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Director of New Work (Literary Manager)

Company: Alleyway Theatre Inc
Location: Buffalo
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Begins February 2022. Remote to start is a possibility for the right candidate.
Must be onsite by mid/late Spring 2022.

The Director of New Work is a new position which will serve the capacities often associated with a Literary Manager and Dramaturg. This person will work closely with Executive Artistic Director (EAD) to lead the organization forward as a producer, developer, and incubator of new works of theatre. The individual will help to maintain authentic and collaborative relationships with key partners, including playwrights, artists, and audiences.They will work with the Director of Education to develop and maintain engagement events for students and audiences throughout the season. This person will work day-to-day to create, oversee, implement, and maintain initiatives that celebrate the stories of everyone.

In 2022, Alleyway will launch a new series of structured play and artist development programs under the umbrella title ALLEYWORKS .The Director of New Work will lead the charge in the realization of these programs, including, but not limited to, playwright residencies, new play readings and workshops, "open mic" nights for local playwrights, script development, and writers' groups.

Manage and administer the annual Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, including building and organizing a network of readers, and administering 1200+ script submissions each year. Working with Artistic team members to finalize rounds and the eventual selection of finalists and winning plays.
Manage all Alleyworks programming in close cooperation with the EAD, including serving as producer of the Incubation Festival, a yearly event featuring new works throughout the Alleyway complex
Act as dramaturg on new plays throughout the season
Work closely with EAD on season selection, planning artistic programming, identifying possible opportunities for commissions, long-term relationships, etc
Build and maintain relationships with local and national playwrights; maintain knowledge of current events in new play theatres across the country; act as the organizational liaison to National New Play Network
Work with EAD on various marketing, publicity, and engagement materials including show descriptions, playbill notes, lobby displays, audience engagement events(pre/post show discussions, etc)
Work with Director of Development to target and secure continued funding of costs associated with the Mazumdar Competition, Alleyworks, and other new work initiatives by developing relationships with key stakeholders.
Other duties as appropriate

Previous experience as production dramaturg for new work
Significant experience as a writer and editor
Ability, willingness, and comfort in public speaking and leading discussions
Exceptional written and oral communication, organization, time-management and multi-tasking skills;
Ability to lead and collaborate, willingness to learn and grow as part of a team
Previous experience producing and budgeting useful but not required
Previous experience working on staff at a theatre useful but not required

At Alleyway, we celebrate stories of everyone. So, as we hire and cast, we're committed to creating an equitable and accessible, diverse and inclusive,joyful community of artists and staff. We seek artists and staff representing the breadth of humanity; people of all genders, races, abilities, and ages should apply.

We are also a COVID-safe workplace,requiring full vaccinations for all employees, and masks and testing as dictated by company policy via the COVID Compliance Officer.

Please send a cover letter and resume to HR@alleyway.com. In the subject line, please put your last name and the position you are applying for. We will begin reviewing applications immediately

Keywords: Alleyway Theatre Inc, Buffalo , Director of New Work (Literary Manager), Executive , Buffalo, New York

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