Senior Artistic Producer
“The Guthrie is truly the cultural centerpiece of the city.”
- CBS Minnesota
Founded in 1963, the Guthrie Theater (Guthrie) is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights, and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under the artistic leadership of Joseph Haj, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages and continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. What began as a summer season of four productions supported by a minimal staff is now a complex organization that serves nearly 350,000 patrons and the Twin Cities community year-round.
The Guthrie Theater’s mission is to engage exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff, and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a twenty-first century arts organization. The Guthrie strives to create transformative theater experiences that ignite the imagination, stir the heart, open the mind, and build community through the illumination of common humanity. Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure the Guthrie’s success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater. As an organization, the Guthrie is committed to the values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.
Described as “a twenty-first century dream factory” by Time Magazine, the Guthrie’s building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel and is renowned as an architectural marvel. Open to the public year-round, the Guthrie houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, full-service restaurants, and dramatic public lobbies. The 1,100-seat Wurtele Thrust Stage was designed to reach out into the audience and place patrons at the center of the action. Actors can enter and exit from backstage, through the audience, or via an intricate collection of trap doors and elevators. The 700-seat McGuire Proscenium Stage complements the staging and design possibilities of the Thrust. The 199-seat Dowling Studio is a well-equipped flexible, black box space ideal for presenting new works and hosting innovative theater companies from the Twin Cities and beyond.
The Guthrie’s Community Engagement program builds mutually beneficial relationships with diverse groups across the Twin Cities. By investing in local partners and collaborating with them to create relevant programs and events, the Guthrie strives to bring the community and the theater together both on and off the stage. The Guthrie collaborates with external community advisors including the Native Advisory Council, a group of seven Minnesota-based Native artists, which meets regularly to advise the Guthrie on a variety of projects, initiatives, and philosophical questions as they work to be in better relationship with the people whose land the theater occupies and to help the theater grow into an organization that supports the visibility and access of Native people. Upcoming work in community artmaking includes offering free classes and fellowships for emerging Native artists and community trainings about decolonizing/indigenizing professional spaces and processes.
The Guthrie partners with institutions of higher education to offer professional training to the next generation of theater makers and offers learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Education programs include Student Matinees, which were attended by over 30,000 students from 215 schools in the full pre-pandemic 2018-19 season, Classes and Workshops for Adults, Educator Workshops, and the Guthrie Experience, a professional training program for M.F.A. actors designed to cultivate future leaders of the American Theater. The seven-week summer intensive includes voice, movement and acting intensives, professional mentorship, cultural immersion in the vibrant Twin Cities theater scene and an opportunity to develop a bold, new work in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio.
The Guthrie Theater has asserted its commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization and maintains a working list of anti-racism policies and actions on their website. Areas of focus include Artistic; Audience, Patrons, and Front of House; Board and Governance; Production, Development; Budgets; Hiring and Retention; Community Engagement and Education; Marketing; Facilities; and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. The staff and board regularly participate in mandatory anti-racism training.
The Guthrie Theater is governed by a 56-member board of directors, led by President John Junek. Joseph Haj has served as Artistic Director since 2015. For the fiscal year ending August 31, 2019, The Guthrie Theater reported revenue of $27.5 million, with approximately $9.9 million from contributions and grants and $15.7 million from program services. Total expenses were $27.5 million. Due to the COVID-19 shutdowns, the fiscal year ending August 31, 2021, had total revenues of $15.1 million, with approximately $15 million from contributions and grants. Total expenses were $12.3 million. The Guthrie Theater’s current investment portfolio stands at approximately $69.2 million.
Situated on the traditional land of the Dakota People, the Guthrie Theater is located in the historic Mill District along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota. Combined with neighboring state capitol Saint Paul, the metro area is known as Minneapolis-Saint Paul, or the Twin Cities, and is home to an increasingly diverse population of approximately 3.2 million residents. The Guthrie honors with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations.
Highly regarded for its quality of life, economic vibrancy, and cultural ecosystem, the cost of living in the Twin Cities is just above the national average. Higher education institutions abound with almost 50 colleges and universities within 50 miles.
