Village Theatre: We are seeking a Casting Director to join our Artistic Team. If you have a passion for musical theatre and want to work in a fun, fast paced environment this may be the job for you.
This position will be a temporary position with the end date for the assignment as Dec 31st 2022 with a possibility of the extension.
The Casting Director oversees and coordinates all casting activities in the 22/23 Season for Mainstage and Village Originals productions, workshops, and readings, assuming responsibility for the successful operation of every stage of selecting and contracting actors for each production or project.
The Casting Director is responsible for finding and recruiting local and national talent for Village Theatre productions. They must be a self-motivator and show initiative. The Casting Director is responsible for developing creative tactics to find and train talent as needed. They must have a strong knowledge of the casting process including managing equity requirements, working with agents, building casting and character breakdowns, and coordinating large casting calls with 100+ actors.
The ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities is essential.
The Casting Director must also have strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to manage large amounts of detail.
The Casting Director will coordinate the casting of 13-20 projects this season.
Collaborate in additional artistic processes to ensure and support Village Theatre’s artistic vision and aesthetic quality.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinates every stage of casting for all Mainstage and Village Originals productions, workshops, and readings, as well as other special performances, advancement: marketing and development events, and other projects as needed. This includes both local and national artist recruitment processes.
- Focuses all Casting practices and processes to align with Village Theatre’s mission statement, core values and DEIA statement.
- Participates as an active member of the artistic and producing staff in the major artistic decisions at Village Theatre.
- Attends regularly scheduled Artistic and Production Team meetings, and participates in conversations regarding artistic vision, cultural issues, and goals at VT.
- Acts as part of Village Theatre’s artistic voice in the audition room to ensure inclusive, professional, high quality casting based on the artistic vision and expectations of the organization.
- Creates and prepares initial casting lists for review and input by Artistic Team, and all other necessary collaborators.
- Oversees and runs all casting sessions and coordinates audition space. Arranges, hires and manages payroll of casting assistants and additional audition staff including readers, pianists, dance assistants etc.
- Ensures a safe, supportive and efficient audition environment for actors, audition staff and artistic collaborators according to Village Theatre standards and practices.
- Responsible for all actor communication around auditions and callbacks in coordination with the directing teams, marketing and other necessary parties. This could include sides, director statements, VT statements of intention, marketing resources such as “Know Before You Go” or videos to market audition opportunities; any communication regarding the hiring of an actor for a Mainstage or Village Originals production.
- Manages the process of finalizing casting decisions with the Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Directors, Executive Producer, directors, new work writing teams and other parties as needed.
- Manages the actor offer/negotiation/acceptance process for all Mainstage and Village Originals productions, readings and workshops.
- Coordinates and communicates final casting and any casting changes with directing teams, marketing, costume department and others as needed.
- Supports Associate Artistic Director in the creation and management of budgets for actor and understudy salaries on a seasonal and show-by-show basis.
- Attends Village Theatre productions to monitor and track artistic quality and growth of performers.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of local and regional talent by attending productions, readings, workshops, and concerts as available.
- Maintains a database of up-to-date headshots and resumes of local and non-local actors including attributes, availability, contact information, performance history, union status, etc.
Education and/or Equivalent Experience Preferred
- 3 to 5 years Professional theatre experience
- College Degree preferred
- Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, feel or operate objects or controls. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, reach with hands and arms, walk; Hand-eye coordination necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Other Skills, Ability and/or Knowledge
- Working knowledge of professional theatre producing practices and personnel management
- Knowledge of the casting process including creating casting and character breakdowns, creating audition postings, equity audition requirements, knowledge of national casting resources such as breakdown express and other artist search resources
- Creative tactics on how to recruit, find and train talent
- Strong understanding of the craft of musical theatre
- Strong artistic point of view
- Writing and dramaturgical skills
- Cultural and emotional literacy
- Knowledge, training and competency in DEIA
- Strong communication skills
- Fluent in Excel, Word, Outlook, Dropbox, Zoom
- Ability to manage shifting and competing priorities
- Exercise good judgment and discretion
- Flexibility in projects and schedules
- Attention to detail
- Superior organizational skills
Salary and Benefits
Salary is $60,000, DOE (Depending on Experience)
- Position is Exempt
- This position is temporary with an end date of Dec 31st, 2022 with an possibility of extension
- Paid vacations, holidays, and sick leave
- Medical, Vision & Dental Insurance
- Mileage Reimbursement
- 50% Discount to Season and Single Tickets and KIDSTAGE Tuitions
- Complimentary tickets to opening nights
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Spencer, Associate Arts Director- Casting & Arts Engagement at Jspencer@villagetheatre.org with “Casting Director” in the subject line.