Catastrophic Seeks New Managing Director

General Description

The Managing Director is a full-time, salaried position and reports to the Board of Directors.

The position is suited for a detail-oriented nonprofit arts management leader with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. The Managing Director has ultimate responsibility for all business and administrative functions of the theatre, working with the Board, Artistic Director, and staff to develop and execute a plan for financial health, sustainability, and growth of the organization, while supporting the artistic programing and mission of the theatre. This position requires superior development, strategic, financial, and organizational skills; critical thinking; and an aptitude for problem-solving. Experience with nonprofit fundraising is essential.  Salary commensurate with experience.

Areas of Responsibility

(Through both direct action and management of staff, contract labor, and volunteers)

Financial Management and Planning

  • Creation of and adherence to the annual operating budget

  • Management of all day-to-day finances, accounting, complete and accurate record keeping, forecasting of needs and recommendation of appropriate and timely solutions

  • Compliance with funding sources and grant/contract reporting requirements.

  • Financial reporting to Board

  • Long term financial planning


  • Identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and institutional funders with a strong focus on individual major gifts.

  • Oversight of all development activities; evaluate, propose, research, and secure opportunities for increased institutional funding and individual giving.

  • Grant writing, reporting, and compliance

  • Active participation in all special events planning and execution including annual fundraising gala

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Development and maintenance of Catastrophic’s brand and reputation

  • Cultivation of marketing opportunities and development of new audiences

  • Promotion of all events and programs through direct marketing and the media

  • Patron relations

  • Manage day-to–day marketing (IT, graphic design, press releases, advertising)


  • Contracts and payroll

  • Tax and non-profit compliance

  • Human resources

  • Other business and administrative needs (insurance, rental agreements, licensing, etc)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in a nonprofit management role, with experience and/or advanced education in theatre preferred.

  • Proven excellence in written and oral communications

  • Proven excellence in financial management

  • Innovative and flexible team player, a proactive person who will take initiative, works well with others, with strong communication skills

  • Ability to coordinate deadlines, manage projects, and handle multiple tasks

  • Computer knowledge, including skills in MS Word, Excel, Quickbooks, basic formatting.

  • Bachelors degree required.

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume along with inquiries to

We will carefully review all applications and contact those candidates we wish to interview. We deeply appreciate your application.

The Catastrophic Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.


About The Catastrophic Theatre

THE CATASTROPHIC THEATRE (TCT) is Houston’s leading avant-garde theatre. Formed by Jason Nodler and Tamarie Cooper, founders of the notorious Infernal Bridegroom Productions (where TV’s Jim Parsons got his start), TCT is in its 10th year as a small theatre on the verge of becoming a mid-sized one.

The Catastrophic Theatre imagines, commissions, develops, and produces new work, with a pronounced emphasis on emotional experience encouraging diverse interpretations and personal associations through a focus on mystery, poetry and a considered preference for questions rather than answers. It challenges audiences and artists to rethink notions of form, style, and the value of art in our lives; examines the human experience in all its wild, myriad glories; and promotes Houston’s profile as a cultural arts destination.

Since its first production in 2008, the company has received two prestigious MAP Fund commissioning grants, has created new work in collaboration with international music stars Black Francis and Daniel Johnston, has appeared twice in American Theatre magazine's annual feature naming the most anticipated plays of the coming season, has attracted audiences from The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Australia and across the United States, and has been featured in over 100 theatre and music stories worldwide.