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; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; 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 2022-2023 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; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; 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.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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 moments of discretion.
- Maintain organization of notes and schedules.
- Exercise flexibility acknowledging that no two days are the same.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Demonstrated experience and/or interest working in a professional theater.
- Experience, ability, 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.
VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - Friday, September 16, 2022
SALLY AND TOM by Suzan-Lori Parks
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - Friday, October 7, 2022
THE LITTLE PRINCE
drama by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - Friday, December 16, 2022
BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY by Pearl Cleage
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 - Friday, February 3, 2023
HAMLET by William Shakespeare
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - Friday, April 14, 2023
Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - Friday, May 19, 2023
INTO THE WOODS
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by James Lapine
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - Friday, June 23, 2023
A NOTE FROM HUMAN RESOURCES
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.