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Executive Producer

Gretna Theatre

  • CATEGORY Admin
  • LOCATION Mount Gretna, PA
  • DATE JUNE 18, 2021
  • JOB TYPE Full Time
  • COMPENSATION Starts at mid 60s
  • POSITION LEVEL Executive (CEO/ED/AD/Pres.)
Gretna Theatre invites applications for its next Executive Producer (EP), to join our mid-sized producing theatre company in Pennsylvania.  The Executive Producer acts as both artistic and managing Director and oversees operations to steer the creative and civic vision of the organization. The EP reports to the Board of Directors.
Gretna Theatre’s mission is to grow community by producing and presenting live, professional theatre that engages, transforms, entertains and educates. One of south-central Pennsylvania’s few professional theatres, and one of the oldest summer theatres in America, Gretna Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in the arts/resort community of Mt. Gretna, PA and has been producing live  theatre since 1927.

Gretna Theatre produces summer stock theatrical shows.  Performances are staged in the unique 700 seat open-air Mt. Gretna Playhouse.

The theater works in conjunction with the professional unions of Actors' Equity Association and Stage Directors and Choreographers. Many Broadway stars have performed at Gretna Theatre - including Bernadette Peters, Charlton Heston, Faith Prince, Laurie Beechman, and Sally Struthers.  In its off-season, Gretna Theatre further achieves its mission through several educational programs, including a touring outreach program and educational classes/workshops.
The EP will provide aspirational leadership, champion a positive culture, and inspire Gretna Theatre’s exemplary programs, services, and operations. The position will define, develop, and implement priorities and practices that advance the organization’s mission while ensuring board engagement and management team alignment with those priorities.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a leader for the Board in realizing the strategic plan, which integrates programming and educational activities consistent with Gretna Theatre’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Cultivate effective relationships with local, regional, national, producers/promoters/agents/talent/etc. to ensure diverse artistic programming.
  • Drive high-quality educational outreach programs designed to engage the community in the future of the arts for the long-term benefit of the communities served by Gretna Theatre.
  • Oversee the evaluation, planning, scheduling, and management of a diverse array of programming activities.
  • Manage the financial operation and budgeting.
  • Guide and evaluate marketing, fundraising, and production staff (direct reports).
  • Cultivate donor, patron, and community partnerships.
  • Select productions, artists, and seasonal staffing personnel. 
Qualifications and Critical Competencies:
  • Adept in understanding marketing, fundraising, fiscal and production strategies and best practices.
  • Strong artistic connections within the industry to achieve licensing, casting, and artists selections.
  • Creative outside-of-the-box thinking to broaden educational and artistic opportunities during off-season.
  • Effective employee management and motivational skills.
  • Strong budgeting and fiscal management skills.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and representing Gretna Theatre at local and national gatherings and in the  local community/arts industry.
  • A minimum of five years of directly related executive leadership experience or work experience on senior managerial staff in a multifaceted performing arts or creative organization’s strategy, governance, revenues, programs, and administration functions. Experience should include high-level responsibilities incorporating artistic programming, major gift fundraising, and earned revenue maximization. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and related experience is needed.  
  • Qualified applicants will have experience in relevant nonprofit administration principles. 

Time Table:  The goal is to identify a candidate who may be able to begin shadowing the end of our current summer season in August 2021.

Given the challenges of interviewing, hiring, and potential relocation to Lancaster/Lebanon/Harrisburg/Hershey just as we are ending a pandemic, the Board of Directors recognizes the EP candidate may need to start on a different date. The organization is flexible in this regard and will arrive at a mutually acceptable time table.

To submit an application, please provide your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in this position. Please provide two references along with their contact information (please note that Gretna Theatre may contact references prior to first interviews). All materials can be submitted to the Board’s Executive Committee via email to info@gretnatheatre.org with the subject line EP Search - Last Name.

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