Definitions for "Artistic Director"
The person who, in a non-profit professional theatre, chooses the plays, directors and often the actors. The artistic director also carries out the creative mission of the theatre, oversees the artistic quality of the productions and may also direct particular productions, as the Rep’s Timothy Near often does.
Chief staff person who is responsible for the artistic decisions of an arts organization, including overall artistic vision and programming choices. Generally members of the artistic staff, such as choreographers, stage directors, music directors, etc, report to this person, not to the executive director or general manager. See Human Resources.
A theater company's chief artistic officer and usually the last stop before a play is selected for production.