Associate Director, DNA: Oxygen


Associate Director, DNA: Oxygen

CATEGORY: Administrative

Artists Repertory Theatre
Portland, OR 97239

Job Details



Founded in 1982, Artists Repertory Theatre is the longest-running professional theatre company in Portland, Oregon. Begun by local artists who desired to produce contemporary theatre that addressed the issues of our time, ART has grown into a significant presence across the country with a legacy of regional, national, and world premieres produced at the highest level. Artists Repertory Theatre’s (Artists Rep or ART) mission is to produce intimate, provocative theatre and provide a home for a diverse community of artists and audiences to take creative risks.


The Associate Director of DNA: Oxygen is a collaborative arts professional dedicated to finding more equitable structures and practices in The U.S. Regional Theatre. This new position will report directly (and serve as a strong thought partner) to Zi Alikhan, recently named ART Artistic Directing Fellow and Director of DNA: Oxygen, a newly established initiative at ART with funding restricted to the development and production of new work, and the establishment of equitable mentorship and collaborative practices,  generated by, led by, and featuring Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists. DNA: Oxygen currently has an annual program budget of $100k (secured through the 2023 fiscal  year) with an endowment strategy in place.

As an affinity space and a creative hub, DNA: Oxygen strives to be an industry-leading initiative in the radical restructuring of power in the regional theatre landscape. By centering BIPOC artists as leaders, as thinkers, and as generators, DNA: Oxygen is setting out to serve these theatrically underserved stories and makers, ensuring a pipeline to production for artists of color that disrupts historic molds. The ideal candidate for the Associate Director position will have a background in theatre (ideally directing, curating, and/or producing) and an interest in social justice, community partnership, and the restructuring of institutions within our industry. This is an opportunity for an early-career artist-administrator with an interest in contributing to the earliest phases of program development, while exploring career-advancing experiences or opportunities throughout the entire Artists Rep organization. 


  • Displays a strong entrepreneurial spirit and well developed innovation muscle, with the desire to cultivate new means of making and supporting theatrically-centered engagement to a diverse body of communities and needs.

  • Demonstrated ability as an adept and persuasive communicator, both written and verbal. The Associate Director will be integral in the grant writing and fundraising process, necessitating an ability to authentically engage with board members, the ART leadership team, donors, volunteers, and other theatre supporters in a variety of settings and mediums. 

  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, collegiality, collaboration, and openness to many perspectives, starting from a commitment to ART’s anti-racist/anti-opression/anti-bias goals.

  • Capable of self-directed work; able to set and meet multiple and/or competing deadlines in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment; the ability and desire to lead when DNA’s Director passes the baton their way. 

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with the ability to delegate tasks, motivate colleagues, and manage priorities in a deadline-oriented environment, reinforcing the larger game plan and goals set forth in collaboration with the Director of DNA: Oxygen. 

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as directed to meet the ongoing needs of ART. 


The Director of DNA: Oxygen, with the assistance of the Executive Artistic Director and Managing Director of ART, will conduct interviews and oversee the process. Finalists will meet with all members of the ART staff/team during the interview process. While this role may include the opportunity to direct and/or choreograph productions at Artists Rep, this position is open to any experienced theatre maker with an interest in directing, producing, equity in The U.S. Regional Theatre, and theatre arts administration. We are seeking applicants who are inspired by Artists Rep’s production history and commitment to new work, and are eager to collaborate with Portland-based artists. The unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic would afford a winning candidate the opportunity to begin their employment by working remotely until it is safe to resume regular in-person productions and public assembly, at which point they will need to relocate to Portland for the duration of their employment.

Submissions should be emailed to with DNA: OXYGEN ASSOCIATE in the subject line. Please submit administrative and artistic resumes; a cover letter describing why this position aligns with your professional goals and how your personal and professional experience could be applied to establishing the DNA: Oxygen Program; and three references with contact information. No phone calls, please. 

Artists Repertory Theatre is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. The position will remain open until a diverse list of qualified candidates has been assembled.  

Artists Repertory Theatre does not discriminate in its hiring and employment practices against any applicant because of race, color, creed, age, national origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. 


$35k/year (with 3% annual cost of living increase)



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