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Trustus Theatre conducting search for new executive director

Trustus Theatre is searching for a new executive director.

The executive director will serve as the chief operating officer responsible for managing the human and financial resources of Trustus Theatre according to the policies, strategic direction and mission formulated by the board of directors. He or she will provide direct oversight of all financial, operations, resource development and public relations objectives. The executive director will report to the Board of Directors through the Board President and will advise the Board on all matters that may be of benefit in achieving the theatre’s objectives.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and manage the operations of a creative nonprofit organization that seeks to enrich the lives and deepen the experiences of artists and patrons.

The successful candidate will possess the following leadership competencies:
  • Demonstrated successful fundraising expertise. It is critical for the future of Trustus Theatre that funding be secure. The executive director must have the ability to establish and strengthen community relationships, cultivate new sources of revenue, lead fund solicitation to include grant and proposal writing, secure program and season sponsors, and assure donor stewardship. Grant management experience is also necessary.
  • Strong community engagement and collaboration skills. The executive director must be a good listener, strategist and collaborator. He or she will be able to engage with long standing stakeholders and also build relationships with a wider group to build strong connections that are mutually beneficial to Trustus Theatre and the community. Able to build strong community and civic leader relations to leverage good will and financial support. Relates well to people of diverse backgrounds and exhibits genuinely warm and approachable behavior.
  • Strategic thinker with visionary leadership. The executive director will be a strategic thinker, able to engage Trustus Theatre staff and board in a strategic, thoughtful process of growth. The executive director will inspire confidence and provide leadership and vision to ensure a promising future for Trustus Theatre. He or she will demonstrate honesty, sincerity and respect for individuals while modeling organizational values, inspiring trust in and from others.
  • Personnel and financial management. The executive director will be an experienced and effective manager of people. He or she will be able to build an effective staff team working together toward a common vision. The executive director will have the ability to engage, manage, motivate and unite staff around common goals and strategies, and to drive teamwork and results across functions and work groups. He or she will have strong financial acumen and demonstrate fiduciary responsibility, ensuring generally accepted accounting principles are continually adhered to and related to all budget and financial matters.
The successful candidate will have experience working in a leadership management role, with preference given to experience with a theatrical or other creative arts organization. Specific qualifications also include:
  • Proven business acumen, with a track record of effective management and budgeting.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related and appropriate discipline and a minimum of five years’ experience, with at least three (3) in a leadership role.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Google Suite and Slack.
Trustus Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Interested applicants should submit their resume (cover letter optional) and salary requirements to the Search Committee by emailing trustus@trustus.org.
Trustus Theatre was opened in 1985 by Kay and Jim Thigpen. For 35 years Trustus Theatre has given talented and visionary theatre artists a home where they can be innovative and creative. It has also been home to adventurous theatre-goers who seek out contemporary stories and feel at home as members of a vibrant, cohesive community. Located in the Congaree Vista in Columbia, the theatre boasts two performing venues with the Thigpen Main Stage seating 132, and the Trustus Side Door Theatre seating 50. The underlying principle of Trustus has always been to bring the best of the newest and original plays to an audience craving professional theatre in a setting that is comfortable and unique. Success is measured by a commitment to collaboration and innovation, while impact is measured by the creation of a more diverse and vibrant Columbia.

Jason Rapp

UofSC Koger Center for the Arts accepting applications for stage manager

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 16, 2021

The Koger Center for the Arts, a division of the University of South Carolina School of Music, is accepting applications for a full-time stage manager.

The stage manager is responsible for the successful production of all events held at the venue and for the staffing, training, and supervision of a P/T production crew. This staff member is also responsible for the general maintenance of the staging area, including but not limited to flooring, lighting, dashers and other items. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in related field and 3 years experience in radio or TV programming, production or engineering; or high school diploma and 7 years experience in radio or TV programming, production or engineering. Preferred Qualifications Assoc. or Bachelor’s degree in related field. Minimum 5 years experience in an entertainment venue setting to include staging, lighting, and sound production. Click here to learn more and apply.

About the Koger Center for the Arts

As the gateway to the Vista, Columbia’s vibrant hub of dining and entertainment, the Koger Center for the Arts has been a focal point of the cultural landscape since it first opened its doors in 1989. With remarkable acoustics, state-of-the art sound, lighting and live-streaming capability in the 2,256 seat Gonzales Hall, the Koger Center presents local performing arts groups, but also hosts large-scale shows, such as Broadway’s Wicked and well-known artists like Sarah Vaughn and James Taylor.

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College of Charleston posts two theatre jobs

Assistant Professor of Theatre - Lighting Design

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 30, 2021
College of Charleston is accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in the Department of Theatre and Dance, beginning August 16, 2021. The Department of Theatre and Dance is NAST accredited, offering BA and MAT degrees in Theatre and a BA in Dance. Seeking a candidate to teach electrics, CAD, design fundamentals, and advanced lighting design. Secondary areas are open, but may include Production/Stage Management, Video Design/Production, or Sound Design/Engineering. Candidate may teach introductory theatre and General Education courses. Online teaching experience is desired.


  • MFA in Lighting Design or Theatre Production by August 15, 2021;
  • Professional theatre experience theatre;
  • Undergraduate teaching experience preferred.

