Job Listing: Troupe Coordinator

Aug. 01, 2019


TONYC is seeking a part-time Troupe Coordinator. This position works in collaboration with the Program Director, TONYC’s office staff, and Jokers (facilitators) to keep our eight-plus Forum Theatre troupes running smoothly towards 50 public & community performances each year. We’re looking for someone who sees the art in coordinating details and communication with colleagues and performance venues, has experience in managing multiple projects with different production schedules, and applies anti-oppression/anti-racism practices to administrative work.

What We Do:

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) partners with communities facing discrimination to inspire transformative action through theatre. Through partnerships with social service organizations, advocacy groups, neighborhood groups and city agencies, TONYC forms theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, and human rights issues. The troupes create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, engaging audiences in theatrical brainstorming - or Forum and Legislative Theatre - to creatively challenge systems of oppression. In 2018, our 7th year, TONYC moved into a new permanent home in midtown, and is working to transform the space into a true hub for our creative community. Find out more at www.tonyc.nyc

Work With Us: 

TONYC is seeking a part-time Troupe Coordinator. This position works in collaboration with the Program Director, TONYC’s office staff, and Jokers (facilitators) to keep our eight-plus Forum Theatre troupes running smoothly towards 50 public & community performances each year. We’re looking for someone who sees the art in coordinating details and communication with colleagues and performance venues, has experience in managing multiple projects with different production schedules, and applies anti-oppression/anti-racism practices to administrative work. We are also looking for someone interested in developing from this position into a program management role, reporting to the Executive Director. 

TONYC seeks to reflect the politics and ethics of our programs throughout every aspect of our organization, which includes building a staff that is directly connected to, or impacted by, the issues we address in our plays. TONYC is particularly seeking an individual bilingual in Spanish and English. Join a team that values creative problem-solving, and a human-centric work environment.

Areas of Responsibility

Coordinating TONYC’s Forum Theatre Troupes:

  • Regular updates between the office staff and jokers (facilitators) regarding needs for rehearsals and performances - including schedules, stipend and supply planning - reporting on rehearsals, and preparation for public performances
  • Communications with the joker team, and individual jokers, including event reminders, meeting notes, and scheduling substitute jokers for rehearsals
  • Support to the Program Director in developing strategy for the Forum Theatre Troupes, joker training, and TONYC’s creative advocacy
  • Attendance at TONYC’s shows and events to support the artistic activism efforts and build new relationships
  • Ongoing development of tools and systems that support internal communications, as well as the coordination with actors and venues.
  • Communications with performance venues
  • Support with grant reporting on our programs; become familiar with TONYC’s current funding sources and program parameters

General Company Activities

Given the nature of our team and our work, there are some activities that everyone participates in! These can include:

  • Sending thank-you notes to donors
  • Helping with fundraising and community-building events
  • Joining in advocacy and outreach events, including mobilizations, galas, and other art events

Ideal candidate has:

  • 2+ years experience doing the following for an organization or community group:
    • Program or communications support, including email & phone communication, with the aim to be informative & responsive with colleagues, partners and strangers, ask clarifying questions, ensure all bases are covered, and interpret and record the answers.
    • Managing a robust events/production/meetings calendar
      • Able to maintain a to-do list and track/update information in shared calendars, Google Docs, and project tools
      • Manage scheduling of other people (colleagues, artists, etc).
  • Hearty attention to detail
  • A sense of personal responsibility in the work, and a desire to be communicative about issues promptly
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with stakeholders who have different levels of experience with TONYC
  • Experience within arts and/or social justice communities
  • Commitment to anti-oppressive practices
  • Fluency in English and Spanish strongly preferred 
  • Relevant work experience and intent to develop in this field are our highest priorities, although formal training will be considered.

Hours:

  • This position will be set at 24 hours/week. The typical weekly schedule will be determined in collaboration with candidate. Schedule also includes attendance at some performances on weekday evenings. TONYC values flexibility; after 8 weeks of employment, staff may work from home up to one day per week, as appropriate. TONYC is pursuing funding to expand this position to 30-40 hours a week in the next calendar year.

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary range is $24,000-$27,900 based on skill-sets & experience. Note: if the applicant is a current TONYC facilitator, a salary amount will be determined to include the facilitation hours.  
  • Benefits include vacation time and employer-sponsored health/dental/vision plans (inclusive of family members), commuter benefits and Flexible Savings Accounts. We also offer staff the opportunity to train in Theatre of the Oppressed and access other professional development opportunities. 

To Apply - Application closes August 17, 2019

  • Apply here with 
    • your resume 
    • a cover letter that describes how this position connects to your work experience and your future interests
    • a work sample that shows how you have coordinated people for an event or meeting (this can be the email you sent to them, a chart or spreadsheet you used for a team, etc.) 
    • at least 2 professional references. References will not be contacted without a prior request to the applicant.
  • Hiring Process: TONYC will review all applications and directly contact people with whom we wish to schedule a phone interview. Selected candidates will be invited for an in-person interview and final candidates will have a meeting with our team.  

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY STATEMENT
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply. TONYC does not discriminate based on age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, housing status, disability, or previous incarceration.