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Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:03 AM


Cardinal Stage Company, a professional theatre company serving South-Central Indiana, seeks an artistic director responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the company through artistic planning, production, education, and the performance of various executive and managerial functions.

The successful candidate is a passionate, collaborative, and community-minded theatre artist with experience setting and executing the artistic direction of a professional theatre company. The preferred candidate is a successful theatre director with a love for a broad range of theatrical experiences.

Cardinal produces shows throughout the year at two historic venues in downtown Bloomington:
Buskirk-Chumley Theater (seating = 576)
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center (seating = 120 159)

Both venues are located in the heart of the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, which offers great restaurants, shops, galleries, and museums all within walking distance of the two theatres.

Cardinal works with Actors’ Equity Association under a Category 8 Small Professional Theatre Agreement. Bloomington is the home to Indiana University Bloomington and is known for its welcoming Midwestern charm, worldclass education institutions, rich and diverse arts and culture, picturesque rolling hills, and affordability, making it a coveted place to live, work, learn, and play.

Full job description here.

Skills & Qualifications:


Create production seasons based on collective community interest, company history, and current artistic, financial, and educational imperatives.
Maintain productive, collaborative relationships with area venues.
Promote a level of artistic excellence and diversity that expands Cardinal’s audience and reach.
Work to utilize and develop the talents of local youth and adult artists.
Ensure each production is properly and fully staffed. This includes facilitating the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of all artistic personnel including directors, actors, performers, designers, stage managers, etc.
Ensure each production maintains a level of excellence and professionalism throughout the run of the production. This includes addressing issues that may arise during the run, be they technical, cast, crew or facility-related.
Ensure that proper contracts and licensing agreements are in place and that Cardinal policies and Theatre Industry Best Management practices are being followed.
Promote a creative culture that helps attract the best actors, designers, and creative artists from around the country.
Ensure that a consistent artistic vision is brought to all theatre endeavors.
Support marketing activities in those areas where the work involves artistic or creative decisions.
Oversee guest artists and Cardinal staff communications, and ensure they are working well together, communicating, and staying on budget.

Develop a production budget for each season in collaboration with the production manager and managing director to be approved by the board of directors
Supervise and manage all production budget expenditures.
Negotiate contracts with actors, agents, and rights holders.

Community Relations
Ensure constant organization-wide focus on deepening patron relationships and increasing repeat attendance through enhanced customer service, audience engagement, and targeted marketing.
Maintain high visibility and actively participate in the community, while building relationships with donors and potential donors through community outreach.

Organizational Management
Foster an environment of clear communications and expectations with staff.
Report regularly to the chair of the board of directors and attend scheduled board meetings and other meetings as requested.
Work closely with the managing director to facilitate a positive working environment
Work with the managing director and board of directors to fill any vacancies in direct report staff.
Supervise staff through daily oversight.
Lead by example.

To Apply:
Please send a Cover Letter, Resume, References and Salary Requirements to

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