Performing Arts Director

Applications due December 30, 2018.

Position Overview

The Performing Arts Director is a mid-career professional, responsible for the booking and successful staging of music, dance, and theater touring presentations and co-productions within AcA’s 300-seat James Devin Moncus Theater and at AcA’s presentations in the city’s 2,200-seat concert hall The Heymann Center for the Performing Arts. 

Focus Area 1: Artistic Direction and Leadership

Success Statement: AcA presents a busy season of eclectic performance and programs that attract a broad public and excite and engage diverse audiences. 

Performance Standard:

  1. Lead all performance programming, vetting proposals from agents and artists to create a season that balances the organization’s mission and revenue goals.
  2. Lead contract negotiation with artists and agents, working within a rigid nonprofit budget, to ensure ticket prices can be accessible to a broad public with minimal contributed underwriting.
  3. Engage directly with a local and non-local artists and companies to create and stage new works to present in AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater.
  4. Develop relationships with agents and presenting networks to establish AcA’s venues as a regional touring destination for popular and traditional music.
  5. Oversee Louisiana Crossroads guest curators, artists, presenters, and scholars to produce a performance program that explores connections between Louisiana musicians and their diverse inspirations and collaborators.
  6. Collaborate with marketing staff to drive audience engagement and ensure program selections are informed by market trends.
  7. Serve as primary contact for key AcA stakeholders to promote artists and provide context and content for the interpretation of performances.
  8. Collaborate with fundraising staff to ensure VIP access to artists for AcA sponsors and key supporters wherever possible.
  9. Serve as the primary community ambassador for AcA’s performance programs in the community, engaging with stakeholders at all levels of participation.

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Focus Area 2: Production Oversight and Quality Management

Success Statement: AcA presentations are world-class experiences, and audiences come away with a lasting impression of thoughtful artist interaction and seamless production quality.

Performance Standard:

  1. Create dynamic and surprising ways to engage audiences and extend the performance experience beyond the theater space.
  2. Advance technical requirements with support of Technical Director to ensure presentations fit AcA’s technical capabilities. 
  3. Lead detailed planning of all productions and oversee schedules for night of show to ensure AcA presentations are well organized, communicated, and executed.
  4. Serve as on-site organizational representative during show nights to ensure safe, clean, and responsive management of the venue.
  5. Serve as direct contact to artists and agents while on-site to ensure hospitality needs are met and schedules are followed.

Focus Area 3: Program Management and Development

Success Statement: AcA approaches artistic planning and collaboration with a thorough knowledge of its organizational resources, mission, and environment.

Performance Standard:

  1. Work with leadership to ensure budgetary and fundraising parameters are met in the booking of artists and development of programs.
  2. Communicate future plans and ideas for programs to ensure seamless management of programs and to identify new opportunities for collaboration between performance and education, visual arts, outreach, and community development programs.
  3. Engage existing and target audiences to solicit feedback and incorporate this data into decision-making.
  4. Maintain project files for individual performances and prospective season offerings.
  5. Drive continuous improvement of services through thoughtful documentation of processes and procedures.
  6. Participate in national conversations and conferences in performing arts programming to ensure AcA is informed by leading trends.
  7. Serve as a conceptual partner with leadership and project manager for special performance projects that serve AcA’s broader mission needs.
  8. Serve as a subject-matter expert for the development of educational, outreach, and community development programs related to performing arts

Focus Area 4: Workplace Relationships

Success Statement: AcA has a cohesive team that supports one another and the mission of the organization.

Performance Standard:

  1. Report to executive director.
  2. Manage communications and task flow with producers, agents, and artists.
  3. Work with leadership to set and follow budgets for all programs.
  4. Prepare for and participate in regular staff meetings, committee meetings, and board meetings.
  5. Participate in meetings with leadership, as requested.
  6. Assist other staff members and board members, as appropriate.
  7. Assist with special projects, as appropriate.


  1. Demonstrated experience managing talent booking and negotiating contacts is required.
  2. Demonstrated experience managing live productions is required.
  3. Demonstrated experience managing venues and house staff is required.
  4. Bachelor’s degree in performing arts, music, business, or other applicable field required.
  5. Demonstrated ability to engage and activate diverse audiences is highly desired.
  6. Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals is highly desired.

This position is full-time, benefits-eligible, and reports to Executive Director.

How To Apply

Applications should include a PDF resume, cover letter, and samples of presentation materials you would like to include. Applications due December 30, 2018.

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