PRODUCTION MANAGER: Digital Directors Labs
The Drama League seeks three artistic-minded Production Managers with Zoom theater experience, who have a knack for gentle guidance and creative solutions, and are comfortable rolling with the punches as we produce a series of site-specific, experiential, theatrical performances for a live audience via Zoom for our Digital Directors Lab Series. The Production Manager will work alongside the Drama League's full-time Special Events and Corporate Sponsorship Manager, and will serve to support a Drama League Director and celebrity Artist.
Digital Directors Labs: Zoom is the new black box theater!
As The Drama League’s Gala has been indefinitely postponed due to COVID restrictions, The Drama League intends to celebrate the careers of our Directing Alums and the steadfast generosity of our high level donors, through a paid creative opportunity to develop a series of one-night-only, live, site-specific, experiential theatrical performances hosted via Zoom for an audience of 20 guests. Each Lab will begin with guests enjoying a hosted sponsored pre-reception event (wine tasting, mini rave, cooking class), followed by the performance piece, and ending the evening with a Q&A. Guests will receive a box containing items needed to enjoy participating in their homes. The performance will include participation asks and interactive moments that the Production Manager should feel comfortable coordinating if necessary. The Q&A following the performance will be hosted by the Production Manager, to facilitate the conversation between the Director & Artist and the guests.
Responsibilities Include (Each PM will be assigned a Director/Performer pair):
Managing rehearsals and coordinating schedules of the Director and Artist.
Reporting any updates post rehearsal to the Special Events Manager.
Assisting the Director and Artist with staging the performance in their homes digitally, finding correct light balances, utilizing props, and adapting ideas to site-specific requirements as well as video limitations.
Managing the software the night of the performance (Zoom unless otherwise specified), and for hosting the Q&A.
Seeking three Production Managers who are collaborative in spirit and creative in execution, with a passion (and the patience) for guiding and mentoring early-career directors and celebrity artists digitally.
Candidates who are comfortable working closely and artistically in collaboration with the Director’s and Artist’s visions, to keep the “physical” space (and its digital limitations) in mind.
The ideal candidate can quickly and seamlessly adapt to changing circumstances, and has the capacity to think on their feet. PM should be comfortable appearing on live video, speaking to a group, and conversing with the audience in order to effectively host the Q&A between the director/artist and the guests.
Must possess exceptional skills with expense tracking, coordinating schedules, managing artist needs, supervising staff digitally to maintain time commitments, and reporting back to the Special Events Manager.
Candidates must provide their own technology, inclusive of a computer with Zoom capabilities (working webcam, microphone, speakers, etc) and a stable internet connection.
Timeline (subject to change):
PM compensation is a $1,000 stipend for the project in its entirety, to be paid post performance.
Interviews will be held as soon as possible and the positions will start immediately according to the schedule.
To apply, please contact The Drama League's Special Events and Corporate Sponsorship Manager, Danielle Brockmann, at email@example.com, and include a cover letter, resume, 2-3 professional references (including the capacity in which you worked with those references), and where you heard about the position. No phone calls please.
The Drama League is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.
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The Drama League Backstage Crew is a select set of individuals who assist on the annual Benefit Gala, the legendary Drama League Awards, the city-wide festival showcasing new artists, DirectorFest, and dozens of other industry events. Backstage Crew members receive advance notice, industry perks, private get-togethers, and an opportunity to network with other theatre professionals and advocates.
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