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Roundabout Theatre Company, one of the nation’s largest not for profit theatres, seeks a Director of Artistic Development. This person supervises the Artistic Department staff, generates and leads Artistic Department programs, and works closely with the Artistic Director to program the season, with an emphasis on new works.

This is some of what the Director of Artistic Development will do:


  • Supervises department staff, including Senior Producer, Artistic Development; Literary Manager; Artistic Assistant; Artistic Apprentice/Intern; and any seasonal/part-time positions as relevant
  • When applicable, supervises Roundabout Directing Fellow and Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence
  • Manages departmental budgets for both administration and all play/musical development activity
  • Participates in Senior Staff and Senior Management meetings


  • Supervises Space Jam program to support artists, strategizing program goals and forging nationwide partnerships
  • Runs Roundabout Directing Fellowship, including application process
  • Supervises Roundabout Directors Group, including cohort selection and liaising with group leader
  • Oversees The Refocus Project, working with Artistic team on partnerships, curation and producing of readings, and engagement materials/events
  • Oversees Artists in Residence program, liaising with Resident Directors and Associate Artists and supervising administration of contracts
  • Supervises Audience Engagement work (led by Literary Manager) on productions in collaboration with Education and Marketing
  • Works closely with Development, Marketing, and Education in support of additional programs

Artistic Development:

  • Works with Artistic Director on season planning and related activities
  • Works with Literary Manager to read and evaluate submissions of new work and select pieces for further development
  • Creates and maintains relationships with artists and agents in order to develop and produce high quality work
  • Leads programming of Roundabout Underground productions and Roundabout Underground Reading Series, including selection of directors and input on design teams
  • Provides artistic oversight/works closely with General Management on productions of new works across all Roundabout stages
  • Programs Donor Playreadings
  • With Literary Manager, acts as Dramaturg as needed for all new work and select revivals, attending runs, previews, and notes sessions
  • Provides input on robust commissioning program
  • Supervises play development activity varying from notes sessions, to readings, to workshops, to production


  • Develops ongoing relationships with peer institutions in New York, nationally, and in UK
  • Attends/speaks at conferences, roundtables, panels and other public-facing events for Roundabout
  • With Literary Manager, leads detailed informational sessions on all season productions for full Roundabout staff
  • Participates in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Transformation Team and maintains Artistic commitment to this area of work
  • Works closely with Marketing on copy, design, and positioning of productions, as well as relationships with artists
  • Works closely with Development on writing and positioning for proposals to support Artistic activities
  • Continually grows knowledge of plays, playwrights, directors, choreographers, designers, stage managers, and actors

This is some of what the Director of Artistic Development should bring:

  • At least 10 years of experience in the professional theatre field
  • Deep knowledge of and passion for plays, playwrights, and the development process
  • Relationships with artists, agents, and institutions at varying levels across the industry
  • Experience in or related to Artistic Producing
  • Ability to manage wide variety of projects and productions at disparate stages and scales
  • Talent for big picture thinking, bringing new artists, initiatives, and ideas to the organization
  • Commitment to Roundabout’s EDI/AR values and dedication to moving them forward through all aspects of Artistic work

This is a full-time position with all standard Roundabout benefits. The starting salary is $90,000 annually. This position is exempt from overtime pay.


Please forward cover letter in PDF or Word format with salary requirements and resume to: and use code AAD0422 in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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