Resident Producer

Philadelphia Young Playwrights

Philadelphia Young Playwrights [PYP] seeks 1 Resident Producer for an annual seasonal position. Mentored by our Executive Director and managed by the Director of Education, the Resident Producer will: administrate and produce Young Playwrights’ series of annual readings and workshop productions; participate in the selection and curation of winning plays and monologues; steward playwrights, families, and professional creative teams through the production process; drive the audition and casting process; drive conceptualization and execution of audience engagement programming alongside communications staff; and participate in department-wide production planning.
 
Specific duties & productions include:

- Producer and project lead for New Voices Workshop Productions (August - October 2019). Steward playwrights and families throughout process from notification to performance date; liaison between Young Playwrights and our production partner Temple Theatres; plan selection and training of student stage management staff in collaboration with Temple Theatres; attend auditions and collaborating with Temple Theatres on casting and selection of professional dramaturgs and directors; hiring, orienting, and supervising production assistant, dramaturgs, and directors; manage production budget and expenses; attend rehearsals and tech to assist production team; assist production teams with acquisition of special props or costumes as needed; coordinate with communications staff to storytell the project; coordinate with General Manager regarding box office and front-of-house needs.

- Producer and project lead for SaturPLAY (November - December 2019). Steward playwrights and families throughout process from notification to performance date; plan schedule and playbill; plan and facilitate student design workshops; drive overall artistic aesthetic, tone, and structure of the production; coordinate auditions and casting; hire and supervise stage manager and directors; primary contact with rental space; coordinate event agenda and assign roles to PYP staff; manage production budget and expenses; coordinate with communications staff to storytell the project; coordinate with General Manager about box office and front-of-house needs.

- Producer and project lead for Young Playwrights’ Professional Production (November 2019 - February 2020). Liaison between Young Playwrights and the Arden Theatre, our community and space partner; steward playwrights and families throughout process from notification to performance date; plan schedule and playbill; plan and facilitate developmental readings and workshops; drive overall artistic aesthetic, tone, and structure of the production; coordinate auditions and casting; hire and supervise stage manager, directors, design team and technical staff; attend rehearsals, load-in/out, and tech to assist production team; assist design team with acquisition and transport of special props or costumes as needed; coordinate with communications staff to storytell the project; coordinate with General Manager about box office and front-of-house needs.

- Serve as director and/or producer and project lead on special projects as assigned and as hours allow, such as performances for special events and fundraisers; and remounts of monologues and plays.

Additional staff duties include:

- Serve as an adjudicator on the Final Committee of the Annual Playwriting Festival (August 2019), reading all final plays, and helping to determine first place winners who will receive production opportunities. 

- Day-to-day supervision of seasonal production interns, as hired and needed.

Qualifications: 

To apply, candidates should be a practicing theatre artist with an established record workshopping and producing new plays (via directing, design, technical and/or stage management), and have previous production management experience. Candidates must have a passion for working with and engaging young people, and should have experience using playwriting or theatre-making as a tool to enhance literacy and/or self-expression. 

Calendar and compensation:

The Resident Producer is a seasonal part time position, beginning in August and concluding in February, working 20 hours per week. The Resident Producer works with the Director of Education to create their weekly schedule. While administrative tasks can be completed during regular business hours, rehearsals, production, and performances largely fall on Mondays through Fridays in the late afternoon/early evening as well as Saturdays. 

A total stipend of $17,500 is provided in bi-weekly installments over the course of the season.

Additionally, the Resident Producer receives a limited number of paid personal and sick days as part of their contract. There are additional opportunities to earn income through classroom acting, serving as a teaching artist in our programs, or serving as program staff on our special projects, if qualifications align. 

Education Level: 
Bachelor's Degree
To Apply

To apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter to info@phillyyoungplaywrights.org. Applicants are encouraged to submit a personal statement that details their pedagogical interest in new play development and working with young artists, but it is not required. 

Submit all documents as a single PDF. Email subject should read: Resident Producer Applicant [Last Name] [First Name]. 

Applications will be accepted until July 24th, 2019. However, interviews will begin on a rolling basis with potential candidates as soon as July 15th. 

Young Playwrights strives to employ a roster of artists that reflects the diverse landscape of our region. Questions about the Resident Producer position can be directed to info@phillyyoungplaywrights.org.