Coordinator, Administration and Humanities/Studio Programs

Reports to:
• Managing Director on Administrative Coordinator duties (Board support, office management and special projects)
• Founding Artistic Director on Humanities and Studio Coordinator duties

About Theatre for a New Audience
Founded in 1979, Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is an award‐winning off‐Broadway
LORT‐C theatre whose mission is to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama alongside other new work. TFANA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented populations. The position will remain open until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.

 

Values and Strategies:
We are guided in our work by five core values: a reverence for language, a spirit of adventure, a commitment to diversity, a dedication to learning, and a spirit of service. These values inform what we do with artists, how we interact with audiences, and how we manage our organization. Language is at the heart of all we do. We focus on the language and ideas of writers. We believe that hearing great language powerfully expressed improves our listening skills, opens our eyes, and deepens our perception and understanding of the world around us. We infuse our work with adventure—provocative ideas, visual boldness, and a sense that we are on a lifelong journey with Shakespeare and classic drama. We are committed to diversity— diverse approaches to dramatic material, diversity on our staff, in our casting and audiences, and multifaceted relationships with uniquely different communities. Learning is a fundamental principle of the Theatre, and we value learning as a process that takes place over time—a process that depends on our ability to promote curiosity, reflection, study, research and dialogue in all our work. We are dedicated to service. Inspired by our civic role, we seek to create broad public access and to bond the diverse New York community through the language, pleasure and ideas of classical drama. To advance our mission and values, Theatre for a New Audience:
• produces Shakespeare alongside other plays of classic stature and major contemporary plays, creating a dialogue over centuries between Shakespeare and other authors about our contemporary world;
• builds long‐term associations with artists and offers programs for their growth and ongoing development;
• promotes the humanities by presenting dynamic discussions with leading artists and scholars in a variety of fields in conjunction with the plays we present;
• programs for wide‐ranging audiences—from connoisseurs of diverse repertory to young people who are seeing groundbreaking productions for the first time;
• promotes access for diverse audiences by offering economically‐priced tickets;
• provides rich arts‐in‐education programs, including teacher training and the largest in-depth program in New York City to introduce Shakespeare to Public School students;
• uses its facilities and intellectual resources to serve the local artistic, educational and social communities where the Theatre operates, and contributes to the international theatre community through touring, artistic exchanges and partnerships.

 

The Role: Coordinator, Administration and Humanities/Studio Programs

COORDINATOR, ADMINISTRATION COMPONENT
Reporting to the Managing Director, the Coordinator provides general administrative support for the Theatre’s administrative operations:

• Office management, including ordering supplies, supporting outside IT firm and VOIP phone provider, managing office equipment leases and purchases, coordinating staff meetings and events.
• Supporting Managing Director in Board management, including meeting prep, RSVPs, taking Minutes.
• Arranging meetings and materials, including occasional catering.
• Assisting with special events at the theatre and the annual Gala.
• Managing the Theatre’s internship program.
• Compiling and layout of each production’s digital program, integrated with the 360º Viewfinder humanities online publication
• Other duties as assigned, including special projects.

 

COORDINATOR, HUMANTIES AND STUDIO PROGRAMS COMPONENT

Humanities Programs: Supports Theatre for a New Audience’s Artistic Director, Council of Scholars, and Literary Advisor in the development and implementation of public Humanities programs and content for publications, as well as working to expand, diversify and target new audiences for Humanities programming in Brooklyn.

The Coordinator facilitates the day-to-day administration and implementation of public Humanities programs including but not limited to:

• Planning and coordinating all aspects of the Theatre’s public program logistics including talkbacks, panels, lectures, and film screenings.
• Serving as the on-site logistics manager and introducer for all Humanities programming.
• Supporting publication of 360º Viewfinder guide and digital program for each production.
• Managing book inventory and ordering for the Theatre’s book kiosk.
• Serving as liaison between the Theatre’s artistic staff, the Council of Scholars, and Literary Advisor.
• Preparing budget and tracking expenses for Humanities programs.

Studio Programs: The Coordinator works closely with and reports to the Theatre’s Artistic Director to provide overall administrative support to writers and other artists of interest to TFANA – whether they be for development in the Studio program or as part of a future Season.

TFANA produces contemporary plays, translations and adaptations of classics, which it develops through residencies/workshop in the Studio. The Coordinator provides administrative support and tracks these projects under development. While some projects result in Mainstage productions at TFANA, the primary mission of the Studio Program is to allow artists and the Theatre to test ideas without the pressure of a Mainstage production.

The Coordinator meets as needed with the Artistic Director, the Artistic Associate, the Literary Advisor and others to discuss new and ongoing projects. The Coordinator takes and distributes meeting minutes, and tracks the development of multiple short- and long-term projects.

SCHEDULE
Monday—Friday 10 am – 6 pm, with flexible hours that include evenings and weekends as needed (compensatory time or overtime provided if weekly hours exceed 40).


QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS REQUIRED

• College degree or equivalent professional administrative experience (1—3 years); studies in humanities or literary discipline preferred.
• Superior writing and proofreading skills
• Experience in publication layout (Adobe Creative Cloud and ISSU preferred)
• Excellent organizational, telephone and communications skills with strong attention to detail.
• Ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps.
• Attention to detail and experience creating and maintaining organizational systems
• Ability to understand and troubleshoot phone and IT issues (and work effectively with consultants).


COMPENSATION:

Salary $51,000. Benefits offered include medical, vision, Life and long‐term disability insurance, paid time off, Employee Assistance Program and voluntary pre‐tax programs for retirement (403[b]), Transit and FSA).


TO APPLY:

Applicants for this role should send cover letter and chronological resume, combined into a single PDF attachment, to jobs@tfana.org with “Coordinator” in the subject line. Applicants considered following first round of review will be asked to submit writing samples.
Theatre for a New Audience is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining employees who reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We believe that every employee has the right to work in a respectful environment that is free from discrimination, consistent with our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship.