Community Engagement Associate - New York Theatre Workshop

About New York Theatre Workshop:

At New York Theatre Workshop, we work relentlessly to empower visionary theatre‐makers and bring their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers like Hammaad Chaudry and Nathan Alan Davis alongside powerhouse playwrights like Amy Herzog and Ayad Akhtar. We engage inimitable auteur‐directors like Rachel Chavkin and Sam Gold and give invaluable support to tremendous talents like Lileana Blain‐Cruz in the earliest days of their careers. We maintain decades‐long relationships with legendary theatre‐makers like Will Power, Ivo van Hove, Dael Orlandersmith and Caryl Churchill, whose work has shaped and continues to influence our very idea of what theatre can be.

Since our founding in 1979, we’ve produced over 150 fully‐realized productions including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright’s Quills; Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; and David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus. Enabling our artists to push boundaries generates work like Anaïs Michell’s stirring and unforgettable Hadestown, Geoff Sobelle’s magical and transformative The Object Lesson and Mfoniso Udofia’s epic, sweeping two‐part cycle, Sojourners & Her Portmanteau. NYTW productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and numerous Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

 

But that’s not what we’re proudest of. We take the greatest satisfaction from the community we’ve built, and the perspective‐shifting experiences we’ve delivered along the way. We think that theatre can bring people together, change the conversation, and have a profound impact. We feel fortunate to get to support it. If that sounds like something you’re interested in too, we’d love to meet you.

About the Team:

The Community Engagement Associate is part of the Education team led by the Director of Education, which includes an Education Associate and Education Fellow. The Education team is responsible for the coordination and implementation of all education and engagement initiatives for this $7.5 million theatre, which provide access to the vision and methods of the artist, professional training to the next generation of theatre administrators, and enable audiences of all ages to participate in a community of dynamic learning. The Community Engagement Associate also works closely with our Marketing and Artistic teams to develop and implement audience engagement strategies. The position reports directly to the Director of Education.

About the Position:

Assesses community needs, identifies and develops new community partners.

Designs and implements mutually beneficial community programs to support existing on- and off-stage programming.

Identifies internal and external resources to support community partnerships and programs to grow the NYTW network.

Invites new audiences to the theatre and works to increase access, frequency of attendance, improve retention and expand the reach of community networks.

Produces Open Mic Series at NYTW and/or at community locations.

Facilitates community events, workshops, post-show discussions and guest panels as needed.

Assists with the promotion and recruitment of participants for new and existing programs including the 2050 Administrative Fellowships and Mind the Gap.

Contributes materials for The Brief—NYTW’s online dramaturgical and educational resource for audiences.

About You:

You are committed to an equitable and inclusive community.

You are a leader committed to building deep relationships between organizations and communities through trust and understanding.

You have a passion for theatre and a desire to build meaningful connections between adventurous theatregoers and visionary artists.

You have administrative experience, preferably in an arts-based setting.

You have experience in facilitation and/or community organizing.

You have experience building and sustaining community arts partnerships and programs.

You are solutions-oriented.

You have strong interpersonal skills.

You have strong planning and organizational skills.

You have strong written and oral communication skills.

You have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel).

Bonus:

You have a background in the arts or arts education.

You are bilingual.

You have knowledge of the Lower East Side and East Village communities.

This is a full-time, overtime-eligible position. Benefits include employer paid medical, dental and life insurance and paid time off. Salary range is $40,000-$45,000.

NYTW is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and offstage. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, class, physical ability and sexual orientation.

To apply, please submit a cover letter (please include where you found out about this position), resume and two references to jobs@nytw.org. Please include the job title along with your first and last name in the subject line.

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