There are many was to get involved with Lamplighters Music Theatre from singing on stage, to helping us load into the theatre, from sewing costumes, to helping in our office. Whether you want to become a volunteer, a donor, an intern, or part of our pool of performers, designers, and crew—whatever your skill set or needs—we're likely to have a spot for you. Please join us - we love building the Lamplighter family!

Send your resume and letter of intent to us at or, in the more traditional manner, to:

469 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Seeking Applicants for the part-time position of Artistic Director

The Role of the Artistic Director

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, and collaborating closely with the Resident Music Director and Managing Director, the Artistic Director has overall responsibility for maintaining and developing the Lamplighters’ proud tradition of excellence in their artistic and production values, and for planning and developing strategies to meet the organization’s artistic and production goals and mission. The Artistic Director is responsible for representing and leading the artistic vision of the company and acts as the figurehead for the organization in the public eye.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with the Managing Director and the Resident Music Director, determine and set the repertoire for each season;
  • In collaboration (as appropriate) with the Resident Music Director and Managing Director, select Stage Director and Music Director for each production;
  • In collaboration (as appropriate) with the Stage Director, Music Director, and Production Manager, select and hire within budget key designers and production staff for each production;
  • Attend auditions as advisor to the Stage and Music Directors, assist with casting decisions, and ensure that all casting is consistent with the organization’s artistic policies and goals;
  • Attend production rehearsals as appropriate to support and advise the Stage and Music Directors, and to assist in guiding each production to a successful run;
  • In collaboration with Board of Trustees, Managing Director, and Resident Music Director, set performance goals for annual fundraising event. (Gala)
  • Oversee, advise, and support a Committee of writers and, as appropriate, participate in the Committee’s creation of original work for the organization’s needs – including the annual Gala fundraising event;
  • Act as the “Face of the Company” to patrons, donors, and in the community-at-large at performances, donor events, and on other relevant occasions;
  • Work closely with the Development Director on fundraising efforts and on developing ongoing positive relationships with donors;
  • Assist the Managing Director in the preparation of budgets for all artistic programs;
  • Assist the Managing Director with writing copy and with determining the general content of season marketing materials;
  • Actively assist the Managing Director, the Resident Music Director, and any pertinent Stage and Music Directors in producing recordings of stage productions and reviewing such recordings for the manufacture of CDs and/or other forms of marketable sound/video reproductions;
  • Research and develop proposals for repertoire in furtherance of the Lamplighters’ mission and with due consideration of budgetary constraints;
  • Attend Board Meetings and Retreats as appropriate, and keep the Board of Trustees regularly informed of all pertinent artistic matters.

  • Qualifications

    A successful candidate will have a firm commitment to the integrity of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, a deep knowledge and understanding of the tradition of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the ability to imagine how to combine the tradition of the genre with the ever-changing world of theater in the 21st century and how to highlight the continued relevance of G&S.

    The ability to communicate effectively in front of an audience (large and small) is essential, as well as excellent writing skills, and experience with Bay Area theater. Experience as a Stage Director and performer is preferred.  Additional qualifications include the ability to work easily with and to motivate artists of all levels, and the ability to recognize, mentor, and develop artists from within the organization.

    Personal Characteristics

    Lamplighters seeks candidates who possess a strong personal commitment to the importance of the arts in our community, excellent judgment and consensus-building skills, outstanding communication skills, inspiration, and creativity. We seek someone who is a leader, a bridge-builder, a collaborator, with an eye focused toward the future. 

    Oh…….and a sense of humor!!

    Work Schedule

    The Artistic Director position is very part-time – approximately 10-20 hours per month on average. The position is non-exempt and commands a small salary with no benefits (other than free entry to all Lamplighter performances). It is expected that the Artistic Director will attend performance weekends during runs of shows, and will be available for consultation when needed by the Managing Director.

    Company Culture

    Lamplighters Music Theatre was founded in 1952. Over the past sixty-five years, the company has developed a unique and vibrant culture of singers, musicians, actors, directors, designers, choreographers, technicians, trustees, volunteers, and administrative and production staff. The Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining the company culture – one of inclusion, diversity, high production values, and commitment to the tradition of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and other similar works – combined with important doses of hard work and clever fun. There is a family ethos within the Lamplighter tradition that remains as important to us now as it did back in the 1950s.  We see ourselves as an organization that is as committed to the high quality of our productions as we are to the vision of this company as a fertile training ground for artists – both experienced and new. In order to maintain this training environment, the company has long been committed to double-casting principal roles, actively seeking to bring in new performers of all ages, and training our artists in the Lamplighter approach to presenting operettas – an approach established by the company’s founders and very much a part of the organization’s vital role in the Bay Area theater community. Lamplighters is quality.

    “Nonsense, perhaps…..but, oh what precious nonsense!”

    How to Apply

    Send letter/resume to No phone calls.

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