Artistic Director - Theatreworks, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Led by founder Murray Ross, the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) established THEATREWORKS as a community outreach program in 1975. THEATREWORKS presented its earliest productions in a converted classroom space, with two to three shows each year. Over the past forty-two years, THEATREWORKS has grown into the premiere professional theatre in the Pikes Peak Region, with a $1.8 million budget, a cumulative annual audience of more than 23,000, and a venerated suite of activities, including seven fully-produced mainstage shows, educational opportunities for youth, and outreach programs for local communities that are not fully engaged with university theater programs. THEATREWORKS is one of only two Actors’ Equity Association theatres in Colorado Springs and one of seven in the state.

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs:

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs is the fastest growing campus in the University of Colorado system. The campus is located on 550 acres in northeast Colorado Springs. From the campus, you have a spectacular view of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, including Pikes Peak, the 14,115-foot mountain that inspired the song "America the Beautiful."

Approximately 12,000 students enrolled in the fall of 2016, with almost 5,000 students participating in programs and instruction offered through online courses. The campus opened the Ent Center for the Arts in January, 2018, a $70 million project that houses THEATREWORKS in the new state-of-the-art flexible Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, the UCCS Music Program, Theatre & Dance Program, the 240-seat Chapman Foundations Recital Hall, the 786 seat Shockley-Zalabak Theater and a new campus home for the Galleries of Contemporary Art in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery. Additional learning and rehearsal spaces, a large lobby for public receptions and student engagement spaces are also in the new arts building.  The University’s website can be found here

Colorado Springs, Colorado:

Colorado Springs, at an elevation of 6,035 feet, is a city in Colorado at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. It lies near glacier-carved Pikes Peak, a landmark in Pike National Forest, with hiking trails and a cog railway leading to its 14,114 feet summit. Colorado Springs boasts excellent weather with over 300 days of sunshine a year. It is a one hour drive from Denver and four hours from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Colorado Springs is commonly listed in the top 10 most desirable places to live in the US and is in the midst of dynamic growth including in the provides information and links to information on the area.

Colorado Springs has deep roots in the arts, envisioned by city founders as an oasis of culture and refinement amidst the untamed rugged landscape. In the first half of the 20th century, artists from around the country streamed in, establishing the Broadmoor Art Academy (BAA) and rivaling Taos, New Mexico as an art colony in the southwestern United States. Stunning avant-garde performances opened the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 1936, featuring Martha Graham’s barefoot interpretations of esoteric modern dance, Eva Gauthier’s eccentric music, and mobiles designed by Alexander Calder filling the museum galleries and as the set for Erik Satie’s symphonic drama Socrate. This rich history serves as a foundation for the arts and arts supporters in the region to this day.


THEATREWORKS is a professional theatre company that values the intellectual vitality of its university setting and resources. It recently moved into the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS --a new state-of-the-art theater in January 2018 which has led to new strategic initiatives, namely increasing artistic capacity, fostering educational collaborations at the University, and creating partnerships with other community stakeholders in order to broaden and deepen the impact of THEATREWORKS and reach under-served audiences. The ENT Center has assembled a strong staff that provides support for THEATREWORKS.  More about THEATREWORKS can be found at its website here:


The Artistic Director is the artistic leader of THEATREWORKS, and will build upon the current program, determine its future vision, and oversee and implement its artistic policies. The Artistic Director will: 

  • •  Develop programming for the season; 
  • •  Support the operation and administration of the program to insure proper alignment with the goals of UCCS Presents and the University; 
  • •  Produce the THEATREWORKS season, including selecting and securing creative teams for each production; 
  • •  Oversee and develop existing artistic programs; 
  • •  Create new artistic and development initiatives; 
  • •  Represent the organization to the community; 
  • •  Work with the Advisory Board to ensure proper community alignment; 
  • •  Assure programs are consistently presented with a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders; 
  • •  Work with the Executive Director of UCCS Presents and the Advisory Board to broaden and diversify sources of income, including fundraising. 

The Artistic Director (AD) will report to the Executive Director of UCCS Presents, and will be primarily responsible for programmatic leadership; articulate a vision for THEATREWORKS’ future, which  aligns with its mission; motivate staff, Board, and others to move collectively toward that vision; and build the strong, working culture of the theatre in a way that inspires and motivates the staff. The Artistic Director will also work collaboratively with the other artistic leaders who share the Ent Center, and work to promote a collegial environment and thereby create a strong team with the Ent Center staff. 

There are certain roles in which the incoming Artistic Director will be a key driver: 

  • •  Creating challenging and innovative productions of classic and contemporary theatre and build upon and extend a history of excellence; 
  • •  Remain attentive to current loyal subscribers while engaging a larger, more diverse audience (including youth);
  • •  Gather together the finest creative teams possible from Southern Colorado and elsewhere;
  • •  Direct up to three productions per year;
  • •  Shepherd the productions, with thorough oversight of artistic excellence;
  • •  Provide supervision and guidance for the production staff to assure that the shows are being produced within the mutually agreed
    upon budget parameters;
  • •  Serve as the public face of THEATREWORKS to its communities of supporters;
  • •  Be an active participant in major gift cultivation and solicitation, in concert with the Advisory Board, UCCS Presents Executive Director, and  fundraising staff;
  • •  Engage collegially with the Advisory Board to inspire them with the work of the theatre and to support their efforts on THEATREWORKS’ behalf;
  • •  Support philosophically and guide the theatre’s education and community programs in order to ensure their impact on the citizens of Southern Colorado; 
  • •  Though there are no teaching obligations, the Artistic Director should be an inspiring voice for students at UCCS, and foster relationships with all departments at the University, particularly the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.  


Preferred Professional Experience  

  • • Proven artistic leadership capacity as demonstrated by prior roles in theatre companies--a successful track record as a theatre Artistic Director is preferred, but not required;
  • • Demonstrated ability to inspire others through a clear articulation of an artistic vision;
  • • An aesthetic approach that aligns with the theatre’s mission of producing excellent classic and contemporary work;
  • • A stage director of note and accomplishment;
  • • Demonstrated belief and commitment to education and community engagement activities, which serve a diverse audience; 
  • • Demonstrated experience developing and managing artistic teams to devise, create and produce productions of quality and distinction;
  • • Demonstrated ability to manage a budget that utilizes multiple revenue streams of earned and unearned income;
  • • At least five years’ experience in the non-profit operational and artistic development of an arts organization.

Personal Qualities and Values 

  • • Recognized and respected in the field of professional theater and known to be artist-friendly and supportive;
  • • Drive, tenacity, fresh and innovative thinking;
  • • A commitment to diversify and grow audiences;
  • • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness;
  • • A desire for collaboration, feedback, and general engagement with the campus community and the Front Range community at large.
  • • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Minimum Requirements

A baccalaureate is required, though prior experience in a leadership position in an arts organization could substitute for educational experience. One year of relevant work experience may be substituted for one year of required education. 


Although the final hiring decision will be made by UCCS Presents Executive Director, the decision will be informed by recommendations from the Search Committee. The Committee, composed of members of the Advisory Board, faculty, and staff, will make recommendations by the Spring of 2018, and bring the successful candidates onsite soon after for interviews. The salary and very attractive benefits package will be competitive with other companies of comparable stature and size. Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit, by email, a cover letter, résumé, four professional references (name, email, phone and work relationship) and salary requirements to the consulting firm retained to conduct the search:

Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. 
Attn: Stephen Richard

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