REDCAT Job Opportunities

Deputy Director and Curator, Performing Arts

Reports To: Vice President of Cultural Partnerships and Steven D. Lavine Executive Director of REDCAT

Time: Full-Time

Appointment: Regular

Job Posted: 08/09/2023


Information & Responsibilities


California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks a Deputy Director and Curator, Performing Arts, for the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT) to develop and oversee the artistic program in performance, theater, and dance, reporting to the Vice President of Cultural Partnerships and Steven D. Lavine Executive Director of REDCAT

The Deputy Director, Performing Arts, is encouraged to develop an inclusive, dynamic, risktaking, artist-centered and intersectional program of performances, commissions, programs, and events that advances CalArts’ national and international standing in the field of contemporary arts.

REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, is a multidisciplinary center for innovative visual, performing and media arts in the Walt Disney concert Hall complex of the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world. REDCAT gives artists in the region a platform to help them achieve national and international stature through festivals, residencies, and collaborations with CalArts. REDCAT furthers the mission of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery, and lively civic discourse. Throughout its history, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre (REDCAT) has worked to be an equitable forum for experimentation and innovation with commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in its program offerings, staff, and artists. 




  • Develop and oversee REDCAT’s program of performance, dance, and theater, working with the Executive Director to provide an innovative offer focused on experimentation and innovation, with commitment to diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • Manage program-related operations alongside Chief Curator & Deputy Director; Programs, and with Administrative Manager and Production & Facilities Manager as direct reports.
  • Develop, administer, and track robust program calendar each season and related budget. 
  • Work with REDCAT Technical Director and Associate Technical Directors on planning and production of performances and programs for the REDCAT theater.
  • Produce and oversee didactic and promotional materials as needed.
  • Oversee front-of-house operations (box office, lounge) working with Front of House Manager and Box Office Manager (direct reports.)
  • Work with Executive Director and Advancement staff in the cultivation of donors and to support fundraising and grant management, including proposal development, reporting, and stewardship.
  • Act as a programming liaison between REDCAT and related departments at CalArts: School of Dance, School of Theater and Herb Alpert School of Music on related collaborations and programs.
  • Build and foster relationships through partnerships and engagement with arts and culture institutions both nationally and internationally.  



  • Demonstrated engagement with contemporary dance, performance, and theater and multidisciplinary arts practice with both a local and international focus. 
  • Knowledge and engagement with wide developments in the contemporary performing arts, including global south.
  • Demonstrated experience with programming, curating, and advocacy of artists across formats.
  • Experience with administration, management, and fundraising for robust contemporary performing arts programs.
  • Demonstrated ability working productively with artists within budgetary and time constraints.
  • At least five years of programmatic professional experience in the performing arts is desired. 


How to Apply

This position is available immediately. If you are interested, please follow the link to Interfolio below:

Deputy Director and Curator, Performing Arts - ID:121284




$96,291.00 - $108,869.00 a year


Equity & Diversity

California Institute of the Arts shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

Further Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.