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Artistic Producer & Associate Director

Position: Artistic Producer & Associate Director
Department: Artistic
Classification: Full-time, Exempt


Mission: Geffen Playhouse is a non-profit, professional theater dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement: In recognition of the essential examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at the Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution. Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community. In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board and programming.

We are committed to the safety and health of our employees, visitors, and the public we serve. As such, Geffen is proud to have implemented a mandatory vaccination policy, requiring COVID-19 vaccination(s) for all employees, including contracted third-party staff, and new hires. In accordance with our mission, we firmly believe that vaccinating all employees is essential for our community’s safety and health. Should you have any questions regarding this, please speak with your recruiting contact directly. The Company understands and respects that a limited number of candidates may have medical or religious reasons for not receiving the vaccine. As such, we are asking those candidates who wish to request an exemption from being required to be vaccinated, submit a request for their exemption through Human Resources once hired.

Position Summary

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles seeks an Artistic Producer/Associate Director to work in conjunction with the Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, and Producer to assist in the development and production of plays, work closely with each production team to assess and respond to show needs, and to liaise with visiting directors to provide support and to present notes during rehearsal, tech, and previews, in conjunction with the artistic staff. In addition, there will be an opportunity to direct a play in each season. As we are focused on creating a safe and supportive work environment, this role requires both expertise and keen emotional intelligence in order to juggle a multitude of shows and personalities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work as part of the Artistic Staff to help identify plays for season productions.
  • Attend production meetings, rehearsals, technical rehearsals, and previews (as needed) to participate in the artistic development of productions and provide critical feedback to the creative team.
  • Opportunity to direct one play per season.
  • Assist in producing workshops and readings of Geffen Playhouse commissions and plays developed in-house.
  • Support Producer in identifying and assembling creative and artistic support teams for Geffen Playhouse productions.
  • Research and meet with potential directors, designers, consultants, coaches and other artistic personnel.
  • Support the production process on 7-9 productions per theatrical season (1 calendar year).
  • Work may include travel for play festivals and conferences.
  • Serve as a representative for the artistic staff at meetings (as needed).

Skills & Background

  • Strong background in directing with a minimum of 5 years professional theater experience (or academic equivalent).
  • Previous experience collaborating with an artistic and/or producing staff.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


  • $80,000–$85,000 salary plus Directing Fee + benefits


  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance: The Geffen covers the costs of HMO for health, and PPO for Dental and Vision. The option to “buy up” to PPO coverage and / or to add spouses, domestic partners, and children to their health policy.
  • Life Insurance: The Geffen provides all regular full-time employees with a $25,000 life insurance policy, at no cost to the employee.
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Plan: The Geffen offers its regular full-time employees the opportunity to purchase additional benefit programs to off-set medical and dependent-care related expenses.
  • Retirement Plan: The Geffen has established a retirement plan commonly known as a code section 401 (k) profit sharing plan which is currently available after one year of service.

Geffen Playhouse aims to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, in which we strongly encourage non-conforming and historically excluded individuals to apply for any and all available positions.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume with references in .pdf format at No phone calls, please.

The Geffen Playhouse, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Geffen Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Geffen Playhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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