U of MN - Director, BFA/Guthrie Actor Training Program


The Bachelor of Fine Arts Program Director provides high level leadership for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training program. The purpose of the BFA Program is to provide conservatory style actor training combined with rigorous study in the liberal arts. The Program Director maintains and strengthens the national reputation of the partnership between the Guthrie Theater and the University of Minnesota providing the University national and international recognition as a destination for students of theatre. The program director also serves as the liaison between the University of Minnesota and the Guthrie Theater.

  • Facilitate and nurture the relationship between the University of Minnesota and the Guthrie Theater
  • Work closely with the Manager of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and the Guthrie Theater Director of Company Development to identify goals
  • Forge and maintain professional relationships with the artistic and educational communities in the Twin Cities and across the nation
  • Actively participate in the development of fundraising strategies and in fundraising events
  • Manage the day-to-day administrative, academic and professional operations of the BFA program
  • Annually review the performance of staff and instructors, overseeing professional development and other benefits
  • Oversee the London Study Abroad program
  • Advise all students in the four companies
  • Coordinate curriculum development process
  • Create and manage the program budget
  • Direct and coordinate recruitment of the annual class of incoming BFA students

50% - Program Administration; 30% - Student Recruitment; 20% - Program Management and Leadership


  • Masters in Fine Arts degree
  • At least six years experience to include management experience
  • Budget experience; demonstrated ability to work within the limits of the organizational budgets
  • Experience with arts program management and administration
  • Leadership and supervisory experience
  • Proven ability to articulate a compelling artistic vision to diverse internal and external audiences
  • Strong track record of building relationships with community partners, funders, and arts leaders
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively; successful track record working in a committee structure
  • Demonstrated ability to play an ongoing role within an artistic organization, preferably in a leadership position
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity; demonstrated experience with and/or knowledge of diverse/emerging audiences and student populations
  • Fundraising experience
  • Student mentorship experience
  • Student recruitment experience

Job ID: 326769

Contact information

University of Minnesota
Millie Reid Rivera
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Posted September 28