Artistic Associate

Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Position: Artistic Associate
Reports to: Associate Artistic Director”
Job type: Full time, annual
Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000
Benefits: KCRep provides a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability coverage. KCRep also provides a generous PTO policy including 11 company holidays, 120 hours PTO and a paid companywide shutdown during the holiday season.

The Position:
The Artistic Associate will lead casting and support the Associate Artistic Director to line produce productions for KCRep’s season, which includes our two theatres as well as our site specific and community connected productions. As KCRep’s casting lead, the Artistic Producer will lead all casting processes and collaborate with external casting directors and seasonal directors to cast all KCRep stage productions, workshops, readings and special events. In addition, they will cultivate artistic and industry relationships, support organizational arts engagement activities, advance KCRep’s work in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism (IDEA), and be an advocate for KCRep locally and nationally. Depending on area of expertise there are opportunities artistically in other areas.

The Artistic Associate will be a key member of the Artistic Team and work collaboratively to advance KCRep’s mission to create transformative theatre experiences that meaningfully center theatre in the lives of our Kansas City community.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Associate Artistic Director to support and produce all artistic programming and initiatives at KCRep
  • Partner in play selection with Artistic Director and the Programming Team for the season
  • Lead casting at KCRep including:
    • Develop and post casting breakdowns
    • Arrange casting sessions
    • Coordinate with creative teams
    • Review all casting submissions, and schedule appointments
    • Maintain audition database
    • Hire and collaborate with external casting directors
    • Attend talent showcases, readings and local productions
  • Maintain responsibility for casting budget
  • Follow all AEA policies and protocols related to casting and auditions
  • Provide calendar oversight and integration of artistic projects and programs
  • Provide rehearsal and performance support in all KCRep productions
  • Meaningfully contribute and partner to advance KCRep’s commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism (IDEA)
  • Cultivate artistic and industry relationships locally and nationally
  • Engage in weekly Artistic and Artistic-Production Team meetings
  • Work closely with the General Manager on contracting of artists
  • Work closely with the Associate Artistic Director KCRep/UMKC Partnership to identify casting opportunities for UMKC Division of Theatre students
  • In partnership with the Artistic Team work to connect the entire staff, board and audience to the productions on our stages and community-based programs and advance KCRep’s service and impact in the KC community
  • Abide by all Kansas City Repertory policies and procedures

Key Competencies Desired:

  • A demonstrated expertise in managing and producing complex artistic projects
  • Experience managing, motivating and inspiring staff and stakeholders to accomplish common goals objectives
  • Demonstrated commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism principles and practices
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills – characterized by the ability to listen, speak and write well
  • Experience with union agreements and contracts including AEA and SDC
  • Integrity, honesty and generosity

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to repartisticoffice@kcrep.org . Deadline for submission is May 2nd, 2022.

ABOUT KANSAS CITY REPERTORY THEATRE
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected regional theaters, produces theatrical excellence, creating and sharing stories at the center of our nation’s creative crossroads. Lauded by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Variety and The Toronto Sun, KCRep produces mainstage plays and special events at Spencer Theatre, where it serves as the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Copaken Stage located in downtown Kansas City. KCRep employs more than 200 professional artists, technicians, and administrators, and serves more than 65,000 patrons including 10,000 school children.

MISSION
To inspire, entertain, and open minds by creating transformative theatre experiences for all.

VISION
KCRep will be a catalyst for a culturally vibrant, equitable, and thriving Kansas City by connecting artists and audiences in a welcoming environment that fosters wonder, curiosity, and understanding.

OUR VALUES

Empathy: We empathize with those around us, and we prioritize an environment grounded in empathy and generosity of spirit.

Inclusion: We welcome and include everyone. We are respectfully curious about others. We meet people where they are.

Openness: As individuals, teammates, and as an organization, we open our minds to new ideas, hard conversations, challenges, and growth.

Collaboration: We prioritize building a connected and united team. We collaborate internally and externally to share stories respectfully and joyfully on stage.

Innovation: We create art, and community. We value the innovation it takes on and off stage to support this work.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps
Following the social uprisings of summer 2020, KCRep publicly re-affirmed its commitment to the work of inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism (IDEA). Board and staff IDEA committees are collaborating to ensure that this work remains central to our theatre’s daily operations. The staff IDEA committee has established a list of recommendations including identifying and addressing barriers that obstruct IDEA practices; ensuring inclusive representation of the entire community across the organization; and cultivating community partnerships that demonstrate our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism. KCRep’s IDEA statement and updates on our work are available online at www.kcrep.org/inclusion.