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Aloha Theatre is currently seeking an Artistic Director, the posting and full job description follow.

Job Description: 2019 ArtDir JobDesc

Full Posting

Aloha Theatre produces an annual mainstage season of 5-7 musicals and straight plays across many genres, and operates as both a traditional live theatre and a performing arts center.  We are currently seeking applications for a dynamic Artistic Director to guide the next phase of our growth as the leading presenter of the performing arts in West Hawaiʻi.


The Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu-Kona, Hawaiʻi, is a 501(c)(3) organization that enriches the lives of Hawaii residents and visitors by presenting high-quality live amateur theatre, performing arts education, and a venue for artistic expression.  The theatre embraces diversity, which reflects the rich culture of our Hawaiʻi home, and is committed to cultivating a respectful, inclusive environment that will foster a feeling of ʻohana for artists, patrons, volunteers, and staff.  The Board of Directors’ vision for the Aloha Theatre is that it will be an anchor in the community for shared artistic experience; that it will be recognized for commitment to its diverse Hawaiʻi home, enabling participation in the arts for all regardless of background; and that the theatre will be a catalyst for growth, nourishing the needs and interests of the community by integrating arts education for all ages into every aspect of the theatre’s work.

The Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the organization and will also participate in decision making about the ongoing development and delivery of the organization’s mission, values and vision.  The Artistic Director is expected to consistently demonstrate the qualifications, characteristics and skills outlined in the hiring process; they must be a compassionate and dynamic leader with extensive experience in producing high-quality theatre and events while facilitating an artistic transformational process with people of diverse racial, ethnic, economic, gender and educational backgrounds. The Artistic Director must have a passion for theatre and theatre education, and must understand Hawaiʻi’s social complexities, as well as the challenges and opportunities of theatre in a close community.  They must be detail oriented, well organized and able to manage time and priorities, working independently but able to collaborate with a team.

The position of Artistic Director is a full time, salaried, exempt position at the Aloha Theatre’s main offices.  The engagement will begin July 1, 2020.  Weekly hours may vary based on the production schedule: weekend work is required.  The Artistic Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities of the Position

The Artistic Director will ensure high quality programming that aligns with the spirit of the Aloha Theatre’s mission, values and vision by performing the following responsibilities:

  • Manage the Production department
    • Manage all production staff and volunteers, including the Technical Director and Production Managers
    • Develop an annual program budget
  • Lead the Aloha Mainstage season
    • Chair the Kokua Committee that selects shows for each Mainstage season
    • Direct a minimum of three shows per season, with primary responsibility for guiding the process to ensure the best possible presentation as well as a quality experience for cast and crew
    • Assists with recruitment and selection of guest directors for remaining shows
    • Recruit and guide music directors, choreographers, costumers, and other designers
  • Lead Special Events
    • Thoughtfully craft Special Events that reflect the community’s broad interests
    • Coordinate staff for successful event execution
  • Work with the Education Director to incorporate educational elements into all programming
    • Share knowledge and experience by serving as primary or guest instructor
  • Participate in fund development activities, including events and donor relations
  • Represents the Aloha Theatre in the community, and as a representative to state and national theatre organizations

Required Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree in theatre arts or a related field from a four-year college or university; consideration will be given to non-educational equivalencies
  • Strong theatrical background, with experience directing multiple genres, including musical, drama, comedy, and both new and older works
  • Experience teaching and/or working with youth
  • Experience working with volunteer casts and crews of all ages
  • Working knowledge of technical theatre, including sound, lights, and set construction, as well as other production areas such as costumes, props, stage makeup, and basic stage management
  • Language skills
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret stage productions
    • Ability to effectively present information to patrons, public groups, and the Board of Directors
  • Reasoning skills
    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
    • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with abstract and concrete variables
  • Able to work with Word, Excel, and G-Suite

Working Conditions, Environment, and Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to speak and hear in English
  • Frequently required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms
  • Occasionally required to stand; climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus
  • Will work primarily out of the organization offices on the second floor of the Aloha Theatre, which are accessible by stairs, and other organization facilities
    • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • Will attend meetings and events offsite
  • Remote work may be arranged as needed
  • Will be required to work with the public, including public speaking
  • Travel may be required, including travel to the mainland

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary range of $48,000-$58,000 per annum
  • Exempt in relation to overtime and the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Company benefits, including but not limited to:
    • Health insurance
    • Dental insurance
    • Temporary Disability Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Personal Time Off
    • 401k with matching contribution

The application period will be open until September 30, 2019.  The selection committee will contact candidates in October to schedule preliminary interviews. Candidates should be prepared to complete an informational application and a background check.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to this address.

Questions may be directed to this email, no phone calls, please.