City Theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Depending on the available roles for any given production, City Theatre hires both equity and non-equity actors.
City Theatre Directing Observership Program
City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s leading home for the development and production of new and contemporary plays. Our 2016-17 season includes three plays by contemporary female writers and three by playwrights of color, continuing City’s stellar track record of leading the field in terms of gender parity and inclusivity.
This spirit is exemplified in our various artist development initiatives, including our Directing Observership program which supports the career development of Pittsburgh’s local talent by allowing outstanding emerging directors to interact and work with some of the nation’s most talented artists at a leading regional theater. This year’s program expands upon the 2015-16 pilot initiative to include even greater access to City’s artistic life.
- Serve as an assistant to the director on one City Theatre production, with access to rehearsals, tech, and production meetings.
- Gain experience and training in a professional rehearsal room by observing the rehearsal and production process of a City Theatre show.
- Have the opportunity to learn from City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden and other guest artists, including playwrights, directors, and designers, in individual and group settings.
- Work closely with Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas in the day-to-day producing activities of a regional theater, including casting, marketing, audience engagement, fundraising, event planning, and ongoing new play development activities.
- Assist with production research, dramaturgy, and script coverage under the guidance of Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot.
- Receive a travel stipend, a complimentary ticket to all City Theatre productions, and two tickets to the opening night performance of their production.
Competitive candidates will have:
- Sustained directing experience and/or prior assistant directing experience
- A clear desire to strengthen their skills as an artist and leader
- A flexible schedule that allows them to fully participate in the rehearsal process. City Theatre generally rehearses during the day for 6 days/week for 4-5 weeks. Participants will be expected to attend the vast majority of these rehearsals.
- Willingness to work and participate in other City Theatre programming throughout the year, including auditions, Greenroom, City’s annual gala and other benefit events, and City’s new play festival, Momentum.
Interested parties should submit a resume, 1-page cover letter detailing their interest and experience, and contact information for a professional reference via email to email@example.com by Monday, May 23rd. No applications will be considered after that time.
Due to the highly competitive nature and limited availability of this program, only the strongest candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Young Playwrights Teaching Artist
City Theatre’s Young Playwrights, established in 2000, is a comprehensive, dynamic arts education program serving teachers, students, and surrounding communities. The program fulfills Common Core State Standards, including English Language Arts, as well as State Academic Standards in Arts & Humanities. Four major components make up the Young Playwrights program: the Young Playwrights Contest, Festival, Teacher Institute, and In-School Workshops.
City Theatre is currently recruiting experienced theatre/playwriting teachers for its In-School Playwriting Workshop program located in various school districts (grades 7-12) in the tri-state region.
Teaching artists work in a collaborative partnership with the classroom teacher to facilitate in-school playwriting workshops for students. Students learn improvisation and basic theatre skills in an ensemble-based environment, as well as monologue writing, dialogue writing, character creation, and other fundamentals of playwriting. Using these elements, students compose a one-act play that is eligible for submission in City Theatre’s annual Young Playwrights Contest. Students participate in moderated constructive peer review of each other’s work, and have the unique opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback from the theatre artist in individual revision conferences.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
- Minimum BA/BFA in Theatre, Playwriting, Dramaturgy or Theatre Education -Minimum of 2+ years teaching experience working with youth ages 12-18
- A solid foundation of knowledge in theatre arts and playwriting -Flexible schedule (each teaching artist arranges approximately 20 hours of visitation with school over a 3-6 month period)
- Experience working with students with disabilities a plus
- Valid driver’s license and ownership of car greatly preferred, but not mandatory
This is a contract-based, part-time position. Workshop stipend is commensurate with experience.
Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and references via email to Kristen Link, Director of Education & Accessibility at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be received by June 30, 2016.