The Resident Dramaturg supports and advocates for writers in The Lark community through deep and strategic artistic development. The Resident Dramaturg shepherds the Roundtable Program, a cornerstone of The Lark’s work, and conducts multiple writer’s workshops and retreats throughout the year. They work with The Lark’s staff to cultivate a welcoming, nurturing, rigorously creative environment where playwrights feel free to explore and drive their own unique creative process.
The Resident Dramaturg works closely with a four-person artistic team to advocate both internally and to the broader theater field for Lark playwrights. Serves as a resource for field-wide professionals seeking new work recommendations. In all endeavors, the Resident Dramaturg works towards the Lark’s mission and vision, and ensures that the work aligns with The Lark’s values of equity, access and inclusion.
REPORTS TO: Artistic Director
POSITION STATUS: Full-Time Non - Exempt
START DATE: July 12, 2021, in-person August 2021
- Leads the day-to-day administration of The Larks core programs. Curates, schedules, produces and facilitates 80+ table readings and playwright workshops a year. Programs under the Resident Dramaturge’s purview include:
- Roundtables – intimate, writer-led table readings of new play drafts where playwrights are able to hear their plays read and work through the text with a cast of actors.
- Monthly Meetings of the Minds - season long writer’s groups that meet monthly to read and discuss plays in progress.
- Playwright Retreats, week-long writing intensives where playwrights gather to create new work and / or share works in progress.
- Proposes new programming relative to the programs under the Resident Dramaturg’s purview and supports the coordination of new programming initiatives relative to programs under their purview. This may include, but is not limited to, Beyond the Binary, Essential Workers, and Apothetae writers groups.
- Develops supportive dramaturgical relationships with writers and serves as an advocate for their work.
- Serves as primary contact for Lark writers and maintains connections with Lark’s artist community throughout the year.
- Collaborates with the artistic team to organize selection processes for Lark fellowships and recommends writers who can benefit from Lark programs.
- Provides dramaturgical support for other Lark programs as needed and when workload allows. This may include providing dramaturgical support for international programs, public programs, readings and workshop productions.
- Attends Lark public programs and events and provides artistic support including, but not limited to, curtain speeches, hospitality, moderating panels and facilitation.
- Attends outside readings, acting showcases and productions in order to maintain general knowledge of the current field.
- Works with the artistic team annually to develop a strategic programming plan each season.
- Attends weekly artistic team meetings and one-on-one meetings with the Artistic Director.
- Scaffolds program budgets and submits paperwork for artists payments.
- Advocates and supports Lark artists with casting recommendations, submitting nominations and writing formal recommendations.
- Serves as a field wide resources, offering season planning advice, nominations for fellowships and retreats and casting recommendations.
- Works with the Communications Manager to identify and uplift artist’s successes internally and promote production advancement of Lark developed plays. Recommends artists for The Lark’s blog and social media and press features.
- Manages hospitality for programs under their purview, ensuring Lark artists feel welcome and taken care of as people first. We work towards creating an environment where people feel celebrated and cared for, so that they are able to do their best work. This includes but is not limited to caring for the physical space and ordering food/snacks.
- Assist with other related tasks as needed.
- Serves as an ambassador for The Lark and its mission.
- Be a part of The Lark team by participating in staff meetings, staff retreats, and celebrations. The Lark asks staff to engage in conversation and skills building in the areas of equity and inclusion, to treat everyone in The Lark community with consideration and respect, and to contribute to a healthy environment where everyone can feel welcome, heard, and whole.
QUALIFICATIONS: (soft skills)
- Deep appreciation and understanding of the new play development process.
- Strong analytical skills and dramaturgical knowledge for a wide diversity of plays.
- Desire and motivation to work directly with and serve the needs of artists.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work with a wide diversity of artists.
- Able to engage in deep, meaningful conversations about work in progress.
- Team-oriented, collaborative worker and thinker.
- Innovative thinker with a strong equity, accessibility and inclusivity analysis.
- Organized leader and administrator.
REQUIREMENTS: (hard skills)
- BA or comparable professional theatre experience or experience in similar capacity (3+ years preferred)
- Computer proficiency required including work with databases and calendar programs
- Proficient in Microsoft Word/Excel
- Flexibility in schedule to account for evening events and occasional weekend events.
SALARY: $45k - $50k annually
BENEFITS: Lark’s comprehensive benefits package includes: Health, Vision & Dental Insurance (after 60 days), FSA, 401K (non-matching) and commuter benefits.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants are asked to complete and submit an application using the link below. No calls please. If you have an issue with the application, send a cover letter, resume and two references in a single PDF or Word document to email@example.com. In your cover letter, please share your personal approach to the values of equity, access and inclusion and how you would contribute to the culture of the Lark. Applications are due June 11. However, we will continue to accept applications until the role is filled.
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