Artistic Producer COCA (Center of Creative Arts)


The Artistic Producer, reporting directly to the Artistic Director of Theatre (ADoT), provides support for the artistic departments through teaching, community engagement, audience development and artistic production. This is a collaborative support role for COCA’s Theatre and Dance departments. This individual will work closely with the Artistic Directors of Dance and COCA’s Production and Education teams, including the Technical Director, Production Manager, Costume Manager and Dance & Pre-Professional Division Manager.

Full Time: 30-39 Hours

Salary Range:$40,000.00 To 45,000.00 Annually

Company Bio: COCA (Center of Creative Arts)

COCA (Center of Creative Arts) is a leading, multidisciplinary community arts organization committed to enriching lives and building community through the arts. As an innovative model for arts education and nationally accredited for artistic and educational excellence, COCA serves as a regional hub for learning in and through the arts for all ages from all backgrounds and skill levels. The organization was founded with the intention of being a place of artistic learning that would transcend the boundaries of geography, race, and class. COCA celebrates diversity in perspectives, backgrounds, artistic disciplines, and experiences, and believes everyone should have access to experience the arts. It has grown to become one of the most diverse cultural institutions in St. Louis, a position bolstered by a commitment to access and equity.

COCA offers a robust benefits package that includes:

  • Health Coverage, including: Medical, Health Savings Account, Dental, Vision, and company paid Life Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability.
  • Paid time off and 14 paid holidays.
  • Complimentary tickets to COCA shows, subject to availability.
  • Camps & classes discounts.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Artistic Duties:

  • Support curatorial team, as a key creative member of the Artistic team, in determining produced, presented and co-presented performances to create an annual series.
  • Support production elements of both internally produced shows as well as touring performances with company management duties and event coordination, including independent/artistic contracts.
  • Achieve exemplary hospitality standards and serve as a relationship liaison with visiting artists, providing a warm, friendly, welcoming and attentive atmosphere for guest artists.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Box Office teams to help guide promotions and drive ticket sales.
  • Collaborate with Development and Education teams to help develop special events and community programming.
  • Support the maintenance of a local and national network of artists, companies, directors and agents as resources for developing COCA’s programming.
  • Coordinate company auditions and casting process, including scheduling rooms, providing information for publicity of auditions.
  • Supervise the artistic department interns in partnership with ADoT.
  • Attend regular Marketing meetings as key liaison between the Theatre department and the Marketing department.
  • Support video production and photography for theatre and dance related marketing work in partnership with marketing team.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the department’s artistic vision via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, and as requested at fundraising events and solicitations to include curtain speeches and facilitating talkbacks.
  • Explore, field and respond to program inquiries and opportunities to develop new partnership. Work with program staff to plan and implement programming as needed.
  • Creative roles as assigned on various artistic projects in the areas of dramaturgy, directing, acting, design and/or teaching--dependent on season and skillset.

Administration Duties:

  • Support the management of annual program budgets for COCA Presents.
  • Payroll and contracting of artists across dance and theatre department.
  • Support the communication between the Registration department, education team and the Artistic Director of Theatre regarding pre-professional division productions and placements.
  • Process payroll for dance and theatre artists.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in the Arts or significant professional experience is required.
  • 2 – 3 years of clerical or administrative experience is preferred.
  • Experience and enthusiasm working in the arts is required.
  • Experience working with independent contractors is a plus.
  • A commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, imaginative and innovative.
  • Ability to take initiative in the development of ideas and programs.
  • Possess and demonstrate an excellent work ethic, positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification.
  • Participates in meetings and demonstrates group presentation skills.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently. Plans for additional resources; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.
  • Strong customer service skills, able to tailor communication between internal team members and external partners.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • This position may need to move objects weighing up to 20 pounds for various needs.
  • Ability to stand and circulate for extended periods.
  • Ability to bend, twist, stoop, kneel and reach in all directions.
  • This position is required to work onsite.
  • This position is required to work nights and weekends, dependent upon the artistic and education projects in the COCAPresents season and PPD program schedule.

COVID-19 Considerations:

  • COCA Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
  • COCA highly recommends all employees, students, patrons and guests to remain masked at all times. Masks are not required.

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COCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at COCA are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. COCA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment. COCA complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact