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The Artistic Director will provide an artistic vision and strategic direction that embraces Victory Gardens’ long-standing commitment to new works and innovative theater. Dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in all that they do, this creative leader will build upon Victory Gardens’ legacy of nurturing and producing relevant new theater work that is inspired by and reflective of diverse voices and stories of contemporary society. Guided by the mission and vision, the Artistic Director will conceptualize, develop, and deliver inventive and lively programming that provides an inclusive theater experience for a growing audience and demonstrates the commitment to nurturing and producing the work of new playwrights. Cognizant of the pandemic’s impact on the performing arts, the Artistic Director will be open to exploring new artistic forms and production models. This dynamic artist will enthusiastically represent the organization to multiple constituencies, advancing partnerships and deepening the engagement with Chicago’s diverse communities. They will enthusiastically participate in the cultivation and stewarding of donors, actively collaborating with the Executive Director to ensure the organization’s long-term sustainability. An innate collaborator, the Artistic Director will be a thought leader for civic change who builds on theater’s unique ability to foster meaningful dialogue about societal issues.

Roles and Responsibilities

Artistic Vision and Leadership

  • Create a stimulating, fresh, and forward-thinking artistic vision that is inspired by and built on Victory Gardens’ legacy of developing new work with emerging and leading playwrights, embracing equity and inclusion.
  • Conceptualize, develop, and implement a theatrical season in line with the mission, vision, and values.
  • Lead the artistic and production teams, setting and maintaining high artistic and production standards and ensuring a positive and safe workspace and creative environment for all artists and technicians.
  • Provide thoughtful and strong leadership and guidance to directors, choreographers, designers, music directors, and other involved artists, working closely in partnership with production teams.
  • Support the Casting Director in the selection of actors for productions, ensuring a fair and inclusive casting process.
  • Engage in concerted work with the Literary Manager for the successful production of IGNITION Festival of new Plays, as well as season planning and development.
  • Approve the slate for the Directors Inclusion Initiative in mutual agreement with the Artistic Programs Manager.
  • Partner with the ACCESS coordinator to approve all programs and activities and approve and supervise all artistic programming in cooperation with the Education team.
  • Incorporate personal artistry into each year’s programming in some capacity to engage directly with other artists and Victory Gardens’ constituents.
  • Develop and cultivate creative and artistic relationships with local, national, and international playwrights and theater artists, evaluating potential partners for new projects.
  • Actively engage in the local, regional, and national theater sector by attending plays and productions.
  • Commission playwrights for premieres and other projects, managing the commission process and mentoring and nurturing new voices.

Community Engagement and Partnerships

  • Serve as spokesperson and ambassador for the artistic purpose and vision of the organization, participating in speaking engagements, public and social appearances, and fundraising and donor cultivation events.
  • Foster positive interactions with arts and cultural organizations at the local, regional, and national levels by participating in convenings, joint activities, and professional associations’ boards, committees, and panels.
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships to advance the organization’s artistic and community engagement goals.
  • Build positive and impactful relationships with community-based organizations that engage people with Victory Gardens’ programming and support the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments and efforts.
  • Keep abreast of critical issues and conversations that impact the theater community, including the recent “We See You, White American Theater” article.

Management and Administration

  • Develop a deep and positive working relationship with the board of directors, reporting regularly on the organization’s artistic activity.
  • Conceive, develop, and implement strategies to ensure that the organization has a sustainable business model with a healthy appetite for artistic risk in partnership with the Managing/Executive Director.
  • Engage in the organization’s revenue enhancement activities, coordinating with the Development Director to cultivate and steward donors and actively take part in development and fundraising activities.
  • Participate in the development of the annual program budget.
  • Formulate and implement evaluation strategies for artistic and educational programming.
  • Hire and provide day-to-day oversight and supervision to the Production Manager, Technical Director, and other key technical personnel—visibly providing support, establishing work plans, and evaluating performance.
  • Cultivate and foster a supportive work environment driven by integrity, diversity, innovation, and excellence.
  • Promote the creative and professional development of team members as valuable assets to the organization, recruiting and retaining the highest quality staff and artistic talent.
  • Cooperate with the Director of Marketing and the marketing team to oversee branding, public messaging, advertising, social media, and other public communications.
Traits and Characteristics

