Artistic Director at Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
Job Purpose: Deliver the artistic mission of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
Manages: Music Director, Rehearsal Director/ Assistants, Dancers
Reports to: Board of Directors
The Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (hereafter Calpulli) was founded in 2003 with the mission of celebrating the Mexican community through dance including live music. To this end, the organization produces performances via its international touring company, designs arts-in-education experiences for all ages, and leads community outreach activities in the northeastern USA.
The Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, implementing, and overseeing the artistic vision in alignment with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s mission to celebrate the rich diversity of Mexican and Mexican American cultural heritage through dance-based programming including live music. The Artistic Director shapes the company’s work, including staging productions, special projects, tours, educational programs, and outreach programs.
Primary duties include assessing and enhancing the company’s artistic and programmatic capabilities; programming all productions; casting and developing dancers; engaging designers and technical staff; setting production schedules; planning with the Executive Director organizing budgets in line with the organization’s fiscal plans.
The Artistic Director serves as spokesperson and advocate for the company before funders, the media, stakeholders and public. The Artistic Director will be a dynamic leader who can work with the Executive Director to articulate the company’s vision and direction and fuel the ongoing life of the organization.
Design a comprehensive, mission-driven artistic vision for the institution
Set and execute Calpulli’s programming across all artistic disciplines
Choreograph and stage all productions
Develop, elevate, preserve, and refine existing repertoire
Recruit, select, hire, and manage dancers and artistic staff, and commissioning artists
Train and develop dancer’s technique in appropriate styles of movement, including folklorico, ballet, modern, etc.
Teach dancers existing and new repertoire
Provide insight to Music Director to help inform development of live music
Create and identify opportunities for partnerships and collaborations with other cultural and educational organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally
Act as the organization’s spokesperson at events as requested
Work closely with communications consultants on all marketing and PR initiatives
Provide regular written Artistic Director reports to Calpulli’s Board of Directors
Partner with Executive Director to manage and align project and organizational budgets
Provide support for special and fund-raising events, and campaigns as needed
Solicit and respond to audience and community feedback regarding programming
Position is part-time and salaried
Flexible hours Monday-Friday and weekends accounting for performances and rehearsals
Knowledge of Mexican music, dance and cultural history
Minimum of 5 years of artistic leadership experience
Proven leadership ability and talent-development skills
Established relationships with US and international performing arts organizations and artists, as well as Mexican-based cultural organizations
Experience in arts programming and audience development
Creative, collaborative, energetic and organized character
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Understanding and appreciation of arts-in-education and arts enrichment programming
Interested individuals please email your cover letter, resume, and/ or curriculum vitae to Executive Director, Juan Castaño at email@example.com with the subject line “Artistic Director.” Individuals proceeding to the interview process will be requested to provide references.
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