Arts Administration

Seattle Theatre Tries Radical Experiment: Every Single Ticket is Free

BY BRENDA KILEYvia www.seattletimes.com Intiman Theatre is embarking on a radical experiment — so radical, it’s got “radical” in the name. The phrase “radical hospitality” has been pinging around the theater world since 2011, when Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis started giving away all its tickets, to every show, for free. Now Intiman, the 47-year-old Seattle theater that has gone through dramatic changes over the decades(Tony Award in 2006, very near-death experience in 2011, reinvention in 2012, retiring all its debt in January), is giving radical hospitality a try. The initiative, artistic director Jen Zeyl explained, is about more than the standard theater problem of getting “butts in seats.” (Though, of course, there’s that.) It’s about getting the butts on...

The Rockettes are Looking for an Artistic Director—and a Makeover

BY JENNIFER STAHLvia www.dancemagazine.com The Rockettes are getting ready for a growth spurt, and that starts with a newly-created job: artistic director. While the iconic precision dance troupe has of course always had artistic leaders for each of its shows, its parent organization, Madison Square Garden Company, is now looking to hire someone to oversee the artistic vision of all of the Rockettes’ year-round programming. That includes workshops, outreach activities and, intriguingly, new productions. In a press release, president of creative content and productions Jennifer Vogt said, “It’s time to grow the Rockettes brand beyond its beloved annual attraction, the Christmas Spectacular, by expanding the creative direction of this amazingly talented compa...

What Do You Do? An Interview with Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher

BY KING’S HEAD THEATRE via www.theatreartlife.com How long have you been working at the King’s Head Theatre? I’ve been here as the Artistic Director since 2010. When I first started, I was Artistic Director of OperaUpClose and turned the venue into ‘London’s Little Opera House.’ The company moved on at the end of 2014 but I stayed and refashioned the King’s Head Theatre as the charity that you know today. What does an Artistic Director do on a day to day basis? I guess the short answer is everything. The artistic part of my job involves deciding what shows to stage, which companies to work with and which artists to bring into the building, as well as writing and directing my own work. I spend a lot of time in meetings (particularly as we fundraise for the move into our new home) and ...

Arts Administration: EXPLORING LEADERSHIP LIKE A GARDENER

via www.artsmanagement.net What is leadership if not a relationship and role we take within a community? We live in complicated times that urge us to embrace new forms of leadership. And since arts and culture can give us deep insights into how we form relationships and how we relate to the world and help us envision leadership styles beyond neoliberal approaches, leadership in this sector should also focus on caring and growing. My thinking around the following thoughts is shaped through my work in the art world and the sort of leadership I already see emerging and that I am trying to embody myself in the opportunities I get offered. In a podcast interview I listened to some months ago, Dame Steve Shirley found an image for her leadership practice that I found revolutionary: “I thin...

33 Thoughts for a New Artistic Director

BY JOE HAJvia https://seanddaniels.wordpress.com “Once I had been hired at MRT in 2014, Joe Haj was kind enough to slip me this list. Now as I have my first day at Arizona Theatre Company, I thought it was a perfect time to share it with the rest of the world. These are all Joe. I’m just the guy that looked like he needed some tips (which was, and still is, true). – Sean” You’ll want to spend all your time making plays because that is where you’ll feel safe and competent. Resist the urge; you have much to learn and much to offer by applying your creativity to building community. It’s all about Vision. Have it or perish. But remember that nobody is interested in being a satellite to your genius. Everyone who works with you is firmly placed in the center of their own lives. You must collect ...

Register for Taste to Appetite: Audience-Building Strategies (WEBINAR)

REGISTER HERE WEBINAR: From Taste to Appetite: Audience-Building Strategies from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, March 5, 2-3pm ET   Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ (OTSL) newer audiences weren’t spending enough on tickets to replace the losses of those departing. OTSL used market research and analysis to test the impact of innovative new programs like Opera Tastings in order to develop a new audience with an appetite for opera. The results? More than three-quarters of the Tastings attendees were new, with an average of 42 percent later buying tickets to their mainstage productions. The question they now face: how to not only maintain, but financially sustain, this audience growth? What did they do and how might their experience inform your theatre’s audience-building efforts? What ...

