Full Circle Theater is seeking to fill a part-time Co-Artistic Director position as Founding Co-Artistic Director Rick Shiomi steps down from his staff role after shepherding the company through its first decade

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Co-Artistic Director Job Description

June 2024


Full Circle Theater is seeking to fill a part-time Co-Artistic Director position as Founding Co-Artistic Director Rick Shiomi steps down from his staff role after shepherding the company through its first decade. We are looking for a collaborative artistic leader who will work closely with our Co-Artistic Director, Managing Director, Core Artist Leadership Group, and Board of Directors to help vision and guide the way forward in Full Circle’s next era.



In the decade since its founding, Full Circle Theater - a small, professional, nonprofit company based in the Twin Cities - has worked to carry out its mission “to create transformative theater that centers marginalized perspectives, practices equity and access, and engages diverse artists and audiences in the creation of a more socially just world.” Since 2014, FCTC has successfully produced a diverse array of mainstage productions, myriad readings of new plays, workshops for emerging artists, and online streaming events. Mainstage productions include Caught by Christopher Chen at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio, Atacama by Augusto Federico Amador and Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka at Park Square Theatre, and Antigonick by Anne Carson at Mixed Blood Theatre. With a focus on new works and world premieres, we have also produced plays like R.A. Shiomi’s Fire in the New World and They Wear Teal Ribbons Around Their Tongues by Siddeeqah Shabazz. 

Our core values include high artistic and professional standards in our work; and shared leadership amongst BIPOC, Disabled, LGBTQIA+, White, and multi-identity artists. As such, the company is led by a racially diverse, distinguished, 5-member Core Artist Leadership Group (which includes the two Co-Artistic Directors), a Managing Director, and Board of Directors whose identities embody the multiplicity and intersectionality of our communities. We operate with a collaborative leadership model, fostering cultural understanding, cross-cultural collaboration, and community connectedness. We are committed to serving diverse audiences, especially those from historically marginalized communities, and our pay-as-you-are-able model ensures access for all.


POSITION SUMMARY - Co-Artistic Director

In our collaborative leadership model, the new part-time Co-Artistic Director will work closely with Full Circle’s other Co-Artistic Director and its Managing Director, both of whom are also part-time.

This position is part time at approximately 10-15 hours per week of artistic/administrative duties on a year-round basis, and additional duties/hours as the producer for Full Circle productions and projects. For the 2024-2025 season, this includes one mainstage production in October-November 2024 (3-week, 15 performance run), and one online project in February 2025 (1 weekend, 3 day run). Administrative hours are flexible, and include staff meetings which occur during weekday business hours. Producer hours include daytime, evening, and weekend hours, in alignment with Full Circle rehearsal and production schedules. 


Full Circle operates on a hybrid model. We do not have our own office or performance space. Meetings are conducted on Zoom and in person, as determined by the staff, board, and Core Artist Leadership Group.


Compensation ranges from $17,500-$23,500 

STATUS: Part-time, Salaried Employee

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors



  • Visioning: Season Planning, Strategic Planning, Artistic oversight of productions 
  • Artistic: Serve as Director, Playwright, Dramaturg, and/or other roles on projects/productions as desired and as determined in conversation with the Core Artist Leadership Group
  • Producing: Create and execute contracts with artists, AEA, venues, and licensing agents; provide oversight of the rehearsal, production, tech/design, and strike process
  • Financial: Create production budgets and provide support for annual budget creation, write and deposit checks, make company purchases as needed
  • Marketing: Offer support for production marketing, photography and videography
  • Community Building: Develop and maintain community partnerships, provide support for community dinners, and opening and closing night celebrations
  • Front of House: Attend performances and greet patrons; help support FOH needs and box office personnel 
  • Staff: Attend and help to run weekly staff meetings, keep in regular communication with staff and contracted personnel
  • Board: Serve a a member of the Board of Directors, plan and attend meetings, support recruitment and retention efforts
  • Core Artist Leadership Group: Schedule, plan for, and help to run monthly meetings
  • Other: Maintain company insurance policies, check FCTC P.O. Box regularly




  • Collaborative leader, skilled at working in mutually respectful partnership with artistic colleagues and building consensus
  • Hands-on attitude, with a willingness to dive in and help wherever needed
  • Self-motivated, organized, able to manage multiple priorities
  • Flexibility and responsiveness in dealing with changing conditions and situations
  • Ability to navigate, manage, and resolve conflicts as they arise
  • Able to balance big-picture vision with day-to-day details and logistics


  • Minimum of 3 years experience in professional theater artistry and production
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • BA or advanced degree in Theater Arts or related field is preferred, or equivalent professional experience
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation, as the position requires frequent travel around town, especially during productions.


We know there are excellent candidates who may not fit all of the criteria we’ve outlined here, or who have important skills we haven’t listed. If that’s you, please don’t hesitate to apply anyway and tell us about yourself.


Full Circle Theater does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, people of historically marginalized gender identities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. 


For more information about our company, please visit our website: https://www.fullcircletheatermn.org/ 


To apply, please submit your resumé or CV and a cover letter via our Google Form: https://forms.gle/CCBj9UzYppwzxRX9A


The deadline for applications is July 31, 2024.

We plan to hold interviews in August and to have the position begin in September or October, 2024, as candidate’s availability allows.


If you have any questions or would like to talk further before submitting an application, please send an email to [email protected] and we will get back to you shortly.