Resident Director

Organization: Albany Park Theater Project
Category: Artistic
Type: Full-time

Resident Director

Apr 1, 2019

Job Title:  Resident Director

Supervised By:  General Manager

Employees Supervised: Academic Tutors

Classification:   Exempt, Full time, Salary


Organizational Overview  Albany Park Theater Project creates transformative experiences that forge an inclusive community of youth artists, adult artists and audiences to envision and build a more just, equitable and joyful world.  APTP’s teen ensemble members - mostly young people of color from immigrant families - and adult artistic team collaborate to create world-class theater that amplifies and illuminates the voices and experiences of our immigrant and first-generation community. Our creative process prepares and propels teens to lead civically engaged and choice-filled lives. Our performances foster empathy, humanize challenging social issues, encourage new ways of seeing the world, and inspire action.

Opportunity  The Resident Director position offers a unique opportunity for an established artist to find a true artistic home – a place to bring their developed artistic practice to a space that truly values their expertise and perspective, that is both well-resourced and stable but also risk-taking and incredibly ambitious.  The Resident Director will have a rare opportunity to merge their life’s creative work with APTP’s mission and vision, and to build on a 20+ year track record of artistic and youth development expertise.  APTP is serious about nourishing and supporting its artists and provides a space to be challenged and grow within an atmosphere of a close-knit team consisting of some of the best theater artists, designers and more in Chicago and the national stage.

Position Overview The Resident Director role offers a collaboration-minded, experienced and innovative theater maker the opportunity to create ground-breaking, multidisciplinary performances rooted in the lived experience of immigrant communities and driven by the Albany Park Theater Project’s mission of social justice and enriching the cultural vitality and quality of life in the Albany Park neighborhood as well as throughout Chicago.

The Resident Director’s work bridges art making, teaching and youth development.  This role is an integral part of the APTP artistic team, collaborating in the devising and directing of performances for a diverse group of audiences and planning and facilitating workshops for teen ensemble members with a goal of artistic skill-building, empowerment and amplifying youth voice.  The Resident Director is also an integral part of the youth development team, collaborating to mentor teen ensemble members and work with them toward college access and success program.


Art Making and Performances (approximately 50% of the time):

Youth Development (approximately 25% of the time):

Community Engagement (approximately 10% of the time):

Program and Staff Management (approximately 10% of the time):

Administrative Support (approximately 5% of the time):



Albany Park Theater Project seeks an innovative and passionate artist with at least five years of experience making theater and/or performance with the experience and skill to serve as lead artist on APTP main stage productions. They will be relationship-focused, trustworthy, optimistic, and visibly engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders. The qualified candidate has experience in a mentorship and resource role working with a diverse group of young people. They will be a goal oriented, natural leader who is passionate and committed to the full mission and vision of APTP.


Education and Skills




Please submit your resume, accompanied by a cover letter that explains why you are qualified for this position and your interest in working at Albany Park Theater Project. Use the opportunity to share something of yourself that we won’t get from your resume alone. Please email your cover letter, resume, and salary range requirement to  Please write your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME in the Re: suject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Resident Director is an employee at will, meaning that either party may terminate the employment relationship at any time by written notice to the other. Nothing in this job description is to be deemed to create a contract of employment for a specific period of time.