Artistic Advisory Committee
In order to ensure Cardinal’s artistic and educational programming are more broadly representative and inclusive of diverse voices and viewpoints, the company is creating an Artistic Advisory Committee to advise the Artistic Director on matters of programming and artistic staffing. This group will recommend plays and musicals for consideration, evaluate their potential for meaningful audience engagement and community partnerships, and recommend appropriate creative team members and/or actors to ensure culturally competent and relevant leadership for all productions. To that end, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Disabled artists and patrons as well as Millennial and Gen Z theater-lovers are encouraged to apply to be part of the Artistic Advisory Committee along with others interested.
The Committee will be composed of Bloomington-based artists and patrons, as well as non-local artists with a relationship to Cardinal. All members are being asked to serve a 2-year term with an option to renew for another 2 years. This will enable committee members to see their work in action with regard to how audiences and the community are responding to programming and also to learn from experience how new artists are working within the organization.
Committee members will be expected to attend 3 virtual meetings per year and read up to 5 plays/musicals per year. The inaugural cohort will begin in Fall 2021, and members will be selected either by invitation from the Cardinal Stage executive team or by application (link/details below).
Cardinal Stage is a professional theater in Bloomington, Indiana whose mission is to produce high-quality professional theater that engages our audiences and strengthens the cultural, educational and economic vibrancy of South Central Indiana.
The Artistic Advisory Committee will be made up of 8-12 members, including a mix of local artists/patrons and non-local artists with a Cardinal affiliation.
Members will be given the option to serve 1 or 2-year term with the option to renew for 1 term (2-year terms are encouraged to facilitate development of institutional knowledge.)
Members are selected by Invitation or Application. A simple application will made available in June, designed to assess interest and area(s) of expertise. Members will be selected by Kate Galvin, Artistic Director, and Gabe Gloden, Managing Director.
Attend 3 virtual meetings per year, according to a schedule similar to below:
September: brainstorm shows for following season, make recommendations for Cardinal’s annual “For Your Consideration” showcase
By November Kate assigns script reading and reports on FYC showcase survey
January: discuss scripts and results of FYC survey, rank recommendations for production
By end of February Kate finalizes programming for the following season
March: recommend creatives, actors and community partners for selected productions
Local members – 2 Opening Night tickets for each show during the season(s) of service (may be used for other dates) and invitations to private readings and other perks
Non-Local members – $300 honorarium ($100 per meeting) per season(s) of service
Applications are available here and include the questions below. Please limit all answers to 250 words. We recommend writing your responses in Word, Pages or Google Docs in order to monitor word count, then pasting them into the application form. Application Deadline: July 16.
- Please describe your interest/participation in theater.
- What is your experience reading plays and musicals and being part of a script evaluation process?
- What strengths would you bring to the Artistic Advisory Committee?
- What do you appreciate about Cardinal Stage’s programming? What would you like to see change? (To see a list of past productions, click here)
- Given that the goal of the Artistic Advisory Committee is to more intentionally survey and consider productions with diverse voices and viewpoints, what unique perspective or life experience would you bring to the group?
- Dates for committee meetings will be set once the members are finalized this summer. Are you committed to meeting the expectations for membership to the committee? Do you anticipate any major conflicts?