Artistic Director WantedSouth Bay Musical Theatre (SBMT) is a non-profit theatre that has been serving the Bay Area community for over 60 years. We produce high-quality entertainment that brings together a diverse group of participants in an inclusive, collaborative, and nurturing environment. 

The Artistic Director (AD) reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of SBMT. The AD ensures the high caliber of SBMT’s productions, events and workshops and works in partnership with staff on program development while representing SBMT to the greater community. Historically, SBMT produces three main stage productions with optional concerts/special events every season.

SBMT leases the Saratoga Civic Theater in Saratoga as our 298 seat performance space and leases a scene shop and a rehearsal space in San Jose.


Artistic Vision

  • Set artistic goals for the company
  • Select and plan the season
  • Select, hire and oversee artistic staff
  • Establish and maintain artistic standards and quality of productions
  • Evaluate, develop and implement optional programming, workshops or educational programs
  • Contribute to strategic planning for the overall organization
  • Represent SBMT with external organizations as appropriate
  • Facilitate auditions and provide oversight over the audition and casting process
  • Procur rights/licenses for season productions

Strategy and Assessment

  • Epitomize SBMT’s mission and core values of Heart, Community, Quality and Growth
  • Identify opportunities to advance the theater’s strategic goals
  • Facilitate annual strategic planning with the Board and staff
  • Create equitable, diverse and inclusive opportunities for our community

Operations and Oversight

  • Maintain internal communications between staff, artists, volunteers and contractors
  • Work with staff and artists to meet budget goals
  • Approves communications about and for the theatre


  • Spokesperson for staff and volunteers
  • Represent the theater to the public, benefactors and media
  • Participate in fundraiser events and communicate the theater’s vision to funders
  • Engage with the SBMT theatre community, local organizations and educational institutions to establish relationships and opportunities for growth and outreach

Board of Directors Development and Support

  • Report to the Board of Directors
  • Attend Board meetings and prepare/present Board-requested information
  • Attend committee meetings as needed and/or requested by the Board
  • Support strategic planning at the Board level
  • Contribute to the development of the annual budget
  • Coordinate scheduling and use of theater facility with Production Manager
  • Actively involved with fund development activities as directed by the Board. May include, but is not limited to, coordinating showcase or fund-raising events


  • Experience in theatre production and directing theatrical performances
  • Experience supervising professional staff and volunteers
  • Working knowledge of technical theater, including sound, lights, and set construction, as well as other production areas such as costumes, props, stage makeup, and basic stage management
  • Motivated self-starter; organized and creative; able to work under deadlines and on a limited budget
  • Oral and written communication skills to effectively present information to patrons, public groups, and the Board of Directors
  • Awareness and commitment to practices that expand diversity, equity and inclusion


  • Non-profit, community, regional or professional theater experience
  • Experience creating a theatrical season
  • Experience performing/teaching for the stage or other aspects of theater arts
  • Experience in project or event management
  • Bachelor’s degree in theatre, education or related field

Position Details

  • Job hours: 20 hours/week
  • Pay: $25/hour
  • Reports to: Board of Directors

Application Details

To apply, send an email to and include a cover letter, resume and up to three professional references.

South Bay Musical Theatre is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.