Job Listing: Troupe Coordinator (P/T)

Jul. 28, 2020

TONYC is seeking a part-time Troupe Coordinator. This position works in collaboration with TONYC’s office staff and Jokers (facilitators) to keep our eight-plus Forum Theatre troupes running smoothly towards 50 public & community performances each year. The Troupe Coordinator, managed by the Operations Director, will work with all members of the staff and TONYC community to ensure maximum accuracy and connection between the various aspects of our work.  We’re looking for someone who sees the art in coordinating details and communication with co-workers and collaborators.  We are also looking for someone interested in developing from this position into a 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.

Due to the on-going Covid-19 health crisis we are looking for a team member who can work remotely at least until the end of the year, but who will be available to work at our office in midtown when normal operations resume.

About TONYC:

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC)’s mission is to partner with communities confronting oppression to inspire transformative action through interactive theatre. We are dedicated to sparking concrete social and institutional change through a powerful style of theatre that is interactive, playful, and unlike anything most audiences have ever experienced. Through long-term partnerships with community and advocacy groups such as the Ali Forney Center, The Center for Court Innovation, and Housing Works, we create troupes that develop and perform plays based on the challenges their members face confronting economic inequality, racism, and other systems of oppression. 

Find out more about the practice of Theatre of the Oppressed and the history of TONYC in these FAQs, and learn about TONYC's Forum Theatre work. 

Responsibilities include:

  • 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
  • Develop an internal guide to how TONYC manages online troupe programs
  • Manage the data for our evaluation practices in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Support with grant reporting on our programs; become familiar with TONYC’s current funding sources and program parameters
  • Ongoing development of tools and systems that support internal communications, as well as the coordination with actors and venues
  • Attendance at TONYC’s shows and events to support the artistic activism efforts and build new relationships
  • 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 and preparing materials for programs

Ideal candidate has:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) , with a minimum of conversational fluency, reading and writing with the ability to translate strongly preferred
  • 2+ years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations in a similar capacity
    • 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, including managing scheduling of other people (colleagues, artists, etc)
    • Able to maintain a to-do list and track/update information in shared calendars, Google Docs, and project tools
  • Knowledge of and interest in both the arts sector and the social justice / community
    organizing sectors
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A sense of personal responsibility in the work, and a desire to be communicative about issues promptly
  • Experience working remotely
  • Experience with project management app like Asana and contact management database
  • Interest and/or previous training in anti-bias, anti-racist, and anti-oppression approaches
  • Relevant experience and intent to develop in this field are our highest priorities, although formal training will be considered


Schedule is approximately 24 hours/week to start, with potential to expand to full-time. The typical weekly schedule will be determined in collaboration with the candidate. Schedule also includes attendance at some performances on weekday evenings. The role involves significant independent work and position will be remote for the rest of 2020 and until our office re-opens.

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 generous vacation and sick time and employer-sponsored health, vision and dental plans (inclusive of family members), commuter benefits, discount ticket program membership and Flexible Savings Accounts. We also offer staff the opportunity to train in Theatre of the Oppressed and access other professional development opportunities.  TONYC is pursuing funding to expand this position to 30-40 hours a week in the next calendar year. 

To Apply - Application closes August 28, 2020

Submit here ( with

  • 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.

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions the entire interview process will happen online through Zoom.

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 a virtual interview and final candidates will have a virtual meeting with our team.

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


Deadline for applications is August 28, or until position is filled.