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POSITION TITLE: Producing Artistic Director
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time/Exempt with Benefits
SALARY: Dependent on Qualifications
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5 p.m. CST on July 31, 2015

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC), which will change its name to Artistry on July 1, 2015, is an independent, multidisciplinary 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the municipally-owned Bloomington Center for the Arts. As an anchor tenant, we share the Center’s two theaters and certain other facilities with six smaller performing arts organizations. Artistry’s total annual operating budget is slightly over $2 million, roughly half of which comprises our theater program budget.

Artistry has grown by 50% since 2010, serves more than 70,000 people per year, and is well-positioned for continued expansion. We produce theater and art exhibitions of exceptional quality and offer a rapidly-growing arts education program serving people of all ages and abilities. With major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, we recently launched a long-term partnership with the City of Bloomington to engage artists, designers, and other creative people in public art and creative placemaking work. We are governed by a 13-member board of directors, and our management team includes Executive Director Andrea Specht, Director of Visual Arts Rachel Daly, Director of Education Leah Hughes, Director of Development Debra deNoyelles, and the incoming Producing Artistic Director.

BTAC was the product of a 2009 merger between the Bloomington Art Center, founded in 1976, and Bloomington Civic Theatre, founded in 1955. When we rebrand to Artistry on July 1, we will conduct all of our programming under our new name. Our theater program has grown significantly in size and artistic quality over the decades and has undergone rapid professionalization in the past 10 years. We attract some of the Twin Cities’ most respected directors, choreographers, and designers and compensate them at a level customary in the Twin Cities’ professional theater market. Actors receive a modest stipend that has increased significantly over the past five years – a trend we aspire to continue. In 2013, we became eligible for the Ivey Awards and in the same year, Michael Matthew Ferrell won an Ivey for his choreography in our production of Singin’ in the Rain.

Artistry currently produces eight shows per season in two theaters: four musicals with a critically-acclaimed pit orchestra in the 366-seat Schneider Theater, and four plays in the 115-seat Black Box Theater. Ticket sales reached a recent high point in 2013-2014. In that season, we sold 35,500 tickets, earned $857,118 in ticket sales revenue, and had roughly 3,780 season subscribers. We draw a regional theater audience and artist base. Roughly 28% of our ticket holders live in Bloomington, 23% in adjacent suburbs, and 15% in the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The remaining 34% live in other seven-country metro communities and greater Minnesota. Forty-three percent of the artists who work with us live in Minneapolis and St. Paul, 22% in Bloomington and surrounding suburbs, and the remaining 35% in other seven-country metro communities.

In connection with this hiring process, Artistry is changing the title of our theater program director from Director of Performing Arts to Producing Artistic Director (PAD) to reflect significant changes in the position. The PAD will direct two shows during the season and delegate more aspects of production management to our full-time Production Manager/Technical Director. She or he will also have greater responsibility for community outreach, collaborating with colleagues inside and outside the organization, and developing a more diverse audience that encompasses youth and families.        

I.  Purpose of Position
As a key member of Artistry’s management team, the Producing Artistic Director leads the ongoing development and implementation of our theater program, growing and diversifying our audience and our community of participating artists.  

II.  Responsibilities

III.  Qualifications

Please note that the skills and attributes listed below are representative in scope and may change from time to time as the requirements of the job evolve. 

IV. To Apply

Applications will be accepted starting July 1 and are due by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, July 31. Please email the following materials as PDF attachments to search@artistrymn.org:

Artistry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To receive this information in an alternative format, please contact our office at 952 563-8575.

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