12 Apr 2021


Executive Director

The Murphy Theatre  Wilmington, Ohio, United States

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Job Description

The Murphy Theatre, located in the town of Wilmington in Southwestern Ohio, is searching for an Executive Director to oversee management and operations of the 103-year-old historic theater.

The person selected for this visible and critical role will be well-versed in all aspects of theater management and will serve as the key leader to a strong staff as well as an active and supportive board.
The Executive Director will help guide The Murphy Theater into an exciting renewal after a year of pandemic restrictions as well as position the theater for continued success and an expanded reach in the years to come.


The Murphy Theatre

In 1918, Charles Webb Murphy, owner of the Chicago Cubs, opened the theater as a gift to his hometown of Wilmington, Ohio.  The Murphy, as it is affectionately called  by locals, was the heart of downtown in those early days playing host to vaudeville, lectures, minstrel shows, movies, high school graduations, band concerts, plays and even church services.

In 1929, the Murphy family leased the theater to a movie theater chain and The Murphy was operated primarily as a movie house until the 1970’s when the theater was purchased by the community in an effort to preserve the historic grandeur of the building.  Since that time, the Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers, and supporters of this non-profit organization have worked to restore the historic building to its original splendor.  Our mission is to preserve the Historic Murphy Theatre as a place to Inspire, Enrich and Entertain our community.

Today, the theatre remains a true community center providing a venue for touring performers, local productions, school events, performing arts education, business meetings, and weddings. The Murphy Theatre’s vision is to continue to be a source of community pride, an example of perseverance, and an entertainment and cultural center sought by artists and audiences from the Southwest Ohio region and beyond.


Executive Director Position Summary

The Murphy Theatre is seeking a vibrant, talented professional to lead the people and operations of the theater with the vision to elevate The Murphy to a regional venue and destination for a variety of artists and audiences alike.

The Executive Director will implement The Murphy Theatre’s mission under the direction of the Board of Trustees.  The Executive Director is responsible for all theater operations, staff and volunteer management, and programming.  Other key responsibilities include the management of development, marketing, and community outreach.  This is a full-time, year-round position and will require some evening and weekend work.

The Successful Candidate will…

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in theater management, arts administration, non-profit management, or related field and/or a minimum of three years of relevant performing arts/non-profit management or related management and operations experience.
  • Have direct experience in theater management (preferred) including programming, contract management, and associated logistics.
  • Demonstrate prior hands-on involvement in non-profit development to include research, writing and submittal of grants, donor development and relations, fundraising, and related financial management.
  • Have the proven ability to communicate clearly, supervise, train, and interact with individuals possessing various levels of experience, including volunteers.
  • Enjoy a positive approach to the position and its responsibilities along with a strong sense of commitment and dedication to the theater and the town.

For those who wish to receive and review a more detailed position description, please submit a request to Murphy.EDSearch@gmail.com.

For more on the theater, go to themurphytheatre.org/


 To Apply for this Opportunity

Please submit a cover letter that describes your interest and qualifications for the position (no longer than 2 pages).
Send with a current resumé and the names of three professional references as well.
Electronic submissions are preferred (MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments only).
Please write Executive Director in the email subject line.
The email address is: Murphy.EDSearch@gmail.com

We will consider all applications in the order in which they are submitted.

The Murphy Theatre is committed to supporting equity and diversity in all areas of our operations. The Murphy Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, (dis)ability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation.



Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Executive Director
The Murphy Theatre
 Wilmington, Ohio, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director, executive director, management, and theatre. States: Ohio.
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