Metropolis Performing Arts Centre


Position:  Associate Artistic Director

Position Status:  Part-time permanent

Reports to: Executive Artistic Director

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the heart of downtown Arlington Heights. It houses a 329-seat theater space as well as a full school of performing arts that includes drama, dance, and music lessons. We have a collaborative, fast-paced work environment staffed with professionals who love the arts!

Roles & Responsibilities
Programming - Produced Department
● Partner with Artistic Director and Lead Artistic Associate to research and present future shows opportunities and formulate season models that culminate in finalization of season selection
       ○ Work with APM to secure rights for shows
● Work with Lead Artistic Associate to coordinate Artistic Associates meetings as well as to lead break-out sessions Programming - Presented Department
● Work with Production Manager and Assistant Production Manager to explore and secure short-run theatrical options in order to reflect diversification of offerings when possible within the programming calendar
● Work with PM and APM assisting with artists, management and related execution of shows
● Contribute to Presented season program planning specifically to develop season programming that reflects artist variety and diversity.
      ○ Research prospective Presented Department artists and programming.
● Guide collaboration between Presented Department acts and the School to maximize institutional opportunities.

Artistic Initiatives
● Explore the creation of play readings/new works programs
● Explore and attend non-Metropolis productions

● Explore partnerships with other theaters and organizations for presented programming, school programs as well as reaching out to the community in order to maximize impact of the potential program.
● Lead brainstorming sessions for other initiatives with Artistic Director, Operations Director, Artistic Associates and other senior staff.

Production Roles
● Assist with show pre-production
     ○ Attend and contribute to meetings with Artistic Director, Creative teams, Design team, Production staff, Casting Director, and others
■ Work with Assistant Production Manager to provide input on artistic department projects, coordinate artistic staff deliverables, and align show materials with overall artistic direction

      ○ Working with Artistic Director and Production Manager, communicating with Creative and Design teams and Production staff

● Assist with Casting pre-production
     ○ Work with Casting Director to receive and review actor submissions for individual shows and overall seasons
     ○ Work with Casting Director to analyze per-show needs and seek role candidates to fulfill casting objectives
     ○ Collaborate with Casting Director in order to make casting successful in terms of recruiting diverse talent, securing appropriate audition location and staff and other actions as needed

● Attend Casting Calls
● Attend Orientation Meetings
● Attend select rehearsals, working in conjunction with the Artistic Director and Director
     ○ Assist Artistic Director with the generation and communication of notes
     ○ On occasion and as needed, the Associate Artistic Director will be charged to develop and deliver their own notes to Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Cast or Crew

● Attend select Tech Week rehearsals, working in conjunction with the Artistic Director and Director
● Attend select shows
● Assist with Curtain Speeches or House Announcements
● Assist House Management (rare but important)
● Lead post-show analysis, create post-show reports in digital format Administration
● Maintain records relating to programming, AAD initiatives and activities
● Attend staff meetings
● Meet with Executive Operations Director and/or other Senior Staff as needed
      ○ Substitute for Artistic Director when needed

● Oversight of paperwork, contract execution, etc.
     ○ Establish and maintain archives of past and current productions

● Average 20 hours per week - varying with current programming
● Flexible schedule to permit acceptance of external or internal acting and artistic roles that do not interfere with essential functions of the position.

Key Competencies:
● Able to handle multiple tasks with accuracy and establish and meet deadlines in a timely manner
● High professional standards with acute attention to details
● Exceptional communication and collaborative skills with a demonstrated ability to lead, manage and motivate people
● Excellent interpersonal skills to build collaborative relationships with both internal and external artistic teams.

● 5 years or more diverse experience in a lead production planning and execution role preferred
● Experience hiring and managing production designers, creative teams, design teams and production staff
● A thorough knowledge of the methods, practices and techniques used in the creation of stage productions
● Strong commitment to leading with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles

Please submit a resume and cover letter to


Metropolis Performing Arts Centre provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.