Trustees can see very clearly if an artistic director never hires anyone as good as she is to work as a guest artist at the theatre. Similarly, they know when an artistic director fails to provide guest artists with the same resources that she reserves for herself. An AD who gives herself more toys with which to play than she provides for her guest artists has ceased to serve the mission of her company and has begun to serve herself.
There is also movement at a few of the top venues in the country towards non-practicing artistic leadership, such as Michael Ritchie at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, who can better oversee all of his venues if he is not caught up in rehearsals himself. Some Board members are questioning the utility of the two-headed leadership model; this can be anxiety-inducing for managing directors who feel threatened while also raising the ante (and probably also the anxiety) for producing artistic director candidates.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
The Job Hunt
On the 2AM Theatre site, Kate Powers gathers some observations from her recent circuit as a candidate for several Artistic Director Jobs.