Artistic Director

Since 1985, New York Stage and Film (NYSAF) has played a major role in the development of new stories for the stage and screen, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and has established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the New York metropolitan region. NYSAF was founded in 1985 by Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, and Leslie Urdang in order to provide artists with a rigorous and nurturing environment to support artistic process, promote collaboration between artistic peers, foster dialogue between artists and audiences, and to facilitate the sharing of knowledge from one artistic generation to the next. The people and projects we support go on to shape the landscape of theater in America and around the world; our apprentices and early-career practitioners mature to become leaders in the performing arts and beyond.

Type of Employment
Full time
Type of Role
Leadership or Executive-level
Salary Level or Range
$100,000 - $120,000 Annual Salary
This is a remote position
Remote Details

Year-round staff currently operate on a hybrid model, meeting 2-3 times per week in person in the NYC office.

The Artistic Director currently spends two months each year (from early June to early August) in Poughkeepsie, NY, as a part of the annual Summer Season at Marist College.


New York, NY
United States

How to Apply

The submission portal opens on March 12th and closes on April 12th. Candidates may be invited to interview before the application window closes. Early applications are encouraged. To apply, Please complete the form on our AD Search webpage (, which includes a series of short questions listed below in lieu of a cover letter, and upload a PDF of your resume. There is a space to submit a video response to the questions if that is your preferred method of communication. NYSAF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For any questions, please email, monitored by Culture Change Lab and NYSAF.

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Description and Qualifications

NYSAF seeks an Artistic Director to navigate our next chapter, emphasizing our commitment to nurturing artists and their groundbreaking stories for theater, film and television. This leadership role is pivotal in upholding NYSAF’s mission and foundational principles of supporting new stories in process, uplifting compelling artistic voices, making space for questions and bold creative exploration, and activating a communal environment in which artistic rigor, learning, and dialogue may thrive. We will look to the Artistic Director to ensure our programming and practices resonate with our commitment to social accountability, equity, and artistic freedom.

At the core of this role is collaboration. The successful candidate will join forces with a dedicated staff, an engaged Board of Directors, and a brilliant community of artists at a crucial time of organizational evolution. This period represents a unique chance for NYSAF to further its mission as a haven for artistic development and as a platform for diverse and dynamic voices, while embracing opportunities for growth and change to ensure the longevity of our presence.

If you are driven to inspire and ready to contribute to a thriving artistic community, we invite you to shape this next chapter with us.