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Trustus Theatre seeks a technical director


Trustus Theatre, known nationally for its commitment to cutting edge, innovative theatre, seeks a qualified full-time technical director. Trustus is seeking a candidate with theatrical experience who is willing to grow with the organization.


The technical director leads a team of designers, technicians, and craftspeople to bring ideas into reality. The technical director has the daily responsibility for the technical operations of the theatre, including scenic construction, theatrical lighting, theatrical sound, projections, performing facility maintenance, and coordinating contractors for other necessary facility maintenance. The Technical Director works with and oversees the assistant technical director, volunteers, overhire employees, designers, and contractors who perform technical operations and design implementation. The technical director works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties.


  • Commitment to the mission and values of Trustus Theatre
  • Associate’s degree required; bachelor’s degree desirable.
  • 3-5 years experience as member of theater technical staff
  • 2+ year experience in management and supervision
  • Significant, demonstrable experience as a technical director in professional, community, or university theatre.
  • Demonstration of effective mentoring and supporting of volunteers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow staff, designers, stage managers, and guest artists and directors.
  • Ability to communicate the technical capacities of the theatre and collaborate specifically with designers.
  • Demonstrates extensive theatrical knowledge of design implementation, capacity to work creatively to solve implementation issues across design disciplines.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of theatrical drafting and drafting programs.
  • The ability to successfully guide and support technical staff and technicians in the realization of designers’ expectations and vision.
  • The ability to interpret and execute designs for the Trustus Theatre space.
  • Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and contractors.
  • Evidence to meet deadlines with quality results.
  • Deonstrates strong project management skills
  • Evidence to monitor expenditures and staying within material budgets.
Classification level: Full-time, with salary and benefits: $38,000-$41,000, salary commensurate with experience Application deadline: November 15 or until position is filled Start date: ASAP Please send a letter of interest and a current resume:
  • Via e-mail to: jessica@trustus.org *OR*
  • Jessica Fichter Trustus Theatre 520 Lady St. Columbia, SC 29201
Trustus Theatre mission: Trustus Theatre is the home for relevant, innovative, and inclusive theatrical works. Trustus Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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701 CCA announces new staff leadership

701 Center for Contemporary Art announced late last week that Columbia arts scene veteran Caitlin Bright will be its new executive director.

[caption id="attachment_51503" align="alignright" width="200"] Caitlin Bright. Post & Courier image.[/caption] “We are pleased that Caitlin will be joining us as we enter into an exciting season of public programs. Her extensive background in arts management will be an asset as we move forward with an even higher profile for public engagement,” said Lynn Robertson, who heads the 701 CCA board of directors. Many in Columbia are familiar with Bright’s accomplishments in heading Columbia’s Tapp’s Art Center from 2014 to 2021. Before that she had an extensive career with community based arts spaces in New York. “I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in my administrative career with 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The two main tenets of this position are growing opportunities for artists and enriching the quality of life for my fellow community members. I am ready to build on the foundations of success constructed by my predecessors, and continue to provide the level of excellence expected,” Bright said.
701 Center for Contemporary Art was founded 15 years ago by a group of dedicated community volunteers interested in providing a space for the creation and presentation of the best arts of today. Their 701 Whaley St. space holds five or six exhibitions each year, an artist residency, and the annual Young Artists Festival for children. “There are a lot of new and exciting things happening at CCA,” said Ken May, who is chairman of the programming committee. “We just inaugurated the Mill District Public Art Trail through our surrounding neighborhood, and people should look for a new and invigorated Columbia Open Studios event this spring. There is a growing role for the arts in the Midlands and as CCA moves forward with renewed energy, we are definitely an organization to watch.” Caitlin Bright is following Michaela Pilar Brown, who headed the organization for the last two years. Brown was responsible for guiding the organization through the trying times of COVID and the requirement of switching to distanced programing. A well known South Carolina artist, Brown is leaving to focus on her own work and direct a commercial gallery in the Vista, at the former IFArt Gallery.

Jason Rapp

Columbia’s Nickelodeon posts community programming, engagement job

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled
  • COMPENSATION INFORMATION: $52,000-$55,000 + benefits

The Nickelodeon has an exciting opportunity for someone ready to be the Community Programming and Engagement Coordinator for a progressive community media arts organization.

