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Career and Education Opportunities for Artistic Directors in Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for artistic directors. There are currently 2,090 working artistic directors in Washington; this should grow 13% to about 2,360 working artistic directors in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for artistic directors are expected to grow by about 9.8%. In general, artistic directors audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions.

Artistic directors earn approximately $26 per hour or $56,120 annually on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $30 per hour or $64,430 per year. Artistic directors earn the same as people working in the category of Theater, Film, and Television generally in Washington and the same as people in the Theater, Film, and Television category nationally. Artistic directors work in a variety of jobs, including: casting assistant, entertainment agent, and casting coordinator.

The Seattle area is home to sixty-five schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can get a degree as an artistic director. The most common level of education for artistic directors is a Bachelor's degree. You can expect to spend about four years studying to be an artistic director if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Artistic Director

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

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.

It is important for artistic directors to ready actors for auditions by providing scripts and data related to roles and casting requirements. They are often called upon to serve as liaisons between directors and agents. They also manage and/or layout screen tests or auditions for prospective performers. They are sometimes expected to maintain talent files that include data such as performers' specialties and availability. Somewhat less frequently, artistic directors are also expected to locate performers or extras for crowd and background scenes, and stand-ins or photo doubles for actors, by direct contact or through agents.

And finally, they sometimes have to negotiate contract agreements with performers or between performers and agents or production companies.

Like many other jobs, artistic directors must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Seattle include:

  • Actor. Play parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.
  • Director. Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, or radio programs.
  • Film or Videotape Editor. Edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.
  • Music Composer. Write and transcribe musical scores.
  • Music Director. Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups.
  • Producer. Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.
  • Program Director. Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs.
  • Singer. Sing songs on stage, radio, or motion pictures.
  • Technical Director. Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Artistic Director Training

Cornish College of the Arts - Seattle, WA

Cornish College of the Arts, 1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121. Cornish College of the Arts is a small college located in Seattle, Washington. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 815 students and an admission rate of 78%. Cornish College of the Arts has a two to four year and a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated zero and thirty-six students respectively in 2008.

University of Puget Sound - Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound, 1500 N Warner, Tacoma, WA 98416. University of Puget Sound is a small university located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,829 students and an admission rate of 65%. University of Puget Sound has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated one student in 2008.

Seattle University - Seattle, WA

Seattle University, 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122-4340. Seattle University is a medium sized university located in Seattle, Washington. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 7,560 students and an admission rate of 65%. Seattle University has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated five students in 2008.

University of Washington-Seattle Campus - Seattle, WA

University of Washington-Seattle Campus, 1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98195-4550. University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a large university located in Seattle, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 39,675 students and an admission rate of 61%. University of Washington-Seattle Campus has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated four students in 2008.

Seattle Pacific University - Seattle, WA

Seattle Pacific University, 3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119-1997. Seattle Pacific University is a small university located in Seattle, Washington. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,891 students and an admission rate of 84%. Seattle Pacific University has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated eleven students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.