The Director of Artistic Programs reports to the Executive Director.


Develops and implements a full schedule of theater, concerts, dance and special events for summer season in collaboration with the Executive Director and other key staff

Casts and supervises artistic personnel including directors, performers, and designers

Supervises and evaluates summer theater interns in collaboration with the Production ManagerSupervises and collaborates with key technical personnel, including Production Manager and Technical Director

Attends first rehearsals, production meetings, and technical rehearsals, providing support to theater directors and the Production Manager

Fosters community relationships with other cultural organizations by participating in meetings and joint activities where appropriate

Gives regular updates on artistic activity to the Executive Director

Is a lead artist (director, designer, actor, singer, writer, etc.) in at least one production per season

Collaborates with the Executive Director in overseeing education programming

Manages Harbor Residency program of visiting artists developing work at OHA

Is an innovative thinker; able to identify new ways of creating hybrid programming which will enable OHA’s advancement towards having a more global, not just local footprint

Works with artists to identify future projects for development, including opportunities to commission locally-inspired plays or musicals

Identifies, programs and manages readings and workshops of new works

Joins in the strategic planning process

Attends Board Meetings  

Salary: $ 40,000 +

Suitable housing will be provided during residence on the island and a travel stipend will be available.


The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years experience in creating and managing performing arts productions, including but not limited to theater, as well as arts engagement programs; and have a strong interest in community development.

Competitive candidates will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors and staff.


They will be a persuasive and passionate communicator who is able to inspire and collaborate with a broad constituency of partners. They will need to be comfortable living in and amongst an island community on a vibrant part of the Maine coast for part of the year.


Competitive candidates must demonstrate an ability to plan and implement a year-round program of performances, including:


Shakespeare in Stonington and other original professional productions of classics or new work, sometimes site specific


Deer Isle Jazz Festival


Original artistic commissions in dance, music, musical theater, and storytelling


Artist residencies


Community productions, dances, events, celebrations and other community-based programming, including the “Our Own” Community Play Reading Series


The position requires a 75% annual time commitment primarily during the summer theater season. The director will be in residence from mid-May through mid-October and during specific events at other times of the year. It is understood that they may pursue other freelance jobs in the fall, winter and spring seasons provided they avail themselves to the ED and other collaborators while not in residence.

Opera House Arts values and is committed to equity and social justice for all. We celebrate, support, and learn from our differences and believe an inclusive and diverse workplace creates a thriving organization benefiting our employees, our programs, and our communities. Opera House Arts is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

TO APPLY: Email cover letter specific to application and C.V. to Emails only, please.

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