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 a 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 theaters in Colorado Springs and one of seven in the state.
UCCS Presents supports arts, culture, and community for UCCS and the Pikes Peak region. Its professional arts programs are the Artist Series, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, and THEATREWORKS. The University Center and Events Services provide support for these programs, as well as events across campus, while cultivating a welcoming environment for students to engage in diverse activities.
For more information, visit uccspresents.org.
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 new Artist Series in the 240-seat Chapman Foundations Recital Hall and 786-seat Shockley-Zalabak Theater; and a new campus home for the Galleries of Contemporary Art in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art. 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 is uccs.edu
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 arts.coloradosprings.gov 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.
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:
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:
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
Email only: MgtConArts@gmail.com
Suubject Line: THEATREWORKS Artistic Director Search
The Technical Director of Production (TDoP) for UCCS Presents is responsible for overseeing all aspects of scenery, including budgeting, drafting, construction, rigging, and installation. The TDoP will manage the UCCS scene shop, including its crew and equipment, and will ensure its safe and proper operation and maintenance. The aforementioned duties apply primarily to the productions of Theatreworks but the TDoP, in conjunction with the UCCS Presents Production Manager, will also provide technical, rigging, and scenic support for other users in the Ent Center for the Arts. He or She supervises full-time, part-time, student, and overhire production staff as needed for these duties.
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