About White Heron

ABOUT WHITE HERON

Mission

To produce transformative, professional productions of classical and contemporary plays and create innovative educational experiences based on that work.

History

The White Heron Theatre Company believes in the power of theatre to engage audiences in a truthful and compelling journey that touches the human experience through the arts. To accomplish its mission, White Heron fosters the growth of professional theatre on Nantucket Island, across the nation and around the world through a range of artistic and education programs for the Nantucket community and beyond.

Founded in New York City in 2004, by actor/director Lynne Bolton and Yale School of Drama Acting Dean Earle Gister, White Heron was sparked by their shared aspiration to form a professional ensemble-driven company of like-minded artists. In 2012, the company was reborn in Nantucket, becoming the first professional theatre company on the island. Three years later, the company opened the first purpose-built venue on the island dedicated to professional repertory theater. Over the last decade, our production highlights include God of Carnage by Yesmina Reza, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, Seawife by Seth Moore and The Lobbyists, and Private Lives by Noel Coward.

In 2020, we had to close our theatre due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. To continue producing content for our Nantucket audiences, we created White Heron Radio Theatre, which has been broadcast on local radio as well as been made available on all major podcasting platforms. Our programming includes “The Ghost Light Series,” adapted by Mark Shanahan from Nantucket Ghosts: 44 True Accounts by Blue Balliett and “A Nantucket Christmas Carol,” also adapted by Shanahan and narrated by Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer.

Our community is home to a sophisticated audience of year-round and summer residents who support—in fact, expect—great art. Led by Lynne Bolton, President and Artistic Director, and Producing Director Michael Kopko, White Heron’s core programs consist of: 1) professional productions of classical and contemporary plays; 2) development of new work by emerging and established playwrights; and 3) innovative educational experiences based on that work.


Join Our Company

Career Opportunity: Managing Director

TO APPLY

Please send a resume and a cover letter to jobs@whiteherontheatre.org.

About the Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the Artistic Director, the Managing Director is the co-producer of the White Heron’s theatrical season and serves as the organization’s chief executive officer.  The Managing Director focuses on the finance and general management, marketing, and fundraising elements of the theatre’s operations.

The Managing Director works in partnership with both the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors on propelling the organization forward by determining achievable strategic goals and leading key stakeholders in accomplishing those goals.  The Managing Director also supports the Board in developing governance policies and procedures, recruitment of board directors, and providing leadership when legal matters arise.

While not directly responsible for production management and education, the Managing Director oversees the positions responsible for those areas to ensure that those individuals’ activities and responsibilities are fully aligned with and integrated into the operation.

We strongly prefer a candidate who can agree to reside on Nantucket during the season from approximately May 1 through August 31. Housing will be provided during that time for the successful candidate. During other months, regular visits to the Nantucket facility will be required and transportation/lodgings will be reimbursed or provided for by the company.

Finance and General Management

  • Develops and oversees the management of the organizational budget.
  • Manages cash flow and signs checks.
  • Works with White Heron’s independent auditors in their preparation of financial statements and required tax filings.
  • Oversees human resources for the organization, including the periodic review of employment policies, the evaluation and selection of employee benefits, employee evaluations, and the determination and execution of disciplinary actions (up to and including terminations).

Fundraising and Donor Relations

  • Identifies, cultivates, and stewards potential funders of White Heron initiatives in theatrical production, new play development, education, and similar activities.
  • Creates and executes fundraising campaigns and initiatives for individual, foundation, government, and corporate donors.
  • Develops and implements development plan for individual giving, including strategies for both large and small donors.
  • Identifies grant opportunities and supervises grant writer in preparing grant applications and reports.
  • Acknowledges donors for their contributions, including mailing letters, sending personalized emails, and making phone calls as appropriate.

Marketing

  • Oversees marketing campaigns for all productions, presentations, and other special events produced by White Heron.
  • Develops marketing plans for the mainstage season, including determining the marketing mix and expense allocations, developing White Heron’s brand and market position, and creating a timetable for initiatives.
  • Oversees the creation of marketing material for sales campaigns, including supervising graphic designers, reviewing and providing feedback on material, and writing marketing copy and other materials as necessary.
  • Creates and executes a media plan, including writing press releases, pitching stories, and determining whether to bring on a freelance publicist for high-profile projects.
  • Develops and implements variable pricing strategy.

