Artistic Director - Training Center Chicago

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  • Chicago
  • Hours Full-Time
  • Start Date Flexible

Position Overview

The Artistic Director is the creative lead for the Training Center at The Second City, Chicago. This is a full-time management position responsible for developing and implementing programming to grow The Second City Training Center - Chicago.

The successful candidate will work in three main areas:

  • Be an innovator for growth and change in our organization. This includes creation of new ideas, recruitment of new people, and seeking out new partners.
  • Focus on delivering a high-quality experience to our students. This includes the modernization of curriculum, student performance season planning and the management of our faculty.
  • Keep a connection to the artistic vision of the company, and serve as an advocate for our students to work in our theaters and film projects.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities Include (but not limited to)

  • Identify growth areas for the Training Center, and align the resources (faculty, technology, etc) needed to drive new enrollments or partnerships
  • Present growth opportunities bi-weekly to leadership. Identify key tactics (we call these “rocks”) to reach goals and track accordingly on a weekly basis to communicate up to the executive team and ownership
  • Help to find grants and organization/community partners to develop new opportunities
  • Work with Executive Producer, VP of Customer Success, VP of Production, Toronto Artistic Director, the Virtual Training Center Artistic Director, VP of Sales and the VP of Marketing, to set specific goals for each calendar year
  • Attend Orientation and lead Welcome Sessions
  • Attend and offer feedback on Training Center related performances, and work with Program Leads and/or Associate Artistic Directors to assure quality and mission
  • Attend and/or run auditions related to Training Center programs
  • Maintain The Second City’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to create and support a stronger, more diverse Training Center community
  • Be an adviser (in conjunction with Managing AD and HR when necessary) on issues involving faculty and/or students - including but not limited to issues of harassment, dissatisfaction, tension/frustration, content appropriateness, teaching/learning style, etc.
  • Consult and Coordinate with the leadership for special projects and programs including the Second City Film School and DePaul University to help monitor quality, curriculum, faculty, students, admissions, and overall branding/reputation
  • Attend and participate in meetings as-needed, such as: Training Center staff meetings, Artistic Directors’ meetings, program-specific meetings, etc.
  • Work with the Student Success team, VP of Sales and VP of Marketing to design and implement programming to support and grow a dynamic, healthy, engaged Training Center community

Management of Faculty

  • Work with Managing AD to recruit, hire, train, and mentor Training Center faculty
  • Design and run All-Faculty meetings and Development Sessions
  • Oversee the evaluation of training center program direct reports and faculty
  • Participate in appropriate faculty reviews
  • Create development plans for faculty
  • Administrative Responsibilities
  • Work with Managing Artistic Director and Training Center Production Manager to develop annual budget proposals for TC creative/artistic needs and goals
  • Collaborate with Training Center Production Manager on the assignment of classes and substitute teacher coverage

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience, in theater with an intensive focus on improvisation. Ideal candidates will have taught improvisation for a minimum of 5 years, with a minimum of 5 years management experience as well. Knowledge of The Second City’s creative process and an understanding of the company’s artistic and pedagogical philosophies are a huge plus. Excellent communication and leadership skills are required for this position as are superior adaptability, compassion, curiosity and patience.

All candidates for this role will be asked to authorize a background check.


We are an open, inclusive workplace and welcome applicants who bring with them diverse life experiences, including every permutation of economic and cultural backgrounds, orientation, identity, ethnicity and points of view. We strive to continue our efforts to work with people who may otherwise be marginalized or underrepresented in our business and around our community.

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