  • We’re looking for an inspiring and innovative leader who combines a knowledge and appreciation of independent film and film history with the desire and skills necessary for community outreach, engagement, and impact.
  • The ideal applicant for this specific position will combine a knowledge and appreciation of independent film and film history with the desire and skills necessary for community outreach, engagement, and impact.
Please share this announcement to anyone you know who might be interested—or apply yourself! We'll start reviewing candidates soon, but the position is open until filled. This will be a full-time position with an annual salary of $52,000-$55,000 with additional benefits offered. The Nickelodeon is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

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One Columbia seeks executive director

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • COMPENSATION INFORMATION: $65,000-$75,000 with benefits

One Columbia for Arts and Culture is a non-profit organization working to promote collaboration among citizens, the cultural community, and city government through celebrations of Columbia’s arts and historic treasures.

The central goal of the organization is to enhance the quality of life for all residents, attract tourism to Columbia, and further build a vibrant and equitable cultural community. Located in the state capital city of South Carolina, the 10-year-old organization supports artists and cultural organizations, provides a variety of community participation activities, and serves as the primary commissioner of public art projects in the city. One Columbia is dedicated to investigating ways that the arts can foster and inspire personal expression, the exchange of ideas, and creative entrepreneurship through a wide range of programs: exhibitions, internships, workshops, and special events. The organization receives state and local funding and is governed by an active board of directors who provide guidance and oversight for the organization. One Columbia operates out of two properties, its primary office space in the heart of the downtown Columbia cultural district and a second neighborhood-based space for use by arts and cultural organizations.

The role

  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Reports to: One Columbia for Arts and Culture Board of Directors

Key responsibilities

  • Provide innovative and visionary leadership in the planning, implementation, and operation of organization’s mission and strategic plan organization with a goal of advancing the role of the arts in the Columbia area.
  • Advise the Board on institutional strategy, operations, and policy matters.
  • Lead strategic planning.
  • Contribute to ongoing fundraising efforts; ensure impactful evaluation of all short-term and long-term fundraising efforts with specific milestones necessary to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Prepare and oversee operating budgets, ensuring appropriate levels of financial control and compliance.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships with local artists, arts, heritage and cultural organizations, private-and public-sector partners, educators and public agencies, as well as the local and regional media.
  • Remain cognizant and up to date on local, county and national issues that may to leverage opportunities to support the arts in Columbia and the surrounding areas.
  • Enhance One Columbia’s reputation by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, community based, and private organizations.
  • Cultivate a positive organizational culture, committed to attracting and retaining a diverse employee base.

Skills & Experience

  • The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, innovative, and visionary individual with leadership experience gained by working in the local arts agency sector or non-profit field.
  • They will be confident and capable as the public face of the organization. A proven record in fundraising success is preferred.
  • Demonstrated achievement leading a team in transformative environments will be key, bringing experience in project management, commissioning of public art projects, program development and strategic partnerships. Additionally, they will have an ability to assess and implement the infrastructure and operational requirements necessary to support sustainable growth.
  • Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, demonstrated experience in arts administration, or at least 5 years’ experience in non-profit leadership.

Personal attributes

  • A strategic and visionary leader who combines strong knowledge of the arts, institutional leadership, organizational management, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills; actively seeks partnerships and collaborations that elevate the voices of Columbia’s diverse pool of artists and residents.
  • Knowledge and experience working closely with elected officials, civic leaders, philanthropic donors and public sector funders.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of ethics, integrity, respect and humility.

Compensation and benefits

One Columbia offers a salary package of $65,000 to $75,000 and benefits that include paid vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays; health insurance stipend, professional development reimbursements.

Applications and inquiries

Submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to: Application materials accepted thru November 10, 2022.
One Columbia for Arts and Culture does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, creed, physical or mental disability.

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Call for art: 701 CCA Prize 2022

For #SCartists 40 and younger

APPLICTION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 1, 2022

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia recently announced the sixth installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional #SCartists 40 years and younger.

