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Artistic directors may do some or all of the following

  • plan the shows to be put on at the theatre
  • read scripts of shows and choose which are to be performed
  • help plan budgets
  • help plan marketing for productions
  • liaise with sponsors
  • hire designers, directors, actors and technical staff as required for each production
  • discuss the production with the director and production crew
  • audition the cast 
  • direct or choreograph shows
  • keep up to date with what's happening in the arts.

Artistic directors need to have

  • knowledge of historical and contemporary theatre, drama, dance, books, plays, poetry, film and music
  • research skills
  • excellent communication and people skills
  • time management, planning and organisational skills
  • decision-making skills
  • marketing and promotional skills
  • business, finance and budgeting skills.

Artistic directors need to be

  • creative and imaginative to visualise how scripts and movements will appear in a performance
  • patient, persistent and focused
  • persuasive
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to lead a team of people
  • able to relate to people from a range of cultures.