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Waterwell, an award-winning Off-Broadway company entering its 15th season, seeks an Artistic Director to lead the organization through a new and dynamic phase of growth and creative evolution.

About Waterwell

Founded in 2002 by Tony-nominee Arian Moayed and Drama Desk-nominee Tom Ridgely, Waterwell is a non-profit, civic-minded theater and education company. Waterwell strives to prove itself a vital presence in the lives of its audience by remaining always responsive: responsive to the events affecting the world at large, responsive to changing modes of expression, and responsive to the individuals attending each performance. Through entertainment and arts education, Waterwell hopes to inspire audiences and students to change their lives and the world in which they live.

Waterwell’s special blend of music, theater, and social dialogue has been nominated for three IT awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award, and Village Voice Best of NYC. Recent work includes the resurrection of the lost WWII-era Frank Loesser musicals, Blueprint Specials, featuring civilian and military performers and presented on board the former USS Intrepid as part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival; as well as a dual-language (English/Farsi) adaptation of Hamlet featuring a cast of predominantly Middle Eastern and South Asian actors.

Waterwell also believes strongly in the power of the arts in youth development as a way to achieve its mission of inspiration and change. Since 2010, its robust educational arm, the Waterwell Drama Program, has delivered – in partnership with the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) – top-quality, year-round, in-school theater training to over 200 NYC public school students annually. Partnerships with Manhattan Youth, the New School, and others provide rich, civically-engaged art-making experiences to dozens of additional students each year, from middle school through college.

Role of Artistic Director

We are looking for an individual who has broad knowledge of contemporary and innovative theater and educational practices, who is responsive and empathetic to today’s social issues, and who can envision and realize large-scale theatrical events that bring the best of our communities together.

In collaboration with Founder Arian Moayed, Managing Director Adam J. Frank, and Director of Education Heather Lanza, the Artistic Director will work to fulfill Waterwell’s mission to entertain and educate through engaging and socially-conscious art that helps better our local and national communities. Within this context of shared leadership, the Artistic Director will guide the development and evolution of Waterwell’s artistic vision, take the lead in developing and selecting our theatrical programming, and provide overall artistic leadership for our education program.


  • Develop and implement an artistic vision for Waterwell consistent with its mission and values,
  • Collaborate, support, and seek out passionate, rigorous, and culturally diverse directors, designers, actors, writers, teachers, community leaders, and others to develop and expand Waterwell’s community of artists and collaborators,
  • Provide artistic leadership in the Waterwell Drama Program, supporting the next generation of young artists and students,
  • Serve as a principal public voice and impassioned ambassador for the organization, both locally in NYC and nationally,
  • Nurture diverse audiences amd external partnerships, with theatre as an entry point for social issues that strengthen the community,
  • With Board and MD, play a key role in development, including grant-seeking, sponsorship, special events, and fostering strong relationships with individual donors,
  • Collaborate with MD in the preparation of the annual budget and ensuring financial responsibility once it is approved by the Board,
  • Inspire and oversee staff and, with MD, ensure a positive, inclusive, and productive work environment at Waterwell.


  • Passion for Waterwell’s distinctly populist vision and values, and a desire to build on its culture of inclusiveness,
  • A successful record of bringing to the stage significant, entertaining, and innovative theatre productions,
  • A strong track record of collaboration, leadership, and team-building with artists of the highest caliber,
  • An existing network of relationships with community leaders and theater professionals, including directors, actors, designers, writers, teachers, and others,
  • Proven experience in teaching and arts education,
  • Excellent management skills and proven success in supporting and galvanizing fundraising initiatives,
  • A high degree of integrity, positivity, energy, and creativity.


Salary will be highly competitive with similarly sized and regarded organizations. Benefits may include:

  • Paid vacation/holiday/sick/personal days,
  • Medical/vision/dental insurance.


The Artistic Director will be chosen through a search process from an internal committee with representation from the board, education, and theater staff.

Please send a pdf of cover letter and resume to by July 22nd, 2018.

Target start date: October 1st, 2018.