisconsin Union Theater presents, promotes, and cultivates a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts, especially among University of Wisconsin - Madison students.
Founded in 1907, the Wisconsin Union is one of the oldest college unions in the United States and is a founding member of the Association of College Unions International. The Wisconsin Union has an annual operating budget of $50 million and employs nearly 250 full-time staff and 1500 student staff in the departments of Program and Leadership Development; Hospitality Services; Operations; Administration; and the Office of the Director.
In Addition, over 300 student volunteers and 2,000 club members under the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) produce over 1,000 programs and events annually. The Program and Leadership Department promotes and supports ongoing personal development and civic participation by providing student leadership and involvement opportunities and fulfills the mission of the Wisconsin Union by building community through educational, cultural, social and recreational opportunities created through a student staff partnership. Grounded within this philosophy, the Wisconsin Union Theater serves as the premier performance venue for the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Wisconsin Union Theater consists of two performance venues and one rehearsal/dance studio. Performance spaces include Shannon Hall (capacity 1165), Play Circle Theater (Cap 184 seated and 300 open) and the Festival Room, a large rehearsal space/dance studio. All spaces have fully sprung stage floors, state of the art sound, and light systems.
Campus Arts Ticketing is a service provided by the Wisconsin Union Theater for the campus by selling tickets in two permanent and up to five satellite locations. Tickets in subscriptions are sold for the Wisconsin Union Theater, Mead Witter School of Music, University Theatre, University Opera, UW Dance as well as the Wisconsin Film Festival and Madison Early Music Festival. In total approximately 100,000 tickets are distributed annually.
The Wisconsin Union Theater, through a student-lead committee, presents a season consisting of 40 events including classical, jazz, world and other music, touring dance, theater, annual jazz and world music festivals, and a student play writing competition and festival. Additionally, the Theater host numerous campus events including graduations, lectures, conferences and performances by university and community departments and organizations.
A. Artistic/Program Direction and Leadership in the Arts (25%) 1. Responsible for the overall artistic direction of the Theater's season and overall program that takes place in the Wisconsin Union Theater. 2. In full partnership with the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Performing Arts Committee (PAC), presents a quality program that provides a diverse experience for the campus community, serves the needs of the university, and reflects positively on the mission of the Wisconsin Union. 3. Acts as the public face of the Wisconsin Union Theater, providing leadership on campus, locally and regionally in the broader arts and cultural community on campus and in the Madison community. 4. Partners with producers to bring a wide selection of performing arts and educational programs while collaborating with UW Madison departments and local arts organizations in support of mutual goals. 5. Reviews, modifies and negotiates performer contracts and riders. Works with other Theater staff and students to manage logistical details of all season events. 6. Continually reinforces a business model that generates a significant portion of the Theater¿s revenues from operating as a successful presenter and renter. 7. Serves on various committees and meets regularly with Director of Division of the Arts, Chairs of University Theatre, Dance and Director of the Mead Witter School of Music. 8. Communicates and builds relationships with regional and national performing arts agencies and artist management. Attends the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and/or Arts Midwest annually.
B. Advisor Performing Arts Committee (25%) 1. Advises and coaches the WUD Performing Arts Committee and works directly with the PAC Director, Associate Directors and other student committee volunteers to plan, promote and present the Theater¿s season. 2. Provides the necessary strategic guidance, support and resources including contacts within the entertainment industry that allows PAC students to plan for and program the season. 3. Serves as a member of the Wisconsin Union¿s Program and Leadership team. 4. Attends and participates in ongoing student development trainings, including the annual WUD retreat.
C. Staff Supervision/Human Resources (20%) 1. Ensures all theater staff have the resources needed to execute their jobs and establishes a work environment that fosters inclusive, respectful, and open communication; collaboration; and a commitment to teaching and mentoring. 2. Encourages and promotes communication and cooperation between Theater and other areas of the Wisconsin Union. 3. Develops and reviews position descriptions and annual performance reviews for staff directly supervised. 4. Directly Supervises: General Manger, Director of Audience Services (Director of Campus Arts Ticketing), Community Relations/Engagement Director, and Bolz Center for Arts Administration Project Assistant. 5. Indirectly oversees: Shannon Hall Tech Director, Play Circle Tech Director, Production Coordinator, Box Office Manager, Financial Specialist .