The Artistic Director will be a thoughtful and creative leader, passionate about the theater and personally engaged in advancing the values of equity and inclusion. They will be motivated by new ideas, methodologies, and approaches that expand the reach of theatrical activity. Using an inherently collaborative approach, the Artistic Director will be supportive of their team and appreciate their collective efforts. They will intuitively use past experiences and seek knowledge to achieve their artistic vision. This individual will be comfortable interacting frequently with a variety of people, easily adapting to changing circumstances. Decisive, assertive, and fast acting, the Artistic Director will take advantage of situations that advance the organization’s mission. Other key competencies of the role include:

  • Leadership and Diplomacy – The ability to inspire and influence others with an exciting artistic vision, building trust that supports creative risks, and leveraging networks of influence to advance the organization’s mission.
  • Teamwork – The capacity to drive team decisions towards consensus, respecting individual perspectives and appreciating and recognizing the contributions of team members towards their shared purpose.
  • Futuristic Thinking – The foresight to envision expanded artistic possibilities, championing cutting-edge ideas and concepts and crafting an environment where creative thinking is the norm, not the exception.
  • Self-Starting and Personal Accountability – The disposition and confidence to take initiative with assertiveness and persistence and the ability to self-evaluate and accept responsibility for actions and results.
  • Time and Priority Management – The aptitude to ascertain competing priorities, resolve difficulties and overcome obstacles, and maximize the use of time and resources to attain the desired artistic outcomes.
Qualifications

Artistic leadership experience in a producing theatrical organization with a demonstrated track record commissioning and producing new works by emerging and established playwrights is required. Knowledge and familiarity with the Chicago, regional, and national artistic communities, including casting agents, actors, designers and directors is necessary. Extensive knowledge of theatrical union contracts (Actors’ Equity Association, Society of Directors and Choreographers, American Federation of Musicians, and United Scenic Artists), with union negotiation experience, is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Victory Gardens offers a competitive salary commensurate with results-oriented experience. The benefits package includes paid time off; medical and dental insurance; and pension, educational, and wellness programs. The starting salary is expected to be in the range of $100,000 to $110,000.

Applications and Inquiries

To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please visit artsconsulting.com/employment. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:

Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Senior Vice President
Arts Consulting Group
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225
Email VictoryGardens@ArtsConsulting.com

Production

Currently, there are no open positions.

Auditions

Victory Gardens holds general auditions for both Equity and non-equity members each year.

Equity Actors (Members Of Actors’ Equity Association)

Equity auditions are held each Spring. Once Equity auditions are announced, appointments can be made appointments directly through the Chicago Equity office. Victory Gardens does not schedule appointments. For more information contact the Chicago AEA office.

Non-Equity Actors

Non-AEA Generals are held each Spring and are by invitation only. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

How to Submit

Headshots and resumes are only accepted electronically. For consideration, please email your headshot and resume (as two separate attachments) AND a short cover letter (no more than 100 words – see specific points below) to casting@victorygardens.org

Please adhere to the following guidelines for submission:

  • Headshot

    • Must be emailed as a picture file (ex. .jpeg, .png, etc) – please no pdfs.

    • Please label as First Name Last Name Headshot

  • Resume

    • Must be an Adobe .pdf file (please no Word docs, pages, Google Docs, etc)

    • Please label as First Name Last Name Resume

  • Cover Letter

    • No more than 100 words

    • Please indicate if you are interested in any particular shows or projects for the upcoming season

    • Please indicate your union status

    • Also feel free to indicate (but only if you are truly interested) if you’d like to be considered for understudy roles, short projects, or serving as a reader for auditions.

Out-of-Town Actors
Our mission is to provide jobs for Chicago artists. Yet, we welcome artists who are planning on relocating and desire to begin connections with the Chicago theater community. If you are an Equity actor visiting from out of town and are planning on relocating, please email casting and adhere to the submission guidelines above. You are also welcome to include a reel or other video demonstrations of your work. 

