Associate Artistic Director, Innovation and Technology
All OSF employees are expected to understand and embrace our mission statement. At OSF, our work is making exceptional art by centering the voices, inspirations, and processes of our artists, in particular through the cultivation of spaces and processes that respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions on stage and off. OSF is an institution that centers on social justice and antiracism in all its operations and practices. OSF company members work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and work to interrupt behaviors that hinder our diversity and inclusion efforts.
OSF is an innovator, creating new paradigms across the theatrical omniverse. As we plan for our return to our spaces, we seek to hire an industry leader who has the passion and the vision to lead our growing endeavors in the digital sphere.
Our digital platform, O! was part of Nataki Garrett’s original vision for OSF. It launched in 2020 as a creative bridge for our artists and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the last year, it has become an essential exploration and innovation space for the organization. With the announcement of our ambitious 2021 Season, O! is now our fourth official programmatic space, presenting OSF’s celebrated artistry to a world-wide audience.
Now we seek to employ an individual with the passion and expertise to help us ground and expand our digital programming. The Associate Artistic Director / Director of Innovation and Strategy will lead the evolution of O!’s exploratory spirit, support OSF as we intersect theatre with other forms of media, and create a digital space for full free expression that is de-colonized antiracist, and driven by the inspiration and passion of artists.
With 400,000 individuals served by our live programming annually and nearly 10,000 views weekly from 50+ countries on O!, OSF is in a prime position to become a global artistic force, and this individual will be a key member of the team that makes that into a reality. Visit OSF for more: https://www.osfashland.org/
The Associate Artistic Director / Director of Innovation and Strategy leads the curation, development and creation of new projects for our fourth programmatic space O!. They will build a digital producing team, and lead a larger cross-departmental cohort to produce multi-modal content within the repertory system. They will identify, hire and manage artistic teams in the development of transmedia expression and digital storytelling, and lead innovation efforts across the company to introduce immersive technology to all our processes. Areas of interest and experience must include immersive design, Imagineering, theater producing with experience in film and television producing.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA): Attends IDEA, sexual harassment, and any other anti-bias training and workshops as scheduled by the institution.
Model and support the mission and values of OSF by:
Operationalizes Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion by implementing OSF’s values into organizational practices including systems, processes, problem-solving approach and contracting artists.
Leadership:As a member of OSF’s Senior Staff and Artistic Leadership Team, takes part in all strategic and operational leadership conversations and decisions, including development of organizational goals, visions and values, and resource allocation and budgeting.
Builds and manages a team of digital producers, digital technical staff, and is the senior supervisor for all O! artists.
Hires and supervises direct reports, ensures collaboration, encourages and fosters professional growth, leads the adoption of best practices and industry trends, especially those intended to foster artistic collaboration and to increase efficiency.
Actively engages with and leads O! processes, including financial, and human resources.
Represents OSF on a local, regional and national scale, including events, conferences, speaking engagements and festivals as assigned.
Develops creative concepts for O! programming and distribution.
Works with the Artistic Producing and Production Departments to create and employ strategies to implement new media in the development of artistic practice and production practices in digital and repertory productions.
Works with multidisciplinary teams, to deliver a digital experience by leading cross-departmental processes to innovate processes in production, producing, and marketing.
Is a thought leader with a high-level interest and understanding of new digital technology, including augmented reality, virtual reality, and immersive media.
Digital Producing:Leads the producing of all O! content, including planning, budgeting, casting and hiring, and producing through pre-production, development, rehearsal, production, and distribution.
In collaboration with the Artistic Leadership Team, leads the creation and oversight of the annual O! schedule.
Leads the process of digital capture of select repertory productions and engagement events for archival and distribution purposes.
Working with the Artistic Leadership Team collaborates on the creation and oversight of the Strategy and Innovation budget and aligns it with the artistic budget.
Works with Artistic Leadership Team in hiring artists and collaborators for all O! projects and works closely with General Management, Company Management and Finance on all O! and digital related contracting to ensure the timely and accurate offer and negotiation processes for all OSF artists.
Works closely with Development to identify funding opportunities for O! and leads fundraising efforts to support Innovation and Strategy work.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
i. Demonstrating inclusive behavior
ii. Maintaining a safe working environment free from any aggressions
iii. Recognizing micro-aggressions and interrupting behaviors that hinder OSF’s diversity and inclusion efforts
Directing Innovation and Strategy
Engages in activities for Marketing and Development as needed.
Other duties as assigned by the Artistic Director
Minimum Qualifications & Skills:
Work Experience: Ten-year experience in professional art creation, including theater, film, television, and immersive technologies, ideally as a producer or artist.
Qualifications/skills: Strong organizational and leadership skills, proficient in Microsoft products, project management software like Asana, video creation and editing processes. Strong communicator in person and in writing.
Physical Ability: No requirements.
Other Skills, Ability and/or Knowledge: Respects and maintains confidentiality. Avoids situations and actions that present a conflict of interest or a conflict with the organizational values.
Minimum Position Requirements: Regular and consistent attendance.
Hours Requirements: 40 hrs/week, ability to work a schedule that fluctuates.
Preferred Qualifications & Skills: BFA or higher degree in Theater Arts/Immersive Design/Film or equivalent time dedicated to these areas of expertise.
Compensation and Perks
Amazing health, dental, and vision coverage; 403b retirement plan, STD/LTD & Basic Life Insurance; paid vacation and sick time; paid parental leave; local discounts from stores & restaurants; tickets for our shows.
Pay Range: $136K- 146K
Women, minorities, people of color are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.
About Oregon Shakespeare Festival
OSF is one of the nation’s most important theatres and one of the few remaining large-scale theatres offering rotating repertory and a resident company. The organization is proud to have commissioned and produced an extraordinary and growing number of new plays, and the organization’s dramatic growth since 2010 has been mirrored by audiences of over 125,000 patrons each season. OSF has worked for the past decade to dismantle the constructs that center the status quo, including ever-evolving work from artists and staff to grow towards becoming an antiracist organization. OSF’s Board of Directors has also recently committed to centering antiracist practices in their work.
Over the last eighty-five years, OSF has been a destination theatre, with the majority of its audiences making a pilgrimage to Ashland from outside Oregon’s borders. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Nataki Garret, the organization is focused on being both a destination theatre and a leader in the digital performance landscape. OSF’s new digital platform, the O!, seeks to reach beyond OSF’s traditional audience across regional, national and international borders. Thus far people from more than 40 countries have watched an O! experience.
OSF is driven by its values. These four core values imbue the OSF culture:
Excellence: We bring the best possible version of ourselves to our work onstage and to the organization, holding ourselves to high artistic, professional, and personal standards.
Inclusion: We include a diversity of people, ideas, and cultures in our work, enriching our art, our relationships with each other, our audiences, and our community.
Company: We sustain a safe and supportive workplace where we rely on our fellow company members to work toward excellence with trust, respect, compassion, and accountability.
Stewardship: We make wise, efficient, and responsible use of all the resources entrusted to us, sustaining our long-standing financial stability, the legacy of our organization's 8O-year history, and the health of our planet.
When in full operation, OSF has over 400 employees, serves more than 125,000 ticket buyers who purchase more than 400,000 tickets, and performs across three theatres: The 1,200 seat Elizabethan Theatre, the 600 seat Bowmer Theatre and the 400 seat Thomas Theatre.
Additional information can be accessed on OSF’s website: https://www.osfashland.org/