ARTISTIC PRODUCER - WORKSHOP WEST PLAYWRIGHTS' THEATRE
Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre is a professional, Edmonton-based theatre dedicated to the development, production and promotion of new Canadian plays and playwrights, and to the education of the public in playwriting skills. We are seeking to fill the position of Artistic Producer to lead the company in its next stage of development. This is a newly created, challenging, full-time position, which encompasses creating and maintaining an artistic vision for the company as well as taking a leadership role in the company's financial management.
As the Artistic Producer you will report to a supportive and engaged Board of Directors. With the support of a full-time Operations Manager and other contract staff the Artistic Producer will have primary responsibility for the management and leadership of the theatre including fiscal stewardship, board and community relations, fundraising, education, and artistic programming.
A strong connection with the local and national theatre industry is required along with a commitment to serve WWPT patrons and supporters. Artistic vision with a strong creative background and experience with a high level of responsibility for organizational finances are essential.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ARTISTIC PRODUCER
Reporting to WWPT's Board of Directors, and working cooperatively with the WWPT Operations Manager, the Artistic Producer has a broad range of oversight and responsibility for the following:
- Selecting and scheduling WWPT's season of programming
- Reviewing and considering script submissions
- Dramaturgy of new work under consideration by the theatre
- Selecting artistic personnel
- Meeting and maintaining the artistic standards of WWPT
- Taking a leadership role in facilitating WWPT's education programs
- Overseeing the fiscal management of the organization within the approved budget, identifying efficiencies wherever possible and maintaining a positive financial position including the management of cash flow and approval of capital expenditures and acquisitions
- Developing an overall financial strategy for the organization to advance the strategic plan and the artistic vision
- Working with the Operations Manager to prepare annual budgets for the approval of the Board
- Preparing and submitting grant applications to funding bodies
- Acting as the lead spokesperson for the company with members of the government, public funders, unions, other trade and professional organizations, corporate sponsors, major private supporters, patrons, volunteers and the media
- Representing WWPT locally as well as at a provincial and national level
The successful applicant's resume will reflect the following experience:
- a proven track record of excellence in the development and production of new Canadian plays
- strong leadership skills
- the ability to plan every aspect of a theatre season from concept to realization
- an informed perspective on current trends in theatre audience attendance
- ability to motivate, inspire and collaborate with artistic personnel, administrative staff, donors, board members, and other volunteers in reaching specific goals and priorities
- a working knowledge of the Edmonton professional theatre community
- ability to prepare, in collaboration with the Operations Manager, detailed operating and production budgets that can be delivered within approved resource allocations
- a working knowledge of the CTA, PGC and ADC contracts
- a comprehensive understanding of municipal, provincial and federal funding agencies with a demonstrable record of success with the granting process.
WWPT welcomes applications from members of distinct ethnic groups, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
The application should include:
- a current resume
- a two-page statement articulating your vision for Workshop West Playwrights Theatre
- contact information for three references
Please submit your application via email to:
Chair, Search Committee
Deadline: August 19, 2019
The staff and board of Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre celebrates the spirit of Tatawaw, that there is room here, for all people and their stories. We understand that not only do we live and work on Treaty Six lands - the traditional territories of First Nations and Metis peoples - but that we are in a sacred relationship with the land and the people of this area known as Treaty Six. We aim to continue living in accordance with the original intent of the Treaties, and build trust and protection in our circle of relations.