Yes, we need Artistic Directors, and here's why...



There was an article recently in the Chicago Tribune about the compensation for theatre Artistic Directors which suggested, "...Maybe you don’t need an artistic director, but a savvy producer programming potential attractions." It's hard to understand what an Artistic Director does because just like a play Director, it’s impossible to describe what it really takes to be an impactful one without doing it. The Las Vegas theatre landscape is a stark example of the difference between an Artistic Director and a “Savvy Producer.” For theatre makers to survive here, they constantly switch roles between both, but only one of them advances the work of the art form itself. Savvy producers swipe the golden egg and commercialize it. Artistic Directors are the collective brain of the goose that labors to lay the