Pipeline Theatre Company
New York, NY 10011
POSITION: PlayLab Associate
JOB TYPE/SALARY: Paid Hourly
DURATION / END DATE: Commitment is late April 2020 – end of June 2021.
Pipeline Theatre Company is seeking a dramaturgical mind to support our upcoming PlayLab 2021 cohort of 3 writers. Pipeline's PlayLab is a playwrights group that aids and encourages artists in growing their biggest, wildest ideas into imaginative and daring new plays. Through monthly meetings, workshop-events, and an artistic retreat, each writer is supported in developing their ambitious initial concept into a new script. At the end of the year, playwrights will have the opportunity to present a public reading of their new scripts.
Pipeline Theatre Company, now in its 11th season, believes that an unbridled imagination is a force of magic with the power to provoke a more courageous and compassionate world. Founded in 2009, Pipeline is a small-but-mighty and quickly growing not-for-profit theatre company that serves bold, emerging artists whose work seems impossible. Over the last eight years, Pipeline’s PLAYLAB has proven to be a successful incubator for groundbreaking new work, and plays that we have developed have gone on to be recognized around the country: AP Andrews’ OPTIMISM, OR (Class of ‘14) was named a semi-finalist for Philadelphia’s PlayPenn Conference in 2015; Sarah Einspanier’s THE CONVENT OF PLEASURE (Class of ‘15) went on to be produced at New York’s Cherry Lane Theater in 2016; Claire Kiechel’s PILGRIMS (Class of ‘15) was included on the 2016 Kilroys List before going on to full production at Chicago’s Gift Theater in 2017 and Seattle’s Forward Flux Productions in 2018; Jacob Marx Rice’s CRACKS (Class of ‘16) was awarded the Kennedy Center’s 2017 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for plays about living with disability; Gina Femia's THE MERMAID’S PARADE (Class of ’16) was awarded the 2020 Blue Ink Playwriting Award; and Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques’ SOCIETY (Class of ’19) was named a semi-finalist for the 2019 Relentless Award. This year, two PLAYLAB alumni received world premiere productions: Sam Max’s COOP (Class of ’19) at Paradise Factory, and J. Julian Christopher’s BUNDLE OF STICKS (Class of ’18) at INTAR Theatre.
PlayLab Associate responsibilities include:
- Being part of the selection committee for PlayLab writers throughout April 2020
- Attend and help plan the August 2020 annual retreat
- Attending monthly PlayLab meetings and 3 workshops to provide dramaturgical feedback and support to writers as they bring their ideas towards first drafts
- Serving as a “mentor” for one of the three playwrights to be their point-person throughout the year, and to be the liaison between the playwright and the Pipeline staff
- Assisting the Pipeline staff in casting and staffing 3 annual workshops and final readings- Time commitment: about 8-12 hours/month (3-hour monthly PlayLab meetings, plus staff check-ins, time with your playwright, and any workshops, etc.)
This person should be:
- A dramaturgically-minded artist (whether that is a director, playwright, dramaturg, multidisciplinarian, or any other type of creative thinker)
- Experienced in new play development and providing feedback to artists
-Passionate about playwrights, reading plays, and supporting other artists
-Excited to bring their own community of artists to Pipeline
- An awesome communicator
- Great at time management and used to working remotely
- Compassionate, courageous, and collaborative
- Down to clown
The PlayLab Associate will report to Pipeline’s Literary Manager, Philip Santos Schaffer, and will collaborate with the entire Pipeline staff.
Application deadline: April 10th, 2020
To submit, please send a cover letter, resume, and two reference contacts (no reference letters required) to firstname.lastname@example.org with “PlayLab Associate” in the subject line.
In addition to being an equal opportunity employer, Pipeline Theatre Company celebrates and seeks difference. To broaden the collective experience of PlayLab, we are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. People of all races, ethnicities, national origin, sex, gender expressions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, marital status, veteran status, religions, ages and any other category protected by federal, state, or local regulations are highly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.
May 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021