Play Submissions

Victory Gardens Theater accepts full-length scripts year-round from literary agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing professional relationship. Mailed copies of scripts are accepted, though we encourage electronic PDF or Word document submissions if at all possible. We do not accept unsolicited scripts.

Internships

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, our offices are closed and our internship program is temporarily suspended. This page will be updated when internships are once again available. If you have questions, please contact us at information@victorygardens.org.

The Victory Gardens Theater internship program offers exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to gain hands on experience working side-by-side with extraordinary artists, administrators and technicians.

Interns will be actively involved with all areas of theater on many different levels. Department heads will give interns tasks and challenges that will provide direct support to our day-to-day activities. Victory Gardens staff members will serve as mentors to each intern to ensure they have every chance for professional growth. Our goal is to give interns a comprehensive experience in theater production and theater management to provide the skills necessary to be a viable candidate in a highly competitive field.

Victory Gardens Theater is pleased to offer year-round general internships in the following areas:

Position Description: The Access and Audience Development Intern will report to both the Access Project Coordinator and Audience Development Manager. They will be integral in providing services to patrons who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision, or have physical disabilities, while also working to engage audiences through outreach, event programming, and group sales/partner fundraising events.

This internship is open to students at the college level and above

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Understanding and assisting to deliver the access services to our patrons
  • Learning to write and conduct Touch Tours for patrons who are blind or have low vision
  • Learning to program open captions for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Understanding the basics of audio described performances
  • Serving as point person for patrons on Access Nights
  • Assisting in developing new best practices for providing access services
  • Assisting in programming events and public programs
  • Developing ways to further connect Victory Gardens Theater with the city of Chicago

Required Skills:

  • A passion for creating an equitable theater space for all
  • Interest in accessible services
  • Ability to prioritize projects.
  • Comfort making phone calls and meeting with community partners.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills including proofreading and editing.

Time Commitment: 10-25 hours per week. Weekly meetings with an on-site presence for specific performances and events. Exact days and hours to be discussed during interview.

Mentor(s):

  • Brian Balcom, Resident Artist, Access Program

To Apply: Please submit the following in a single document:

  • Statement of interest (300 words or less)
  • Resume
  • List of 3 references with email and phone number

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Education Intern will provide support to Drama in the Schools, Scholarship Subscription Series and the Teen Arts Council programs exposing Chicago students to theater. The ideal candidate should be interested in a career in arts administration, outreach and engagement. The Education Intern will report directly to the Director of Education

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Track residency details
  • Assist with the creation of study guides
  • Attend student matinee performances
  • Research potential partner schools in designated areas
  • Observe in-school residency sessions
  • Teach some portions of Drama in the Schools classes, based on skill level
  • General Administrative tasks

Required Skills:

  • Interest in education, arts integration, theater and performing arts
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple projects
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)
  • Interest in building skills as a Teaching Artist
  • Experience with students a plus, but not required

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Roxanna Conner, Director of Education

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Audience Development Intern works closely with the Audience Development Manager to engage audiences through outreach, event programming, and group sales/partner fundraising events.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in programming events.
  • Researching organizations, school groups, and social clubs whose mission aligns with Victory Gardens Theater and our season performances.
  • Assisting in the planning and event support of audience development public programs.
  • Reporting on patron engagement and group sales.
  • Initiating and maintaining relationships with neighborhood businesses.
  • Recording meeting minutes and coordinate communication with Audience Development Committee.
  • Helping develop new ways to further connect Victory Gardens Theater with the city of Chicago . Required Skills:
  • A passion for creating an equitable theater space for all
  • Comfort making phone calls and meeting with community partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills including proofreading and editing.
  • Ability to prioritize projects.
  • A passion for live theater and the arts.

