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Post Date: Aug 6, 2019

Theatre Horizon, an award-winning, nonprofit, professional theatre company located in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is now accepting applications for the position of Managing Director.


Position: Managing Director

Status/Pay: Exempt, full-time, 37 hours per week

Job Reports to: Board of Directors

Start date: Fall 2019

Theatre address: 401 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19401


Job Summary:  Theatre Horizon seeks a Managing Director to provide vital, year-round leadership.  Join a dynamic and rapidly growing company producing award-winning theatre designed to engage audiences and create conversation in the Philadelphia suburbs.  With a full, year-round season devoted to our mission of service to our community, Theatre Horizon seeks to tell stories that illuminate the full range of human experience, bringing people together in dialogue and through unlikely encounters.  Theatre Horizon’s mission extends also through our drama education program that reaches over 1,000 children per year, including our pioneering Autism Drama Program.

This individual will lead the operations and safeguard the overall well-being of the organization, giving special attention to overseeing our expected growth, strategic plan and expansion, earned revenue initiatives, marketing, and financial health.  They will also manage the day to day operations of the company, coach and supervise a growing staff, and be the primary interface with the Board of Directors. A successful candidate will bring both strategic thinking and a hands-on approach to ensuring that the organization achieves its mission and functions in accordance with the directives of the Board of Directors.

We are seeking a passionate self-starter eager to join this creative, compassionate, and hard-working team.  Alongside the Artistic Director, this position will lead the Theatre Horizon family, and we seek someone who shares our values of friendliness, humor, teamwork, diligence, thoroughness, tenacity, and a desire to create a more just society.   


Duties Include:


  • Serve as a leader to Theatre Horizon’s staff, board, artists, and community.  

  • Provide organizational strategy, innovative thinking, and - alongside Artistic Director and Board of Directors - chart the path forward for Theatre Horizon.

  • Supervise multiple staff members and provide clear support, guidance, and collaborative leadership.

  • Oversee all efforts to achieve annual ticket sales goals.

  • Set ticket pricing strategy and goals, including managing ticket inventory and setting subscriber program.

  • Develop and execute programmatic and institutional marketing strategy. 

  • Oversee creation of marketing calendar and all deliverables (ie: postcards, eblasts, social media).

  • Seek and steward all marketing partnerships and appearances.

  • Responsible for company financial health and developing sound financial practice.

  • Serve as Human Resources Manager, including recruitment, retention, and release of all employees.

  • Maintain an environment that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse and talented staff.

  • Maintain all operational and insurance compliance.

  • Oversee the building and all facilities, including managing all vendor and tenant relationships.

  • Serve as a calm and solutions focused Crisis-Manager-in-Chief.

  • Supervise the Rentals Program


Job Qualifications:



    • Minimum five years experience in non-profit administration.

    • Leadership experience.

    • Supervisor experience.

    • Experience working with a Board of Directors.

    • Financial Fluency - proficiency in Quickbooks (or willingness to learn).

    • Exceptional organization, flexibility, and adaptability. 

    • Ability to work some weekends and evenings.



We are looking for a… 

    • Independent Leader.  You are a proactive and independent worker, able to self-manage and prioritize as well as lead and support others on your team.  

    • Communicator.  You have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

    • Ability to manage schedules and timelines.  You are able to manage deadlines - both your own and other people’s.   You can prioritize, triage, and delegate.

    • Willingness to learn.  You are open to learning new skills that might not be in your skillset already.  You are eager to learn, practice, and use them.

    • Prompt responder. You are on top of things.  Email, budgets, calendars, timelines, the unexpected, you name it - you’re on top of it.  You are not afraid to roll up your sleeves to get things done.  

    • Passion.  You have a love for the arts and belief in Theatre Horizon’s mission.


Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting salary of $50,000 annually plus a $350 monthly health stipend (we do not provide health insurance).

  • Full-time, exempt position, working 37 hours per week. We believe in work-life balance, and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.

  • Two weeks of paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.

  • Work remote options: work flexibly with the majority of your hours in our Norristown office, while working from home on other days.


About Theatre Horizon


Core values at Theatre Horizon:

  • Exceptional Artistry and Excellence in Every Aspect of our Work 

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Partnership with Norristown

  • Audience and Students are Invited to Make Change in Themselves and the World

  • A Supportive Home for Creative Innovation

  • Friendliness & Excellent Service


In our current Strategic Plan, we are working to transform Theatre Horizon into a valued civic institution, establishing a new standard for how professional theatres can create a space for enjoyable, unexpected, and inspiring encounters between people from different backgrounds. Theatre Horizon uses the transformative power of storytelling to foster empathy and provide an inclusive home for artists, audiences, and students alike. 


Theatre Horizon is a nonprofit professional theatre company that was founded in 2005 by Erin Reilly and Matthew Decker. Our mission states: through theatre, we create a community of artists, students and audiences in which each member is encouraged to grow. We are located in Norristown, Pennsylvania, an ethnically diverse former manufacturing town, where decades of blight have left average household income at 25% below the national average. In carrying out our mission, we stage stories that illuminate the full range of human experience, bring people together, connect students with theatre artists, and contribute to the revitalization of our underserved town.


Over the past 15 years we have become a lauded contributor to the arts in Montgomery County, staging a critically-acclaimed season annually, reaching over 1,000 children each year through our drama classes and camps, and pioneering an Autism Drama Program that inspires imagination and social development in individuals on the autism spectrum. These programs are the building blocks of our Theatre Horizon community in which all participants are encouraged to grow. Our offerings provide opportunities to understand unfamiliar perspectives, discuss common struggles, and simply enjoy a good story together.


Each year we offer a full season of professional productions - daring, thoughtful plays and inspiring musicals. Our work addresses the relative lack of cultural opportunities in the suburbs, and also frequently tackles pressing social issues. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion on stage and off. We choose work that encourages people from varied ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to see themselves reflected on our stage; plays that bridge the generational gap and reflect a diversity of voices in a deliberate effort to attract audience members from a wide range of ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and ages.

How to Apply

Please submit the following items for consideration:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume 

  • Three References


Email all materials to  Please include "Managing Director" in the subject line. 


EOE. Theatre Horizon is dedicated to building a culturally diverse work and creative environment - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: Applicants are being considered immediately.  Deadline: August 20, 2019.