Artistic Producer - Theater for Young Audiences

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Artistic Producer - Theater for Young Audiences


About The Kennedy Center

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” – President John F. Kennedy

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the Center presents performances across all genres, and is also home to artistic affiliates Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra.

Mission Statement: As the nation’s performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts.

Job Description

The Artistic Producer, Theater for Young Audiences (TYA), as coordinated with the Director of Education Programs and Productions, manages nearly all aspects of commissioning, new work development, and overall producing of the Theater for Young Audiences season of in-house and touring productions.  Through regularly scheduled commissioning meetings and season planning conversations, the position works closely with the Director of Education Programs and Productions, the Director of Activation and Engagement, and the Theater Education department to make programming decisions.  The Artistic Producer oversees the day-to-day management of TYA, ensuring that timelines are structured and followed, deadlines are met, and effective and efficient systems, processes, and communication are utilized.

Duties & Responsibilities

45%   In-house Commissions and Productions: serve as producer and general manager for all TYA productions (currently 2-3 per season), negotiating director, designer, and other creative team members’ contracts related to the commissioned and produced shows, overseeing the drafting and execution of creative team and actor contracts, and acting as a proactive and positive liaison between TYA and all other departments of the Center including Marketing, Advertising, Press and Production; produce the developmental workshops needed prior to the commissioned productions’ world premieres

15%   KCTYA on Tour: produce all aspects of the annual Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour production including: hiring and supervising performers and production personnel of each touring company; being the “on call” liaison with touring companies to solve problems, make decisions, and help maintain the company’s professionalism and welfare while on the road; overseeing the tour routing and managing the housing and travel for the company in coordination with the Program Coordinator, Theater Education; and supervising the external Agent who is selling and routing the TYA tours

15%   Finance, Operations, and Administration: support the Director of Education Programs and Productions in TYA budget creation and management; oversee all TYA-related expenditures and establish methods of maintaining budget control through each projections period; serve as the department’s primary contact with Kennedy Center Finance and Human Resources personnel on matters such as contracts, payroll, purchase orders, and account reconciliations; supervise the preparation and executing of financial contracts related to TYA workshops, productions, and tours, including Independent and Employee Contracts, as well as serving as the department’s primary liaison with AEA, SDC and USA; in coordination with the Assistant Manager, Theater Education, oversee the processing of all artist weekly payroll, as well as the processing of subsequent and applicable union benefits (health and welfare, pension, and dues)

12%   Casting and Creative Team Curation: serve as TYA’s primary casting contact and manage all aspects of auditions, casting and hiring of principals and understudies for all touring and produced shows, as well as developmental workshops; collaborate with show directors, casting directors, and the Director of Education Programs and Productions to determine creative team selection for productions in alignment with TYA’s anti-racism commitments; serve as General Manager to coordinate actor contracts and terms of employment; develop and maintain a deep knowledge of the agreements for AEA, SDC and USA

10%   Commissioning, Season Planning and Development: provide artistic leadership for the TYA program, providing input and insight to commissions, productions, and tours through every step of their developmental and production process; play a central role in long-range season planning efforts curated with Director, Education Programs and Production, Director of Activation and Engagement and the Theater Education department; participate in ongoing anti-racism work across Theater Education; plan, coordinate and implement the development of new work; provide dramaturgical feedback for plays in development; align work with the Education Artist-in-Residence initiative, managing and incorporating their TYA-related projects into the season as appropriate; work closely with the Director Education Programs and Productions and the Assistant Manager, Theater Education to help select and manage Performances for Young Audiences bookings/presentations to round out each season of TYA programming; assist in creating mutually beneficial collaborations/connections with other Education Division programs

3%    Other: As appropriate, serve as a key spokesperson, representative, and ambassador of the Kennedy Center at national and international conferences, taking an active role in cultivating key relationships and associations with organizations

Key Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in the performing arts, arts management, Theater for Young Audiences, or other related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • 5+ years of experience in producing theater and/or performing arts administration preferred.

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Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Administrative
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): -
Experience: 5-10 Years
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree