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Employment & Auditions



Southern Rep Theatre seeks an Interim Executive Director (IED) to bring strong leadership and vision during the current pandemic and its recovery.

The IED will be the chief financial, strategic, and operational leader for Southern Rep and will lead the development of the theatre as a sanctuary for performing arts and diverse, exciting arts organizations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Develop, implement, and monitor the company’s short-term pandemic plan in collaboration with the board and current Producing Artistic Director;

Participate in and oversee the company’s current long-term strategic plan planning process facilitated by Michael Kaiser and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management supported by the Arts Innovation and Management program from Bloomberg Philanthropies in coordination with the Board, staff, and artistic and local stakeholders;
Work with Southern Rep’s anti-racism committee to examine the effects of systemic and structural racism within the institution and develop specific and actionable anti-racist goals and processes to create a welcoming home for artists and audiences that represents and includes the diverse population of New Orleans it seeks to serve;

Expand, develop and execute the new in-residence collaborative producing model with Southern Rep’s creative partners for the 2021 Season;

Engage with existing and former Southern Rep donors as well as new potential donors, including individuals and foundations;

Cultivate potential civic and economic partners to increase new supporters, donors, and audiences;

Survey existing and potential Southern Rep subscribers and other current and potential new audiences to align operations with broad community interest;

Develop a ramp-up plan to hire core artistic, technical, and operational staff and re-establish hospitality operations with extended bar service, space rentals, and events as these activities become possible again;

Manage and monitor overall financial operations, prepare the annual budget, and develop and implement a strategy to ensure financial viability of Southern Rep Theatre;

Plan and implement marketing and public relations strategies;

Create a plan to increase the size and diversity of the Board and facilitate a thorough evaluation of its functions and governance;

Assist the Board in the selection of a new Artistic Director for Southern Rep.


The ideal candidate will be innovative, entrepreneurial, courageous, organized, and results- motivated with a knack for raising money and fostering community. This is an opportunity to steward the marriage of a historic property and the region’s leading and longest-running professional theatre for new play development into their next connected chapter. Bold and ambitious creativity is welcome and necessary. The candidate must be comfortable with uncertainty and enjoy engaging with a wide range of people to build effective partnerships, mobilize artistic and social resources to advance the organization as a community partner in a way that sustains the ability to function and serve.


1. Five years of successful business and/or non-profit leadership
2. Vision and management acumen and the ability to work well with groups
3. Demonstrated success in fundraising and developing revenue streams
4. A passion for the arts and culture sector and its potential impact on the community
5. Demonstrated ability to assemble, develop, and manage staff
6. Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
7. Knowledge of budgeting, reading and preparing financial reports, and negotiating contracts 8. 8. Maturity, energy, adaptability, an unflappable demeanor, and a sense of humor


Compensation commensurate with experience


Submit resumes to:
Applications are due by September 30, 2020

Southern Rep is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse work force and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status. Southern Rep Theatre is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.


Audition notices for individual productions and for annual City-Wide Auditions are posted here, on our social media pages, and with AEA. Check back regularly for updates. To be added to our mailing list to receive press releases about open calls, sign up and join the “employment and auditions” list!

Southern Rep has no auditions at this time. Please check back soon.

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