Governance

  • Supports the Board Chair in the preparation for board meetings, including the creation of the agenda and supporting materials.
  • Supports the Governance Chair in the creation and revision of necessary governance policies.
  • Creates financial and other reports as necessary to keep Directors informed.
  • In partnership with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director, creates and implements a strategic plan for the organization including annual and ten-year plans
  • Assists in the recruitment of board directors.
  • Provides leadership and develops messaging and action plans in collaboration with the Directors during litigation and other forms of legal conflict, including union grievances and employee conflicts.

Education and Community Engagement

  • In partnership with the Director of Education and Training, develops education programs to serve Nantucket and further White Heron’s mission.
  • Identifies potential community partners that advance White Heron’s mission and utilize the theatre facility during the off-season.

Key Requirements

  • Leadership experience in regional theatre or an allied/adjacent field with a history of receiving increased responsibility and accountability
  • Experience in driving continuous improvement and operational excellence
  • Experience with Equity contracts
  • Proficiency in financial reporting and understanding basic principles of accrual accounting
  • Solid track record in fundraising and marketing
  • Experience with ticketing, fundraising, or other comparable CRM software
  • Interpersonal skills to connect with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite or related software and basic data analytics
  • Basic training in and an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and their importance to the national theatre field

The Ideal Candidate will Possess These Key Competencies

  • Leadership
  • Business acumen
  • Judgement
  • Communication skills
  • Integrity and ethics
  • Collaboration
  • Management skills (including ability to involve and coordinate internal and external resources, as well as delegate and supervise)
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WHITE HERON WILL:

  • Provide the opportunity to further develop your career as a CEO of an arts organization with a commitment to and track record of excellence
  • Offer an inclusive environment that encourages diverse perspectives and ideas
  • Deliver challenging and unique opportunities to contribute to the success of a transforming organization
  • Offer comprehensive benefits

SALARY:

  • This is a full-time position with a salary range of $65K to $75K per year (plus housing when on Nantucket). Benefits include employer-paid medical and dental insurance, and paid time off.

We know that there are great candidates that may not have all of the qualifications listed above but possess intuitive knowledge or other fully transferable skills. So don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself if that’s you.

White Heron has a “No Brokers” policy. We do not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. White Heron will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited referral. At White Heron’s request, search firms and/or employment agencies may be invited to execute an agreement between White Heron and the search firms and/or employment agency prior to referring talent for specific positions as outlined in the agreement.

White Heron is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all areas of the workplace. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective. We evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

TO APPLY

Please send a resume and a cover letter to jobs@whiteherontheatre.org.


White Heron Board of Directors
Robert Doran, Chair

Chris Bierly


Lynne Bolton

Leighanne Champion

Mark Cunha

Carolyn Durand

Sheri Feigen


Robin Hammer

Victoria Hansen

James Malone


Michael Rhea


Martin Tackel

Advisory Board
Amy Povich Agus
Maureen Fennessy Bousa
Anne Marie Bratton
Scott Bryce
Harriette Fox
Marcus Dean Fuller
Cary Hazlegrove
Sally Horchow
Beth Ann Meehan
Lisa Melillo
Grant Sanders
Ivy Scricco
Catharine Soros
Schuyler Tilney
Melissa Hale Woodman


Leadership

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Lynne Bolton
President & Artistic Director

Lynne is a professional actor and director. She is the founder and president of the White Heron Theater Company and the Nantucket Theatre Institute; created to produce transformative productions of classical and emerging new plays with an emphasis on creating new work for the American stage.

Ms. Bolton is a member of the Yale Drama School Advisory Board and the Board of the Yale Repertory Theatre. She has served on the Board of the Women’s Project, the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting theater created by women. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the New York City Ballet and an advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a member of the Board of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.

Ms. Bolton’s acting and directing credits include many regional and off-Broadway theatres. Her acting career began at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 1976 where she began performing as part of a resident company during the bicentennial.

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Michael Kopko
Producing Director & Co-Artistic Director

Michael Kopko is the Producing Director of the White Heron Theatre Company. Michael is a former Nantucket Selectman and Chairman of the Board of Selectman for 2 years. During that time he oversaw a $100 million municipal budget and numerous other large operating and capital budgets. Michael owned a restaurant and a lodging establishment and is a life-long musician. He was accepted to the Julliard School for acting and has worked as an actor and director in the theatre for over 30 years.