Founded in 2001, The House Theatre of Chicago’s mission is to unite Chicago in the spirit of community through Amazing Feats of Storytelling. The company is driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, and governed by an engaged 18-member board of committed corporate and philanthropic leaders. In its most recent full season, the company served 15,000 audience members, employed 124 artists, and had an annual operating budget of just under $2 million.
The House has a storied history of producing energetic imaginative theatrical events, from original musicals to documentary plays, from fantasy sci-fi epics to reinterpretations of beloved stories, from comic book action to intimate magic shows and immersive theatrical games. At the same time, the Theatre is committed to removing barriers to participation through accessibility programs, including open-captioned, audio described and relaxed/sensory-friendly performances. The company also engages with the greater community through programs like student matinees, arts-integration professional development for teachers, and ad hoc education partnerships.
As The House approaches its twentieth year, the company seeks to renew its commitment to foster new works and new artists, challenge its producing model, explore new interpretations of its mission and vision, and expand the types of artistic engagement it pursues to ensure diverse work and revenue streams.
The Artistic Director will lead a collaborative ensemble and report directly to the board of directors and will be jointly responsible, with the Managing Director, for developing and implementing strategies that ensure the Theatre achieves its artistic and financial goals within an operating plan and budget formally approved by the board.
- The ideal candidate will have experience producing new works of art from conception to production, understanding that The House’s storytelling can take many different forms. Specific qualifications include: An understanding of the culture of The House and our relationship with audiences.
- Experience leading an organization of similar size.
- Experience working with and growing an ensemble of artists.
- The Artistic Director will be responsible for defining and leading the Theatre’s artistic direction, helping to define and execute its strategic organizational goals, supervising its day-to-day artistic initiatives and overseeing the Theatre’s key artistic decisions. She/he/they will have exceptional artistic acumen, experience in theatrical development and performance offerings, and a collaborative, transparent leadership style. Specific responsibilities will include: Develop new works of art from conception to production, including a robust development process that brings in alternative voices and represents the broader community.
- Lead the ensemble in a collaborative way, ensuring that the Theatre’s artistic programming and core values are aligned with its business practices, and empowering its key stakeholders to contribute to the success of its essential efforts.
- Manage the day-to-day production process, including managing schedules, hiring, staff, budgets, communications and participating in marketing and PR strategy.
- Establish regular and transparent communication between all stakeholders in The House, including the board, company and community.
- Nurture a long-term artistic vision that energizes the company, staff, board, artists and the community as a whole.
- Participate in fundraising activities and cultivate donors in collaboration with the board and Managing Director.
- Represent the company’s artistic vision and strategy to The House’s constituents, including the board, staff, company, audience and communities.
- Ensure that all voices in the community are represented through the art and in the organization.
- Be a passionate spokesperson for The House’s mission.
- Explore forms of storytelling and production that allow us to reach new and diverse audiences.
- Benefits Competitive salary.
- Paid vacation and sick days.
- Paid parental leave policy.
- Access to an employee-funded group health plan.
If you are interested in applying for this position and feel that you fit the minimum qualifications, please submit your resume and cover letter or optional video expressing interest and detailing your relevant experience here. Applications will begin to be reviewed on November 15, 2020.
Through our programming and operations, The House strives to achieve artistic practices that promote inclusive institutional structures. We seek to build a diverse team. Candidates from all ethnicities, racial backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities are strongly encouraged to apply.