OVERVIEW

In an unprecedented collaboration, Baltimore Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis are joining forces to hire a group of freelance artists (one per institution) who will participate in a joint year-long  “Artistic Caucus” as key parts of the artistic development teams within our theaters.

The shared Artistic Caucus, composed of racially diverse artists of varying disciplines (not necessarily limited solely to dramaturgs and literary managers), will actively engage in reading new plays and proposals, scouting projects, and facilitating relationships with artists on behalf of all four theaters. In establishing this Caucus, we are actively opening up the frequently competitive and opaque artistic development process of our industry by engaging artists to help identify projects, paying them for their expertise, and positioning the different artistic priorities for each organization as a place of strength and cooperation.

Each theatre will hire one position, and the exact scope of work will look slightly different based on the individual needs of each institution. Artistic Caucus members will contribute to the evolution of the program by collectively evaluating its successes, challenges, and opportunities for growth.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES may include

  • Collaborate with artistic staff and artistic caucus members at all four core theatres (including attending key meetings)
  • Read and evaluate new plays and project proposals from generative artists of many disciplines
  • Scout new projects and artists by attending performances (online and potentially in person when that becomes safe)
  • Facilitate relationships with artists on behalf of all four core theaters
  • Advocate for artists to be considered for new artistic projects
  • Contribute to creatively disrupting the traditional “literary” gate-keeping process that champion the written word and limit generative artists to playwrights
  • Contribute to evaluating the successes, challenges, and areas of growth for this innovative mode of collaboration

COMPENSATION

15k for each position for a 12-month contract period (we anticipate these positions may have an average time commitment of 10 hours/week ).

Travel and tickets to performances are also included.

Note: these positions are independent contractors. 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • Demonstrated interest and investment in new work and new plays
  • Artists who have an artistic practice outside of dramaturgy or literary management (ie, designers, directors, musicians, artistic producers, choreographers, etc) are encouraged to apply.
  • Ability to talk and write about scripts, proposals, and performances in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner
  • Ability to analyze an artistic project or proposal in its nascent stages with a spirit of generosity and an understanding that the piece is in development
  • A sophisticated understanding of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression principles and practices, and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • The ability to productively question the status quo and engage in solution-oriented, systems-thinking.
  • Excellent social skills with an emphasis on building and maintaining meaningful and reciprocal external relationships
  • An understanding of the new work landscape and current trends in the field

KEY EXPECTATIONS

  • Draw on unique lived experience and artistic practice to help inform evaluation and advocacy for new projects
  • Active participation in local and national conversations about new project development
  • Demonstration of solution-oriented thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Maintain effective external relationships with artists
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing individual and collective learning

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

In lieu of a cover letter, we’re looking for two things:

  1. A little bit about yourself and why you’re interested in this position.
  • If you have a preference of which theater you’d like to work most directly with, please indicate that here.
  1. Tell us about someone else’s new project that excites you. You should include a short description of the project and why you find it compelling.
  • We are looking for clarity and concision.

Please send your response in writing (no more than 1 page).

Additionally, please send us either a resume or a bio so we can understand your experience.

  • We’re looking for a demonstrated interest in new project development.

We strongly encourage the following people to apply:

  • artists who don’t identify solely as dramaturgs or literary managers. We are actively seeking artists whose perspectives will disrupt the “normal” systems for artistic development.
  • freelance artists
  • BIPOC artists, LGBTQ artists, Disabled artists, Deaf artists, formerly incarcerated artists, artists who are caregivers

HIRING PROCESS & TIMELINE 

Applications close on June 18th, 2021 at 5pm EDT. 

They will be reviewed by Annalisa Dias (Baltimore Center Stage), Cheyenne Barboza (Long Wharf Theater), Becks Redman (The Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Sonia Fernandez (Woolly Mammoth Theater Company).

Preliminary interviews will take place with 2 of the 4 reviewers by the end of June.

Final interviews will take place in early July.