D. Development/Stewardship (10%) 1. Serves as a member of the Wisconsin Union Institutional Advancement and Stewardship team. 2. Collaborates with the Wisconsin Union Director and Development Director to identify, cultivate, and steward individual, and corporate donors. 3. Develops and executes strategies to regularly identify and engage with patrons and donors. 4. Maintains positive relationships with campus and local arts funding organizations. 5. Actively identifies grant opportunities and oversees the Theater's grant writing processes.
E. Marketing/Communications (8%) 1. Works with the Wisconsin Union's Marketing Department to build and enhance the Theater¿s brand. 2. Works with marketing and theater staff to effectively market and promote the Theater¿s program and services. 3. In consultation with Director of Audience Services, determines ticket pricing, discounts and comp ticket policies and procedures.
F. Budget and Endowment Oversight (5%) 1. Provides leadership in developing and administering the Theater annual goals and related budget. 2. Meets regularly with General Manager and Financial Specialist to monitor and correct monthly Profit and Loss statements and to develop overall Theater budget. 3. Oversees the strategic management of Theater endowments and gifts. This includes working closely with the General Manager and Financial Specialist to budget and monitor numerous endowment funds that support of the Theater¿s Season and other associated events. 4. Develops and manages the Theater's Season budget in full consultation with the Director of the Performing Arts Committee. Meets regularly with Financial Specialist to closeout shows and review season budget.
G. Facilities oversight (4%) 1. Monitors the status of Theater's facilities and regular upkeep. 2. In consultation with other Theater Staff, budgets and advocates for facility improvements, annual maintenance including annual stage and tech equipment maintenance, capital improvements, and equipment purchases.
H. Additional Responsibilities (3%) 1. Miscellaneous duties as assigned 2. Demonstrate a commitment to the success of the Wisconsin Union. 3. Work towards achieving a more culturally diverse and welcoming environment. 4. Promote respect and inclusion and practice civility in the workplace. 5. Provide effective customer service at all times. 6. Report or take care of any hazardous situations immediately. 7. Follow all safety procedures and attend required health, safety and security trainings.
Reporting: * Reports to the Assistant Director for Program and Leadership. * Meets and consults regularly with the Director of the Wisconsin Union. * Member of the Wisconsin Union Theater Staff. * Member of the Program Staff. * Member of the Wisconsin Union Leadership Staff.
A. A minimum of seven years professional experience required in performing arts management and administration. Prior experience in a higher education setting beneficial. B. Demonstrated experience in management of a multidisciplinary performing arts facility and developing budgets for performances, including programmed events, rental events, ticketing, budgeting, staffing, marketing, and development. C. A comprehensive understanding of the presenting field including experience with national and international artists, performing arts managers and agencies, entertainment contract negotiations, and event budgets; strategies to introduce student audiences to world-class performing arts programs; and broad knowledge and enthusiasm for music (various genres), dance, theater and other contemporary performing arts. D. Experience supervising and managing professional staff and student employees and proven interpersonal and relationship building skills and a demonstrated team-based approach to staff management. E. Ability and willingness to mentor, coach and advise students; demonstrate concern for group process and democratic methods; and experience engaging students in decision making. F. Demonstrated experience in working respectfully with people of differing cultures, generations, and ethnicities, and a commitment to increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity in event booking, staffing, student and community engagement, and audience building. G. Strong communication, interpersonal skills, and effectiveness in team cultivation, donor development and stewardship, and collaboration with arts leaders and organizations in a creative environment. H. Interest and availability to attend evening and weekend events as required. Willingness to adjust personal schedule to meet the needs of the position.
Internal Number: 98373-AS
About Wisconsin Union Theater/University of Wisconsin, Madison
For over 75 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has been a center for cultural activity in the heart of the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus. The recently renovated Theater features three versatile performance spaces and an expansive history of remarkable performances and mind challenging lectures and discussions.
The Wisconsin Union Theater as performing arts venue, learning laboratory, and public square inspires cultural curiosity, fuels creative expression and expands the human experience.