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Seeking Artistic Director

As the chief architect of WaterTower Theatre’s vision and artistic profile, the successful candidate will be able to articulate a clear, distinctive, imaginative, and compelling artistic plan for the company’s future.

This position is responsible for artistic planning including artistic production and development.  The Artistic Director is in charge of hiring all artistic staff including guest directors, designers, actors, stage managers as well as providing an overall vision and direction for all educational and community outreach activities.  It is anticipated that the Artistic Director will direct several productions annually in WaterTower Theatre's season.  A strong network throughout the theatre industry is vital.

In partnership with WaterTower Theatre's Managing Director Gregory Patterson, the Artistic Director will play an important role in fund-raising, board and community relations, and fiscal stewardship.   

WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is a not for profit  501 ( c ) ( 3 ) professional theatre company operating under AEA Small Professional Theatre Company Tier 6 contract and it is widely acknowledged to be one of the leading regional theatres in North Texas.  WaterTower Theatre is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, The Dallas Voice, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has an annual budget of $1.7 million and a subscription base of more than 2,100 season ticket holders, and serves an audience of more than 28,000 patrons every year.    

WaterTower Theatre performs in two venues: the flexible 220-seat Canterbury Family Main Stage and a 70-seat black box Studio Theatre, both of which are part of the Town of Addison-owned Addison Theatre Centre.  The Company currently employs 10 full-time staff and approximately 15 part-time staff, and more than 200 artists each season, presenting a season of six Main Stage productions and several productions in the Studio Theatre.   WaterTower Theatre operates under a bifurcated management structure with both the Artistic Director and the Managing Director reporting directly to the 24-member Board of Directors.  Positions reporting directly to the Artistic Director are:  Technical Director, Associate Artistic Director, and the Production Stage Manager.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to developing and presenting theatre of the highest level of artistic excellence with good fiscal stewardship.  Increasing and diversifying its audiences and serving the wider community with education activities for all ages are important goals for WaterTower Theatre to achieve in the coming years.    WaterTower Theatre has long been recognized in the Dallas/Fort Worth arts community for pushing boundaries and presenting new works at the forefront of the larger conversation in the national arts community.  Nonetheless it also strives to offer a balanced season annually to serve many audience tastes.  To date, WTT has produced six World Premieres and 28 Regional Premieres.  

WaterTower Theatre is the fifth largest professional theatre in Texas and the second largest in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and remains committed to nurturing emerging talent, especially within the local artistic community as well as expanding and diversifying its audiences.  WaterTower Theatre aspires to embrace the varied voices and experiences of all constituents in its community and is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive culture that allows these perspectives and talents to come forward for the Theatre's and the broader community's benefit.

The Search Committee seeks a leader who will build on the solid achievements of WaterTower Theatre to date. The new Artistic Director must bring to the role:

1. A strong record of artistic achievement in professional theatre;

2. Experience working in highly complex operations with a responsibility for both excellence in artistic production and financial results;

3. A range of experience that demonstrates a pro-active and creative approach to engaging the local artistic community;

4. A high motivation to maintain, build and engage audiences for the theatre, combined with an informed perspective on audience trends and desires;

5. The ability to build effective working relationships with artists, theatre industry colleagues, donors, board members, community leaders, educational institutions, volunteers, other arts groups, elected officials and city administrators, foundations, and funding agencies;

6. A leadership approach that will create a positive, mutually supportive working relationship between the artistic and administrative operations of the company;

7. An appreciation of cultural diversity both on-stage and off:   in casting, within the staff and have a demonstrated commitment to a more equitable, inclusive and diverse community.   

Like all not for profit arts organizations, WTT relies on both ticket revenue and donations to produce world-class live professional theatre, and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from the Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, and the hundreds of individuals, corporations, and foundations whose annual donations make theatre in the Town of Addison possible, and able to be enjoyed by all in North Texas.

The Town of Addison:

Addison is DFW’s ideal destination to live and work. Designed with entrepreneurial innovation and driven by community spirit, the Town's unique 4.4-square mile urban enclave boasts 180+ restaurants, 22 hotels, upscale living, unique retail shops, more than 12 million square feet of office space, and an unmatched commitment to the arts.

Addison combines the energy, vibrancy, entertainment and commerce of a large city with small town sensibilities, creating an easy-to-use, friendly and accessible environment. Our progressive growth is engineered to support and promote your personal and professional progress. Located just 20 minutes north of the City of Dallas, Addison is one of the most dynamic and progressive small towns in all of North Texas.  WaterTower Theatre draws just over 50% of its audience members from the City of Dallas. 


We seek a person of energy and passion with a track record in artistic leadership and good fiscal stewardship, as well as excellent communication and listening skills, political acumen, and a strong commitment to engaging communities.  An excellent manager of people who will encourage a climate of professionalism and respect is essential.

The previous Producing Artistic Director, Terry Martin, has stepped down during the 2015/16 season after 17 years with WaterTower Theatre to become the Head of Fine Arts at one of the most prestigious private academies in North Texas.  The 2016/17 season is the theatre’s twentieth anniversary, and has been planned by Mr. Martin.  It is anticipated that the new Artistic Director will plan the Company's 2017/18 season.

Salary commensurate with experience.  Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references in confidence to:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, ON
Canada M5B 2J7.

Deadline for applications: Friday, September 30, 2016.

Seeking Overhire Carpenters, Electricians, Run Crew and Assistant Stage Manager

WaterTower Theatre, the professional theatre of Addison, Texas, seeks experienced theatre production personnel for part-time, overhire work in the above position. WTT produces plays and musicals year-round and will need overhire crew members for a few hours to a few weeks at a time throughout the year. All positions are paid and rates vary by position and experience. No housing or travel can be provided; local hires only, please.

Please send resume, contact information for three references and a cover letter stating your area of expertise to:

Caron Grant
Production Stage Manager
WaterTower Theatre
15650 Addison Rd
Addison, TX 75001

OR at the email

Please put in the e-mail subject line:  SUBMISSION FOR (NAME OF POSITION).

WaterTower Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged and welcome to apply. No phone calls. Email or mail submissions only, please.

WaterTower Theatre
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001
PH: 972.450.6230
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