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Executive Director


Premier Shakespeare theater company seeks innovative, detail-oriented business leader to make Shakespeare accessible to all (Omaha, Nebraska) Nebraska Shakespeare creates entertaining, challenging productions, as well as immersive educational experiences that connect Nebraska’s diverse community to Shakespeare’s exploration of what it means to be human. On stage, in the classroom, and through collaborative partnerships, Nebraska Shakespeare creates spaces of learning, engages with the local community, and inspires everyone through the world of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s plays were created to be experienced through performance. From the stage of the Globe Theatre in London to a school classroom on the plains of Nebraska, Shakespeare’s work was meant to be actively engaged on a personal and relatable level. It is only by experiencing Shakespeare’s insightful genius through the delivery of performance, no matter how polished or rehearsed, can we truly uncover the humanity, honesty, and humor of his text. Nebraska Shakespeare seeks an Executive Director (ED) to be responsible for the daily management of the organization. Reporting to and working with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the ED is responsible for building, coaching, and managing an effective staff while cultivating beneficial relationships with the Board of Trustees, donors, sponsors, and other key stakeholders. The ED will lead strategic development, budgeting, and financial management; coordinate fundraising initiatives that build donor and sponsor relationships; set staff priorities; and manage all administrative and HR functions. Specific qualifications include:

  • Extensive and measurably successful business management experience required.
  • Ability to build and support a diverse staff and inclusive culture that is reflective of Omaha's community.
  • Track record of providing leadership and direction toward the achievement of an organization’s strategic mission and annual goals.
  • Experience working with a Board of Trustees and senior leadership to develop and execute a strategic plan.
  • Ability to raise funds from foundation, corporate, and individual donors and familiarity with various fundraising techniques, to include grant writing, reviewing, and management.
  • Relevant knowledge of the principles and practices of effective administration, organization, budget, and fiscal management, to include promoting and protecting the financial well-being of the organization.
  • A sincere interest in and appreciation for collaboration with other arts, cultural, and community organizations, with the willingness and interest to fully engage in the life and activities of the organization and the greater metropolitan area.
Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for Nebraska Shakespeare. All of DRi's searches can be viewed at http://driconsulting.com/available-positions/. Applications can also be submitted via email to search@driconsulting.com.




Artistic Director


Create, Engage, and Inspire (Omaha, Nebraska)

Nebraska Shakespeare seeks an Artistic Director (AD) to be responsible for providing the artistic direction as well as sharing in the administrative responsibilities necessary for successful operation of Nebraska Shakespeare. Partnering with the Executive Director and reporting to the Board, the AD is charged with crafting the artistic vision, shaping seasons, hiring artistic personnel, in full support of the mission and strategic priorities of Nebraska Shakespeare. In addition, the AD will be responsible for the direction and administration of education-related activities and grants. Specific responsibilities include: Board Relations and Strategic Planning

  • Serve as the primary artistic liaison to the Board, assisting the ED with Board Member development as required.
  • Participate in long-term strategic planning, including the creation of long-term artistic and education goals and objectives in alignment with Nebraska Shakespeare’s mission.
  • Responsible for presenting an evaluation report of each artistic season to the Board that measures success in achieving artistic objectives, organizational mission, and strategic priorities.
Artistic and Educational Direction
  • Identify and draft a philosophical and practical artistic vision and lead or facilitate the productions according to a shared vision with the Board.
  • Develop and create a season of varied plays in line with the vision and strategic plan while supporting and furthering the educational programs of Nebraska Shakespeare.
  • Oversee educational and touring operations and serve as point of contact with schools, performing arts groups, donors, grantors, and civic community organizations throughout the state.
  • Design curriculum and study guides to align with Nebraska school standards.
  • Manage all educational programming and events, including the annual sonnet contest, Scholar’s Forum, Shakespeare On The Green, and all grant applications for Educational Programming.
Hiring and Supervision of Staff
  • Hire and supervise the production staff while directing artistic operations; hire and train tour actor/educators and tour personnel.
  • Exercise responsible stewardship of all resources within the organization and ensure the distribution and allocation of those resources for educational development and artistic integrity.
  • Supervise all productions, including those directed by guest directors while keeping informed of theatre trends and activities.
  • Productions
  • In collaboration with the Director of Production, schedule rehearsals and auditions and work with the photographer to schedule and oversee photo calls.
  • With the Director of Production, develop the annual production budget for presentation to the Executive Director.
  • Supervise all production-related expenditures to ensure adherence to budgets; work with the ED to proactively address unforeseen financial concerns.
Marketing, Public Relations, and Fundraising
  • Promote the artistic image of the organization within the general public and theatre community.
  • Contribute to the development of Nebraska Shakespeare’s identity and visual appearance for the organization.
  • Attend press conferences and interviews with the media and other interest groups; assist the Communications Director with education-related press releases, brochures, and social media content.
  • Assist in providing artistic and production material to the ED for the sake of fundraising; participate with the staff and Board to support the fundraising and marketing efforts of the organization.
  • Serve as liaison to the community on arts education initiatives; develop relations with peers in community and state arts organizations.
The Candidate The ideal Artistic Director for Nebraska Shakespeare will demonstrate strong leadership acumen, exhibit effective organizational and interpersonal skills, and will be passionate about the art of theatre. The AD will have a track record of leading, managing, and developing a team, with a strong desire to mentor students and emerging artists. The preferred candidate will be enthusiastic about the works of William Shakespeare and will be excited to share their passion with the local and state community. Specific qualifications include: Preferred Background
  • Solid knowledge of and experience with producing Shakespeare’s works.
  • Prior experience as an Artistic Director at a reputable theatre.
  • Relevant degree with experience in directing and instructing students is desired.
Knowledge and Skills
  • Track record of providing leadership and direction toward the achievement of an organization’s strategic mission and annual goals.
  • Experience working with a Board of Trustees and senior leadership to develop and execute a strategic plan.
  • Ability to motivate continual progress toward shared values and a shared mission.
  • Relevant knowledge of the principles and best practices of effective administration, organization, budgeting, and fiscal management.
  • Understanding of the methods and techniques of program planning, development, coordination, and evaluation.
  • Experience developing a cohesive, engaging season of varied plays in line with an organization’s mission.
  • Familiarity with the complexities surrounding educational and touring operations, to include serving as the production point of contact to outside groups.
  • Experience in promoting the artistic vision of an organization to the public and a willingness to explore and create new initiatives that provide appropriate support and visibility to the organization and mission.
  • Experience advising the development and communication staff in the creation of compelling collateral designed to entice potential funders and grant partners.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive culture while working collaboratively with a diverse group of staff and artists.
  • Record of hiring and developing high-caliber staff and empowering them to deliver high-quality services.
  • A sincere interest in and appreciation for collaboration with other arts, cultural, and community organizations, with the willingness and interest to fully engage in the life and activities of the organization and the greater metropolitan area.
Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for Nebraska Shakespeare. All of DRi's searches can be viewed at http://driconsulting.com/available-positions/. Applications can also be submitted via email to search@driconsulting.com.