The Artistic Producer will be a key member of the senior leadership team and serve as a thought-partner to both the Artistic and Executive Director. The Artistic Producer will be responsible for integrating all artistic programming into the operations of the theater while creating new systems and communication strategies that allow KCRep to produce work thoughtfully and at the highest level possible. The Artistic Producer will be the artistic lead in all communications throughout the organization and facilitate production processes across all departments.
● Line produce the season. This will include producing all productions and overseeing casting, rehearsals, tech rehearsals, managing financial resources, and collaborating with all departments to support the artists and staff engaged in creating theatre both on our stages and in our community
● Participate with the artistic team in season programming
● Provide season calendar oversight artistic projects and programs
● Lead casting for productions, workshops and readings both in Kansas City as well as partner with casting directors in other cities. Facilitate local EPA’s as stipulated by KCRep’s agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.
● Maintain responsibility for both the Artistic office annual budget as well as partner with the Production Manager to maintain the annual production budget
● Engage in weekly senior staff meetings
● Engage in weekly artistic staff meetings
● Co-lead with Production Manager weekly Artistic & Production meetings
● Coordinate the artistic staff’s efforts to scout artists and partnerships in the Kansas City theatre community.
● Supervise company management and ensure an excellent experience for all artists
● Be the artistic lead in communications with all departments related to the productions and serve as a primary point of contact for the artistic department
● Drive new projects forward, with a focus on building the infrastructure to support the theater’s community based projects
● Work closely with the Director of New Work, Director of Arts Engagement, and Director of Education to support their work and to ensure these programs are integrated into the theater’s producing processes
● Collaborate with the General Manager and Production Manager on artist offers and contracting
● In partnership with Artistic and Executive Director, work to connect the entire staff to the stories on our stages and the theater’s impact in the community
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, one of the most respected theatres in America, is known as “the heart of a great theatre town.” In residence at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, the theatre has a five-decade long tradition of producing works which are compelling, passionate and imaginative. Their mission statement reflects their ongoing commitment to this tradition:
Kansas City Repertory Theatre pursues theatrical excellence and advances the art form, creating and sharing stories at the center of the nation’s creative crossroads. KCRep cultivates passionate audiences, artists, and advocates who are invested in our region’s future. We build community by connecting people through productions and programming that educate, entertain, challenge and inspire.
KCRep was founded in 1964 by Dr. Patricia McIlrath, whose vision was to establish a training program where theatre students could work side by side with professional actors, designers and directors. Within a few years of its founding, KCRep became affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association and formally took the name Missouri Repertory Theatre. In 1979, the theatre moved into the Helen F. Spencer Theatre in the new UMKC Performing Arts Center (now designated the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center), where three of its productions are presented. The theatre’s Board of Directors voted to rename the company Kansas City Repertory Theatre in 2004 to better reflect its identity, location and audience.
KCRep’s long-held dream to establish a second, smaller theatre was realized in 2007 when Copaken Stage opened in downtown Kansas City, expanding the theatre’s performance options and further establishing KCRep as a leader in Kansas City’s arts community. In 2014, KCRep celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and successfully completed a $5.5 Million campaign to renovate its main stage home at Spencer Theatre, its first major renovation since its opening in 1979. The renovation was designed to provide a better experience for the patron by improving acoustics, restrooms, reducing lines at the bar and adding a multi-media wall. KCRep also added a donor lounge for entertaining patrons.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, list of at least three references (name, email, phone number, and relationship), and salary requirements, electronically and in confidence, to:
4949 Cherry Suite 404
Kansas City, MO 64110
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