The Guthrie is a leader within the Twin Cities’ robust theater scene, which includes acclaimed companies of all sizes, including Penumbra Theatre, Jungle Theatre, Playwrights Center, Mixed Blood, Pillsbury House, Theatre Latte Da, Turtle Theatre Collective, Theatre Mu, Teatro Del Pueblo, and dozens more. The cities’ renowned arts and culture organizations include the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and myriad museums, choirs, dance troupes, and galleries.
The Twin Cities’ climate is typical of the upper Midwest with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold, with an average of 52 inches of snow per year, yet year-round recreation and leisure activities are plentiful. Minneapolis offers a large variety of parks, great food, festivals, and more.
Known as the “Land of 10,000 lakes” and bordering Lake Superior, the largest lake in North America, Minnesota contains national parks, beaches, waterfalls, and countless hiking trails. Less than 25 miles away is Afton Alps, one of 18 ski areas in Minnesota with 300 skiable acres, 50 trails, 18 lifts, and four terrain parks. Professional sports are popular in the Twin Cities, which is home to the National Hockey League Minnesota Wild, Major League Soccer Minnesota United FC, Major League Baseball Twins, National Basketball Association Timberwolves, Women’s National Basketball Association Lynx, and National Football League Vikings.
Sources: minneapolis.org; census.gov; visit-twincities.com; exploreminnesota.com; open990.org; guthrietheater.org
Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Senior Artistic Producer serves on the Guthrie’s senior leadership team and oversees all artistic team operations. As a senior team member, the Senior Artistic Producer collaborates with the Board and other organizational leaders to determine and optimize strategy and direction for the theater. In close collaboration with the Artistic Director and other key stakeholders, the Senior Artistic Producer provides overall strategic leadership in season planning, creative team selection, casting, new play development, education and training, and community engagement. Guided by the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility, the Senior Artistic Producer plays a key role in centering and operationalizing these values. The Senior Artistic Producer advocates for the Guthrie’s mission and vision and is committed to working collaboratively within a large organization and the community to achieve short, mid, and long‐range artistic and institutional goals. This role provides direct supervision and oversight of four reports: Associate Producers (1 mainstage, 1 studio), Director of Community Engagement, and Director of Education and Training.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Oversee, lead, and mentor artistic planning staff including those responsible for mainstage and studio line producing, education and training, community engagement, casting, dramaturgy, and new play development.
- Act as a proactive and positive liaison between artistic and all other departments within the theater.
- Oversee and support education, professional training, and community engagement initiatives and ensure strategic alignment with the organization’s articulated strategies and goals.
Season Planning and Development
- In collaboration with the Artistic Director, play a central role in season planning.
- Provide artistic team leadership in season planning meetings.
- Plan, coordinate and implement all Dowling Studio Theater productions as curated by the Artistic Director and Associate Producers.
- Collaborate with the designated Associate Producers to curate and execute all ancillary programming.
Casting and Creative Team Curation
- Collaborate with the Artistic Director, Director of Production, General Manager, Associate Producers, and Resident Casting Director to determine creative team selection for productions in alignment with the Guthrie’s anti-racism commitments.
- Communicate regularly with artists and their representatives to build and maintain relationships with casting agencies, other theaters, etc.
- Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the collective bargaining agreements between IATSE, LORT, AEA, SDC, and USA.
- Facilitate communication and act as an organizational liaison with visiting guest artists.
- Work with the General Manager to coordinate actor contracts and terms of employment.
Operations and Administration
- Develop and maintain annual artistic budgets; create, develop, maintain, and track a variety of complex budgets that contribute to the fiscal health of the theater.
- Play a central leadership role in the season planning process.
- Oversee all artistic related expenditures and establish methods of maintaining budget control.
- Lead and participate in strategic projects and planning efforts.
- Attend all Executive and Full Board meetings as member of the senior team and Board Committee meetings as may sometimes be required.
Leadership and Supervision
- Lead, manage, and supervise a team consisting of Associate Producers (1 mainstage, 1 studio), Director of Community Engagement, and Director of Education and Training.
- Foster a work environment centering and modeling the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.
- Complete monthly check-ins with team members using the organizational check-in form.
