Application deadline: Sept 30, 2021
Start date: Negotiable, targeting Oct – Nov 2021
To apply: Send your résumé, a cover letter, and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: 30 hours/week (requires many evenings and weekends)
Compensation: Salaried employee, $32,250 per year
Other benefits: Results-oriented work environment (flexible hours), free parking. At 30 hours per week, employees receive stipend for health care premiums (currently set at $300/month).
HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis is an artist-led company dedicated to supporting the Twin Cities’ diverse and thriving improv community through performance and education.
ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTION AT HUGE THEATER
HUGE’s vision is to continue the development of the art form of longform improv, and to foster diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We do not constrain our programming to a particular style of longform improv. Instead we seek to showcase a variety of styles that demonstrate excellence in performance; for example, we celebrate foundational forms of improv and we encourage experimentation.
Another important aspect of HUGE’s organizational philosophy is that there should be a clear path to the stage: for students to transition into performers, performers to continually develop as artists and artistic leaders, and performers and directors to create work outside of HUGE itself.
HUGE’s artistic director is responsible for shaping, communicating and implementing the artistic vision of HUGE, for the continued development of performers at HUGE, and for major decisions regarding the hire and ongoing professional development of artistic staff. This role is part of the management/operations team, along with the executive director, director of education, director of diversity and inclusion, and managing director; and is accountable to the management/operations team and reports to the executive director.
- Align artistic programming with HUGE’s mission and support artistic excellence
- Articulate HUGE’s artistic vision and represent the theater
- Influence theater direction and management as part of the management/operations team
- Contribute time, talent and general support for HUGE’s fundraising efforts
- Foster working relationships and familiarity with the Twin Cities improv community, which is at the heart of all we do
Show development and scheduling
Currently, approximately 30% of shows on our stage are produced by HUGE directly, while the remaining 70% of shows are produced independently.
For shows produced by HUGE:
- Direct one show a year if desired
- Hire and supervise directors and assistant directors
- Oversee auditions and continue to refine audition process for all HUGE-produced shows
For independently produced shows:
- Oversee, promote, and refine the show submission process
- Communicate and coordinate with independent directors and producers regarding artistic decisions
- Program show schedule
- Provide guidance on audition and rehearsal best practices
Evaluation and feedback
- Provide artistic evaluation and feedback for HUGE Wednesdays shows and all weekend shows by: attending a minimum of two performances during their run, monitoring and assessing quality, and developing a formal feedback process for show producers and directors and/or cast that includes recommendations for potential next steps.
- Work with program coordinator to gather online feedback from evaluation form that goes to all casts, directors and assistant directors; targeting an 80% minimum participation rate. Include this information in feedback given to the shows’ director (and assistant director and/or producer, as applicable). Meet with Directors (and Assistant Directors) to discuss.
- Interface with Director of Diversity and Inclusion to continue the progress in the areas of diversity and inclusion on HUGE’s stage
- Oversee and continue to develop the Assistant Director Program. Implement and refine purpose, path, expectations, evaluation and feedback
- Create avenues for artistic and professional development of directors. Implement and refine purpose, path, expectations, evaluation and feedback
- Maintain show pipeline and evaluation process and communication with an eye on transparency and timeliness
- Develop new shows and programs in alignment with HUGE’s mission
Logistics and communication
- Communicate show selection and coordinate scheduling with producers and directors
- Announce show selection and schedule with public
- Schedule auditions and callbacks (as applicable) in coordination with program coordinator
- Ensure that safety standards and boundary check-in practices are known and followed
- Be the general artistic point of contact for HUGE, for example manage artistic queries regarding licensing shows, or general inquiries from theaters, festivals, and show producers
Other duties as needed
- Due to the small size of HUGE’s core staff, members of the leadership team with occasionally be called upon to take on additional responsibilities, in accordance with their skills and capacity
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- 7+ years professional improv experience
- 3+ years experience teaching and directing improv, with an emphasis on longform
- Effective management that aligns with artistic values and HUGE’s mission and values
- Strong organizational, oral, and written communication
- Commitment to furthering HUGE’s efforts at building diversity and inclusion
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and deadlines
- Ability to say no gracefully, reject proposals by friends and colleagues, and be the bearer of bad news in casting and other situations.
- Support of artists and students, including fostering a safe and inclusive environment.
The ideal candidate will also have experience in nonprofit management.
Glossary of terms
Because of the changing nature of improv groups and productions, it’s useful to clarify the terms as HUGE is using them:
Show: Any production proposed and/or booked at HUGE
Group : May be a set cast (i.e. The Mess) or may be a production entity that assembles a cast for a run of show.
Producer: Person responsible for production support on the show side – may include all aspects of the group’s responsibilities outside of the artistic direction of show content, i.e. scheduling rehearsals, point of contact for logistics for both cast and venue, etc.
Director: Person responsible for the quality and content of what is performed on stage – point of contact with venue for matters of artistic vision and quality as well as any issues, concerns and feedback involving the cast.
Assistant Director: Responsible for working with the director to co-create and communicate the vision for the show with the cast through rehearsals and notes.