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Artistic Director Job Description

An artistic director is someone whose job is to oversee and direct the artistic activities of a theatre, ballet, or opera company. Their job involves making production decisions, hiring staff, such as directors, performers, designers, and stage managers, and supervising their activities.

An artistic director should be enthusiastic, creative, imaginative, persuasive, disciplined, diligent, determined and focused, and have the ability to interpret and direct drama or dance. They should also be able to communicate effectively and relate to a wide range of people.

What does an Artistic Director do?

Artistic directors may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Artistic directors may work long and unsociable hours including late nights, weekends and public holidays. They work in theatres, studios, and outdoor venues where theatrical productions occur.

What is Required to Become an Artistic Director?

To become an artistic director, you will need to have practical theatrical experience. Having a degree in drama, choreography, arts administration or a related field is helpful.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Artistic directors need to have:


Alternative Careers

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