Play Reading Book Club Coordinator

Job Type

Part Time


Details: $25 an hour



Start Date


Application Deadline



120 Boylston Street
United States


About ArtsEmerson’s Play Reading Book Club:


ArtsEmerson’s Play Reading Book Club (PRBC) is a dynamic theatre literacy and community education program that provides unique and radical access to scripts, artists, and conversations within the theatre. It offers participants pre and post show opportunities to deepen and expand their experience as audience members through stimulating conversations about the literary, artistic and technical attributes of a play while meeting new people and broadening their cultural network.

Presented in partnership with libraries and community organizations throughout Greater Boston, the PRBC provides the opportunity for participants to read, discuss, and analyze plays in our season prior to seeing them live on our stage. After seeing the play participants share their experience with their friends and family via a community showcase. The program is facilitated by trained teaching artists from the Emerson College Masters in Theatre Education program and professional local artists.


Job Description:

Reporting to the Audience Development Manager, the Play Reading Book Club Coordinator is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the ArtsEmerson Play Reading Book Club across various partner organizations throughout the 2018/2019 season. This position requires 15 hours of work per week.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administrative:

o  Implement strategies and procedures leading to successful program operations.

o  Support teaching artists by ensuring they have the adequate program supplies and resources for successful facilitation of weekly PRBC sessions.

o  Read, research and remain knowledgeable of all PRBC productions in the ArtsEmerson season.

o  Review and respond to Weekly Teaching Artist Reports.

o  Maintain an up-to-date data base of program participants.

o  Manage changes to the program plan, program schedule, and program budget in collaboration with the audience development manager. 

o  Generate and maintain comprehensive documentation and evaluation of all PRBC activities.

o  Maintain clear and efficient internal communication within the departments of the ArtsEmerson.

  •  Event Planning:

o  Work with various departments at ArtsEmerson and Emerson College to coordinate logistics of events directly related to the PRBC, including PRBC Night, related talkbacks, receptions and community showcase events.

o  Serve as event staff for all PRBC events.

  • Community Relations:

o  Assist with recruitment of program participants across partner organizations.

o  Research and establish relationship with, local community organizations.

o  Serve as the liaison between ArtsEmerson and PRBC partner organizations.

o  Maintain a database of up to date community partners.

o  Distribute collateral and promotional materials throughout the Emerson and Greater Boston communities.


  • Three or more years of experience working in the arts as an administrator, producer or promoter.
  • Strong and confident networking skills.
  • A love of theatre and promoting cultural events.
  • Ability to adapt to various communication styles depending on the audience.
  • Ability to work within an international framework.
  • Pro-active attitude and ability to prioritize workload.
  • Flexible schedule, especially working on weekends.
  • Background knowledge of classical, contemporary, and experimental theatre.

Desired Skills

·        Strong project management skills.

·        Strong writing skills.

·        Critical thinking and analytical skills.

·        Competent graphic design skills.

Knowledge of the following software is preferred:

Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel).

Google Docs.

About ArtsEmerson:

ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. We are dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. By cultivating diversity in the arts and in the audience, we ignite public conversation around our most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them.

Founded in 2010 by Robert J. Orchard—the year the U.S. Census confirmed there was no single cultural majority in Boston—we committed to building a cultural institution that reflects the diversity of our city. We program a full season of performances, film and dialogue that invites each of us to engage in a more contemporary narrative of Boston as a truly global city.

We believe in the power of art to ignite our vision of a thriving world.

A thriving world is one where all of its residents are seen and heard and life is better, richer and fuller for everyone. The foundation for this vision is empathy. Empathy is the fuel that will power a thriving world—a world connected across difference, where each of us sees and celebrates both that which is common to us and that which distinguishes us.

ArtsEmerson brings artists and audiences together to share experiences that spark this transformation at the personal, community and civic levels.

By “putting the world on stage”—with work that emanates from the language of theater, yet pushes the boundaries between theater, dance, music and multimedia arts—we aim to give voice to diverse stories and perspectives not often seen or heard in the traditional mainstream. By inviting the glorious cultural diversity of our region into our audiences, we create an environment where these shared experiences create opportunities for connection across our differences.


Complimentary tickets to ArtsEmerson shows!

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement