Script Supervisor & Researcher for The Willmar Project

The Neighborhood Theatre Project
New York, NY 10276

Job Details


Script Supervisor & Researcher

Summary of Position:

The Neighborhood Theatre Project is seeking a passionate and driven artist to join our team in the role of Script Supervisor and/or Researcher. This position is part time for the next year as we develop the script for The Willmar Project. The Script Supervisor and Researcher will work directly with our team in developing and writing this script, devised directly from interviews from our time in Willmar, MN. Meetings with the team will take place at least once a week, and there will be an additional 3-5 hours of work per week in research and writing tasks.

*NOTE: This position is a writing and research position. Ideally, this person has playwriting experience and/or dramaturgical experience. The Willmar Project includes themes of community, refugee resettlement and culture, immigration and deportation, East African culture, Latinx culture, law enforcement, religion, as well as midwestern American culture and traditions. Ideally, the script supervisor will have experience and an interest in these themes and topics. 

Information on Project & Company Mission:

The Neighborhood Theatre Project is a NY based theatre company that uses interviews and conversations to create original, verbatim theatre that is current, relevant, and vital to our living culture. We believe that every story deserves to be told, and therefore, every person should have access to the arts. We aim to make this happen by theatricalizing real stories from diverse populations around the globe in order to connect and deepen our understanding of one another. 

In July 2017, we traveled to Willmar, Minnesota and spent two weeks interviewing over 100 members of the Willmar community, collecting 150 plus hours of interviews. Since 2017, we have been transcribing, workshopping, and creating the script for The Willmar Project – devised entirely from these interviews. Our aim is to tell the story of this place through the lens of the people who live there. In July 2020, we will travel back to Willmar to perform The Willmar Project in the community. We will be performing at The Barn Theatre, Willmar’s local theatre – as well as additional community venues potentially including: the public library, school, parks, community centers, and religious venues. This production will include 4 weeks of rehearsal in NYC starting in June 2020, and two weeks of production in Willmar, MN in July 2020.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Meetings with NTP team once per week with more frequent meetings as we move closer to production
  • 3-5 hours per week of script writing and research work outside of meetings  
  • Deeply familiarizing oneself with the material and interviews compiled for The Willmar Project
  • Writing and Creating scenes and monologues devised from interviews both independently and in collaboration with the NTP team in a group setting
  • Consistent editing of material both independently and in collaboration with the NTP team in a group setting
  • Consulting on structure and creation of final play
  • Constant research about Willmar, Minnesota: gathering video, articles, facts, cultural and demographic research, etc 
  • Completing writing and research assignments on time
  • Consistent communication with NTP team regarding script and production of The Willmar Project


  • Formal education or experience in playwriting
  • Formal education or experience in dramaturgy
  • Passion for and interest in The Neighborhood Theatre Project’s mission and The Willmar Project production
  • Background in East African and/or Latinx culture
  • Strong collaboration skills and passion for collaborating with a group
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written communication skills
  • Experience working with Google Drive
  • Experience with themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Bonus (but not required):

  • Fluent in Spanish and/or East African languages
  • Experience working with interview based script writing and/or verbatim script writing

This position is a paid, part-time position for the next year. Start date in August 2019. Salary is $1000 and will be distributed over the course of the next year, with an additional rate to be applied during June/July 2020 production – commensurate with schedule and availability.

To apply, click this link to fill out our google submission form: NTP Submission Form. You will be asked to provide your name, email, position(s) you are applying for, as well as upload a cover letter and resume. 

*NOTE: If you do not have a Gmail account and are unable to fill out this form, you may email your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include the job title you are applying for as well as your first and last name in the subject line of your email. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Sunday, July 21st

NTP is committed to diversity and inclusion on and offstage. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, class, and physical ability to apply.


August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020