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Artistic Director
Durango Arts Center

Durango, CO

TITLE: Artistic Director


REPORTS TO: Executive Director

SUPERVISES: Staff: Tech Director and Applause Program Director, Indep. Contractors: production cast and crew

FLSA STATUS: Part-time/Exempt—30 hours per week, occasional evenings and weekends required for

performances and events

WAGE & BENEFITS: $18-19 per hour DOE.  Eligible for either employer-based health insurance

(65% of premium covered by DAC) or a monthly wellness bonus.  Annual paid time off includes 2 weeks vacation within the first year, 10 federal holidays and 2 personal days.



Interested candidates should submit the following via email (preferably in a single document) to ATTN: Kate Loague, Director of Development, with the subject line Artistic Director / Your Name

  • Cover letter delineating your experience and artistic vision as it pertains to DAC’s theatre program (1 page)

  • A submission of productions you have directed or held a significant coordinating role (2 pages max)

  • Resume or curriculum vitae (2 pages max)

  • Up to three professional references


The Durango Arts Center’s (DAC) Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the performing arts department of the organization with adherence to a high standard of quality aligned with DAC’s mission and strategic objectives.   This includes the overarching selection of DAC’s annual theatre season (currently 4 productions per year) and coordination of all elements related to contracting with crew, performers and musicians.   

The Artistic Director is encouraged to think beyond traditional performing arts of musical/non-musical theatre to diversify DAC’s community engagement with local and national performance groups.  This position manages DAC’s annual 10-Minute Play contest, staged readings and festival.  

The Artistic Director also has a strong involvement with DAC’s year-round performing arts program, DAC Applause (serving ages 4-18), acting as a mentor and collaborator to the Applause Director, as well as providing teaching and directorial support in the after school classes and summer camps.  In addition to the Applause Director, the Artistic Director supervises a Facility Manager / Technical Director to ensure an efficient, successful rental program of the theater and dance studio.  This position will report directly to the Executive Director.


  • Minimum education of Bachelor of Arts with a preference for a Masters degree in the arts or theatre, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of five years of professional experience and responsibility as an artistic director, freelance director, theatre arts instructor, producer, or other artistic leadership role.  

  • Experience in building and working within nonprofit budgets is essential.

  • Seeking a visionary creative professional with a broad knowledge base of both traditional performing arts and performance art

  • Must be proficient computer skills needed to compile reports, budgets, and effectively manage productions (Microsoft Office, Google Drive apps and Gmail, TIX, Submittable).

  • Engaging and outgoing personality with exceptional interpersonal skills, able to quickly develop rapport and build and maintain productive relationships with donors, audiences, colleagues, volunteers and the performing arts community.

  • Must be self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with strong planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, with occasional evenings and weekends for rehearsals, shows and events.


Contact:Kate Loague
Address: 802 E 2nd Ave

Deadline: 10-20-2017

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