Artistic and Education Associate
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Weston, VT 05161
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Artistic and Education Associate
Reports to: Executive Artistic Director
Full-time, year-round, exempt
Weston Playhouse Theatre seeks an energetic and engaged early-career professional for the position of Artistic and Education Associate.
Weston creates entertaining, inspiring, and innovative performance that connects with its community and the region at large. For over 80 years, Weston has presented adventurous, life-affirming dramatic and musical productions performed by established and emerging theatre artists. The company is regarded by audiences and critics alike for producing at a consistently high level and is staking its claim as an important institutional force in the development of new theatrical work.
Weston’s primary public activities take place during the height of the summer and fall tourist season, when the area’s 500-person population soars as second-home owners take up seasonal residence in Vermont. Weston’s subscription season of plays, musicals, and cabarets runs from June-October. With the addition of its new building, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, in 2017, the company now has a year-round presence that includes a combination of community activities, artistic projects, and developmental programs. These include a winter music series and a new works program that brings artists such as Jenny Giering, Adam Gwon, Joe Iconis, and Kit Yan to Weston in the off-season.
Reporting to the Executive Artistic Director (EAD), the Artistic and Education Associate (A/EA) is a full-time, salaried member of the year-round administrative staff of the theatre. The A/EA oversees the theater’s education and outreach programs and serves as their primary administrator and curriculum coordinator. In addition, the A/EA supports Weston Playhouse Theatre’s artistic programming, working closely with the Executive Artistic Director on new play and musical development, production support, and dramaturgy.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Recognizing the changes, challenges, and learning brought on by the events of the past year, Weston recognizes that this moment is an opportunity to examine and develop its education and outreach programs. The Artistic and Education Associate will spearhead this work and will be invited to explore new education and outreach programs, working with the EAD and in collaboration with the Weston team to develop and manage a long-term education and outreach strategy.
Current responsibilities include:
· Building, implementing, and managing an annual budget of approximately $15k apportioned across in-school, summer, and life-long learning education programs;
· Hiring and managing teaching artists, building curriculum for, and administering, school residency programs, extracurricular summer programs, family-centered outreach events, and performance-centered audience engagement programs (i.e. pre- and post-show talks);
· Leading instruction and supervising teaching artists on a weekly and sometimes daily basis for extracurricular summer programs;
· Developing and maintaining relationships with local teachers and school administrators;
· Seeking out opportunities for in-school program expansion;
· Developing, researching, and editing dramaturgical audience guides for each production as well as an annual study guide for schools;
· Overseeing four summer volunteer programs and managing volunteer database, a key arm of Weston’s outreach programs;
· Working with the Marketing Department to design and implement lobby displays;
· Coordinating WPT’s access programming (audio described, large-print programs, etc.);
· Managing qualitative and quantitative data collection and reporting for all education programs.
ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTION:
· Supporting EAD on curation and administration of year-round New Works programs, including artist retreats, new play solicitation, and the annual Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award;
· Supporting literary management activities, including communicating with authors, hiring script readers, and managing script evaluations;
· Line Producing several ancillary events including the summer cabaret season and annual winter cabaret; annual Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award; and online artistic initiatives;
· Overseeing and mentoring Weston’s Young Company, an ensemble of 6-8 BFA students who participate in productions and cabarets. Includes managing casting, education programs (ex. master classes), scheduling, and advising;
· Assisting EAD on seaon and New Works casting process: manage communication between artists and Casting Director, track actor offers, and work with EAD on communication with agents;
· Supporting EAD and Director of Development on grant writing and reporting.
Weston’s full-time team is a small but mighty group of seven hard-working individuals. At times throughout the year and particularly in the off-season all full-time staff members are called upon to support front-of-house and operations staff on events and ancillary activities.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Weston Playhouse Theatre is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
The ideal candidate will have an abiding belief in the value of arts education for students of all ages, a deep commitment to theatre, arts education, and to Weston’s mission of connecting with and enriching the culture of its community, and the flexibility, strong work ethic, collaborative nature, and patience to manage complex projects with a positive outlook.
Other useful skills, experience, and characteristics include:
• Demonstrated experience as a teaching artist for theater and/or performance;
• The ability to develop and assess theatre education curriculum and concepts;
• Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, including strong writing skills;
• The ability to work and get along with various constituencies and stakeholders;
• Attention to detail and strong project management skills;
• The ability and commitment to lead with values of equity, cultural awareness, and sensitivity;
• The ability to work as part of a team.
This is a full-time position with some evening and weekend hours, particularly during the peak summer season. Compensation will be in the high-30s. The position includes health insurance, generous paid time off, paid holidays, and a 403(b) match after two years of employment.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and two to four references to Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert at [email protected]. Please put “Artistic and Education Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
January 4, 2021 –
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