The project takes place this year with a juried process resulting in a October–December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize 2022 by completing and submitting the application package by Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. The application guidelines and link to the application can be found here. Important dates:
  • July 29–Sept. 1, 2022 - Submission period
  • September 15, 2022 - Announcement of three finalists
  • October 20, 2022 - Exhibition opens with a public reception.
  • November 29, 2022 - 701 CCA Prize celebration event and announcement of winner
  • December 31, 2022 - Exhibition closes with year-end celebration

“The 701 CCA Prize continues to add a crucial component to the ecosystem and infrastructure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina.”

-Wim Roefs, 701 CCA founding board member

The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments, and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize 2022 will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since Jan. 1, 2020. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. An independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The three finalists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition at 701 CCA. The three members of the jury panel will be announced later. The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA and a solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The previous winners were James Busby of Chapin in 2012, Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia in 2014, Yvette L. Cummings of Conway in 2016, Jena Thomas of Spartanburg in 2018, and Adrian Rhodes of Hartsville in 2020. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed-Sat 11–5; Sun 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.
For further inquiries, contact director@701cca.org or call Michaela Pilar Brown on 803.319.9949.

Jason Rapp

The Project: A 2022 Call for Art

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, August 15, 2022

The Project: A 2022 Call for Art is the Koger Center’s annual artistic competition that supports the work of South Carolina visual artists.

Each year, one chosen artist will receive a $500 stipend, gallery space, and staff support resulting in a free public display in the Upstairs Gallery of the Koger Center. Submissions for this year’s project will be accepted through August 15, 2022.


  • Artist must be over 18 years old
  • Submissions must be your own work
  • Must have been created in the past 2 years
  • Artists cannot submit any art that has previously been submitted to The Project formerly known as the Koger Center’s 1593 Project
  • Previous winners and honorable mention winners of the 1593 Project or The Project may not submit artwork for up to 5 years
Submission form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfF4wQVzBO1RFiFVxNJIKBKhK-mQ4bBJvnElMLvLXb9SA_uUg/viewform?usp=sf_link Please submit your artwork to the link above. If you have any issues submitting your work or questions about the form, please call 803.777.7500 or email kogercenter@sc.edu.

History of The Project

In the year 1593, bubonic plague swept through London, killing almost a third of its population. In times of plague, London authorities closed the theatres. As acting companies fell on hard times William Shakespeare took the forced closures as a time to create, and in the year 1593 began to compose the first of what would be a brilliant collection of 154 sonnets during that dark time for the theatre. Honoring the flame of creativity that remains bright even in times of turmoil, the Koger Center for the Arts launched the ​1593 Project: A Call for Art in 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The goals were simple: offer a small financial award to a South Carolina artist, and provide a platform to showcase the talent of artists in our state through an exhibition at the Koger Center.1593 Pr As the pandemic began receding, we recognized the need to continue supporting South Carolina artists through this competition and accompanying exhibition. We christened the ongoing future competitions “The Project” and are happy to present the second exhibition currently on view in the Upstairs Gallery at the Koger Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Music festival + dance opportunity news

Good morning! 

"Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...
Here's some good arts news to report. We're all for that, right? Hooray, consensus!

Transitional experience for hopeful professional dancers

Auditions are coming for Carolina Ballet Theatre's new pre-professional dance program. (CBT is located in Greenville.) The program’s purpose is to provide a transitional experience for dancers moving from an academic ballet setting to the world of professional dance. In addition, the pre-professional’s artistic talent enhances the professional company roster. The curriculum emphasizes the development of professional practice, self-evaluation, reflection, career readiness, and goal-setting for the emerging dance artist.  Development of artistic skill and technique is introduced simultaneously with participation in live concert dance.  The performance season consists of Peace Center shows, Black Box shows and community outreach engagements. If you are or know a dancer between 16 and 20, auditions are Saturday, Aug. 13. The day consists of a 90-minute class, a 30-minute breather, and then an hour for auditions.

Music festival coming back to Columbia

From ColaDaily.com:

For the first time since 2019, the Jam Room Music Festival is returning to Columbia's Main Street.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Titus Andronicus are the headliners for the event, set for October 1 with one stage on Main Street and another on Hampton Street in front of the Columbia Museum of Art.