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process

Mentor: Amanda Cantlin, Director of Marketing and Communications

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Fundraising and Events Intern is a key member of the Victory Gardens Development and Fundraising Department. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills fundamental to successful non-profit fundraising and arts administration, while learning the day-to-day functions of a professional theater’s development department. Interns will learn about an established, mid-sized arts organization’s diverse streams of contributed income and methods for achieving contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the government.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Support all areas of Victory Gardens’ fundraising efforts, placing special emphasis on event planning including planning, execution and follow up, and assisting in the day-to-day maintenance of a robust individual giving program
  • Assist in planning major fundraising events (e.g. Annual Chicago Stories Gala, Spring Fundraiser, and Opening Night Receptions)
  • Help prepare for and staff donor cultivation events
  • Assist with meeting materials in preparation for Board of Directors meetings
  • Assist in the development of written materials including letters, reports, proposals, and invitations as they relate to the administrative health of the department
  • Regular data entry and database management
  • Other general office tasks/duties as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Interest in development and fundraising, theater, the arts, event management or non-profit
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)
  • Familiarity with Total Info or other customer relationship databases a plus, but not required

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Ryan Stanfield, Development Manager

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description:
Literary Management interns contribute to and provide support for a wide range of artistic programs including production dramaturgy for our mainstage season, audience engagement/community development, literary management and new play submissions, new play development research and support, and other functions managed by the artistic department at Victory Gardens. The Literary Management interns will report directly to the Director of New Play Development.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Researching and connecting with Chicago-based community and cultural organizations in planning for future Public Programs events
  • Reading, discussing and writing script reports for solicited plays in consideration for season programming and the IGNITION Festival of New Plays
  • Producing assigned Public Programs and special events on an as-needed basis (most events occur in the evenings and weekends)
  • Conducting dramaturgical research for plays in production, and support the dramaturg during the rehearsal process
  • Co-authoring program articles and dramaturgy packets
  • Providing administrative support to literary functions including correspondence, database management, volunteer recruitment, organization of play readings and workshops and other tasks associated with the literary department
  • Participating in artistic staff meetings to shape and plan future activities, including season planning and the IGNITION Festival of New Plays

Required Skills:

  • Interest in dramaturgy, producing, audience engagement and/or literary management
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor(s): Kat Zukaitis, Literary Manager

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Marketing department at Victory Gardens Theater oversees all marketing initiatives for VG’s 5-show season, subscription renewal and acquisition as well as the brand as a whole. The Marketing intern assists in the planning and implementation of advertising, content creation, social media and digital communications.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in content creation including coordination and day-of support for video and photo shoots.
  • Building e-blast communications.
  • Creating content for social media channels.
  • Working on research projects and overseeing reports.
  • Participating in planning, brainstorming, and strategy sessions.
  • Supporting events at Victory Gardens such as opening nights and VIP receptions.

Required Skills:

  • Interest in a career in arts marketing
  • Familiarity with social media channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Familiarity with Adobe creative suite (specifically Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator) is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team environment
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced and agile work environment
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel) and Google docs.

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor(s): Amanda Cantlin, Director of Marketing & Communications; Yesica Tellez, Marketing Associate

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org. More information can be found at victorygardens.org/internships

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Producing and Casting Intern will play a critical role in supporting the Casting & Producing team charged with mounting five MainStage shows, a large new play festival and various workshops and readings throughout the season. The Producing and Casting Intern will report directly to Victory Gardens Casting & Producing Associate, who will train and work with them in exploring the necessary components needed to successfully cast and produce diverse and inclusive work.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with the coordination and execution of all audition processes, including scheduling, emailing artists, monitoring auditions, posting notices, etc.
  • Assisting with the maintenance of organizational casting systems
  • Developing familiarity with Actor’s Equity Guidelines
  • Attending shows and showcases in the community to gain familiarity with Chicago artists
  • Attending panels and workshops that aid in increasing the efficiency of the casting process
  • Supporting the Line Producer of Victory Gardens mainstage shows to learn best practices in navigating the artistic relationships of a show
  • Learning how to have thoughtful conversation and dialogue with directors and playwrights in the new play development landscape

Required Skills:

  • Interest in casting, theater, the arts, or non-profit
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: TBD

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.

Items of note: Exact schedules will be set by the department head. Exact dates are flexible and arranged to correspond with intern’s college schedules. Housing is not provided. College credit may be available through the intern’s university or college. Interns receive complimentary tickets and are strongly encouraged to attend VG mainstage shows. Otherwise, these internships are unpaid. Victory Gardens Theater also accepts intern applications on an open basis throughout the year.

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

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