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Working As An Artistic Director

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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • $37,295

    Average Salary

What Does An Artistic Director Do At Jewish Community Center

* The JCC of Greater Columbus' Gallery Players, Ohio's longest running community theater, seeks an innovative and highly-organized Theater Director.
* Gallery Players produces theater of the highest artistic expression, reflecting a Jewish perspective while exploring our common humanity.
* The ideal candidate is comfortable working with a committee of engaged lay leaders, setting a vision for the future of this arts program, and developing strategies to execute this vision.
* The Theater Director is responsible for artistic direction, budgeting, programming, production management and audience development, with the support of a team of a diverse array of JCC professionals.
* We are seeking a team-player who can coordinate JCC programming and productions as well as facilitation of rentals and community partnerships.
* Ideal candidates have knowledge and passion for Jewish theater, experience producing, directing, or teaching theater, and outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
* Experience with financial management, volunteer committees, and social media are essential.
* Serves as Producing Director of Gallery Players; responsible for artistic direction, budgeting, programming, marketing, production management and audience development

What Does An Artistic Director Do At The New School

* Mannes School of Music at The New School invites applications for Associate Professor of Opera Studies on a Renewable Term.
* The Professor of Opera Studies will also serve as the Managing Artistic Director of the Mannes Opera and will play a leadership role in the continued development of the Mannes Opera and opera and vocal studies at Mannes, as well as help support the development of musical theater at the College of Performing Arts (CoPA).
* The Managing Artistic Director is a key member of the faculty relating to all academic and artistic areas of opera at Mannes, including curriculum development, stage direction, teaching, and management of the Mannes Opera.
* The successful candidate for the position of Managing Artistic Director will demonstrate significant experience in stage direction and stage techniques at the professional and university levels.
* She or he will have a documented track record of artistic and pedagogical excellence and progressive growth throughout their career
* Duties include:
* Produce two major productions, one chamber opera, and scene programs each year.
* The successful candidate will direct some but not all of these productions.
* Select and recruit guest directors and music directors for productions.
* Teach a variety of coursework (in both classroom and production settings) to a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students.
* Contribute to the continued development of curriculum for opera that is relevant to artists emerging into the rapidly changing landscape of vocal performance in the 21st century.
* Develop new partnerships and build on existing ones, to ensure that Mannes vocalists have access to the widest possible range of professional and pre-professional opportunities.
* Take an active role in recruitment in the area of vocal performance at Mannes and the College of Performing Arts.
* Collaborate effectively with a wide range of colleagues, including those in the dean’s office, the CoPA production department, and the emerging musical theater program at CoPA

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How To Become An Artistic Director

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.


Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.


As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Artistic Director Demographics


  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • German

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Turkish

  • Korean

  • Filipino

  • Greek

  • Swedish

  • Romanian

  • Hindi

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Danish

  • Bulgarian

  • Zulu

  • Marathi

  • Tagalog

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Real Artistic Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
DVP, Visual Artistic Director Coach, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $225,000
DVP, Visual Artistic Director Coach, Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $225,000
Artistic Director Gagosian Gallery Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $160,000 -
Artistic Director Gagosian Gallery, Inc. New York, NY Dec 31, 2015 $150,000 -
Artistic Director Gagosian Gallery, Inc. New York, NY Dec 30, 2013 $150,000 -
Director of Artistic Planning Dallas Symphony Association, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2010 $140,455
Director GTS-Artists Services Latin America UMG Recordings Inc. Miami Beach, FL Oct 01, 2011 $125,000
Artist (Internal Title: Technical Director) Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Dec 22, 2012 $118,771
Artistic Director/Restaurant & Bar Deutsch Williams Brooks Derensis and Holland PC New York, NY Sep 17, 2015 $108,566
Artistic Director Gagosian Gallery, Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2010 $93,330 -
Creative Artist/Director Daily Sports Seoul USA, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 11, 2016 $92,900
Artistic Director Sunfish Technologies, LLC Bal Harbour, FL Sep 10, 2014 $75,000
Artistic Director State of Alabama Ballet, Inc. Birmingham, AL Jul 10, 2014 $75,000
Artistic Director M.E.P.-N.Y. Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $71,167
Creative/Artistic Director Sixseven Productions Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $68,871
Artistic Director State of Alabama Ballet, Inc. Birmingham, AL Jul 01, 2012 $65,000
Artistic Director TPWD Inc. New York, NY Jul 07, 2016 $62,610
Artistic Director & Conductor of The Youth Orchest Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association, Inc. Timonium, MD Aug 10, 2011 $60,210
Director of Artistic Planning Musical Arts Association Cleveland, OH Dec 13, 2010 $59,467 -
Artistic Director SINO-American Cultural Council, Inc. New York, NY Sep 20, 2015 $50,881
Artistic Director The Eclectic Theatre Company, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $50,088
Assistant Artistic Director Matthew Cohen Design Collective LLC New York, NY Apr 10, 2015 $50,000
Artistic Director Dad's Garage, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 01, 2013 $49,700 -
Artistic Director The Saint John's Boys' Choir Collegeville, MN Jul 27, 2015 $49,608
Artistic Director The Saint John's Boys' Choir Collegeville, MN Jul 01, 2015 $49,608

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Top Skills for An Artistic Director


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Top Artistic Director Skills

  1. Artistic Vision
  2. Performance Schedules
  3. Company Website
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created, developed and implemented the artistic vision and focus of the organization.
  • Develop curriculum development for workshops, performance schedules and calendars.
  • Use social media networking, company website, and other marketing campaigns to promote company events.
  • Expand patron/audience development and educational community outreach.
  • Engaged in contract negotiations with professional unions and provided weekly reports and annual hiring statistics to same.

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