Indiana Repertory Theatre Seeks Associate Artistic Director

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Indiana Repertory Theatre Seeks Associate Artistic Director


POSITION TITLE:  Associate Artistic Director
CREATED:  March 2023
SUPERVISOR’S TITLE:  Artistic Director
SALARY:  $80,000 – $85,000
The Associate Artistic Director will be instrumental in overseeing and facilitating the day-to-day artistic operations of the theatre while assisting the Artistic Director in achieving mission-driven goals in production and programming. The AAD will act as liaison within the organization and with the community to manage flow of information, allotment of resources, and calendar management for the season. The AAD will also serve as a frequent public face of Indiana Repertory Theatre both locally and nationally.  Reporting to the Artistic Director, the AAD is a member of IRT’s senior management team and will work closely with the Managing Director, Production Manager, Director of Marketing & Communications, Director of Development, Director of Inclusion and Community Partnerships, and the Board of Directors. The AAD will join the artistic team which consists of the Artistic Director, Production Manager, Resident Dramaturg, Playwright-in-Residence, Education Coordinator, and Company Manager.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative, charismatic, community-centered artist and producer who leads with positivity, heart, and an equity lens.  They have a proven history of excellence in producing and directing stellar productions while balancing the needs of artistic teams, institutional priorities, and multiple communities. As IRT transitions to new artistic leadership after nearly three decades under the guidance of Janet Allen, the AAD will play a critical role in building the next chapter of the institution through thought-leadership, connectivity, and ingenuity. Rooted in the heart of Indiana, a successful artistic staff is dedicated to making theatre in the Midwest, bringing world-class artists to Indiana, and celebrating our whole community.



Line-produce projects with freelance directors and standardize artistic-producing practices
Direct one to two productions annually as assigned by the Artistic Director
Manage the casting process both locally and nationally including Equity Principal Auditions, local generals, and maintaining a casting database
Manage artistic budget in partnership with the Artistic Director and Production Manager while upholding sustainability values
Collaborate with Artistic Department on season selection, strategic planning, community partnerships, public representation, and literary management
Attend board meetings and act as staff liaison for one board committee
Represent the Artistic staff – both internally and externally – as a consistent, public face for donors, audiences, and artists
Supervise the Education Coordinator in collaboration with Managing Director, curating pre-professional programming and Summer Camps as assigned
Serve on IDEA staff and board committees
Support the Community Ambassador Program with direction from the Director of Inclusion & Community Partnerships
Lead artistic talkbacks and engagement opportunities for donors, patrons, staff, and board
Other duties as designated by the Artistic Director

A strong candidate will have the following education and/or equivalent experience.

Training and experience directing/assisting in LORT theatres
A demonstrated experience in managing budgets, producing, and coordinating large artistic projects
Commitment to growing cross cultural competencies and leading organizational strategies
Experience balancing the needs of multiple constituencies and institutional priorities
IRT gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience and training advocating for IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)
Bachelor’s Degree or higher


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

Someone who joyfully thrives on developing meaningful community relationships
Ability to operate effectively in changing environments
Self-starter mentality with the ability to work independently when remote
Strong written and communication skills; high emotional intelligence
Strong facilitation and organizational skills
A passion for social justice, community wellness, and leading with IDEA values
Strong financial management and artistic budgeting experience
Integrity and discretion
Exceptional public speaking skills
Ability to speak languages in addition to English is a plus
Strong skill in Microsoft Suite


The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) was founded in 1972 and is the only theatre in Indiana to belong to the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).  Currently, the IRT produces seven productions annually for diverse audiences on two stages (the OneAmerica Mainstage, and the Upperstage). The repertoire includes work varying from world premieres to classics. The IRT serves audiences of multiple generations including students from early elementary through twelfth grade. With a significant endowment, the IRT is financially stable and looks forward to many more years of creating art for the Indianapolis community. The IRT leadership, Staff, and Board are committed to building an anti-racist and inclusive Theatre. This commitment is reflected in investments in all Staff/Board training, centering our IDEA work (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access) in our strategic plan, and in growing enthusiasm for the work both in our company culture and the city of Indianapolis.  To learn more, visit our website to read more about our IDEA work.


Rooted in the heart of Indiana, Indiana Repertory Theatre is committed to building a vital, vibrant and informed community through the transformational power of live theatre.  The Indiana Repertory Theatre produces inclusive, top-quality, professional theatre and community programming to engage, surprise, challenge and entertain members of the whole community.


The Indiana Repertory Theatre will welcome the whole community, becoming a place of belonging for an ever-expanding audience of all ages and backgrounds seeking meaningful and enjoyable experiences. Using theatre as a springboard for both personal reflection and community discussion, our productions and programs will inspire our neighbors to learn about themselves and others. As the largest non-profit theatre in the state of Indiana, IRT’s goal is to help make Indiana a dynamic home of cultural expression, economic vitality, and a diverse and engaged citizenry.


We want to acknowledge that what we now call Indiana is on the ancestral lands of many indigenous peoples including the Miami, Piankashaw, Wea, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Delaware, and Shawnee. We pay respects to their elders past and present.

The historic Indiana Theatre was built in 1927, a time when the shameful practice of racial segregation was the standard across the United States. The Indiana Theatre building was originally segregated and at some point in its history this practice ceased. We cannot erase this history.

We honor and respect all those who have faced discrimination and harm in our building. See our full land and building acknowledgments on our website.

The IRT is committed to building an inclusive, welcoming Theatre that celebrates diversity in all areas of our work.  Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.  This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender, and non-binary candidates.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Benjamin Hanna, Review of applications will begin in May of 2023 and will continue until filled.