At the end of last week, I received a letter from the Black Theatre Commons encouraging the American Shakespeare Center, our search consultant, and search committee to assemble a diverse and qualified slate of candidates for our next Artistic Director. The letter listed two names: David D. Mitchell, project manager, and JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, project manager, but no contact info, so I’m replying via this post.
I cannot over-emphasize the fact that we are extremely interested in assembling a diverse and qualified slate of candidates. You will notice within the job listing that we have asked for applicants who have (among other things) a “strong…background in Shakespeare on stage and a fundamental interest in the language and the staging of his plays” as well as “A demonstrated history of commitment to building and supporting a diverse community.” You will notice a distinct lack of things like “previous experience as an artistic director of a major institutional theatre” or even “must be a director.” We know we are a distinctive organization with a specific mission; we are looking for the best person to lead us in this exciting next phase of our organizational life.
If you know qualified candidates, please send them our way. This includes networks like the Black Theatre Commons, Latinx Theatre Commons, and Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists; LGBTQ theatre artists, all genders, all races, all ethnicities, all religions, all. If you have a demonstrated love Shakespeare in performance and a trust in his text, we want to hear from you.
Side note, with our new Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries project, experience with new work and living playwrights is great too.
Please apply now, we will be closing applications on Monday, January 15.
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