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Careers at ATC

ATC Artistic Director

Background

Over four decades ago, quality professional theatre for the people of Arizona was just a dream. Today, ATC is recognized as the State Theatre of Arizona, serving a statewide audience in Tucson, Phoenix and through its touring educational programs in smaller communities across the state.  

Founded in Tucson in 1967 as the Arizona Civic Theatre, ATC achieved professional status in 1972, when it began hiring Actors’ Equity performers on a modified League of Resident Theaters (LORT) contract. The Arizona Civic Theatre began presenting a portion of its season in Phoenix in 1978, and a year later the name was changed to the Arizona Theatre Company.

As the professional resident theatre of Arizona, ATC has been performing full seasons in both Phoenix and Tucson since 1983, and now has a yearly combined audience of more than 100,000. ATC has been cited as a national model for professional performing arts institutions in consideration of how it has managed and produced full performance seasons in two cities and how it has built audience support in both communities.

ATC now attracts theatre professionals from throughout the country. Most visible are the actors, who can be seen not only in ATC performances but also on television, in films, and on the stages of Broadway and other regional theatres.

ATC is also renowned for the quality of its productions’ technical elements. The scene and properties shop, and the costume department build virtually all the production elements used in ATC productions with a unique guiding directive that everything is designed to be adaptable to different stage dimensions, and built for easy and fast load out, transportation and subsequent load in. Behind the scenes, the ATC operation is kept moving by an administrative staff of box office, accounting, fundraising, marketing and management specialists.

In over five decades, ATC has produced more than 250 plays and musicals, from the classics of Shakespeare, Shaw and Moliere to the works of contemporary writers such as Shepard, Stoppard, Wilson and Fugard. ATC has also committed itself to the development and presentation of new works, both on the main stage and through special programs. This wide-ranging repertoire presents an exciting challenge to all departments at ATC – a challenge that is consistently met through the high standards that have come to be expected of the company.

ATC is actively involved in efforts to involve both its communities, and recently has increased its commitment with the creation of new community engagement initiatives such as the Arizona Artists Initiative, community partnerships, cross disciplinary collaborations with other arts organizations and others in the works. The elevation of community engagement in the values of the organization has had an immediate impact in increasing community awareness, participation and sense of ownership amongst its stakeholders.  ATC also continues its educational and outreach programs in its various communities in an effort to increase public awareness of ATC and cultivate current and future audience interest and support. ATC performs in Tucson’s historic Temple of Music and Art and at the state-of-the-art Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

The Mission

ATC’s mission is, “to create professional theatre that continually strives to reach new levels of artistic excellence; that resonates locally, in the state of Arizona, and throughout the nation.”

For nearly fifty years, ATC has maintained its singular mission to serve Arizonans and others by providing a professional theatre experience of the highest caliber. ATC’s next Artistic Director will be an individual who shares this deep commitment to artistic excellence, community engagement and service to the company’s broad reaching constituency.  S/he will also be an experienced leader who is singularly focused on strengthening the company’s resources and programming in service of that mission.

The Opportunity

The Arizona Theatre Company offers an exceptional artistic and organizational leader the opportunity to work in partnership with Managing Director Billy Russo, and in concert with a committed board and staff in developing a new operating model for ATC that continues to advance its artistic and educational agendas while achieving long-term financial stability and sustainability.

In spite of ATC’s many accomplishments over five decades, ample opportunities remain for new leadership to shape ATC’s next era of service. ATC has suffered from being undercapitalized for a considerable length of time.   In FY 2017 ATC embarked on a concentrated strategy for financial recovery and through a commitment to prioritizing resources to its main programmatic activities (6 Productions a year playing in Tucson and Phoenix) and a responsible increase in production costs coupled with increased earned income and increased stakeholder support, ATC was able to retire over $1m of its accumulated deficit and is expecting to retire the entirety of that deficit by 2021.  ATC’s board is now seeking an adventurous and staunch professional leader who will embrace the challenge of maintaining artistic excellence while working with the board, staff and community to develop and employ strategies to reverse the historic trend of deficit funding.

The theatre’s next Artistic Director will form a truly collaborative partnership with the Managing Director to guide the larger vision of all activity that serves its statewide audiences while maintaining a dynamic environment in keeping with ATC’s mission. S/he will oversee the implementation of ATC’s mission through establishing and/or maintaining relationships with past, current and future artists, donors and audiences, and planning and implementing programming that serves the broad interests of its statewide stakeholders.

Qualities and Qualifications

The Search Committee is focused on identifying an accomplished artistic leader whose organizational leadership skills have been in evidence over a significant period of time.  To that end, ATC is seeking an Artistic Director who has:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to guide the larger vision of activity in Tucson, Phoenix and throughout communities across the state;
  • The ability and commitment to establish a collaborative partnership with the Managing Director in order to provide unified organizational leadership and direction;
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating donors;
  • The collaborative skills and desire to successfully work with board, staff and key stakeholders to secure ATC’s long-term artistic and financial health;
  • Extensive experience working to establish sound financial outcomes while continuing to program dynamic work on stage;
  • A passion for advancing diversity throughout the organization and for alleviating barriers for those who might not otherwise be able to regularly access theatre;
  • A dynamic public presence in both Tucson and Phoenix that will enable her/him to function as a compelling public spokesperson who inspires growing support of ATC’s mission and goals;
  • A commitment to the highest levels of artistic excellence;
  • A passion and commitment to engage ATC’s constituents by producing work that reflects and is relevant to the communities it serves;
  • An existing network of distinguished artists and collaborators;
  • The ability to consistently analyze the theatre’s operational status in order to develop strategies in support of continuous organizational success and sustainability;
  • Demonstrated the ability to motivate staff and form an effective team that is committed to a collaborative approach to both organizational and artistic initiatives;
  • Demonstrated experience as an administrative leader managing staff and visiting artists, including experience and/or training in conflict resolution and other human relations issues;
  • The capability and commitment to take a leadership role in long-term strategic planning, major donor cultivation and solicitation and, board development;
  • The interest to develop a clear understanding of ATC’s relationship to the community and a passion to continuously strengthen that relationship over time;
  • Strong skills as a community leader with the demonstrated ability to create a “sense of community” within and outside the theatre;
  • A desire to participate in all aspects of institutional advancement, including active participation in fund raising strategies and solicitations;

A commitment to balance artistic initiatives and risks with responsible fiscal management while maintaining the centrality of ATC’s mission, vision and core values.

Core Responsibilities

Among other responsibilities that may be assigned by the board as appropriate, the successful candidate will:

  • Set and supervise ATC’s artistic direction and overall aesthetic within an annual budget established with the Managing Director and approved by the Board;
  • Define annual season planning assumptions and lead the planning process with principal responsibility for artistic programming;
  • In conjunction with the Managing Director, develop annual budgets with direct responsibility for the determination of artistic and programmatic functional expenses;
  • Actively engage in ongoing long-range planning processes with initial emphasis on refining ATC’s operating model to be financially sustainable over the long-term;
  • Participate in fundraising activities, including the cultivation and stewardship of major donors;
  • Select and supervise artistic personnel, both staff and visiting artists;
  • Direct plays as appropriate, the number of which will be determined season-by-season.
  • Partner successfully with the Managing Director to provide unified executive leadership;
  • Serve as a principal spokesperson throughout the profession and the communities of Phoenix and Tucson at large;
  • Collaborate/assist in developing annual fundraising goals and overall marketing strategies;
  • Attract/inspire financial and community support for the mission;
  • Develop and maintain programs to increase audience growth, diversity and engagement;
  • Participate in board development and recruitment activities;
  • Nurture and refine the long-term artistic vision for the organization that is financially viable and energizes the staff, board, artists and audiences.

The Board is seeking candidates with vision, passion and commitment. The committee will look for evidence of professional relationships with a broad and diverse network of established and emerging artists and the ability to attract and retain talented individuals to serve ATC’s mission and future goals.

The successful candidate will embrace the opportunity to share her/his vision for ATC’s future and be an effective representative of both the art of theatre and most particularly, the art of the Arizona Theatre Company.

Learn more about ATC’s programs and activities at www.arizonatheatre.org.

Compensation

Compensation and benefits will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate, as well as the leadership role that this position represents for the Arizona Theatre Company and within the national theatre community.

