Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (OKC Rep)

Artistic Director Search

The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Repertory Theater (OKC Rep) has begun a search to identify an artistic leader to take this nationally recognized theatre company to its next level of artistic and professional accomplishment.

Background

Founded in 2001 to become the leading professional theatre in the Oklahoma City region, the company has achieved that goal and is particularly known for its innovative collaborations with other arts organizations in the area. In addition to the arts community, OKC Rep has also partnered with the leading universities and colleges, providing the next generation of theatre artists professional opportunities and mentorship. Having established itself as a leading voice in the arts community, OKC Rep is now poised to build on that role and join the national conversation among professional theatre institutions.

Oklahoma City

Incorporated in 1890, this fast growing city was recently named the 25th largest city in the United States. The state capital and its combined region includes 1.4 million citizens whose median age is just 34. Nicknamed “The Modern Frontier,” it is a young city filled with Native American and Western history and culture that is developing a new reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

The Opportunity

Over its twenty years of steady growth, OKC Rep has established a strong tie to the arts community and built a small but loyal audience. Founded in 2001 by Donald Jordan, he has led the organization in all its aspects for nineteen years with distinction, and now moves aside allowing new leadership and a fresh voice to determine the company’s future vision and direction. The Board has identified the building of organizational infrastructure, financial stability and national impact as strong opportunities for its future. Opportunities include developing a staff, carving the space the company will take in the OKC arts community and building a more national reputation for the company. This is a strong opportunity for an artist or producer to work with a board that is newly repopulated and re-energized to create their own legacy in a city that is also reinventing itself.

The company is at present without a permanent venue, and it is expected that the incoming leader will contribute to the vision that will lead to a permanent venue being identified, designed, and fully realized.

Position and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director will serve as the sole executive in charge of the organization. They will:

  • Guide the artistic vision and direction

  • Select each season of plays and serve as producer of each project

  • Develop and oversee an annual budget that is ambitious but realistic, in consultation with the Board, and will oversee its responsible implementation

  • Oversee all departments for the organization, including production, marketing, development, outreach, and education

 

The Artistic Director may be an artist in their own right who participates in the season as an artist, or they may be a producer or curator who is invested exclusively in their leadership and executive roles.

Preferred Skills

While no single individual will possess all of the following qualifications, the successful candidate will possess many of these skills and experiences:

  • An inspiring leader with the capacity to articulate their vision for the theatre

  • An organizational leader who understands vision and strategy

  • Breadth of knowledge and commitment to a full range of theatre, with notable emphasis on contemporary, cutting edge work that addresses the issues of our time

  • Leadership experience reflecting an understanding of the critical intersection of artistic choices, audience engagement and financial outcomes

  • Achievement as a director and/or producer

  • Ability to guide and evaluate the performance of artists and staff members

  • An understanding of all areas of income generation, including audience development and fundraising

  • A comfort level with public speaking and serving as the public face of the institution

 

Compensation

The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate. While OKC Rep aspires to substantial growth over the next few years, the salary will also be competitive with theatre companies of comparable stature and size.

The package will include full medical and retirement benefits, paid vacation, sick leave and personal days.

Application Process

The Search Committee has appointed Seth Gordon, Director of the School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma, to direct the search process. The Committee hopes to make its final decision in the spring of 2021, with the successful candidate taking full time residence as soon as is feasible thereafter.

OKC Rep is not in production at this time due to the current health crisis. This affords the successful candidate time to get to know the people of Oklahoma City and properly plan a half season beginning, most likely, in early 2022.

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter of two pages or less that describe why this position and this organization attracts them, and how their body of work thus far makes them a potential leader for OKC Rep. This should be sent along with a full resume and three references to sethg@ou.edu. Electronic applications only, please. This email may also be used for any questions or concerns regarding this search process.

The application window will close on Friday, November 13, 2020.