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Career and Education Opportunities for Artistic Directors

In general, artistic directors audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions.

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Highlighted states contain educational opportunities in Theater, Film, and Television

JOB DESCRIPTION: Artistic Director

Artistic directors decide on performers for roles or submit records of suitable performers to producers or directors for final selection. They also inspect performer data such as photos and union membership, so as to decide whom to audition for parts. Equally important, artistic directors have to audition and interview performers so as to match their attributes to specific roles or to increase the pool of available acting talent. They are often called upon to read scripts and talk with producers in order to establish the types and numbers of performers required for a given production. They are expected to attend or view productions so as to maintain knowledge of available actors. Finally, artistic directors contact agents and actors in order to furnish notification of audition and performance opportunities and to schedule audition times.

Every day, artistic directors are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.