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How can I get involved?

So many ways!

Attend an Event: We have Performing Possibilities performances and events around town year-round. See our Events page for details.

Invite us to Perform or Lead a Workshop: We can bring our Performing Possibilities shows or workshops to your organization, community event, church, or conference. Email us at to discuss options and fees.


Volunteer: We seek volunteers with interest and skills in ushering, event planning, grant writing, graphic design, photography, blogging, child care, marketing, financial management, and more.

Our facilitators who teach in the jail have specialized experience, backgrounds, and training.  If you have experience as a social worker and/or applied drama practitioner and are interested in facilitating, we’d love to hear from you. We also invite guest artists to our class from time to time, so if you have a unique skill you’d like to share, let us know – we’re especially seeking Spanish speakers and women of color.

Email us at to learn more.


Join our Board: As a new 501c3 organization, we’re seeking new members for our Board of Trustees. If you are a lawyer, CPA, non-profit professional, educator, social worker, theatre-maker, a person with experience of incarceration, a philanthropist or a community-minded individual, please contact us for more information about joining this fantastic group.


Donate: Your financial contributions goes a long way towards supporting our programs both in and out of the jail. You can make a donation here or see our wish list. Right now we especially need $25 and $50 gift cards for Walmart and HEB, which we use to thank our women performers and to buy workshop supplies.




Conspire Theatre is a 501c(3) non-profit arts organization that facilitates theatre and creative writing programs for women during and post-incarceration in Austin, TX. We provide a creative approach to healing from trauma, increasing self-esteem, and reducing internal and external stigma. Our vision is that every woman realizes her potential as a creative, worthy being.

Since 2009 we have taught weekly classes for women at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle. In July 2013 we launched Performing Possibilities, an ensemble-based theatre program for women who have been released. For more information, please visit Theatre seeks a quarter-time (10 hours/week) Managing Director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the theatre and help lead the company to continued growth and success. Initially the position will be for 4 months. Pending funding, the position could expand and continue long-term.

Position Summary:
The Managing Director (MD) reports to the Board of Directors and works closely in partnership with the Artistic Director, Michelle Dahlenburg, as Conspire Theatre’s executive team. The MD plays an integral role in the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan in addition to administrative activities related to marketing, fundraising, operations, and financial management.

Key Executive Objectives & Responsibilities:
Financial Management: The Managing Director works with the Artistic Director to develop an annual budget to support the organization’s programmatic priorities. The MD is responsible for monthly financial reporting, budget performance, forecasting, cash flow projections and maintenance of the accounting systems.

Fundraising/Grant Writing: The MD works with the Board and Artistic Director to strategize and execute the fundraising activities of the organization, including:
• Managing organization’s overall development strategy, including developing systems and procedures to support fundraising goals,

• Planning and implementing the annual online fundraising campaign and fundraising events,

• Cultivating and soliciting key donors,

• Researching new grant opportunities with government agencies, corporations and foundations; preparing grant applications and monitoring grant reporting

Strategic Planning: The MD works with the Board and Artistic Director to create and execute long-term marketing and fundraising strategies that will sustain the fiscal and operational health of the organization.

Board of Directors: The MD serves, with the Artistic Director, as the primary staff liaison to the Board. The MD assists the Board’s leaders as appropriate with the recruitment, education, and development of Board members and works closely with Board committees to engage the members in the service of Conspire Theatre.

Advocate: The MD helps to advance the relationship between Conspire and various local and regional organizations, including government agencies and advocacy groups, community and local business groups and arts organizations. The Managing Director/Artistic Director team represents the public face of Conspire Theatre and the Managing Director may be called upon to speak to private and public organizations and to the press.

Key Executive Skills and Requirements
• Bachelors degree in a related field;

• Demonstrated success in a management/leadership role in a nonprofit organization for at least 3 years; experience in fundraising, donor relations, Board relations, and marketing is highly desirable;

• Strong business skills and experience in budgeting, and creating long-term budgets and goals, and financial management;

• The ability to successfully develop and implement long-term strategic and annual tactical plans;

• Be a highly motivated self-starter with strong computer skills and experience with Quickbooks, MS Office, and Google Docs;

• Experience with fundraising and 501c3 best practices, and familiarity with the greater philanthropic community;

• Experience in grant writing and overseeing the grant process.

Executive Competencies & Desired Personal Traits: 
• Demonstrate a passion and energy for the Conspire Theatre’s mission;

• Positive, creative, proactive, and self-motivated; able to succeed with minimal supervision and oversight;

• Excellent written, verbal, collaborative, and interpersonal skills; able to build relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals who might support the company;

• Great sense of humor and the flexibility to deal with unpredictable pressures and a variable flow of work activity within a small company.

Compensation: Initially, this is a quarter time (10 hours/week) position, and offers a $600 monthly stipend. This position will be expected to work from home, with highly flexible hours.

For more information about Conspire Theatre, please visit our website:

To Apply
Interested applicants are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to Artistic Director Michelle Dahlenburg at with “Managing Director” in the subject line.