Decisions will be made collectively among the 4 theaters.

We anticipate a start date of roughly August 1st, 2021. 

Camp Counselor Job Description

Baltimore Center Stage invites applications for the position of Camp BCS Camp Counselor to work at Camp BCS for our 8-week summer camp program. The Camp BCS Camp Counselor reports to the Director of Learning and Social Accountability Janal Daniel. This is a full-time position with a focus on supporting theater programming for students in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.

Camp Information:

Camp BCS is five days a week and will run from July 28th-August 20th. Camp BCS will run for four sessions with each session being two weeks. Camp hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. There will be four classrooms where students will be divided into small groups or pods. Counselors will manage and assist in management of a small group of students in person and virtually with some assistance from additional staff. Theater and/or arts education experience desired. Compensation is $15/hr.

Key Responsibilities

  • The responsibilities, competencies, and expectations outlined below are representative, not exhaustive. Responsibilities may shift as needed to best align with organizational needs.
  • Working with other camp staff members to plan and coordinate camp classes and activities
  • Leading and supporting campers as they participate in camp classes
  • Monitoring campers to ensure compliance with camp rules to ensure safety
  • Cleaning, maintaining and ensuring proper use of camp facilities and equipment
  • Reporting and recording incident details, accidents and rule violations camp staff and parents/guardians
  • Implementing conflict resolution techniques when necessary
  • Adhering to all camp procedures and protocols set forth by Camp BCS
  • Promoting participation and helping campers plan, carryout and evaluate projects and activities
  • Alternation responsibilities with other staff members to suit camp needs
  • Additional responsibilities as needed

Required Competencies

  • Cultural Competency: An understanding of Antiracism and Anti-Oppression principles and practices, and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Communication: The ability to communicate transparently and effectively across mediums with an emphasis on interpersonal communication
  • Relationship Management: Good social and collaborative skills with an emphasis on building and maintaining meaningful and reciprocal relationships
  • Relentless Curiosity: The ability to productively question the status quo and engage in solution-oriented, systems-thinking
  • Time Management: The ability to efficiently manage time, effort and decision-making skills across various programs and departmental operations

COVID-19

Baltimore Center Stage has a written COVID-19 safety plan created by the theater’s COVID team. The plan will be provided to all camp staff, and counselors will also undergo COVID compliance training. Counselors are expected to:

  • Perform daily space cleaning tasks and support campers in cleaning standards
  • Group supervision of campers with attention to all of the following: program, health, happiness, discipline, cleanliness, safety, routine duties, character and skill development.
  • Be concerned for the social adjustment of every camper
  • Exhibit personal habits, health, dress, speech, table etiquette and relationships with other staff that serve as a beneficial model to campers.
  • Work with the camp directors and other camp staff to iron out difficulties with facilities, programs and campers.
  • Follow all guidelines, policies & procedures, and complete other duties as assigned.

Note: Counselors will be asked to take a background test and complete a Camp BCS training

Application Instructions

In order to help maintain an equitable process, please do not submit unsolicited candidate recommendations or directly contact the artistic staff regarding this position. For process or technical questions, please email artjobs@centerstage.org.

Hiring Process

Every application will be reviewed by the Director of Learning and Social Accountability and the LSA Coordinator. Selected applications will receive interviews. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis and will be conducted over the phone or on Zoom.

About Baltimore Center Stage

Designated the State Theater of Maryland in 1978, Baltimore Center Stage provides the highest quality theater and programming for youth, families, and all members of our community under the leadership of Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra and Executive Director Michael Ross. BCS ignites conversations and imaginations by producing an eclectic season of professional productions across two main stages and an intimate 99-seat theater, and through engaging and

inspiring community and education programs. Everything we do at BCS is led by our core values—chief among them being Access For All. Our mission is heavily rooted in providing active and open accessibility to our Mainstage performances, as well as education initiatives and community programming to everyone regardless of barriers, be it financial or race.

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