Audience & Community Engagement Coordinator
New York, NY
Part Time Temporary
$25 - $30
Working Theater is seeking an Interim Audience & Community Engagement Coordinator for its 2020 season. The position is part-time and temporary (to begin immediately, through April 2020), with the potential to grow into a permanent position. $25 - $30 / hour commensurate with experience (15 -20 hours/week).
The Coordinator will work directly with the Producing Artistic Director and support staff to devise and facilitate Working Theater’s off-Broadway audience development and grassroots community engagement efforts across New York City.
• Design and coordinate a variety of community engagement events in several neighborhoods in the five boroughs of New York City where Working Theater venue partners operate. The events will be related to the themes of diversity and community, which run through several projects in Working Theater’s Five Boroughs/One City Initiative
• Research and engage groups and individuals in the neighborhoods where WT venue partners operate who can help populate the community engagement events.
• Research and compile information on potential groups (community, labor arts-related) who may be interested in the touring production.
• Design and coordinate audience development events designed to introduce audiences to Working Theater.
• Design and coordinate post-performance experiences and surround events for audiences .
• Collaborate with dedicated marketing intern on more traditional marketing efforts.
• Attend bi-weekly staff meetings at Working Theater’s office in midtwon Manhattan. Otherwise work will be either in the WT’s office or in the field (currently the neighborhoods engaged in our Five Boroughs/One City Initiative are: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; Bushwick, Brooklyn; Flushing, Queens; Highbridge section of the Bronx; the North Shore of Staten Island).
Compensation: Hourly, based on experience.
About Working Theater:
Founded in 1985, Working Theater is an off-Broadway theater company whose mission is to create and produce theater specifically for, about, and with working people. Working Theater exists to expose the executive assistants, building service workers, postal workers, domestic workers, kitchen workers and transportation workers who make New York City run, to the transformative experience of live theater. Our inclusive programming, non-traditional casting, new play commissioning, outreach to a working class audience and willingness to tackle issues of working people set us apart from other new play centers across the country.
The Theater has commissioned and produced over 60 world premieres of culturally diverse plays with subject matter ranging from the working conditions of a television production company’s technical crew (Rob Ackerman’s Tabletop), to Mike Batistick’s Port Authority Throwdown which followed a Pakistani cab driver in post-9/11 New York, to the struggles of women working in upstate New York poultry plants (Lisa Ramirez’s To the Bone) to the shared journey of undocumented workers crossing the United States border, staged inside an actual 18-wheeler (Ed Cardona, Jr.’s La Ruta.) Over the past 35 years, The Theater has had 26 original plays published (three featured and fully reprinted in American Theater Magazine), 6 Drama Desk Nominations, 3 Audelco Awards and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble for Tabletop.
In recent years, the company has been immersed in a multi-year, collaborative, community-based theater project, the Five Boroughs/One City Initiative. Through the Initiative, five teams of writers and directors have been collaborating with community members and a borough-specific venue partner to devise, script, rehearse, and premiere an original play firmly rooted in the cultural and geographic identity of neighborhoods in each of the five boroughs of New York City. In our 35th Anniversary Season, Working Theater will continue developing work and engaging communities across the Five Boroughs, as well as present the off-Broadway premiere of Dan Hoyle’s Border People, directed by Nicole A. Watson. #LI-DNI
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
Please send a resume and short cover letter detailing why you would be an ideal fit for the position. Please note any significant related experience and feel free to send links to work samples. Please also note if you have a particular relationship with or passion for the communities we are partnering with in our Five Boroughs/One City Initiative.