Job Openings

Led by Artistic Director Peter C Brosius and Managing Director Kimberly Motes, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the world’s leading theatre for young people and their families and is one of the 20 largest producing theatres in the United States. A winner of the regional Tony Award, CTC creates extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people. It has set standards of excellence in the quality of its productions, commitment to new work, and innovative education and community partnerships.

As a national leader in the field of theater for young audiences, Children’s Theatre Company is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs, and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members. CTC is committed to a future when our theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community.

Information on Internships can be found here.

Current Openings
Development Data Assistant
Ticket Office Associate
Director of Development

Reports to: Technical Director

Position Summary
The Carpenter/Draftsperson works in the scene shop producing the scenic elements for all CTC productions and drafts construction drawings to be used by the carpenters/welders to build and install scenic elements.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Drafting: Working knowledge of AutoCAD 2010 and theatrical drafting.
  • Carpentry: Framing, finishing and detail work.
  • Welding: MIG process, gas cutting and brazing.
  • Sculpting: Foam and woodcarving, texture work.
  • Stitching: Drops, layout, cutting and sewing of fabric.
  • Rigging:Cable make-up, maintenance, hanging of scenery, special projects.
  • Load-in: Installation of scenery, and storage.
  • Electrical/mechanical: Build and/or repair of general theatre equipment.
Requirements and Qualifications:
  • 3 years or more of experience in regional theater or commercial scenery production, or a combination of equivalent experience and training.  
  • Working knowledge of basic scenic carpentry, welding, rigging, sewing, hydraulics, pneumatics, and theatrical automation including the following tools and their accessories: radial arm saw, table saw, band saw, cold saw, planer, jointer, drill press, miter box, wood lathe, router, sanders, MIG welding equipment, sewing machine, electrical and pneumatic power hand tools.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD 2010 or later, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Working knowledge of standard theatrical construction drafting techniques.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Knowledge of safe work practices to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Requires flexibility, creative problem solving skills, clear communication skills, and the ability to build positive working relationships.
Position Status:
Seasonal full time hourly.  Includes comprehensive benefits plan.  Position included in collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local 13, AFL-CIO

Position open until filled.  Start date flexible.
To apply, email letter of interest and resume, in pdf format, with “Carpenter/Draftsperson” in the subject line to
Ellen Baker, Production Manager, at

Position Title: Development Data Assistant

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Development Data Assistant.  This is a regular full-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours required.

Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave, 8 paid holidays and a 403(b) retirement savings plan.

The Development Data Assistant will support the fundraising efforts of Children’s Theatre Company through management of the donor database and general administrative support for the development team. This position is expected to ensure that all donor information and fundraising related activities are accurately recorded in Tessitura. This includes timely and efficient data entry, verification, and reporting on the database. The Development Coordinator will be one of the development department’s key power users for Tessitura and will serve as a source of knowledge and expertise about the database. The position will be responsible for training other development staff on Tessitura/Wealth Engine use. A core responsibility of the position includes continually evaluating and improving data related processes.

Data Management/ Coordination
  • Ensure integrity/accuracy of database records and system functionality by serving as department data leader:
    • Set guidelines and systems for department regarding data entry and data usage.
    • Evaluate, develop and maintain centralized procedures for data management and reporting.
    • Determine business rules for Tessitura.  Communicate business rules to team and enforce use of them.
    • Attend all Tessitura user meetings to advocate for ongoing projects and trainings. 
  • Verify accuracy of donor data in database: address changes, contact updates, coding changes and other data entry.
  • Serve as key development contact for Tessitura working team-one of a few theatre-wide “super” users
  • Manage development office intersection with IT and act as liaison between development and accounting.
  • Develop, execute and refine process for:
    • Gift entry and gift entry through batch process.
    • Preparing deposits and reconciling results with accounting department.
    • Tracking pledges and generating regular pledge reminders.
    • Creating campaign structures in Tessitura, including upkeep of gift map. 
  • Communicate with donors when there are questions about gifts or pledges
  • Serve as key department contact with outside vendors related to data issues in Tessitura and Wealth Engine.
  • Ensure confidentiality and reliability of data and proprietary information.
  • Coordinate and plan for future data conversions/upgrades as needed.
Team Support
  • Provide general office support for the Director of Development and the development team.
    • Schedule team meetings
    • Perform routine clerical tasks; copying, faxing, filing, ordering office supplies
    • Initiate and track purchase orders, tracking office expenses and budget
    • File donor correspondence and documentation in a timely manner
    • Other miscellaneous tasks
    • Prepare reports and other documents as requested
  • Serve as one of a few key Tessitura users for development team.
  • Maintain accurate donor records and provide updated information for database reporting.
  • Track donor moves and touches in Tessitura.
  • Serve as a member of the overall development team by collaborating with colleagues on donor strategies.
  • Attend staff meetings as directed.
  • Special projects or other duties as assigned.
  • Assist with the implementation of fundraising events such as Curtain Call Ball/Backstage Bash, Business and Arts Series and other stewardship and cultivation events as needed.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Two years’ database experience.
  • Experience entering data and creating queries and reports in databases.