Register for the Youth Voices: Activism Through Theatre Symposium

The symposium will be held at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA  May 3-5, 2019   Symposium Registration is Now Open! To Register Click Here! $90 Student/Retired | $140 Member | $240 Non-Member (Early Bird Rate Ends March 29, 2019) $100 Student/Retired | $150 Member | $250 Non-Member Resilience is an anthem of the bay. An anthem often carried and furthered by our youth. Join organizations from across the bay area as we highlight programs with youth at the core, whether it’s in programs who demand space for youth voice, performance, leadership positions, and those that move towards activism. Practices that can be applied to your own communities, that operate for, by and with the youth our education programs serve.  Youth Voices: Activism Through Theatre

Register for THE NATIONAL ARTS ACTION SUMMIT

March 4-5, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Register for the National Arts Action Summit 2019 The National Arts Action Summit will take place on March 4-5, 2019 in Washington, DC.  The National Arts Action Summit is a multi-day event bringing together arts advocates from across the country.  Attendees will attend a full day of advocacy training to learn the latest research and legislative arts priorities from the experts on Monday, March 4. That evening, The Nancy Hanks Lecture at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is sure to inspire and motivate advocates. The following day, March 5, is Arts Advocacy Day when advocates take their passion, knowledge, and stories to Capitol Hill for meetings with their congressional leaders.  Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section o...

Now Hiring: Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre – Permanent & Seasonal Staff

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is now hiring! We are in search of part time seasonal and permanent staff members who are eager to join Idaho’s oldest performing arts organization. Please email resume and cover letter to annette@cdasummertheatre.com. Cover letter should include availability and hours sought. Duties would include: Extensive customer service both on the phone as well as in person. Selling tickets. Social media contributing. Data entry in Google drive as well as Microsoft office. Website management. Event and box office support at both summer shows and various business fairs and community events. Various other office tasks. Learn More about CDA Summer Theatre

Calling All Educators: Save the Date for the 2019 AAAE Conference!

Hosted by the Association of Arts Administration Educators. AAAE represents college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration, encompassing training in the management of visual, performing, literary, media, cultural and arts service organizations. The organization consists of more than 150 member programs, all training and equipping students in arts leadership, management, entrepreneurship, cultural policy, and more. AAAE’s network of faculty and their alumni are the cornerstones of local arts communities across the globe. The organization serves as a convener, a resource, and an advocate for formal arts administration education.

Register for the 2019 EdTA National Conference: Stories to Tell!

By registering for 2019 EdTA National Conference, you can become a professional member of the Educational Theatre Association and have access to valuable resources, a network of peers, and professional development. Click here to register. Early registration ends May 23, 2019. Advance registration – May 24 – September 4, 2019 Late registration – September 5 – September 19, 2019   Registration fee includes: Admittance to two full days of workshops and learn & create labs. Admittance to all panel discussions and keynote speaker presentations. Access to Conference exhibitors/key decision-makers in the theatre world and products. Full breakfast served on Friday and Saturday morning. Annual meeting, awards, and networking luncheon on Friday afternoon. Midmorning and afternoon beve...

Register for AATE Symposium 2019!

Register for Symposium 2019! Join AATE January 4-6, 2019 in Lancaster, PA for the American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Festival Goes Live! Symposium! Throughout the Symposium weekend, at the beautiful Ware Center for the Performing Arts, you will be able to: Join theatre educators, artists and scholars from near and far for this exciting gathering in historic downtown Lancaster, PA. Hosted at the beautiful Ware Center, the weekend intensive will offer an interactive performance of “ A Child’s Garden of Verses”, keynotes, networking, and hands-on workshops as we take the Digital Festival off the screen and go LIVE. Come get creative with your colleagues as we explore Theatre for the Very Young!  Leave with practical tools you can use in your own writing, devising, classroom, and t...

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