Executive Director | Thompson Street Opera Company

Thompson Street Opera Company seeks Executive Director
Chicago’s Thompson Street Opera Company is seeking an Executive Director, who will be an equal partner in the company’s management with the company’s founder and Artistic Director (Claire DiVizio) and Music Director (Alexandra Enyart), and work in conjunction with other members of the Board.  Thompson Street Opera Company is a young and vibrant organization with the following mission:
  • To produce high-quality performances of new operatic works, particularly those that bring non-traditional audiences to opera
  • To provide professional-level opportunities to emerging artists in the field of opera
  • To inspire performers to be advocates for contemporary opera
The company currently produces three productions per year: mainstage works in the fall and spring, and a multidisciplinary event called Faulty Systems in the winter, which promotes social justice through both arts presentations (including 1-2 short operas presented by the company) and guest speakers.
The compensation for this position is an honoraria of $1200 annually, paid in $100 monthly installments.
Key Responsibilities/Expectations:
  • With the Artistic and Music Directors, creating and executing a strategic plan for the organization, considering both short- and long-term goals
  • Be the primary scheduling force of the company; lead in the creation of all calendars and timelines, both administrative and production, in coordination with all Directors (both company and production) and production staff
  • Act as a member of the production staff for company productions; position will be in accordance with the Executive Director’s skill set and schedule
  • Be present at Board meetings and act as a fully participatory member of the Board
  • Depending on skill set, the Executive Director may also be asked to be an auditor at season auditions
  • Expanding fundraising and sponsorship efforts to support ongoing programming
  • Maintaining an ongoing positive relationship with existing donors, while also locating new donors and sponsors
  • Via the company email address, be primarily responsible for responding to basic inquiries and questions, as well as managing auto-replies to composers and other artists interested in working with the company
  • Be the primary creator of email newsletters, in consultation with the Artistic Director
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, from web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Coordinate with relevant board members to insure regular social media posting
  • Maintain the company website
Skills & Qualifications: 
  • Be based within commuting distance from the city of Chicago
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum), Masters Degree (preferred), any field, with preference for music/theatre/performance/music education/arts management/related
  • Demonstrated experience in performing arts management, either at an administrative or production level
  • High level of organization and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to respond quickly to emails and phone communication
  • Personal interest in and commitment to contemporary classical music and opera
  • Calm personality and ability to perform under pressure
  • Ability to collaborate productively with a variety of different personalities  
  • *STRONGLY PREFERRED*: demonstrated experience with fundraising and donor management
Candidates with experience in opera as performers or production staff strongly preferred.
To Apply: 
Please send a letter of interest and resume to thompsonstopera@gmail.com with the subject line “Interest in Executive Director Position”. Please also include contact information for at least two professional references who can specifically speak to your leadership ability and style.
Given the nature of this position, the review process will be thorough. In addition to an interview, candidates who are being seriously considered will be asked to act as stage manager for one of our 2018/2019 season productions, for which they will be compensated. Please make note in your letter of interest if you are unavailable for any of the following productions:
When Adonis Calls: rehearsals beginning approx. Oct. 24th, performances Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9
Faulty Systems: rehearsals beginning approx. Jan. 6th, performance Feb. 2nd (1:00pm)
The Hat / The Man Who Woke Up: rehearsals beginning approx. Feb. 25, performances Apr. 4, 5, 6, 7
We intend to announce our decision after all serious candidates have completed their trial period as stage manager, no later than early May 2019.
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Claire DiVizio