Computer Skills:
  • Accurate data entry skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Proficiency at Microsoft Office applications
  • Knowledge of computer database administration
  • Knowledge of effective research techniques using the internet and other databases
  • Skills in managing multiple sources of information concurrently
Other Requirements:
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and complete work on time and with accuracy
  • Mature judgment and the ability to maintain confidential information and a high degree of accuracy in donor records
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices
  • Detailed-oriented, with strong organizational, analytical, and planning skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Resourceful, critical thinker with the ability to problem-solve
  • Abides by AFP Code of Ethics, Charities Review Council Standards and related standards
  • Proficiency and experience with information technology and basic accounting principles
Andrew Robertson – Director of Human Resources:  Please include the name of the job or jobs to which you are applying in the subject line of your email.

Position Title: Ticket Office Associate

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Ticket Office Associate. This is a part-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours required.

Provide service to customers in a manner consistent with the high quality performance and service standards of the Theatre by following customer service policies and procedures. Process single ticket, season ticket, and Theatre Arts Training class orders over the telephone, through the mail, and at the ticket office.

  • Answer ticket office phone lines and help patrons in person at the ticket office in a pleasant and timely manner, providing a consistently high level of customer service.
  • Process single ticket, season ticket, student matinee payments, and Theatre Arts Training orders by phone, mail or in person.
  • Do external telemarketing calls to renewing subscribers.
  • Complete necessary data entry, paperwork and procedures for accurate record-keeping and sales.
  • Accurately process all forms of payment for reservations, including occasional cash transactions.
  • Represent Children’s Theatre Company at both internal and external events as requested
  • Attend trainings and meetings as required.
  • Provide additional ticket office and marketing support as required.

Competency Statement(s)
Preferred candidates will have a professional attitude with pleasant disposition and a desire to be a team player. Candidate must be articulate and have excellent customer service skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, as well as good attention to detail and sound decision making ability.

Experience with computerized ticketing system (preferably Tessitura) and phone sales preferred. Experience with Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel a plus. Previous experience in an arts organization a plus.

High school diploma or equivalent required.


Computer Skills
Must show a willingness to learn new technology and adapt easily to system changes.

Other Requirements:
MUST be available at least 12 hours per week; availability must include at least one weeknight AND one weekend day. Flexible night and weekend availability preferred.

Andrew Robertson – Director of Human Resources: Please include the name of the job or jobs to which you are applying in the subject line of your email.

Director of Development

Position Profile
Children’s Theatre Company is seeking a dynamic fundraising professional with a passion for the arts and/or youth development to lead a hard-working and passionate team as Director of Development.  This senior level position will lead, plan and implement strategic direction for CTC’s fundraising efforts that include a growing Annual Fund of over $4.3 million and a capital and endowment campaign of $25 million now in the quiet phase.  Reporting to and working closely with the Managing Director, this position is an integral part of the senior leadership team and contributes to institutional planning, including guidance for annual and long term revenue budgets and goals.

About Children’s Theatre Company
The mission of Children’s Theatre Company is to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities.

For over 50 years, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has created extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire. The first theatre for multi-generational audiences to win a Tony© Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, CTC has welcomed more than 11 million people and is one of the nation’s top 20 regional theatres. CTC is recognized as the nation’s premier theatre for multigenerational audiences serving over 250,000 audiences and artists annually and as a primary developer of new audiences for the arts.

During the 2016-17 season, CTC is producing six performances in its main stage programming that include four musicals and two world premieres.  CTC productions feature top ranked directors, designers and Equity actors from the region and the nation, many of whom also work regularly on the stages of major LORT theatres in the area. Through our Threshold new play development program, CTC commissions, develops and brings new work to the stage advancing the canon of work for young audiences.  Over the past 20 years, more than 47 new works have been commissioned, developed and produced at CTC.  As a leader in the field, we are committed to ensuring our work has a future life through national partnerships, tours, transfers and licensing via our Plays for Young Audiences licensing division. 

CTC’s robust engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 students ages 2-18. Theatre Arts Training serves nearly 5,000 arts learners each year to build theatre-making skills through sequenced classes during the school year and summer for students at all skill levels. Our nationally recognized Neighborhood Bridges program works in over 30 public school classrooms each year delivering three grade-specific curriculum tracks—Neighborhood Bridges (grade school), Building Bridges (kindergarten), and Early Bridges (preschool). Offering both an intensive, in-depth residency model and shorter, more flexible learning opportunities, Neighborhood Bridges programs bring high-quality, research-based theatre arts and storytelling activities into the classroom, empowering students to become the storytellers of their own lives.  A new program, “Arts as Intervention” is a residency model aimed at supporting the healthy development of young children who have experienced trauma and/or toxic stress.  Our student matinee program offers special school-day performances that allow student groups to attend one or more of our six productions this year.

ACT One is CTC's cohesive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, our programs, our staff, and our board. Three interdependent words of action guide our commitment to a future when our theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community: Access, Connect, Transform. CTC believes that the theatre can be a powerful force to illuminate connections, create common bonds, and to transform lives by building bridges to empathy, understanding, inclusion, and opportunity. ACT One creates specific programs and partnerships to include more people from a wider range of economic status, communities of color, people with disabilities, and sexual orientation and gender identity.

Under the strong leadership of Artistic Director Peter Brosius and Managing Director Kimberly Motes, the theatre is poised for growth organizationally and in its reach locally and nationally.  With an annual budget of over $12.5 million and an endowment of $11 million, CTC is financially solid with six years of balanced budgets.  CTC has two theatre spaces: its 747-seat proscenium United Health Group mainstage, designed in 1974 by Kenzo Tange; and its flexible, 298-seat Cargill Stage, designed by Michael Graves.

Director of Development

The Director of Development is responsible for all fundraising activities, including individual, corporate, foundation and government giving, capital, planned giving and endowment efforts, fundraising events, prospect research and database maintenance. The Director of Development is also responsible for spearheading the theater’s capital and endowment campaign and is charged with implementing and monitoring campaign plans, the effective staffing of volunteers, and the timely cultivation and solicitation of prospects.  The Director of Development leads and motivates a team of seven and is directly responsible for increasing the number and size of major and leadership gifts through prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies. The Director of Development works closely with the Board of Governors and is the direct liaison to the Development Committee and the Curtain Call Ball Committee.

The successful candidate will find a fiscally prudent organization with a committed audience, a loyal patron base, and a Board of Governors that is dedicated to its mission and continuing success. In Artistic Director Peter Brosius, candidates will find a visionary director and impresario with a passion for engaging young people and their families through artists of the highest caliber. In Managing Director Kimberly Motes candidates will find a highly successful executive with significant experience in development, branding, marketing, finance, education, and team development.