To Apply

ATC is committed to fostering a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of its operation. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, send letter of interest, resume, compensation history and references electronically to:

Search Committee

Arizona Theatre Company

ADsearch@arizonatheatre.org

Box Office Agent

Part-time, Seasonal
Reports to Tucson Box Office Manager

ATC Office Headquarters: Tucson

Position Summary

This employee will provide excellent customer service as set by the standards in the ATC Box Office Handbook to any patrons or volunteers by phone, online, or in person. Position is a non-exempt, seasonal position beginning Sept, 1, 2018 and ending May, 2019.

Position Requirements

  • High School diploma. College education is beneficial but not necessary.
  • 6-12 months box office experience preferred.
  • Excellent phone, customer service, and problem solving skills, an affinity for detail and numbers, self starter, and flexible.
  • Excellent Computer skills required.
  • Schedule may be changed by ATC Box Office Manager to accommodate the work load. Position includes nights and weekends.

Essential Job Functions

  • Process Ticket Sales:
    • Prepares will-call, lists, audits, etc., for production days.
    • Assists in maintaining an accurate database.
    • Processes reservations for all performances by phone, online, or counter.
    • Processes ticket exchanges by phone, online, or counter.
  • Completes Reports and Monitors Revenue:
    • Assists with end of day reconciliation.
    • Maintains accurate season and single accounts.
    • Monitors cash drawer so proper change is available.
    • Maintains accurate tracking records set by the Marketing Director
  • Miscellaneous:
    • May maintain a non-standard work schedule as needed.
    • Maintains ATC standards of excellence in appearance as set by the standards in the ATC Box Office Handbook, especially on performance days.
    • Maintains a positive/professional attitude whenever interacting with ATC patrons, volunteers and ATC staff.
    • Responds to emails that are received.
    • Possesses a working knowledge of the Patron Manager Ticketing system and assist with any customer service needs to the best of their ability.
    • Assists in implementation and building of new seasons.
    • Provides Customer Service including but not limited to handling complaints/problems in a professional manner, effectively communicating policy as set by ATC, assisting in the coordination of season ticket mailings, assisting in coordinating coverage at renewal tables, and assisting in preparation of correspondence with patrons, brochure requests and general correspondence.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Mobility and sensory capability required for the organization of events, computer utilization, telephone access and communication, communication one-on-one and in meetings. Indoor work environment is climate controlled and has moderate noise levels. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and sit or stand for long periods of time. Work will include some long hours, evenings and weekends.

Desired Start Date: September 1, 2018
Application procedure: Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Part-Time Box Office Agent, Tucson at atcjobs@arizonatheatre.org. No phone calls, please.
Application deadline: Open until filled.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender presentation, religion, disability, or national origin.

Carpenter (Tucson)

Full-time seasonal, Non-Exempt

Reports to Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director

Compensation: $12.00/hour

Updated 10/09/18

Arizona’s first professional theatre company, Arizona Theatre Company is the state’s only member of the respected League of Resident Theatres (LORT) – as well as the only LORT theatre nationally that produces shows in two cities, Tucson (at the historic Temple of Music and Art) and Phoenix, (at the elegant Herberger Theater Centre). ATC maintains offices in both Tucson and Phoenix.

Overview

The Carpenter will construct scenic elements for ATC productions and outside contracts.

Essential Functions

  • Construct scenic elements, in accordance with plans provided by the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director, through carpentry, welding, rigging, and work with plastics and other set-related materials.
  • Work with Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director on load ins and strikes in both Tucson and Phoenix.
  • Work with other carpenters and scene shop staff to maintain a safe and organized work area.
  • Other duties as assigned

Competencies

  • Expertise in standard scenic construction techniques, practices, and tools including welding.
  • Understanding of standard industry rigging techniques.
  • Ability to read and understand drawings generated by CAD programs.
  • Self motivated, energetic and an effective and efficient communicator
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines consistently.
  • Understanding of the theatrical design process
  • Able to uphold a tone of collaboration, respect, optimism and professionalism, both internally and externally, while maintaining composure in a fast-paced setting.

