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Motus Theater: Assistant Artistic Director (FT)

Motus Theater

Full Time
Posted September 8, 2020

Motus Theater is looking for a full-time assistant artistic director to work intimately with our artistic director and founder, Kirsten Wilson, on autobiographical monologue workshops, theatrical productions, and podcasts. The ideal candidate is interested in supporting the creation of powerful narratives of artistic excellence as both a personal and systemic healing modality. And is interested in being mentored into an ongoing, long-term role in Motus Monologue development workshops.


Motus Theater’s current autobiographical monologue project and upcoming podcast, JustUs, is a collaboration with people who are formerly incarcerated to tell stories about the impact of the criminal justice system. Thus, Motus will prioritize applicants who have been personally impacted by the criminal justice system.


Motus Theater’s mission is to create an original theater to facilitate dialogue on critical issues of our time. We aim to use the power of art to build alliances across diverse segments of our community and country. Motus focuses on bringing marginalized voices or silenced histories to the stage and creating theater through the lens of race and class. Motus strives for local impact in Boulder, and regional impact throughout Colorado. We also aim to reach national audiences through virtual performances, keynote presentations with national conferences, and by collaborating with prominent Americans such as José Andrés, Patrisse Cullors, Ai-jen Poo, John Lithgow, Nicholas Kristof and more on our podcasts. To best understand Motus’ work, we strongly recommend applicants consult our website motustheater.org, Youtube channel, and our podcast website – shoeboxstories.org.


Position responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Motus Monologue Workshops: Supporting the artistic director in various components related to teaching and production including writing processes, editing, leading monologue rehearsals, recording sessions, and providing the trauma support woven into Motus Theater’s monologue training. Setting up logistics and calendars for classes. 
  • Motus Live & Virtual Productions: Working with the artistic director to facilitate the rehearsal process, running the tech for all virtual performances, taking meeting notes, and setting up logistics and calendars for productions. 
  • Podcast Oversight and Support: Working to support the artistic director on all elements of podcast creation and logistics.
  • Outward Facing Collaboration Support: Working with the artistic director to make sure all program needs get communicated to the appropriate stakeholders.
  • Inward Facing Collaboration Support: Working collaboratively with the artistic director and monologists at rehearsals and workshops. Together, the Artistic Director and Assistant Artistic Director will review and offer feedback on monologue scripts, podcast edits, and performances. 
  • Represent Motus Theater: Must work effectively with all of the Motus staff and board toward the common goal of strategic advancing Motus’ mission.

Necessary Skills 

  • Theatrical training, directing and/or performance art experience.
  • Therapeutic training and/or experience working with people with both developmental and historical trauma.
  • Organizational skills.
  • The ability to work collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal and outward-facing communication skills.
  • Cultural competence.


Preferred skills

  • Storytelling acumen/training.
  • Strong oral and written language skills.
  • Advanced Degree (MFA, MA or MSW)*.
  • Technical skills related to on-line performances and podcast production.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.

*The assistant artistic director position brings together a multitude of skills and acumens. An advanced degree is not required but training, lived and professional experience, as well as an aptitude in the desired skills noted above, will make for a strong applicant. 


Compensation & Benefits

$35,000-$45,000, commensurate with background and experience. Benefits include PTO, company holidays, and a health care stipend.


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume highlighting skills, professional experience, and education relevant to the position. You can choose to also submit up to three work samples, such as links to performance work, or written storytelling.


In addition, please submit your answer to the following questions:

  1. What is the impact the criminal justice system has had on your and/or your family’s life?
  2. In your view, what is the systemic change needed to heal race and class relations in the U.S.?
  3. What is the relationship between your storytelling work and your personal healing?


All application materials must be submitted via email to hiring@motustheater.org by October 2nd, 2020.


Please, no phone calls or in-person inquiries.

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