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Executive Artistic Director

Hedgerow Theatre
Post Date: Jan 29, 2021

Hedgerow Theatre seeks an energetic and innovative leader with artistic vision and business acumen to helm a historic theater organization located in Rose Valley, a suburb 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  With its mainstage productions, education programs, a 100-seat nineteenth century grist mill turned theater building, and a resident-artist house and scenic/costume facilities, Hedgerow serves over 25,000 patrons annually.  Reporting to the board of directors, the applicant must be an inspiring, entrepreneurial leader whose artistic and creative thinking and long-term relationship to artists and patrons can secure Hedgerow’s bright future.  The applicant must have strong collaborative and community-building skills to connect with Hedgerow’s various constituencies, including patrons, artists, technicians, students, donors, and community members.  This position provides a unique opportunity for a theater professional ready to shape the vision of this storied Theatre. 

Hedgerow Theatre, established in 1923, is America’s oldest continuously-operating repertory theater.  Founded by Jasper Deeter as a resident repertory company, Hedgerow embraces that tradition and remains a professional ensemble theater where the artists live and work together.  Over Hedgerow’s 98-year history, mainstage productions have garnered numerous accolades and awards.  With a vibrant residency and fellowship program, Hedgerow has trained scores of artists and theater-makers over the years.  In addition to its mainstage productions, Hedgerow’s expansive education program inspires students through its theater school, outreach, and touring programs. 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Executive Artistic Director (EAD) serves as a chief executive, artistic visionary, and public face of the Hedgerow Theatre.  The EAD is responsible for executing the artistic mission, managing operations, fundraising, and community outreach.  The EAD reports to the Board of Directors and is also a voting member of the Board.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Artistic Productions

  • Select the season of five or six plays and direct, at a minimum, one play each season.
  • Oversee outside directors who direct the other plays of the season.
  • Manage additional programs, including adult and youth classes, theater school, outreach, and touring programs.
  • Supervise all productions and events of Hedgerow.
  • Seek new scripts and talent.

Operations (Finance and Administration)

  • Prepare and develop the annual operating budget in cooperation with the BOD for approval by the BOD.
  • Oversee the execution of the annual operating budget, including accounting of revenue and monetary spend with the Director of Operations.
  • Supervise staff, residents and resident fellows, contractors, consultants, interns, and volunteers in cooperation with the Director of Operations.
  • Oversee general offices duties, including administrative tasks, database management, box office, payroll, contracts, external communications, and facilities maintenance.
  • Cultivate a working environment that promotes the development and retention of Board, staff, and artistic talent.
  • Establish effective safety and security programs for staff, artists, and patrons.
  • Ensure Hedgerow activities comply with applicable state and federal laws and regulations, including providing equal opportunity in all activities regardless of race, sex, age, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristics.

Funding

  • Serve as Hedgerow’s primary fundraiser by cultivating individuals, governmental entities, foundations, and corporate donors.
  • Execute fundraising strategy and plan.
  • Supervise grant writing and report preparation for funding applications.
  • Maintain strong funder relationships with funders and potential funders.
  • Ensure successful fundraising through annual appeals, marketing and collateral pieces, and relationship development.

Community Outreach

  • Develop and maintain strong relationship with business and community organizations to promote Hedgerow’s standing and reputation. 
  • Create branding for Hedgerow including visual identities for productions, marketing, and public relations.
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships to enhance branding and visibility of Hedgerow.
  • Increase ticket sales (by groups, individuals, subscriptions, etc.) in cooperation with the Director of Sales.

Board Administration

  • Provide staffing support to the Board in its oversight and governance role, including keeping and updating of policies and procedures.
  • Engage in recruitment of new members and other advisors.
  • Participate in Board meetings, including retreats and strategic planning.

QUALIFICATIONS KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES

  • Artistic vision that aligns with the mission of Hedgerow.
  • Theater experience and achievement, including leadership in artistic production, theater management, and development of new theatrical works.
  • Financial accounting and management skills, including budgeting, time management, strategic analysis, and communication skills.
  • Funding and financial development experience.
  • Dedication to engagement and partnership with communities.
  • Knowledge of the regional and national artistic communities, including actors, designers, and directors in the greater Philadelphia area and applicable contracts, processes, and procedures of engagement.

 

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How to Apply

The Executive Artistic Director is a full-time exempt employee position.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  Please email a resume and a statement of interest to Ann Byun, President, Board of Directors, at SearchComm@Hedgerowtheatre.org.   Hedgerow Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.