Qualifications

  • College degree preferred.
  • A Minimum of 1 year of experience in professional theatre scene shop construction.
  • Minimal supervisory skills necessary to be utilized with overhire and intern situations.
  • Eligibility to obtain a valid driver’s license
  • Occasional overtime and long periods of sitting and standing are required
  • Ability to lift 50-70 pounds.
  • Ability to work at heights via ladders and/or personnel lifts
  • Short Phoenix residencies required based on production schedules.

This is a full-time, seasonal position. Due to the nature of professional theatre, periodic evening and weekend work is expected.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter, with three professional references via e-mail only to Dominic DeRiso, Technical Director at dderiso@arizonatheatre.org.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender presentation, religion, disability, or national origin.

Director of Donor Relations

Full Time, Exempt
Reports to Julia Waterfall-Kanter, Director of Development

Application Deadline: September 1, 2018

Benefits: Eligible for ATC employee benefits package

ATC Office Headquarters: Phoenix

Position Summary
Arizona Theatre Company is the official State Theatre of Arizona, Arizona’s only fully professional theatre company, and a member of the respected League of Resident Theatres (LORT). Productions take place in both Tucson (at the historic Temple of Music and Art) and Phoenix (at the Herberger Theater Center). ATC maintains offices in both cities.

The Director of Donor Relations plays a key role on ATC’s Development Team, which is responsible for raising $3.25 million annually in contributed funds. Under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Director of Donor Relations works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and initiate new contacts within the corporate, foundation and invidual major gifts sectors. This leader will provide strategic direction on fundraising strategies and tactics.

The desired candidate will provide the expertise to advance Arizona Theatre Company’s interests by researching and identifying sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on funder guidelines and interests, and maintaining strong communication ties with stakeholders.

ATC is seeking someone who is energetic, ambitious, goal-oriented, creative, and organized with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, with a talent for building strong and productive relationships across constituencies.

Responsibilities

• Identify corporate, foundation, and individual major gifts prospects and conduct research to determine interest and giving potential.
• Develop, manage, and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for corporate, foundation, and individual major gifts prospects, including meetings, events, proposals, reports and agreements.
• Oversee a caseload of 40-50 donors and help ATC’s leadership properly steward additional portfolios of donors and prospects.
• Work with ATC’s board members to recruit donors within their circle of influence, providing guidance, encouragement and support.
• Serve as point person for institutional donors, government supporters, and leaders in the Phoenix area.
• Work with staff, artists, and volunteers on donor cultivation events, especially the newly formed Artistic Director’s Circle made up of a small number of highly-engaged and artistically driven individuals.
• Work directly with marketing staff to create and implement corporate engagement activities and assets.
• Prepare and organize regular reports and manage budgets and financial goals.
• Develop and administer income and expense budgets for major donors, donor activities and special projects.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of progressive nonprofit development experience.

• Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques. Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations, foundations, and private donors.

• Demonstrated ability in proposal writing for varied proposal development.

• Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of individuals, corporations, and foundations.

• Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.

• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals.

• Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances, while working in a fast-paced setting.

• Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.

• Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.

• Arts or theatre experience a plus.

• Knowledge of Classy, Office 365 and Paton Manager (Salesforce) donor management software a plus.

Application Procedure

Please send cover letter and resume to atcjobs@arizonatheatre.org and reference “Director of Donor Relations” in the subject line.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination
in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability or
national origin.

Production Overhire – Load In, Strike, Run Crew

Part time temporary (non-exempt)
(Updated 08/06/18)

Overview

Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona’s first professional theatre company, seeks qualified crew members to add to our overhire list. ATC maintains an overhire list in Carpentry, Props, Costumes, Wardrobe, Electrics, and Deck Crew in both Tucson and Phoenix. Daytime, Night, and Weekend opportunities are available throughout our season, which runs from September to May.

 

To Apply:

If you are interested in being added to our Production Overhire list, please send a resume and references, along with which department(s) you are interested in and your general availability to productionjobs@arizonatheatre.org.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or national origin.

Stage Carpenter – Phoenix

Full-time seasonal, Non-Exempt

Reports to Production Manager

Compensation: $14.00/hour

Updated 10/09/18

Arizona’s first professional theatre company, Arizona Theatre Company is the state’s only member of the respected League of Resident Theatres (LORT) – as well as the only LORT theatre nationally that produces shows in two cities, Tucson (at the historic Temple of Music and Art) and Phoenix, (at the elegant Herberger Theater Centre). ATC maintains offices in both Tucson and Phoenix.

