Managing Director – Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre

Baltimore, Maryland

Approximate Salary: Not Specified

Job Category: Executive Director / CEO, Full Time

Date Posted: September 12, 2019

Everyman Theatre will celebrate its 30th year next season. It has been at its current location in Baltimore’s Bromo Arts District since 2013. Everyman remains dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Its Core Values of Excellence, People Matter and Community guide its artistry and its development as an organization. As expressed in its mission, “Everyman Theatre provides transformative experiences through professional theatre that is welcoming, relevant, and affordable to everyone, featuring a Resident Company of actors.” The resident company of actors, always central to the work onstage, has more recently embraced offstage work as well, working in development, marketing, education, and season planning.

Everyman Theatre was founded by Vincent (Vinny) Lancisi in 1990. Its first four years saw a vagabond existence before landing, in the 1994-95 season, at what would be its home for 18 years. In 2013, Everyman moved to its beautiful new facility on Fayette Street. Everyman’s 2019-20 season, its 29th, will be its largest to date. With eight fully produced plays and numerous other activities, Everyman now produces new work in half of its season, whether world premieres or second or third productions. The theater has grown steadily since it moved in 2013. With over 5,000 subscribers and an average annual total of 45,000 individual tickets, Everyman is one of Baltimore’s two Equity theaters. Each show runs between four and five weeks. All sets are built by the Everyman staff in an onsite scene shop.

Each season is built around Everyman’s resident company of artists. The relationships formed among the company, and between that company and the audiences, is what continues to distinguish Everyman. In a city like Baltimore, with nearly a 75% non-white population, Everyman’s diverse company and the diverse stories it presents are a fitting complement to each other. Baltimore faces various challenges, (although not nearly so many as one national leader would suggest), nevertheless Everyman is well-positioned and committed to be a catalyst for positive change. Everyman passionately embraces telling diverse stories that speak to the people of Baltimore and reflect their experiences. One staff member said, “if you believe theater can help make positive change in a city, Baltimore is a perfect canvas.”

Baltimore, Maryland, a city of 620,000 people, has a thriving arts scene including major regional museums (Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum and the American Visionary Arts Museum) a vibrant and diverse music scene, and a thriving small theatre scene. While a bit too big to be considered a college town, it does boast several major universities particularly Johns Hopkins University and Medical School, University of Maryland Medical School, Maryland Institute College or Art, Morgan State University, and several others. Baltimore is a thriving tourist and convention town, with the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, and its numerous museums serving as draws.

For more about Everyman Theatre: https://everymantheatre.org/

LEADERSHIP

Everyman Theatre is led by Founding Artistic Director Vinny Lancisi, an active 30-member Board of Directors, led by Vic Romita, and a Managing Director. This position has been vacant for about a year. In the absence of a Managing Director, Vinny assumed the role as sole CEO and is looking forward to sharing that responsibility with the person selected in this search. Vinny directs a show or two each season. Vinny founded Everyman shortly after completing graduate school and has remained ever since. He has an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a Masters from Catholic University of America. He has taught at several universities and served on various regional arts boards. The Everyman Board is noteworthy for its level of commitment and involvement, as well as its mature governance.

CURRENT ENVIRONMENT

Everyman has an annual budget of approximately $4 million. Everyman recently became a LORT D theater. This season Everyman will be producing three shows in its rehearsal room, now converted into a flexible theatre with 210 seats. There are 25 full-time permanent staff, plus 200 part-time and/or seasonal staff. The scene shop and prop house are in-house with a small finishing shop for costumes, and Everyman also has an agreement with Baltimore Center Stage to share a costume shop. Rehearsal space is onsite. Rented artist housing is within walking distance.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Everyman’s new Managing Director will join a theater with a strong foundation, an active and engaged Board of Directors, a capable senior staff and a talented and engaged company of actors and other artists. Among its opportunities and challenges are these:

  • Determining the best strategies for increasing contributed and earned revenue.
  • Crafting a sustainable operating model as it grows.
  • Planning for and ultimately conducting a Phase Two Capital Campaign and leading the project to complete facility renovation and expansion.
  •  Finding ways to engage the company of artists in mutually beneficial activities and projects.
  •  Supporting Everyman’s equity, diversity and inclusion ambitions.
  •  Engaging with Baltimore City officials and private developers to encourage smart development in the Bromo Arts District, Everyman’s neighborhood.

POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Managing Director and Artistic Director are expected to form a co-equal, productive working relationship, in which both report to the Board through its Chair. Utilizing the recently completed strategic plan, the co-leaders of Everyman Theatre, in partnership with the Board, will identify the company’s most important goals and objectives and align resources to achieve them. The Managing Director will lead all administrative functions in the areas of finance, fundraising, audience development, communication, human resources and share leadership of education with Vinny The MD will spearhead income and audience growth.

PRIMARY ROLES

  • Understand, embrace, and articulate Everyman’s artistic mission and core values and enthusiastically communicate that vision to staff, Board, patrons, and the Baltimore and national theatre communities.
  • Develop a collaborative, transparent, and supportive relationship with the Artistic Director and celebrate and support Everyman’s collegial culture.
  • Be a financial steward for Everyman and with Vinny, the Board and staff lead the development of new/expanded income streams. Understand the role that engaging new audiences and data analytics play in driving income. Expansion of both contributed and earned income are essential for Everyman Theatre’s sustainability and the growth described in its plan.
  • Actively participate in identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors and make connections to stakeholders and civic leaders who can support the Theatre’s work.
  •  Celebrate the work of the company of artists and find ways to creatively expand their engagement with the theatre.
  •  Join the early discussions for a Phase Two Capital Campaign to complete the work begun with the successful $18 million Phase One Campaign.
  •  Further develop Everyman’s comprehensive equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy and, with, Vinny, lead the implementation of that strategy.
  •  Oversee the administrative and operational functions of Everyman.
  •  Build on the Theatre’s culture of productivity, collaboration, creativity, transparency, and innovation.
  •  Collaborate with the Board and the Artistic Director to “work the strategic plan.”
  •  Develop Everyman’s capacity to engage in co-productions and other creative partnerships. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Ideally, the successful candidate for this role will possess the following skills, experience, and qualities:

  • A deep commitment to the performing arts as evidenced by prior roles. Although a theatre background is preferred, the Search Committee is open to evaluating candidates from other artistic disciplines.
  •  The skills to, and ideally a history of, developing a rich, collaborative partnership with an Artistic Director and other artists.
  •  Enthusiasm for Everyman’s aesthetic and especially its use of a resident company.
  •  A background and understanding of both fundraising and marketing, preferably with demonstrated success in both areas.
  •  Skills or experience in developing and managing effective budgets aligned with strategic objectives.
  •  A successful track record in working within and helping to develop a collaborative and transparent culture with staff.
  •  Strong communication skills, both speaking and writing. Desire to serve, with Vinny, as the Theatre’s ambassador to its various communities.
  •  A commitment to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  •  Experience working effectively with Boards.
  • The following personal attributes will also be considered important:
  •  A love of theatre and the people who make it.
  •  Kind, strategic, positive, energetic, and transparent.
  •  High emotional intelligence and an ability to build relationships of trust.
  •  Self confidence
  •  Innovative problem-solver.
  •  Disciplined, effective leadership and management of people and resources.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary will be competitive with other companies of comparable size. Benefits will include the following (a non-comprehensive list):

  • Medical insurance funded largely by employer;
  • Dental insurance funded by employee;
  • 401(k);
  • Paid vacation, holidays, sick leave.

The Search Committee hopes to make its final decision by late 2019 with the new Managing Director starting as soon thereafter as possible.

PROCEDURE TO APPLY

Stephen Richard of Management Consultants for the Arts is leading the search with Greg Kandel’s Counsel. To be considered for this position, you must submit pertinent information and attach a current résumé, a cover letter of no more than 1½ pages outlining your experience and desire to be considered for this position, three professional references, and salary expectations utilizing our online application system. https://managementconsultantsforthearts.wufoo.com/forms/r1lwzbxz0gog6ww/

Once all your materials have been submitted online, you will receive a confirmation of your submission via the email address you have provided in the application. For clarification on any of this information, please contact Christy Wall at cwall@mcaonline.com.

Everyman Theatre very much encourages applications from women and from people of color.