Associate Director for The Willmar Project

The Neighborhood Theatre Project
NY, NY 10276

Job Details


The Neighborhood Theatre Project is seeking a passionate and driven artist to join our team in the role of Associate Director. Seeking candidates that identify as femme, female and/or non-binary, and as a person of color.

This position will alternate between being part-time and full-time over the course of the next eight months as we gear up for our July 2020 production of The Willmar Project in Willmar, Minnesota. This position will travel to Willmar, Minnesota with the rest of the NTP team for our two-week run in July 2020. All other work will be done in New York City. When not in workshop or production, meetings with the team will take place several times a month. When in workshop or production, meetings will occur more frequently and attendance at all rehearsals will be required.

The Associate Director will work with the Director (Andrew Garrett) and The Willmar Project team in conceiving the production, assembling and collaborating with the cast and creative team, and running actor and technical rehearsals in both New York City and Willmar, Minnesota.

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 world. 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. We plan to perform 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.

Director, Andrew Garrett:

Andrew Garrett is a bi-coastal (Seattle & New York) creative leader passionate about new work, community and strengthening the connection between art and society. Although he is primarily a director, producer and educator, he also has experience as a playwright, performer and photographer.

Recent projects include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Guys & Dolls and The Festival of New Musicals (Village Theatre), Rona Siddiqui: Halfghan on a Mission (The Kennedy Center), Northwest Bookshelf: Adventure Musical Theatre (5th Avenue Theatre), Orphans & Outsiders (The American Theatre for Actors), Lord of the Flies (Syracuse University), New York Theatre Workshop’s Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop (New York Theatre Workshop, London South Bank University, North Carolina Stage Company, Santiago A Mil International Theatre Festival, and Stage Craft Studio), and The Scratch: Seattle Workshop Series. He has helped develop work with The Scratch, Village Theatre, ACT Theatre, One Coast Collaboration, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New York Theatre Workshop, The Neighborhood Theatre Project, Normal Ave, The Tribe, and RADD Productions.

He received a BFA in Acting with an emphasis in Directing from Syracuse University. He has also received training through the Araca Project, New York University, Roundabout Theatre Company, The TEAM, artsEquity, The Arts in Education Roundtable of New York City, and New York Theatre Workshop (Former Education Associate). @TheAndrewGarrett

About You:

  • You are committed to an equitable and inclusive community 
  • You have experience in directing, devising and new work development  
  • You have strong collaboration skills and a passion for collaborating within large groups 
  • You have strong interpersonal skills  
  • You have administrative experience, preferably in an arts-based setting  
  • You have strong planning and organizational skills 
  • You have strong written and oral communication skills  
  • You have a working knowledge of Google Drive 
  • You have a passion for and interest in The Neighborhood Theatre Project’s mission and The Willmar Project production 

Bonus (but not required):

  • You have experience in facilitation and/or community engagement 
  • You are fluent in Spanish, Somali and/or Arabic 
  • You have a background and/or experience in East African and/or Latinx culture(s)  
  • You have a background and/or experience in Islam  
  • You have experience working with interview / verbatim theatre 
  • You have equity, diversity, and inclusion training 

This position is a paid, part-time position for the next year. Start date in January 2020. Stipend is $750 and will be distributed over the course of the next year – commensurate with schedule and availability.

To apply, please fill out our google submission form here: NTP Submission Form. You will be asked to provide your name, email and reason for applying, as well as upload a 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: December 13th

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, age, and physical ability to apply.


January 6, 2020 – July 30, 2020