Public Works is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Each year, working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in theater workshops, to attend classes, to become involved in the daily life of the Public, and, most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.
Pioneering a new model of engagement, Public Works is rooted in longitudinal, multi-year relationships with its community partners. Public Works Partners include Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Casita Maria (Bronx), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), Children's Aid Society (Manhattan), Domestic Workers United (all boroughs), DreamYard (Bronx), Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Project (all boroughs). Under the leadership of Director Laurie Woolery and Founder Lear deBessonet, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members to create theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.
The Community Assistant will support the Public Works team in administrative and community-related tasks during the rehearsal preparation process, in rehearsal, and during the performance run. They will aid in general arts administration and grassroots community organizing. The Public Works Community Assistant will provide steady, front-facing support to community members involved in the production, and will be a vital part of the Public Works team.
- Facilitating a supportive and welcoming environment for our community through rehearsals and throughout the duration of the run
- Organizing casting information and dramaturgical material in preparation for rehearsals
- Tracking community members and materials
- Demonstrating model participation in the rehearsal room
- Assisting in the documentation of the rehearsal process as well as community member interviews
- Providing backstage assistance during performances
- Assisting in carrying out the logistics of community events, including but not limited to dinners and opening/closing night gatherings
The ideal candidate has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and is organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and personable. We are also seeking interest in and/or experience with community-based arts, a deep sense of pride in their work ethic, and humor in a fast-paced, sometimes unpredictable theater environment. Applicant should have experience making theater and/or previous volunteer or work experience with a community-based organization. Interest in and familiarity with theater and community organizing.
Encouraged: A previous position or internship with administrative duties in an arts or community-based organization; a second language, especially Spanish, ASL, or Chinese, is helpful.
The Public 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. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.
Approximate start and end dates: May 6th, 2018 –August 23rd, 2018
This is a FULL TIME, SEASONAL position.
This is a Non-Exempt position according the Federal Standard Labor Act.
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