Gulfshore Playhouse seeks a deeply experienced professional to manage the organization’s finance, business, legal and human resource functions for the Founder and Producing Artistic Director.
Located in Naples, Florida, Gulfshore Playhouse was founded in 2004 and has experienced thirteen years of explosive growth based in artistic and arts-education success. From modest beginnings, the organization today has a 9 month season, extensive educational and public programs that engage both underserved and prosperous segments of the community, an annual budget of $3.5m, a 13 member Board, 28 full-time staff, roughly 100 volunteers, about 1300 subscribers, and an annual attendance of about 100,000.
The Playhouse premiered its first full-scale production in 2006 (Oleanna by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet, starring Tony nominee Alan Campbell), and has presented world premieres, Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and Tony-nominated and/or winning talent. Six mainstage productions are annually presented between October and May. These productions span different genres, venerated classics, new works and Broadway hits. The New Works Festival, now in its fifth year, has attracted national attention for a rigorous process that engages the whole community with a blind submission process, a corps of volunteer readers and a selection process that has four winners giving 15 hours of workshops for each of the winning plays. In the 2013-2014 season, Gulfshore Playhouse produced its first World Premiere (The God Game by Suzanne Bradbeer), and this was followed in the 14-15 season with another World Premiere (a winner of the first New Works Festival, The Butcher by Gwydion Suilebhan). The Synergy Series was established that same year to offer audience members the opportunity to dig more deeply into the content of each play with free events such as actor and director blogs, talk backs, “script clubs” held at local libraries and panel discussions. Information on the 2017-18 season can be found here.
Gulfshore Playhouse’s Education programs offer a wide variety of interactive theatre learning from pre-school through adulthood that include:
- ThinkTheatre in-schools residencies that reach more than 1000 students annually in underserved Collier and Lee counties in a progam that partners with teachers to develop cross-curricular activities designed to develop important skills;
- Star Academy offers after-school and summer programs in acting, movement, voice, dance, storytelling, and playwriting all of which culminate in a performances ranging from showcase pieces to full-scale productions;
- Student Matinees bring middle and high school students to experience mainstage shows.
The Playhouse is also known for innovative partnerships developed through the Community
Blueprint Program. These include a production in cooperation with The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida of the short play In Flight, which is based on the life of a Holocaust survivor and includes an interactive opportunity for students. Starcrossed is a musical version of Romeo and Juliet, and includes a shortened text of the play performed by professional actors accompanied by the Naples Philharmonic presenting a variety of music. Additional information on Gulfshore Playhouse education programs can be found here.
Gulfshore Playhouse has performed for many years in an intimate 200 seat venue at the Norris Center, a municipal building run by the City of Naples. A $10m challenge gift from long–time benefactors Patty and Jay Baker was announced in 2016 to seed a sustaining endowment and ignite a $45 million capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art professional theatre and education center in downtown Naples. The new theatre complex will open in 2021 and include a 400-seat Main Stage Theatre, a 150-seat Studio Theatre, Educational Wing with rehearsal and classrooms, and a large atrium lobby with café and patron lounge.
The need for a new Managing Director is a consequence of past expansion, and is driven by forward planning for expanded facilities and operations. The Managing Director will be a key member of the Producing Artistic Director’s senior management team, and is expected to contribute strong business and financial management skills to the organization.
Reporting to Gulfshore Playhouse Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury, the Managing Director is a new position. This leader will administer the financial, operating infrastructure, contract compliance, information technology and human resources of the theatre. As the capital project unfolds, he/she will also have a strong role in project management and controls.
The Managing Director is accountable for providing responsible fiscal oversight, helping to enhance, update and implement the Strategic Plan, and will work cooperatively with others to ensure that Gulfshore Playhouse Is financially and operationally strengthened through efficient use of theatre resources.
The Director’s immediate priorities will be to:
- Understand all facets of Gulfshore Playhouse, including the theatre’s history, culture, staff, finances, performances and new play development initiatives, education and public programs, facilities and infrastructure, operations, capital campaign and construction plans; understand the diverse local and regional constituencies in Naples and the surrounding community;
- Manage the business affairs of Gulfshore Playhouse, including: budgeting, finances, contract compliance, controls, reporting and cash flows of the organization, with the intent of supporting the organization’s mission in a financially sustainable way;
- Work with the Producing Artistic Director and the Board to update long-range strategic plans, and implement the organization’s mission and vision; oversee transition planning, growth, hiring, and systems necessary to the opening of the new theatre complex;
- Oversee the Owner’s Representatives, appropriate consultants, and other project managers working on the theatre and education complex capital projects and ongoing maintenance; manage and cultivate business relationships with vendors, partners, municipal authorities, and others as appropriate;
- In close cooperation with the Producing Artistic Director, serve as a spokesperson for the theatre on operating and financial issues;
- Work with the staff to understand their contributions, strengths and concerns; instill a strong sense of partnership and cohesion across the organization; with the Producing Artistic Director, hire, supervise, motivate, develop and evaluate staff, ensuring that staffing is appropriate to meet the organization’s goals; ensure that approved policies are consistently implemented.
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate has at least 15 years of general management experience with an emphasis on strong financial controls and workflow management. Attributes and experience may include:
- A finance and business operations management professional, financially astute with hands-on experience with budgeting, financial accounting & controls, payables, receivables and cashflow management; an understanding of human resource management, personnel development, payroll, benefits management, insurance (health, institutional);
- A strong interest in the theatre, performing arts and arts education is a pre-requisite, and a background working with theater organizations is strongly preferred (such background may include service in a staff, board, consulting or volunteer role);
- A track record managing complex capital projects, with experience in: project accounting and controls, workflow analysis, contract negotiation and compliance;
- Demonstrated ability to forge mutually respectful and effective relationships with a diverse group of personalities; outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the means to address issues in non-confrontational and non-polarizing ways, but nevertheless with determination;
- A leader adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing and following through; a hard worker with a high energy level who welcomes accountability; a good listener and strategist; a person with a sense of humor, curiosity and perspective who will engage with and enjoy the Naples community.
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