26 May 2021


General Manager

Guthrie Theater  Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

Reports to: Managing Director

The General Manager works holistically and collaboratively with departments across the organization to provide management support for key areas of the theater’s operations.  This position has a primary responsibility to manage and negotiate contracts with artists within union regulations and established budgets.  The General Manager also maintains key relationships with important external vendors including serving as the primary point of contact with Culinaire (restaurant and food service operator) and the Riverfront Municipal Parking Ramp. Additionally, the General Manager leads, manages and supervises the Company Manager and the Facilities Sales Manager.  Guided by the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility, the General Manager plays a key role in the organization as we strive to center and operationalize these values.

This position is full-time, exempt and benefits-eligible. Compensation for this position ranges from $67,500 – $85,000 annually, plus benefits. This person will work remotely until our building reopens and/or production resumes, at which time full-time in-person work is required.

The Guthrie is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates.  This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

1. Artist Contracts

  • Manage and negotiate contracts with actors, directors, designers, choreographers, composers and other artistic staff within union regulations and established budgets.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of the work rules for the five represented unions: AEA, SDC, USA, IATSE, AFM.
  • Represent the Guthrie with LORT (League of Resident Theatres) and serve as a point of contact for labor/management and contractual questions from Guthrie staff.
  • Create and manage COVID safety plans, as necessary, in accordance with union guidelines.
  • Negotiate royalties and production licenses for Guthrie-produced plays.
  • Manage, negotiate and execute intellectual property contracts between the Guthrie and authors, composers, orchestrators, and lyricists.
  • Negotiate contracts for international, national, and local presenting companies and co-producing partners within established budgets, union regulations, and parameters of the presenting space.
  • Serve as the point of contact in the management of outside producers, presenters, promoters and visiting national and international companies.
  • Manage the flow of information for outside presentations among the Production, Artistic, Marketing and Visitor Services departments.

2. Operations and Administration

  • Serve as a key participant in the season planning process by creating and maintaining a number of multifaceted budgets that contribute to the fiscal health of the theater each season.
  • Maintain key relationships with important external vendors including serving as the primary point of contact with Culinaire (restaurant and food service operator) and the Riverfront Municipal Parking Ramp.
  • With the Facilities Sales Manager, oversee building rentals and provide necessary communication to staff regarding any external events occurring in the Guthrie building or otherwise impacting the organization.
  • With the Company Management department, oversee the resident artist experience.
  • Maintain key relationships with Twin Cities agencies to obtain permits and licenses as needed.
  • Represent the Guthrie in appropriate community organizations such as East Town Business Partnership and the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association.
  • Assist the Managing Director in strategic projects and analysis.
  • Serves as an active member of the Health and Safety Committee.
  • Attend Board committee meetings as needed.

3. Leadership and Supervision

  • Serve as a member of the Guthrie’s Steering Committee.
  • Lead, manage and supervise the Company Manager and the Facilities Sales Manager.
  • Complete monthly check-ins with direct reports using the organizational monthly check-in form.
  • Attend and/or run department meetings to communicate pertinent information along to direct reports.
  • Coach and develop direct reports by monitoring the quality of employees’ work; providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among direct reports; ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises; and completing annual performance evaluations.
  • Maintain and approve direct reports’ timesheets, Paid Time Off requests, and other personnel records.
  • Foster a work environment of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.


  • Prior experience in a performing arts administration leadership role. Formal, informal and cross-disciplinary experiences will be considered.
  • Experience negotiating contracts.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
  • Working knowledge of the union work rules for represented unions: AEA, SDC, USA, IATSE, AFM as well as LORT.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to think strategically and execute with attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written communication on both an interpersonal and group level.
  • Ability and willingness to exercise professional discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Experience supervising, mentoring and leading direct and indirect reports.
  • Ability to foster and maintain relationships with colleagues, corporate professionals, artists, teachers, community partners, volunteers and the general public.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word).
  • Ability to travel occasionally as necessary.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days reflective of the dynamic schedule of a theater.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the position:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Apply online here


Full-Time Job in Theatre:
General Manager
Guthrie Theater
 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: management, manager, and theatre. States: Minnesota.
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