Feb 8, 2024

South Coast Repertory

Costa Mesa, California




The Search

South Coast Repertory (SCR), a League of Resident Theatres (LORT) member located in Orange County, California, seeks a passionate, imaginative, and collaborative individual to serve as Managing Director. With a vision of creating the finest theatre in America, SCR was founded on the belief that theatre is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience. From its inception, SCR has committed themselves to exploring the urgent human and social issues of our time that test the bounds of theatre’s artistic possibilities.

Serving as one of Orange County’s greatest cultural resources, SCR’s work is led by its values of literature, stewardship, community, collaboration, and diversity, and is one of the foremost regional theatres that excels in the development and production of new plays. SCR is the recipient of numerous awards including a Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement, being named one of America’s five Top Regional Theatres by TIME Magazine, and has been the most-honored theatre by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Drama-Logue magazine over numerous years.

The Managing Director, reporting to the Board of Trustees, is primarily responsible for the governance, business operations, marketing, development, financial, administrative, and personnel affairs that are necessary to support the organization in carrying out its mission. The Managing Director will serve as an active collaborator and partner with the Artistic Director in all areas to coordinate and fully reflect the vision and image of SCR. The position calls for innovative and visionary leadership, an entrepreneurial mindset, and effective partnership with leaders throughout SCR, including the Board of Trustees, staff, and community partners. The Managing Director will honor the legacy of SCR and work to provide leadership to bring the theatre into its next phase of presence and prominence locally, regionally, and nationally. They will have demonstrated experience developing and implementing strategy, balancing artistic initiatives and risks with responsible fiscal management, effectiveness as a fundraiser, and a strong ability to motivate and collaborate with a staff around a shared vision. The Managing Director will be a strategic leader and culture builder, nurturing a collaborative environment that celebrates diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

South Coast Repertory has retained Isaacson, Miller, an international executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search.

Compensation and Location

Salary range: $250,000-$310,000

Location: Residing within daily commutable distance of Costa Mesa is essential. Relocation support will be provided if necessary.

Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations

Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically to:

Ben Tobin, Partner

David Grimes, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


SCR is a proud equal opportunity employer, embraces diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.