Administration, Artist Management, Production Services
4 Year Degree
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, and working closely with the Director of Arts Education, the newly-created position of Resident Director will oversee all in-house special programming projects, including but not limited to the following areas of responsibility:
Since 2018, the Gallo Center has been proud to partner with the Stanislaus County Office of Education to present YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company, which brings area students in grades 7-12 together to gain a sense of community through trust, acceptance, and celebration of their differences as they work toward a common goal. YES Company cast members are immersed in a pre-professional theater experience, including students interested in technical theater and production. This eight-week musical theater intensive is offered during the summer months, starting with open auditions, followed by an intense rehearsal period, and culminating in multiple performances of a fully-staged Broadway-style musical. Under the guidance of the Director of Arts Education, the Resident Director is responsible for the artistic planning, creative development, and stage direction of the annual Yes Company production. This role is also responsible for recruiting the production team, casting, and setting production and rehearsal schedules.
GALLO CENTER REPERTORY COMPANY
GCRC is the Gallo Center’s resident theater company that uses local actors, directors, and other theatre creatives exclusively. It focuses on established, well-known titles for its 2-4 productions each season. The Resident Director functions as GCRC’s Artistic Director, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer to recommend titles and coordinate season scheduling. With the help of a part-time Company Manager, this role is also responsible for acquiring rights, selecting stage directors, casting, scheduling, hiring set designers and contractors as needed, and functions as the liaison to the Center’s production, finance and marketing departments.
THE VALLEY TALENT PROJECT
A professionally produced talent showcase for singers, dancers, musicians, and specialty acts from throughout the San Joaquin Valley, The Valley Talent Project also serves as a fundraiser for arts education. The Resident Director organizes and manages all production activities, including talent recruitment, screening entries, selecting acts to audition, recruiting and mentoring judges, rehearsing and coaching each act as needed, working closely with the production team to conceptualize and execute the show’s design.
THE BROWN BAG CONCERT SERIES
Launched in 2021, this outdoor summer concert series is presented on the Modesto Rotary Music Garden stage located on the Center’s front lawn. Showcasing local musicians performing acoustic sets, these 8-12 lunchtime concerts are free to the public on Fridays throughout the summer. The Resident Director will be responsible for programming this series in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, specifically, booking the 8-12 local acts, issuing and collecting performance agreements, insurance waivers and payment, and liaising with the production and marketing departments on their respective roles. This role will also work closely with the Rentals Manager to coordinate logistics.
SANFOFA THEATRE COMPANY
Sankofa is the region’s only African American theatre company. The company presents one play each season, typically in February, as a co-production with The Gallo Center. As needed, the Resident Director serves as a mentor/advisor to Sankofa’s creative team, which is responsible for all creative elements of Sankofa productions, including the selection of material, casting, and choice of director. The Center’s role is minimal and generally limited to production and marketing support.
Who are we looking for?
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in producing, directing, company management, and/or sustainable program development in a nonprofit performing arts environment. He/she/they will have experience working in mid-level or leadership positions within a nonprofit arts or arts education organization. The successful candidate must be personable, a self-starter, a true collaborator and possess the ability to work in a team environment. He/she/they will have a passion for and experience in advancing youth and community theater at the local level.
Essential Skills and Personal Attributes
A passion for theatre and a love of the people who make it happen
Experience in professional theatre administration and a detailed, practical knowledge of how plays are staged
Strong administration, spreadsheet, database, and computer skills
Understanding of and commitment to inclusion and diversity
Excellent strategic organizational skills, including project/time/budget management
A willingness to work on a small team with small budgets
Background and experience in theater or performing arts fundraising is a plus
At least three years’ experience of professional theatre in any capacity, leading to confidence in dealing with people of all levels of experience from across the theatre sector.
Strong interest in innovation, experimentation, and creating new plans and programs
Desire and passion for turning challenges into actionable solutions
Highest level of character and integrity
A decisive, “roll-up-the sleeves,” results-oriented individual who can keep diverse projects moving forward within a consistent strategic framework
Ability to motivate and inspire confidence among staff, colleagues, and young people; a leader whom people want to follow
Imagination and charisma to excite and motivate participants of all ages
Gutsy intellect and a passion to lead a unique growth opportunity
Excellent oral, written and listening communication skills, including strong presentation skills ? Represent the Gallo Center in a positive and professional manner
Familiarity with Outlook and Microsoft Office Suite
Other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer
Additional Salary Information: The Gallo Center for the Arts offers an extremely competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and ability, including health and dental insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability coverage, 401(k) matching plan, vacation, holiday, and sick pay.
About Gallo Center for the Arts
The Gallo Center for the Arts is a state-of-the-art performing arts complex located in the heart
of vibrant downtown Modesto, CA. The Gallo Center houses two performance venues—the
1248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the 440-seat Foster Family Theater. The mission of
the Gallo Center is to enrich the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley by providing an
inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national, and international cultural activities
illuminate, educate, and entertain. The Gallo Center celebrates the diversity of our community
by offering an array of cultural opportunities designed to appeal and be accessible to all. For
more information about the Gallo Center for the Arts, please visit www.galloarts.org.