Overview

The Stage Carpenter – Phoenix will coordinate the maintenance, running, and organization of the backstage area for ATC productions. They are the primary deck crew member and flyman for ATC’s productions in Phoenix and act as ATC’s Production Department representative at the Herberger Theater Center.

Duties

  • Serve as the primary deck crew member for ATC’s productions in Phoenix.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of all scenic and prop elements in productions.
  • Maintain safe and organized work and backstage storage areas.
  • Oversee stage maintenance, technical rehearsals and performance preset onstage.
  • Maintain the theater space including stage floor, fly system, soft goods and backstage area during load in, performances and strike.
  • Responsible for the overall inventory of hardware and toolboxes.
  • Attend production meetings and all technical and dress rehearsal notes sessions as directed.
  • Work in conjunction with Stage Management to:
    • Assign run crew tasks
    • Schedule crew calls and maintenance calls
    • Maintain Current Run Paperwork for each show
  • Collaborate with Tucson Stage Carpenter on remounting shows from Tucson to Phoenix to ensure a smooth and effective transition. This includes supervising and/or executing scenery notes calls and training of new run crew members as necessary.
  • Coordinate transfer of the physical production elements (function and operation) from Technical Director and shop crew to the members of the run crew.
  • Act as head flyman for ATC load ins, electrics hang, performances, and strikes. Coordinate and assist in the determination of lineset schedules.
  • Assist with load-in and strike as needed.
  • Work on special events, user groups, and other outside ATC activities as needed.
  • Keep other Production Department team members informed of issues, attempted fixes, and effective solutions to address problems during the run.
  • Productions may call for this position to be a costumed run crew member.

Competencies

  • Self motivated, energetic and an effective and efficient communicator.
  • Attentive to detail, accountable and deadline oriented.
  • Able to uphold a tone of collaboration, respect, optimism and professionalism, both internally and externally, while maintaining composure in a fast-paced setting.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Qualifications

  • College degree preferred.
  • A Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in theatre carpentry, stage management or running productions.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and supervisory skills.
  • Skilled with all hand and power tools, basic carpentry, welding, automation, theatrical lighting, and theatrical rigging.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be able to lift 50-70 pounds.
  • Work days could be long and could include long periods of time either sitting or standing.
  • During technical rehearsal days required work calls could be 10-14 hours per day.
  • Must be able to work from heights (ie grids, catwalks, ladders, and genie lifts).
  • Ability to travel for Tucson residencies base on production schedules.
  • Must be able to obtain a valid drivers’ license.

This is a full-time, seasonal position. Due to the nature of professional theatre, periodic evening and weekend work is expected.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter, with three professional references via e-mail only to Tajh Oates, Assistant Production Manager, at toates@arizonatheatre.org.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender presentation, religion, disability, or national origin.

Upstairs at ATC Greeter

Part-time Seasonal, Non-Exempt

Reports to Director of Community Engagement

Compensation: $11.00/hour

Tucson, Arizona

Arizona’s first professional theatre company, Arizona Theatre Company is the state’s only member of the respected League of Resident Theatres (LORT) – as well as the only LORT theatre nationally that produces shows in two cities, Tucson (at the historic Temple of Music and Art) and Phoenix, (at the elegant Herberger Theater Centre). ATC maintains offices in both Tucson and Phoenix.

Overview

Upstairs at ATC is our new exclusive space for subscribers and donors to meet and mingle 60 minutes before every performance and during intermission. The Upstairs at ATC greeter welcomes guests and helps create a fun and inviting atmosphere.

Essential Functions

  • Greet guests of Upstairs at ATC
  • Check to see if guests have Upstairs at ATC passes
  • Check off names on this list provided
  • Add names of guests that receive Upstairs at ATC day passes
  • Answer questions about Upstairs at ATC
  • Contact guests ahead of them seeing a performance and inviting/reminding them about Upstairs at ATC
  • A knowledge of theatre is a plus
  • Must be available evening and weekends

To Apply

Submit resume and cover letter to jobs@arizonatheatre.org. Title email Upstairs at ATC Greeter.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender presentation, religion, disability, or national origin.