Artistic Director 

Posted July 27, 2017

Reports to: The Board of Directors
Employment status: Full-time, exempt and salaried
Salary: Competitive
Supervises: Production Manager, Associate Artistic Director



The artistic director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of Cardinal Stage Company through artistic planning, production, education, and the performance of various executive and managerial functions. The artistic director will share with the board of directors and the managing director the responsibilities for artistic growth, financial stability, and service to the South-Central Indiana community inherent in the mission of Cardinal Stage Company. The artistic director will create and execute a vision that engages, challenges, and inspires diverse audiences.


The successful candidate is a passionate, collaborative, and community-minded theatre artist with experience setting and executing the artistic direction of a professional theatre company. The preferred candidate is a successful theatre director with a love for a broad range of theatrical experiences. The preferred candidate is also experienced in professional new play development and production. He/she is also capable of working collaboratively with a board of directors and the managing director to leverage resources and develop key donor relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations, as well as develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other local arts organizations and public institutions.


The mission of Cardinal Stage Company is to advance professional theatre in Bloomington. We aim to cultivate a lifelong passion for the stage by offering diverse, high quality productions in tandem with outreach and educational initiatives that contribute to the cultural and economic vibrancy of South-Central Indiana.


Cardinal Stage Company is recognized throughout the region for excellence in programming and community outreach from our state of the art performance facility. With a fully professional staff and an emerging national profile, Cardinal is a key contributor to the quality of life in South-Central Indiana.


In just ten years, Cardinal has grown into the largest independent arts organization in Bloomington, Indiana with an annual operating budget of $1.2 million and supporting a full-time staff of seven. Over the years, Cardinal has generated hundreds jobs for artists and introduced an entire generation of Bloomington children to professional live theatre, giving away thousands of free tickets to families who need them most. Cardinal programs a range of material to compliment the diverse interests of Bloomington and the surrounding region. The consistent factor is that Cardinal shows are critically praised and popular with audiences throughout South-Central Indiana.

In 2017, Cardinal Stage will enter a period of organizational transition with the departure of Founding Artistic Director Randy White. Cardinal is working tirelessly to build on his significant and distinguished legacy, viewing his departure as a sign of the healthy evolution of the now 10-year-old company.

Cardinal Stage Company works with Actors’ Equity Association under a Category 8 Small Professional Theatre Agreement.



  • Create production seasons based on collective community interest, company history, and current artistic, financial, and educational imperatives.
  • Maintain productive, collaborative relationships with area venues.
  • Promote a level of artistic excellence and diversity that expands Cardinal’s audience and reach.
  • Work to utilize and develop the talents of local youth and adult artists.
  • Ensure each production is properly and fully staffed. This includes facilitating the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of all artistic personnel including directors, actors, performers, designers, stage managers, etc.
  • Ensure each production maintains a level of excellence and professionalism throughout the run of the production. This includes addressing issues that may arise during the run, be they technical, cast, crew or facility-related.
  • Ensure that proper contracts and licensing agreements are in place and that Cardinal policies and Theatre Industry Best Management practices are being followed.
  • Promote a creative culture that helps attract the best actors, designers, and creative artists from around the country.
  • Ensure that a consistent artistic vision is brought to all theatre endeavors.
  • Support marketing activities in those areas where the work involves artistic or creative decisions.
  • Oversee guest artists and Cardinal staff communications, and ensure they are working well together, communicating, and staying on budget.


  • Develop a production budget for each season in collaboration with the production manager and managing director to be approved by the board of directors
  • Supervise and manage all production budget expenditures.
  • Negotiate contracts with actors, agents, and rights holders.

Community Relations

  • Ensure constant organization-wide focus on deepening patron relationships and increasing repeat attendance through enhanced customer service, audience engagement, and targeted marketing.
  • Maintain high visibility and actively participate in the community, while building relationships with donors and potential donors through community outreach.

Organizational Management

  • Foster an environment of clear communications and expectations with staff.
  • Report regularly to the chair of the board of directors and attend scheduled board meetings and other meetings as requested.
  • Work closely with the managing director to facilitate a positive working environment
  • Work with the managing director and board of directors to fill any vacancies in direct report staff.
  • Supervise staff through daily oversight.
  • Lead by example.


Please send a Cover Letter, Resume, References and Salary Requirements to

Materials due by August 11, 2017.



Production Opportunities

We are continuously accepting submissions for set designers, costume designers and light designers – as well as short-term hires for staffing productions, including assistant stage managers, wardrobe, dressers, painters, carpenters, spot ops, etc.

If interested please contact us at, Attention: Production Management