Guthrie Theater | Assistant Directors 2023-2024 Season

Rate of Pay: 

Reports to: Director for respective production and Associate Producer, Mainstage
Compensation: $4,000 per production



The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization. 

Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure our success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater. As an organization, we are committed to our values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility; and Fiscal Responsibility.



The Guthrie Theater would like to acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the Dakota People and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations.



The Guthrie Theater seeks one Assistant Director per mainstage production of the 2023-2024 Season. These positions serve to support the Director of their assigned production. This role requires attendance at every production meeting and rehearsal, where they are responsible for careful observation, notetaking, and flexibility to meet the requests of the Director. All staff members are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility; and Fiscal Responsibility.

This position is contracted. Rehearsal schedules typically span daytime hours from Tuesday-Sunday with evenings during tech week and preview performances. However, the schedule will vary based on the specifics for each production. Assistant Directors will be paid a total of $4,000.  Half will be paid upon signing and the remainder paid upon show opening.

The Guthrie is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.



1. Before rehearsal

  • Ensure familiarity with the play before design meetings begin.
  • Establish working relationship with the Director.
  • Attend production and design meetings. Fulfill duties as assigned by the Director as related to the outcomes.

2. During rehearsal

  • Keep careful observation of actors’ blocking and notes being given by the Director.
  • Take, organize, and distribute notes for designers and actors per the Director’s request.

3. During technical rehearsal and previews

  • Attend all tech rehearsals, preview performances, and production meetings.

4. Professional expectations

  • View the role from a learning perspective and share thoughts on the production only if elicited by the Director.
  • Recognize and exercise discretion.
  • Maintain organization of notes and schedules.
  • Exercise flexibility acknowledging that no two days are the same.



  • Demonstrated experience and/or interest working in a professional theater.
  • Experience with and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing budgets and labor estimates to keep projects within an acceptable timeframe, budget and scope.
  • Skill and experience in creative problem solving to meet the artistic needs of the show within time and financial requirements.
  • Works well under pressure and responds calmly and efficiently to frequent changes during the production and rehearsal process.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater.



The Guthrie is seeking Assistant Directors for the following productions. The dates of availability required for each production are listed below.



Directed by David Ivers

Tuesday, August 8th, 2023 – Friday, September 8th, 2023


FOR THE PEOPLE by Ty Defoe and Larissa Fasthorse

Directed by Michael John Garcés

Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - Friday, October 6, 2023


A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

Directed by Addie Gorlin-Han

Adapted by Lavina Jadhwani

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - Friday, November 10, 2023


‘ART’ by Yazmina Reza

Directed by Lisa Portes

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 - Friday, December 15, 2023


Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott

Directed by Tracy Brigden

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 - Friday, January 19, 2024


A BRITTLE GLORY Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V by William Shakespeare

Directed by Joseph Haj

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 - Friday, March 22, 2024


SKELETON CREW by Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Austene Van

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - Friday, May 3, 2024



Directed by TBA

Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman

Music by Alan Menken

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - Friday, June 21, 2024



For the safety of our guests and staff, the Guthrie Theater requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Documentation of vaccination status must be provided if an offer is made.

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Contact information

Guthrie Theater
Ava Skrade
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Posted March 16