Read the rest of Allen Wallace's coverage, with the full lineup, here.  

Jason Rapp

CMA posts grants officer position

Columbia Museum of Art announces a job opening for a grants officer.

Details: https://www.columbiamuseum.org/visit/about-cma/work-cma Salary range is commensurate with experience that demonstrates proven successes and results, between $49,383 -$74,075, plus benefits. Contact The Columbia Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion. Confidential inquiries, applications, and recommendations are welcome. Please email cover letter and resume to Mrs. Jeanna Dixon-McCray, at jdixon-mccray@columbiamuseum.org with “Grants Officer Position” in the subject line.

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SCAC accepting applications for full-time position

Join the growing team and serve S.C!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET A person sits at a computer holding a paper and thinking. Text reads: Work with us.

This morning, the SCAC posted a new role of need as it expands its ability to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina.

  The position is based in the Columbia office.

Data Strategist

The S.C. Arts Commission seeks a technology savvy, creative, and personable individual to perform with excellence while aiding the agency in meeting its mission to provide equitable access to the arts.  Under the supervision of the Senior Deputy Director, the Data Strategist (Database Administrator I) will clearly communicate the impact of the agency’s work by interpreting data and illustrating the value of public funding for the arts. The Data Strategist will analyze agency data requirements, develop and manage databases across multiple platforms, and implement database policies and procedures to ensure data integrity and security. The Data Strategist serves as the lead user and technical expert for the agency’s Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) platform. The ideal candidate exhibits personal qualities such as:
  • Communicating with adeptness
  • Attending to details and organization
  • Striving to meet goals
  • Accepting personal responsibility
  • Solving problems creatively
  • Demonstrating respect
Expected compensation will be between $48,000 and $52,000/year. Read more about the data strategist position and start your application here.
The application period closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 7.

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Technical director sought by Town Theatre

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 15, 2022, or until position is filled

Town Theatre is seeking a full-time Technical Director. The job will be filled by someone who can maintain the theatre’s reputation for high quality, entertaining productions as well as Town’s atmosphere of being a welcoming and rewarding place for creating live theatre.

The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of all aspects of technical theatre including set design, construction, lighting and sound. Town Theatre is soon to embark on its 103rd season. Traditionally, the theatre produces five main stage shows during the season (September to May), a large summer main stage musical and two to three youth theatre productions. The technical director works with and oversees Town’s technical assistants (1 FTE) as well as other volunteer contractors. The theatre itself is a proscenium stage theatre with a fly system. The technical director builds in an onsite workshop and on the stage. Town Theatre values the ability of all staff to work in and promote a harmonious work environment.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Oversee that all scenic elements for productions are constructed and completed as determined by the production schedule.
  • Supervise volunteer support related to construction, painting, props, run crews, lighting crews and production crews.
  • Order all materials needed for construction.
  • Schedule and train production crews for performances.
  • Create shop drawings or models as needed to communicate plans to production teams, other technical assistants and volunteer helpers.
  • Help with purchase and installation of equipment and technology.
  • Maintain a safe working environment.
  • Maintain all shop tools and equipment, along with theatrical sound and lighting equipment.
  • Provide input on budget for production expenses and capital improvements.
  • Responsible for in house repairs and maintenance to the facility and serve as the point of contact for repairs by outside contractors.
  • Attend production meetings.
  • Track production budget.
  • Supervise and attend all strikes for shows.
  • Willingness to fill in where needed (i.e., run crew, light and sound operator, etc.).
The ideal candidate will have:
  • An associate degree; bachelor’s degree desirable.
  • 5+ years work experience in technical theatre.
  • 3+ year experience in management and supervision.
  • Significant and verifiable experience as a technical director in professional, community or university theatre.
  • An ability to effectively mentor and support volunteers.
  • The desire and ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow staff, stage managers, directors and volunteers.
  • The ability to meet deadlines with quality results.
  • A capacity to manage, monitor and report expenditures and staying within budgets.

A full job description may be found at towntheatre.com. Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and link to visual examples of scenic design work to shannon@towntheatre.com.

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