Who We Are
TheatreFIRST (T1) is a theatre lab that has joined the search for new forms of progressive justice. Leading with mandates of a minimum two-thirds people of color, half female-identified, and one-third LGBTQIA2+ in all aspects of infrastructure and production, TheatreFIRST is a forty-member-strong community. We challenge traditional constructs at every stage of theatre’s world-building process.
Each year we craft initiatives that deeply respond to our community’s needs and chart new models of equity. Our work is built upon ongoing initiatives that include CALLBUCKS, which pays an hourly stipend to all auditioning actors and provides childcare and eldercare during their in-person callbacks, LIVING WAGE, our policy of paying everyone in the organization the same hourly rate, and BLANK SPACE, which created resources, space, and time for our community members free of charge.
We are not another theatre company with an EDI committee: we are a social and economic justice organization that uses theatre as its method for change.
TheatreFIRST now begins the year-long implementation of a new cyclical leadership structure. Going forward T1 will become a pipeline for Artistic Directors who are committed to a social justice mission. We want to give artists who use art as activism a platform to create, build, learn and ultimately go on to lead larger institutions.
The current Artistic Facilitator, Jon Tracy, will finish planning and executing the 20-21 season programming through June 2021. At the same time, T1 will hire an Incoming Artistic Director to develop their own programming for the following three seasons. By June 2021, Jon Tracy will transition to Company Manager, working under the leadership of the newly instated Artistic Director. The new Artistic Director will work part time as an Associate from January 2020-June 2021 and will transition to full time June 2021. In 2023 the cycle will begin again with the hiring of a new incoming Artistic Director who will begin programming a new season in 2024.
What You Will Do
Who You Are
Qualities in an ideal candidate:
January 2021 – June 2021, Part-time Incoming Artistic Director: ~$1280/mo
June 2021 – June 2024, Full-time Artistic Director: ~$2560/mo
While the Artistic Director job is full time, it does allow for other employment, such as teaching and/or directing outside of TheatreFIRST.
Please send your resume and a one page artistic statement to LHC@theatrefirst.com.
In your artistic statement tell us about how your experience relates to TheatreFIRST’s mission, and give us a bird’s-eye view of your artistic vision for TheaterFIRST.
Leadership Hiring Committee:
Tiera Allen, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Jeffrey Lo, Domenique Lozano, Geetha Reddy, Cathleen Ridlley, Alejandra Maria Rivas, Cleavon Smith, Jon Tracy