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Program Director

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FringeArts’ Programming Director supervises the programming department and is responsible for curating and executing the artistic vision of the organization. The PD works as both a curator in selecting performance work from a network of artist relationships and also as a producer to ensure each presentation is successful at any scale. The PD reports to and works collaboratively with the President & Producing Director to uphold the artistic values and history of FringeArts while being open to bold, new thinking by a diverse range of artists. The PD works with our Marketing, Development, Finance, and Production teams to develop a coordinated and creative approach to a variety of institutional objectives such as audience retention and expansion and meeting overall financial goals. The PD also manages all artist relationships and logistics, including contract negotiations, travel and accommodations, artist hospitality, and coordination with our production staff.


  • Select and develop curatorial programs.
  • Develop new frameworks and concepts for programming presentations inclusive of festival platforms and other ongoing curatorial programming.
  • Provide and facilitate artistic content and context to Marketing staff and participate across departments to develop marketing and sales strategies in support of audience building and sales goals.
  • Craft artistic content and help shape contextual materials with Development staff and participate in developing strategies, writing, and collaboratively working to support funding opportunities and fundraising goals. 
  • Works with the Finance Director to develop budgets for programs and festivals, as well as manage forecasting and tracking actuals.
  • Provide critical artistic and logistical information to Production staff about the selected programming and work with Production to ensure clarity regarding the scope and scale of productions in order to schedule and budget efficiently and cost-effectively.
  • Negotiate terms and draft artist contracts with the General Manager including rider approval and payment processing.
  • Manage artist compliance with contracts.
  • Maintain relationships with artists on behalf of the organization.
  • Manage artist logistics: travel schedules, travel accommodations booking and hospitality.
  • Maintain familiarity with trends in local, national and international contemporary performance and art.
  • Develop artistic and financial partnerships with artists, presenters and other opportunities.
  • Develop and manage companion programming and contextual events around selected programming.
  • In collaboration with all directors, create and manage programming budgets.
  • Manage Artist Residence Program.
  • Manage process for disseminating artistic information to all departments, including Artist Fact Sheet.
  • Along with Patron Services Director and Production Manager, maintain Master Events Calendar and organizational workflow documents.
  • Acts on the Director level to steward organization-wide decision-making, budgeting, and structure.
  • Supervises Associate Producer and Fringe Festival Manager positions.


At least 4 years experience in curatorial work/artistic programming, preferably at a contemporary performing arts organization. Must have  a solid network of performance artists both regionally and nationally who tour and present work at festivals such as FringeArts does. Must possess an understanding of artistic technical riders. Must have experience in event planning and producing shows within the contemporary performing arts landscape. Must thrive in a fast-paced environment and work well as part of a highly motivated, results-based team. Must be highly organized and value accuracy and attention to detail. Must excel at interpersonal relations and problem-solving, and evidence superior verbal and written language skills. Must have prior management experience.


This is a full-time exempt position. Some weekend and evening and occasional travel is required. Annual salary range is $75,000-80,000 and is commensurate with experience. Includes generous health and leave benefits.

EOE: FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for this and all open positions.

To Apply

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