JAG Productions

White River Junction, VT



JAG Productions, a leading incubator of new works by Black, Queer & Trans playwrights, is conducting a nationwide search to appoint its inaugural Managing Director.  Reporting to the Producing Artistic Director and the JAG Productions Board of Trustees, the Managing Director position will commence full-time employment starting in February 2022.  The search committee will begin interviewing applicants starting January 24, 2022 and remain open until a successful candidate is identified.



At the confluence of the White and Connecticut Rivers, which separate Abenaki land into the states of Vermont and New Hampshire, JAG has nurtured and sustained a multi-generational and multi-racial theatre company with Black artists and community organizers at its center.  JAG’s mission is to bring more compassion, empathy, and love into the world by telling stories that challenge hierarchies of race, gender, class, and sexuality. These stories are written and produced by and for Black, Brown, Queer, and Trans folx and the people that love them.  JAG strives to tell these crucial stories and provide an artistic sanctuary for creatives seeking rejuvenation, time for reflection, and a space in nature to develop art that will change the world.


Since its founding, JAG has curated, produced, and directed contemporary and classical Black theatre to engage and sustain individual and collective transformations that unsettle hierarchies of race, gender, and sexuality.  JAG’s primary programming includes: JAGfest, an annual new playwrights’ festival; Theatre on the Hill, five weekends of workshops, concerts, burlesque, and staged readings hosted on the gorgeously picturesque lawn at King Arthur Baking Company in Norwich, VT; and the JAG Musical Theatre Lab, a multi-year lab that offers audiences a new vision of American musical theater storytelling. 


JAG operates on a $600,000 and growing annual budget with no deficit and has a healthy operating reserve fund.  JAG produces on a Guest Artist contract with Actors’ Equity Association and is housed in multiple facilities in White River Junction, VT which include a 240-seat theatre and storage at Briggs Opera House, 300-seat open-air theatre at King Arthur Baking Company, rehearsal spaces at the Center for Cartoon Studies and Northern Stage, and offices at On Track Community Workspace.   JAG is also committed to expanding its artistic development and presence in New York City as part of its strategic vision to establish greater ties with New York-based theatres and artist community.   


Today, JAG Productions offers productions five months out of the year, bringing in nearly 5,000 people each season to experience dynamic artists and education programming just five minutes from Dartmouth College.  The Managing Director will join a 2-person staff and report to an 8-person board of trustees to manage operations year-round.



Reporting to the Producing Artistic Director, the Managing Director will have broad administrative responsibility including oversight of strategic planning, budgeting and finance, contracting, marketing and communications, and facilities management.  The Managing Director will also take a lead in ongoing efforts to ensure JAG’s financial stability and broadening the company’s contributed income potential by being an active collaborator with the Producing Artistic Director and Board in all fundraising efforts.  The Managing Director will also lead staff and board in “better practices” emphasizing humane values and just practices in areas of organizational management, financial oversight, and establishing and maintaining relationships with major individual and institutional donors who have an interest in supporting the future of JAG.


JAG Productions seeks a creative, self-motivated leader whose experience and organizational leadership skills are paired with an approachable and problem-solving attitude. The Managing Director will report to the Producing Artistic Director and the Board of Trustees, and will play a central role in planning and implementing JAG’s vision for the future, while developing the company’s near and long-term strategic planning efforts.


The Managing Director will:

  • Oversee producing/presenting, administrative operations, contracts, and the organizational budget

  • Directly supervise the Development Director, Company Manager and the Board Treasurer in matters of finance and payroll.

  • In concert with the Producing Artistic Director, cultivate and solicit donors to support JAG’s mission and programming

  • Serve as the community outreach liaison for JAG

  • Develop and manage the JAG Ambassador Program made up of locally owned Vermont businesses that commit to the vision and financial strength of JAG Productions.

  • Be an active fundraiser for the capital campaign to find JAG a permanent home and production facility

  • Participate in board development and recruitment activities as appropriate to expand the current board membership

  • In conjunction with the Producing Artistic Director, work to develop and maintain programs to increase audience growth, diversity and engagement

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Producing Artistic Director.



JAG Productions seeks a Managing Director who is:


  • A collaborative thought partner with the Producing Artistic Director, board, staff and stakeholders to plan and secure JAG’s long-term administrative, programmatic and financial goals

  • An experienced and successful non-profit arts manager with a strong working knowledge of the producing, financial, and business requirements of a theatrical organization

  • A strong financial manager with the skills necessary to develop realistic budgets and contingencies

  • A broad-minded collaborator able to share authority and responsibility with staff while working closely with the Producing Artistic Director.

  • Committed to advancing Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion within the company and throughout the White River Junction community.

  • A community ambassador, able to cultivate and interact with donors and community leaders, with the poise to represent the institution externally.

  • Committed to supporting innovative artistic and educational initiatives


The Board is seeking candidates with vision, passion and demonstrated business acumen. The search committee will look for evidence of significant professional experience, and the ability to attract, retain, and work with talented artists, staff and volunteers. The successful candidate will embrace this new opportunity to enhance JAG’s administrative capacity, implement the company’s vision for the future and be an effective strategist to develop a plan for an upcoming capital campaign.


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  • Minimum of 4 years of professional theater experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated leadership promoting accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

  • Preferred: Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or equivalent years of experience



  • Significant listening, speaking, and writing skills;  

  • Knowledge of theatrical production and management, including budgeting and contract negotiations

  • Strategic analysis, problem-solving, and motivational skills.

  • Ability to build and motivate effective teams in a collaborative environment,

  • Collaborates flexibly with a small group of staff, artists, and volunteers

  • Ability to work on and prioritize a wide array of tasks simultaneously, while maintaining a sense of perspective and a sense of humor.

  • Ability to thrive in and support a Black, Queer-led environment



Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000 annually, commensurate with experience. The range of benefits includes medical and dental insurance as well as paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave.



The Managing Director Search Committee for JAG Productions welcomes qualified applications. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume electronically to: