AVLT is hiring: Managing Director


Available Light Theatre founder Matt Slaybaugh will leave his position as Executive Director at the end of the company’s 2019-20 season. Slaybaugh founded Available Light in 2006 with Acacia Duncan, Michelle Schroeder-Lowrey, Ian Short, and Dave Wallingford. Since 2006, Slaybaugh has directed more than 30 productions for Available Light, including 25 new works and adaptations.

Says Slaybaugh, “I’m very grateful for my adventures with Available Light. We’ve created a lot of work that I’m very proud of, and now I have other interests to pursue. It’s time for a change, but Available Light will be in capable, dedicated hands. I am excited for AVLT’s future, and I look forward to getting a lot more sleep.”

Slaybaugh will finish the 2019-20 season by directing the art-rock musical Passing Strange, with a cast that features Sharon Udoh of the Columbus band Counterfeit Madison. Passing Strange opens May 7, 2020 in Studio One at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts.

Available Light moves forward under the leadership of its Board of Directors, a five-person administrative team, dubbed “The Brain Trust,” and Artistic Director Eleni Papaleonardos. Says Papaleonardos, “We are grateful for the strong drive with which Matt founded and led AVLT. We see this moment of change as an opportunity to reinvest in our ensemble vision: our dedication to building a more conscious and compassionate world by staging joyful and profound theatre with and for our city.” Available Light remains committed to its mission and will announce its 2020-21 season at the annual Brunch Your Soul fundraising event, on May 19, 2020.

Available Light has also begun the search for a Managing Director to work in partnership with the Board of Directors and Artistic Director as the company sets out in new directions. The Managing Director will serve as the chief financial officer of AVLT, implementing strategies to support the mission and sustainability of the organization. Says Board President Joe Heimlich, “It is impossible to replace Matt, both as founder of this amazing company and as a visionary artist, and collectively the Company and Board came to the discovery that the Company itself can drive the mission, but that someone needs to pay attention to the day to day, hence the hiring of a Managing Director.”


Available Light Theatre (AVLT), the innovative, Columbus-based, ensemble theatre company, seeks a forward-looking, organized, and energetic MANAGING DIRECTOR with solid fundraising and financial skills, to work in partnership with the Board of Directors and Artistic Director as the theatre company sets out in new directions.

The Managing Director will be responsible for developing and implementing AVLT’s goals for effective management strategies that support the mission and the sustainability of the organization. The Managing Director serves as the chief financial officer of AVLT. AVLT is a small non-profit and this role will require a team leader who is self-motivated, confident working in an independent capacity, and has the ability to wear a lot of of hats, pitching in wherever needed.

POSITION: Managing Director

Employment Status: Full-time (required to work flexible hours as needed - weekdays, nights and weekends). The Managing Director is AVLT’s sole full-time staff member, alongside multiple part-time employees and volunteers. 

Responsible for: Business management, grant writing, marketing, public relations, communications, financial reporting, and coordinating production related administrative activity.

Reports to: Board of Directors, in collaboration with the Artistic Director, consults and coordinates with the company’s operations team (Brain Trust).


Financial management
As the chief financial officer, the MD continually evaluates the impact of programming decisions against the budget. Responsibilities include the annual budget, presentation of the financial reports to the Board and oversight of all ongoing financial matters.

  • Manage the financial operations of the organization
  • Manage the creation of the annual budget and operate the theatre within budgeted parameters (Managing and setting budgets + Bookkeeping [Quickbooks etc])
  • Provide financial reports to the Board of Directors
  • Provide financial analysis and recommendations to guide the organization’s financial decisions

Administration and supervision
The MD directs administrative operations including the hiring and supervision of the theatre’s operations team. The MD works with the AD and the Brain Trust to provide administrative services for the production process, including supervision of human resource functions, licensing and contract negotiations, scheduling, and finance management. As appropriate, the MD is also involved in planning and negotiations for artistic projects.

  • Supervising day-to-day administrative activity and relationships
  • Planning and coordinating administrative and managerial aspects of a production season
  • Oversight of and active participation in development and marketing activities.
  • Working with AVLT’s Board, Artistic Staff, and company members on fundraising, donor relations and development initiatives.
  • Organizing logistics for our educational outreach initiatives
  • Other administrative and supportive day-to-day operational duties as needed to support the overall success of the company
  • Sustain a culture of teamwork, generous collaboration, clear communication, effective delegation, and mutual support.
  • Support and attend fundraising events, 1st reads, opening nights, and other events of the organization.

Board of Directors
The MD serves, with the AD, as staff liaison to the Board. The MD also assists with Board recruitment and works with vital committees to harness the resources and talent of the Board in the service of AVLT.

The MD works with the Board, AD, BT and company to create, implement, and support fundraising campaigns, special events, and grant opportunities.

  • Grant writing process (seeking, identifying, writing, defending, etc)


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) preferred, or substantive experience in performing arts management
  • 3-4 years of experience in a not-for-profit organization, preferably in managerial capacity. Prior experience in a theatre company is highly desirable.
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Familiarity with legal and financial aspects of professional theatre, demonstrate understanding of complex financial activities, including preparing and presenting monthly financial reports, short and long-term budgeting and completing grant requests and implementation.
  • Marketing experience
  • Familiarity with the artistic, technical, and administrative sides of a production season
  • Have a working knowledge of artistic production, including intellectual property rights, collective bargaining, and contracts.
  • Excellent communication skills, including relationship building and written communication
  • Strong collaborative skills 
  • Ability to work in a hands-on environment, with a demonstrated capacity to steward limited resources


The salary will be competitive for an organization of AVLT’s size.


No phone calls, please. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to jobs@avltheatre.com.


March 15, 2020. The position will be open until filled. Consideration will be given to those applying by March 15th.


AVLT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.


Founded in 2006, Available Light Theatreis a fellowship of artists dedicated to building a more conscious and compassionate world by creating joyful and profound theatre and serving our community. We engage our community by staging provocative works that examine our culture, expose its shortcomings, and reveal the beauty of humankind. We enrich the American theatre by seeking potent processes and vital forms that enable artists and audiences alike to live the life of the imagination.

We create theatre that would not otherwise be staged locally because we believe it is our duty as artists “to add to the sum total of joy and solidarity in the room.”

Our ticket pricing includes the wickedly reasonable price of “Pay What You Want” at the door because now, more than ever, we all really need great art. And because now, more than ever, we cannot allow economic circumstances to shut anyone out of the theater.

We are incredibly proud of our accomplishments and our history, but we are most proud of our commitment to developing local talent and contributing to the local arts scene, and making Columbus a better place to live and work.

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