- Attend and/or facilitate department meetings to communicate pertinent information and reenforce shared organizational commitments.
- Mentor and develop team members by monitoring the quality of work; providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among team members; ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises; and completing annual performance evaluations on a timely basis.
- Maintain and approve employee timesheets and expense reports, PTO requests, and other personnel records.
- Serve as a collaborative member of the senior leadership team contributing to organizational stability and long-range planning, budget, and staffing plans.
- Communicate cross-functionally with leaders in other departments to ensure collaboration toward shared goals.
- Serve as a key spokesperson, representative, and ambassador of the Guthrie Theater, taking an active role in the community and cultivating key relationships and associations with centers of influence within the city, state, and region.
- Establish positive and productive relationships with Board members and donors.
Traits and Characteristics
The Senior Artistic Producer will be a broad-thinking, compassionate, and approachable leader with the ability to identify and oversee resources, tasks, systems, and people to obtain results. This individual will be a transparent, emotionally intelligent leader with professional maturity as measured by the ability and willingness to exercise professional courtesy and discretion at all times and maintain confidentiality as required. They will have the capacity to say what needs to be said with grace and positivity. The Senior Artistic Producer will have the ability, experience, and commitment to collaborate with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status.
Leading with humility and a sense of humor, coupled with their experience supervising, mentoring, and managing dynamic teams, the Senior Artistic Producer will have the capacity to coordinate multiple projects, conflicting priorities, and overlapping show schedules. As both an internally and externally facing representative of the Artistic Director and the Guthrie Theater, this person will be a persuasive speaker and relationship-builder, with the capacity to skillfully communicate in writing, and at the interpersonal and group level. As a valued thought-partner to the Artistic Director and the artistic team, they will have the professional acumen and aptitude to think strategically in support of organization-wide initiatives. A life-long learner, the Senior Artistic Producer will bring an extensive knowledge of national and international theater artists, and a passion (if not already from the Twin Cities) to learn about the local artistic community and create relationships.
The Guthrie Theater does not require a specific number of years of experience or minimum educational credentials. Qualified candidates must possess dramaturgical skills and demonstrate a knowledge of classic and contemporary plays across form and genre. Producing experience and a network of existing relationships with theater makers locally and nationally are required. The Senior Artistic Producer must live and work in the Twin Cities and must make the Guthrie Theater their full-time professional focus. Proven experience in championing and implementing inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, anti-bias, and anti-racism policies is required. Budget management experience is preferred. Aptitude to craft and oversee budgets is required, as is proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word). The position requires flexible work hours and days reflective of the dynamic schedule of a theater. Candidates with currently atypical paths toward senior artistic leadership in regional theaters are encouraged to apply (e.g., dramaturgs, production managers, artistic program administrators, independent producers, and senior leaders in other mission-driven mediums, etc.).
For the safety of guests and staff, the Guthrie Theater requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Documentation of vaccination status must be provided if an offer of employment is made.
Compensation and Benefits
Guthrie Theater provides a competitive compensation package with a salary range between $103,000 and $132,000 and offers a generous benefits package including employer-paid health insurance; health savings account; flexible spending account (medical and dependent care); dental and vision; life insurance and AD&D; long-term disability; short-term disability; Employee Assistance Program; a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of employment; and paid time off. Transportation benefits include subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains; discounted pre-tax monthly Ramp parking; discounted bike locker rental; discounted Nice Ride annual membership. Employees receive complimentary tickets to Guthrie productions; discounted tickets to all shows produced by the Guthrie, discounted tickets to some performances hosted by the Guthrie; and discounts to Guthrie classes and camps. Other employee perks include the Wellness Program; Guthrie Store discount; admission to opening night parties; affinity groups; discounted Level Five Café and Express dining; and frequent Sea Change restaurant discounts. The placed candidate, if they are not local, will be reimbursed up to $10,000 (taxable to the employee) for approved relocation expenses.
Applications and Inquiries
To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please click here or visit artsconsulting.com/employment. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:
Dámaso Rodríguez, Vice President
818 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 236
Portland, OR 97204-2405
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 207
The Guthrie is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women transgender, and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.
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