Creative and Artistic Director

Grand Performances

Los Angeles, CA

Reports To: President and CEO

Job Purpose, Salary Range and Benefits

The Creative and Artistic Director oversees areas of Programming, Production, and Branding to expand on Grand Performances GP’s digital and live programming at the renovated California Plaza in DTLA. GP’s host venue is in the common area owned by Cal Plaza property owners who together form Plaza Commons Inc (PCI). This is a full-time Interim position through Dec 31, 2022. GP is going through a Pres/CEO transition with the new Pres/CEO expected to be on board no later than 2Q2022. The interim position will become permanent in 2023 and will be posted internally prior to any external posting. Position forms part of the senior management team. $85,000 to $90,000. Eligible for health benefits after 90 days. Exempt Status


Duties and Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to the following):

  • Head of programming and creative dept, overseeing all artistic choices and programmatic direction of the organization
  • Manages the Creative Services department with the highest priority being on safety for the audience, the artists, the crew, the staff, and any others who are involved in Grand Performances activities
  • Oversee Graphics Designer, Production Manager, and Production Associate
  • Oversees the day-to-day activities of programming, production, and branding, including budgeting, planning and staff development
  • Manages the department with the priority of protecting the individual and organizational reputations and assets of all stakeholders including Grand Performances, Plaza Commons, Inc. and its owners, and any other parties with whom Grand Performances does business
  • Ascertains that Grand Performances is always in compliance with any and all government and Plaza laws, regulations and policies related to GP work
  • Develops policies and procedures for the efficient management of the Creative Services Department
  • Communicates or supervises communications with artists and/or their representatives in order to manage programming and production support and costs for all events – public and otherwise – to the standards set by Grand Performances and within specific budget limitations set for each event
  • Secures appropriately trained crew adequate to the needs of the activities with consideration for budget limitations
  • Confirms that appropriate production equipment is available for all activities with consideration for budget limitations
  • Coordinates such front of house activities as security, janitorial, street closures and all arrangements for seating, servicing sponsorships and/or collaborators’ needs and the needs of other departments
  • Coordinates all aspects of video and recording performances
  • Maintains and evaluates the condition of Grand Performances’ technical equipment including internal IT needs
  • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
  • Monitors staff performance and development goals, sets objectives, and conducts annual performance reviews
  • Supervises crew recruitment, training and scheduling to meet GP’s programming and production obligations

                a. Assures that Grand Performances is properly handling the care of any employee injured on the job and maintains appropriate files for each incident

                Maintains and manages, in a timely and organized manner, all aspects of the financial management of the Creative Services Department

                b. Oversees the submission of accurate payroll records as required for timely payment of all employees

                c. Reviews and approves all expenses associated with the Creative Services Department

  • Contributes expertise to all comprehensive planning activities related to Grand Performances growth
  • Coordinates all aspects, as needed, of the use of the Plaza by non-Grand Performances users on behalf of both PCI and Grand Performances
  • Communicates with appropriate contacts about various venue issues including, landscaping needs, vermin control, facilities repairs, exceptional activities that require special interaction with Plaza management, use of the loading docks and freight elevators
  • Other special assignments as directed by President and CEO


  • At least ten years demonstrated experience in programming, production and branding for the performing arts sector.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theater or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience, knowledge, training and skills related to technical and performing arts
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in technical theater production management
  • Experience in lighting design and execution and sound design and reinforcement
  • Excellent organizational, planning, scheduling, and analytical skills
  • Ability to understand budgets and navigate detailed spreadsheets
  • Skill in organizing self and others; ability to self-start in discharging responsibilities. Must be self-motivated.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, artists, outside renters, community groups, theater guests and the public. Well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Collaborative quality
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office and drafting software
  • Ability to perform manual labor while working with technical equipment and front-of house needs
  • Ability to work a wide variety of shifts including afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays and substitute when needed
  • Passion for Grand Performances’ mission

Physical requirements

  • Frequently communicates with artists, vendors, and staff in person, on the telephone, and on the computer to provide assistance.
  • Frequently stands and walks
  • Frequently stoops, kneels, bends, and reaches, pulls and pushes
  • Frequently lifts objects weighing up to fifty pounds when moving equipment and supplies

Direct Reports

  • Production Manager/Production Associate
  • Program Associate
  • Production Crew both video and live production
  • Production
  • Contracted consultants in the areas of Graphic Design, digital and live production, and post-production

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Creative and Artistic Director” in the subject line by 3/31/22. Only applicants whose resumes are selected for an interview will be contacted. Grand Performances is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff.

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