Full-time Instructor of Theatre, Non-Tenure-Track

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 30, 2021
College of Charleston is accepting applications for nine-month, renewable, non-tenure track appointment in the Department of Theatre and Dance, contract beginning August 16, 2021. The Department of Theatre and Dance is NAST accredited, offering BA and MAT degrees in Theatre and a BA in Dance. Seeking a theatre generalist to teach introductory classes to majors and non-majors. Secondary areas of expertise are open, but may include Stage Management, Sound Design, Performance, or other. Aptitude and passion for online teaching is desirable.


  • MA, MFA or PhD required by August 15, 2021;
  • Professional experience in theatre;
  • Prior undergraduate teaching experience strongly preferred.

Apply at jobs.cofc.edu by using the links above. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Janine McCabe, department chair, at mccabej@cofc.edu. The College is located in historic downtown Charleston. Additional information about the institution and area available at www.cofc.edu. The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

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Unified auditions coming for Upstate actors

Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Be seen by casting directors for Upstate theatres

Brought to you by the South Carolina Theatre Association
  • Actors should prepare a 60 second monologue
    • Must be from a published play
    • Must be memorized
    • No costumes, please
  • Musical theatre actors should prepare 90 seconds of monologue and song
    • Must be from a published play or musical
    • Must be memorized
    • Must provide your own sheet music (we will provide the accompanist)
    • You can use the 90 seconds however you wish (all song, or song and monologue)
  • Technicians should prepare a presentation of their work.
    • Must bring your portfolio
    • May bring any examples.
    • You and your portfolio will be posted in a room for the casting directors to come visit and chat with you during their lunch break.
  • All auditionees including technicians will be included in the e-book that will be provided to participating theatres.  Upon registration you will receive and email requesting you to submit your resume and headshot.  If technicians have an on-line portfolio they can submit that link as well.  No paper copies will be accepted.
  • Please note: the Upstate Unified Auditions are opens to theatre artists age 8 and up. (18 and older on 2/16; ages 8-17 on 2/17)
  • If you have questions or issues registering, please contact Anita Sleeman: asleeman@southcarolinatheatre.org.
Go here to register now!

Clemson students gain real-world experience with national musical MAMMA MIA!

It would be fair to say that most of Clemson University’s undergraduate students have never heard of the band ABBA. With any luck, that will soon change, especially for the students who have the opportunity to work backstage on one of the biggest Broadway hits in recent memory. MAMMA MIA!, the incredibly popular and Tony Award-nominated musical featuring tunes of the Swedish disco group, is about to kick off its national tour in Clemson, S.C. Through a relationship with Work Light Productions and its Executive Director, Steve Gabriel, the traveling show moves into the Brooks Center Theatre on September 20 for two weeks to engage in “tech” rehearsals. This means that the technical elements of MAMMA MIA! will be put together on the Brooks Center stage. Lighting and sound cues, sets, and performances are rehearsed to have everything performance-ready before the show appears in theatres across the country. The collaboration between the Brooks Center and Work Light Productions has been a happy one since it began in 2005, when Brooks Center Director Lillian Harder met Gabriel at an annual conference in New York City.  “We began a conversation about his search to find a venue to tech a family musical," says Harder. "Steve was looking for not only the right venue, but also for exceptional students who could assist in every phase of the production process. I convinced him that the Brooks Center would be the perfect choice and that our students were capable of doing whatever was asked of them.” Work Light first brought a number of family musicals to Clemson before transitioning to larger scale productions like Avenue Q in 2009 and In the Heights in 2011. As Harder says, students are on the front lines of these productions. Majors in Clemson’s production studies in performing arts program will spend two weeks with arts professionals helping to put finishing touches on the show. A unique major found only at Clemson, the production studies major is broken down into concentrations of theatre, music, and audio technology. Students choose a concentration area and are educated to be masters of their particular craft. But they also receive training in other areas of the performing arts that make them marketable to employers. All students, for example, are required to work a certain number of hours building sets, selling tickets, hanging lights, and running sound. Plus, students take classes in how to compose resumés and cover letters, write a grant request, and, in their final year, conceive of, market, and execute a full-scale arts event. “The unique partnership between Work Light Productions and Clemson's Department of Performing Arts not only allows students the opportunity to work side by side with industry professionals for two weeks on campus, but has led to jobs for our majors on national and international theatre tours upon graduation,” explains David Hartmann, chair of the Department of Performing Arts. Justin Willis Smith says he benefited immensely while working on Work Light’s 2011 production of In the Heights. Smith, who graduated in December of 2012 with an emphasis in audio technology, is now an employee at Productions Unlimited in Greer. He was part of the show’s rigging, audio/visual and lighting crews. “Working with them taught me to be a jack of all trades,” he says. “I believe working as an intern with Work Light Productions helped me get where I am today and hopefully my whole life.” The most important advantage? “I made lifelong contacts that I am able to put on my resume.” MAMMA MIA! will open its official national tour with two performances in the Brooks Center on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, both at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets and information are available at www.clemson.edu/Brooks or by calling the box office at (864) 656-from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Images from the 2011 international tour of MAMMA MIA!) Thomas Hudgins is director of marketing and communications for the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

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