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CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

at Autry Museum

Posted: 7/14/2019
Job Reference #: 1155
Keywords: operations

Job Description

 

Reports To: Director, Programs and Public Events   

 

Supervises: None   

 

FLSA Status: Exempt; Full Time (Might consider a PT schedule)   

 

Department: Programs and Public Events   

 

POSITION SUMMARY   

 

Native Voices of the Autry develops and produces new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights, and champions Native theatre artists nationally through performance, production, and professional development opportunities.   

 

Deeply committed to developing new works by beginning, emerging, and established playwrights, Native Voices provides a supportive setting for new play development. The Co-Artistic Director will cultivate relationships in the field and foster a collaborative environment that is conducive to the development of creative ideas and ensures respect for tribal communities and individual artists.   

 

The Co-Artistic Director will join the current Artistic Director to lead an artistic vision that builds on Native Voices’ national reputation and furthers our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Together with the Autry’s museum staff and leadership, the Co-Artistic Director will support efforts to ensure the theatre company’s engagement practices and relevance continue to positively impact our field and Native communities—regionally and nationally—while building audiences and inspiring donors.   

 

The primary responsibility of the Co-Artistic Director will be to lead the development and production of new works through the solicitation and review of scripts via a national call for scripts, along with ongoing work with selected playwrights to develop their plays over 1 to 3 years through workshops and public staged readings with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors.   

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS   

 

· Supports the mission, vision, and values of Native Voices at the Autry   

 

· Articulates outcomes of Native Voices programming, ensemble efforts, and community engagement practices in support of the Autry’s strategic goals   

 

· Recommends annual goals that advance the mission of Native Voices within the framework of available resources and in response to evolving needs in the field and community   

 

· Evaluates and reports on the artistic and financial effectiveness of current and planned activities, as well as developments in the local and national field that affect the work of Native Voices   

 

· Identifies, recruits, and supports relationships with artistic and theatrical artists to support the script development and production processes   

 

· Together with the Native Voices leadership team, implements day-to-day operations and administration of Native Voices activities   

 

· Ensures the planned activities of Native Voices are achievable with the scope of available resources   

 

· Plays an artistic role (playwright, director, actor, designer, etc.) within the company of Native Voices artists   

 

· Identifies playwrights, selects scripts, and creates development plans for works to be developed through workshops and staged readings   

 

· Maintains a national reading panel of Native artistic and thought leaders and a rotating panel of theatre professionals to review script submissions, and lead conversations in the script review process   

 

· Develops capacity within the Native Voices Artists Ensemble, identifying where skills are needed, supporting skills development, and supporting talent at all levels, emerging through established   

 

· Maintains ongoing relationships with Native Voices alumni, championing alumni and Ensemble members in their work beyond the Autry   

 

· Develops relationships with professional theatre organizations to ensure Native theatre artists have a voice in the industry, thereby expanding recognition and performance of Native-written plays   

 

· In collaboration with the Native Voices leadership team, develops operating and production budgets to support annual goals   

 

· Develops and nurtures a community of support that encourages attendance at productions and staged readings   

 

· Collaborates on audience development efforts including the creation of marketing, publicity, and social media campaigns   

 

· Represents Native Voices, as required, to the community, press, and general audiences   

 

· Collaborates with Development staff on fundraising efforts, including donor meetings and collaboration on grant reporting   

 

· Keeps Autry leadership informed of work progress and potential problems, as well as innovative solutions to address problems   

 

· Performs other duties as assigned. The Autry reserves the right to add or change duties at any time   

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  

 

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in the new play development process and producing in professional theater and/or non-traditional settings. The successful candidate will have a record of achievement in the field, which should include some if not all of the following: production credits; artistic achievement in theater, film, or television; advanced theatrical training; and/or publication. Also desirable are candidates with a history of organizational leadership, community advocacy, and activism. Candidates should have strong knowledge of and ties to Native communities. Candidates should be team-oriented, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to act independently using good judgment and a consultative approach to problem-solving and decision-making.   

 

WORKING CONDITIONS   

 

Requires use of a computer, physical mobility, and stamina. Weekend, evening and extended work hours as needed.   

 

  

 

About Native Voices  

 

Native Voices at the Autry is the country’s only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to producing new works by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights. The company has been hailed by critics as “a virtual Who’s Who of American Indian theatre artists,” “a hotbed for contemporary Native theatre,” “deeply compelling,” and “a powerful and eloquent voice.”   

 

Native Voices, which provides a supportive, collaborative setting for Native theatre artists from across North America, was founded in 1994 and became the resident theatre company at the Autry Museum of the American West in 1999. It is widely respected in both the Native American and theatre communities for its breakthrough plays and diverse programming, which highlight unique points of view within the more than 500 Native American nations in North America.   

 

Deeply committed to developing new works by beginning, emerging, and established Native playwrights from across North America and seeing them fully realized, Native Voices at the Autry has produced 32 plays, including 19 world premieres; 13 Playwrights Retreats; 22 New Play Festivals; 6 Short Play Festivals and more than 200 workshops and public staged readings.   

 

Founded by Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) and Producing Executive Director Jean Bruce Scott, the company maintains successful long-term relationships with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York’s Public Theater, Vision Maker Media, Washington’s Kennedy Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Montana Rep, and La Jolla Playhouse.   

 

Native Voices at the Autry is a Constituent Theatre of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, LA Stage Alliance, and the Dramatists Guild. For more information, visit TheAutry.org/NativeVoices   

 

  

 

About the Autry Museum of the American West   

 

The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theatre, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the United States. For more information, visit TheAutry.org.