A consistently diverse group of artists, including of course the playwrights, have brought multiple points of view to PTC’s audiences. Over half of PTC’s premieres have gone on to future lives in other major regional theatres as well as to commercial runs. In this way, and like other important theatres, PTC has been rooted in its City while also playing a national role, including its active presence in New York City.
Its education programs are considered among the strongest in the City.
PTC’s mission statement is as follows: “produce, develop, and present entertaining and imaginative contemporary theatre focused on the American experience that ignites the intellect and touches the soul.”
Last year, PTC’s longtime leader and Executive Producing Director, Sara Garonzik, announced that the current season would be her last. Earlier this year, the theatre announced the hiring of its new Producing Artistic Director, Paige Price, who will be leaving her post as Executive Artistic Director of Theatre Aspen to join PTC full time early this spring.
There is also very strong interim management in place through the retaining of Amy Kaissar through June 30, 2017.
PTC is now in its tenth season in the beautiful, comfortable, and intimate (375 seats) Suzanne Roberts Theatre, owned by PTC. The performing space is properly labeled state-of-the-art. This theatre is an important anchor on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia.
In common with many other leading theatres in the United States, PTC faces challenges:
• To adapt the entire organization within an increasingly complex competitive environment.
• To continue to make work at a very high level of artistry in performance and in production values when resources are very tight.
• To significantly expand its fundraising capacity, which is key to its success, given the intimate size of its theatre; contributed income will always have to cover much of its costs.
• To innovate in the way subscriptions are sold in the face of the national trend in decline of subscribers, and to enhance its overall marketing to the public.
• And to make significant changes in response to all the above because the theatre must change to move beyond its present state of stressed resources.
Arrayed against these challenges are opportunities for the next Managing Director to build upon the company’s successes and strengths:
• To utilize the energy of the staff and Board to determine how best to adjust the organizational model in a way that can make PTC a fully sustainable company.
• To expand the number of performing arts events and other programming in its theatre that are outside PTC’s own producing season.
• To continue to create even stronger ties to all of Philadelphia’s communities and to grow the diversity on stage, in the audience, on staff, within the Board, and in the participants in its outreach programming.
PTC operates on a budget of $4.3 million. It has a committed staff of 18 members looking forward to the ongoing effort to make positive changes. It has a devoted Board of 23 members who are anxious to expand their numbers and to strengthen their fund-raising activity. There are presently almost 3,000 subscribers to a 5-play season. PTC negotiates with multiple unions—Actors Equity, Society of Directors and Choreographers, United Scenic Artists, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). It is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (sitting as a LORT C2 theatre), the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Theatre Philadelphia.
For more information about its new Artistic Director, Paige Price, and its Interim Managing Director, Amy Kaissar, as well as PTC’s history, awards, productions, and community programs go to: www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position is one of institutional leadership in full collaboration with the new Artistic Director, that requires articulating a vision for the future; motivating staff, Board, donors, and many others to enthusiastically support this vision; and then taking a major role in setting the organizational culture in which all players will make the best decisions together.
Because leadership can take many forms, the Board, with the full agreement of Paige Price, has chosen to use a flexible approach to this search regarding leadership structure, just as it did in the recent Artistic Director search. It could be a co-equal one with the Artistic Director, or it could take a different form of collaboration. Whatever the case, the Managing Director will have a critical role. All options will be evaluated through the Search Committee’s conversations with the chosen candidate and the Artistic Director about how to maximize the Managing Director’s potential for success.
The following responsibilities will be upon the Managing Director:
• Share in building a new operating model for this theatre that leads to stronger financial performance; there are elements of a turnaround operation here.
• Create an environment that will inspire, motivate, and facilitate the best work of the staff and of the Board.
• As part of leadership, work to strengthen the Board’s positive impact and its members’ sense of fulfillment and pleasure in serving PTC.
• Give significant leadership to PTC’s financial underpinning-- budgeting, strong internal controls, modeling, financial projections, trend analysis, and clear reports that reveal in multiple ways the relative fiscal health of the organization.
• Lead in creating best Human Resources practices and policies.
• Oversee directly the finance, operational, and marketing staff.
• Based on his or her complementary skills and experience relative to the Artistic Director, perhaps jointly oversee development and production; artistic and the education/community department will likely be direct reports to the Artistic Director.
• Be active in the cultivation and solicitation of major donors; Paige Price will most assuredly be a very strong part of this effort.
• Be point person for developing collaborations among leading theatres of Philadelphia and elsewhere when in the best interests of PTC.
The Board recognizes that the new Managing Director will have specific strengths, and therefore the allocation of time to various roles must reflect them to provide the leader with the time and space to perform most effectively.
First, The Search Committee will be assessing, of course, each candidate’s likelihood of forming a strong collaboration with the new Artistic Director.
Then the following considerations will be applied. No one person will fully meet all these qualifications. The Committee will consider to what degree each individual comes close to the expectations as expressed below:
• Leadership capacity as demonstrated by prior roles in projects or organizational experience within professional theatres.
• Expertise in finance, negotiations, and general business operations.
• Ability to be a key player in strategic planning and in major gift fund raising.
• An aptitude for managing others and creating an environment in which staff will be able to do their best work.
• Capacity to supervise the marketing team productively.
Personal Qualities and Values
• A proclivity for innovation and reinvention, along with a risk tolerance that encourages these two values.
• Courage in the face of change and awareness of the impact of it.
• Demonstrated belief in education and community engagement activities.
• Active embrace of diversity.
• A person who is positive, inclusive, transparent, and ready to jump in with energy and drive.
• A passion about theatre.
The Search Committee, with full participation by the Artistic Director, hopes to make its final decision within the Spring of this year. The start date for full time employment will be as soon as possible thereafter.
PROCEDURE TO APPLY:
Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit in complete confidence a cover letter and resume to the consulting firm retained to conduct the search. The letter, of no more than one and one-half pages, should describe why this post and theatre are attractive to the applicant, and what makes him or her a potentially strong contributor as a leader of the Philadelphia Theatre Company:
Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc.
Attn: Greg Kandel, Partner
Subject line: PTC MD Search
The Philadelphia Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.