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Artistic Director – Seattle Children’s Theatre

SEATTLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE (SCT) invites committed, creative, and highly collaborative theatrical leaders to submit their interest for consideration as the company’s next Artistic Director. The Artistic Director will work in partnership with SCT’s Managing Director to ensure that the vision for the company is defined by joy, optimism, and a high bar of achievement and relevance balanced with a responsible and realistic approach to operations.

Always looking for innovative new ways to produce impressively realized theatrical productions and experiences for Seattle area children and families, the Artistic Director will be an active partner in ensuring that the company is resilient, nimble, and prepped for growth. Passion for creative storytelling for youth audiences and an expansive set of experiences and skills around motivating and leading the organization through inspiration and servant leadership will be defining characteristics of the Artistic Director.

The Artistic Director will actively advance and advocate for SCT’s commitment and ongoing work to be a highly diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible organization. With a desire to establish deep roots in the Seattle community coupled with the hopes to expand the means and manner in which SCT presents its work, the next Artistic Director will draw upon an ever-expanding network of artists and artisans who will work together to continue to solidify SCT’s significance as one of the nation’s most important theatres for youth and families. Seattle Children’s Theatre has engaged Management Consultants for the Arts to lead the search for their Artistic Director, and interested candidates may apply for this position by visiting this link:

Organizational Profile

Since its founding, SCT has produced over 270 productions, 120 of which have been world premieres. SCT presents a six-show season, offers year-round classes and camps for youth ages 3 to 18, and engages schools throughout the Seattle area. Linda Hartzell served as Artistic Director from 1984-2016 followed by Courtney Sale, who was in the role through 2019. SCT works under contracts with Actors Equity Association, IATSE, SDC, and USA, employing many of the nation’s top professional theatre artists. SCT is governed by a 31-member Board of Trustees, operates on a $6 Million Budget and will restart in-person performances in early 2022 after COVID-19 related shutdowns.

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