  • Develop, plan, and implement annual and long-range strategies to ensure CTC achieves its funding goals for both annual operating needs and the capital/endowment campaign;
  • Sets annual fundraising goals and objectives in partnership with development team.  Responsible for monitoring and reporting progress and meeting targets;
  • Develop a deep understanding of institutional mission, priorities and CTC’s broader vision;
  • Be visible and accessible to the donor community; represent CTC and its initiatives by cultivating and deepening relationships throughout the Twin Cities and national philanthropic community;
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects; maintain and manage a personal portfolio of high-level prospects;
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy across the organization through strong internal relationships;
  • Serve as a member of the senior staff ensuring that a fundraising perspective is embedded in all strategic decisions;
  • Be a trusted partner to the Managing Director and Artistic Director; develop methods to ensure maximum value from their talents and networks, effectively utilize their time and personal participation in fundraising efforts; 
  • Coordinate with marketing and communications colleagues to develop and implement strategies to ensure that development communications reflect and amplify the CTC’s brand and effectively engage current and prospective donors;
  • Manage all aspects of the capital and endowment campaign and work closely with Campaign Chair, Managing and Artistic Directors to ensure that there is a clear, up-to-date plan which provides overall guidance and direction for day-to-day endowment campaign activities. Provide support related to fundraising actions. Monitor endowment campaign activities and progress, and recommend actions to enhance progress.
  • Oversee annual development event schedule including the Curtain Call Ball, opening night gatherings, board hosted parties, and donor recognition, stewardship, and solicitation events.
  • Manage and staff the Development Committee of the Board of Governors;
  • Work in close partnership with the Managing Director, the Development Committee Chair, the Board Chair and other fundraising volunteers in identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts and build the Board’s fundraising capacity and comfort with solicitation;
  • Support the Board of Governors and Managing Director in the identification, cultivation and recruitment of new Board Members and assist in Board orientation, support and onboarding.
  • Support the Curtain Call Ball Committee and its chair ensuring adequate staff support and coordination; help to identify and recruit volunteer leadership;
  • Recruit, mentor and retain a highly-qualified and motivated staff; delegate specific responsibilities with appropriate authority and establish accountability and clear lines of communication;
  • Be an inspiring and supportive team leader; identify and acknowledge quality work; value and celebrate individual and collective success;
  • Manage the daily activities of the Development Department including individual giving, institutional (corporate, foundation and government) giving and sponsorships, fundraising events, capital/endowment campaign, fundraising systems and operations;
  • Ensure that effective donor cultivation and recognition activities, special events, and volunteer programs are well-received, achieve stated fundraising goals, and stay within established budgets;
  • Supervise and expand an effective prospect research program and continue to build a systematic effort to increase the CTC’s base of support;
  • Establish and monitor performance measures, evaluate the effectiveness of the fund development programs, and make recommendations for redesigning the current programs or creating new efforts;
  • Oversee accurate and timely gift processing, donor acknowledgment, data maintenance, and development reports; coordinate these activities with the Director of Finance, as appropriate;
  • Collaborate with the business office to ensure the accurate and timely reporting and forecasting of contributed income and departmental expenses;
  • Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
  • Oversee the management of the department’s budget and the annual evaluation of the development department’s programs including cost analysis.

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
Demonstrated Experience:
  • At least five years in a senior fundraising position, preferably in an arts organization;
  • Experience cultivating, soliciting and closing five- and six-figure gifts;
  • Strong leadership, managerial, supervisory and consensus building skills; fundraising management and strategic planning experience; a demonstrated ability to manage, mentor and motivate an effective team;
  • Technical knowledge in a variety of fundraising areas, including major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, foundation and corporate grants, capital campaigns and endowments;
  • Proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts; proven track record in developing and administering a fundraising program. Campaign experience is a plus;
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills; effectiveness in written and oral presentation. An enthusiastic, outgoing and confident personal style;
  • Flexibility and capability to think creatively, communicate broadly and demonstrate solutions-oriented leadership;
  • A keen eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of resources; the ability to plan, monitor, and manage a budget;
  • Ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals; support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information;
  • Ability to provide direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement;
  • Excellent quantitative skills and a proven ability to utilize analytical tools to make sound development decisions; an ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities,exercise good judgment and stay focused on overarching goals;
  • Strong understanding of computer and constituent software. An understanding of and appreciation for the use of technology in monitoring progress, tracking, reporting and donor engagement;
  • Knowledge of local, federal and state legislation, and of accounting and tax laws, regulations, and rules affecting charitable giving.  A commitment to fundraising ethics.
CTC is dedicated to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members.  CTC is committed to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, and is truly reflective of our community.  We are also committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination.  CTC prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, membership in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar positions throughout the country.  The range of benefits includes medical, vision and dental insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid time off, and access to 403 (b) retirement plan. 

To Apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Andrew Robertson, Director of Human Resources via

We are committed to diversity in the workforce and are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law. We do require a full background check for all of our employees.

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