Careers

 

If you are interested in one of the open positions at TheatreWorks listed below, please send the hiring manager a copy of your current résumé along with a cover letter telling us why you believe you are the best candidate for the job. Please also include your salary history and your realistic salary expectations.

TheatreWorks offers a generous benefits package including employer-paid health insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan; paid vacation; holidays; personal and sick days; season tickets to TheatreWorks; friends and family discounts; and a creative, energetic environment.

 

TheatreWorks is an equal opportunity employer, and committed to a diverse workforce.

 

Positions Available

 

GRANT & COMMUNICATION MANAGER

About The Opportunity
Are you an independent, strategic fundraising leader looking for an opportunity to leverage your skills in writing, research, and organization? Do you want to inspire real, meaningful change within world of performing arts? Join TheatreWorks’ development team where you will play a vital role in ensuring institutional support along with creating, executing, and tracking the overall communications efforts of the development organization. Together, this team inspires more than $3 million in annual contributed income from thousands of individual and multiple institutional partners.

 

TheatreWorks is a treasured cultural asset in Silicon Valley where for nearly 50 years we have produced nationally acclaimed, professional theatre under the guidance of founding artistic director, Robert Kelley, and the expert advisement of Managing Director, Phil Santora. We are the largest nonprofit theatre in Silicon Valley and the third largest in the Bay area, celebrating three mission-based priorities: a mainstage season of eight productions (plays and musicals with over 143 U.S. and regional premieres) viewed by 100,000 audience members annually, a thriving New Works Initiative that has produced 65 world premieres, and a collection of innovative education programs, including TheatreWorks for Schools that reaches 57 schools and 25,000 students in 7 bay area counties every year. 


Position Overview
Reporting to the Director of Development and collaborating with the Events Manager, Associate Director of Individual Giving, and the Database Manager, the Grants and Communications Manager provides critical, expert support by identifying strategies and implementing tactics that successfully increase institutional and individual support for TheatreWorks. In addition, this team member has the opportunity to truly shape success via their ability to research, write, and oversee all development related communications, including corporate, government, and foundation partnerships, annual giving appeals, and event correspondence.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Director of Development, create and execute multi-year strategy for reaching annual institutional contributed income goals from corporate, foundation, and government partners (exceeding $500,000 annually)
  • Research and organize corporate, foundation, and government prospects, with the ability to provide insight into the best possible partnerships
  • Maintain excellent relationships with Director of Development and Managing Director, providing clear action items and deadlines
  • Compose exceptional grant proposals, LOI’s, interim and final reports, cover letters, and other materials
  • Develop customized corporate sponsorship proposals and partner with development team on corporate stewardship, including collateral and partnership benefits
  • Ensure integrity of corporate, foundation, and government database records, and appropriate donor stewardship, including benefit fulfillment and donor recognition
  • Support donor events that build relationships with current and prospective donors
  • Serve as lead writer on the development team, drafting annual report, program copy, direct mail collateral, invitation copy and other documents as needed
  • Maintain a calendar of communications and partner with marketing team to ensure successful collaboration; serve as development representative at weekly marketing meetings

 

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated passion for TheatreWorks’ mission
  • 1 year nonprofit development experience, with a strong focus on research and writing
  • History of effectively managing complex projects and deadlines with strong attention to detail, accuracy, and delegation
  • Impeccable writing skills, with a demonstrated proficiency in grant and proposal writing.
  • Proven ability to leverage strong relationships with senior leadership team, staff, board, volunteers, donors and people from all segments of the community
  • Value and build teamwork both within development department and across the organization; celebrate being a team player with both members of the development team and other staff members and volunteers.
  • Adopt a flexible working schedule that may include nights and/or weekends
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to handle detailed, complex concepts and problems and present ideas and solutions for meeting goals and overcoming challenges.
  • Ability to maintain a positive outlook and can-do-attitude with both colleagues and the community at large.
  • Insatiable desire to grow professionally with a commitment to increased efficacy as a project manager
  • Knowledge of Silicon Valley and the associated businesses, foundations, and community organizations preferred
  • Willingness to leverage and expertly utilize Tessitura database
  • Humble confidence with the ability to provide clear tasks for senior leaders while tracking timelines and outcomes
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

 

How To Apply: 
Email your cover letter, resume, and at least 1 writing sample to rplasters@theatreworks.org.


TheatreWorks is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce.

 

SOUND SUPERVISOR

Position Overview:

TheatreWorks seeks a sound supervisor for a part time staff position.  TheatreWorks produces an eight show mainstage season at two venues, the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (five productions) and the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto (three productions).  We also produce an annual New Works Festival and a touring production for schools.

The sound supervisor is responsible for the load in and strike of all TheatreWorks productions, supervising sound overhire, planning the proper installation of submitted designs, managing inventory, and assisting the designer with any notes during the tech and preview process.  The sound supervisor is also responsible for the design and implementation of sound for the company’s educational tour and various special events and fundraisers.

Qualified applicants will have strong organizational skills, safe working practices, comprehensive knowledge of audio reinforcement, experience with Yahmaha digital mixing consoles, Qlab playback software, and basic overhead rigging.  Must be able to lift 65lbs and comfortable with manual labor.  A valid California Driver’s License and experience operating vehicles up to 24’ box trucks preferable.  EOE, pay DOE. 

To Apply:

Interested parties should send résumés and references to David Milligan, Production Manager, at dmilligan@theatreworks.org.  No telephone calls please. 

 

PART-TIME TICKETING SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

Position Overview:
The Ticketing Services Representative is responsible for responding to all TheatreWorks patron needs and providing the highest level of customer service. He/She will be responsible for order processing including subscription, single tickets sales and exchanges, both in the office and during performances at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.  On occasion, you may be asked work as patron services representative during TheatreWorks performances at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. 

Qualifications:
This position requires at least 1 year of customer service experience, performing arts box office experience preferred. Must have excellent customer service skills both over the phone and in-person. Knowledge of computerized ticketing systems, preferably Tessitura is a plus. Candidates must have ability to work successfully in a busy, fast-paced environment while continuing to provide superior customer service and maintain the highest level of professionalism. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Must be available evenings and weekends.  

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Alix Josefski at ajosefski@theatreworks.org 

 

TEACHING ARTISTS

TheatreWorks’ Education Department is currently accepting resumes for Teaching Artists for year-round work. Ideal candidates are strong Teaching Artists with:

  • A college degree in Theatre or other significant experiences and training
  • Experience working with children and/or teens
  • Daytime weekday availability
  • A valid driver's license and car
  • Specialty in acting, playwriting, musical theater, clowning, storytelling, etc.

Please send a resume and cover letter to: dramaschool@theatreworks.org 

 

DIRECTORS, MUSICAL DIRECTORS, AND CHOREOGRAPHERS

At TheatreWorks, guest artists find a professional, supportive environment and appreciative audiences for their best work. We are always interested in learning about directors, musical directors, and choreographers with distinguished records of achievement.

Please send or email your résumé (in pdf format, please) to:
Robert Kelley, Artistic Director
TheatreWorks
P.O. Box 50458
Palo Alto, CA 94303

kelley@theatreworks.org 

 

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION PROFESSIONALS

 We hire scenic and costume designers for many of our shows. Although we have Equity stage managers and resident lighting and sound designers on staff, we have occasional opportunities for additional professionals in those areas. To supplement the efforts of our on-staff shop, craft, and production professionals, TheatreWorks often hires contractors, from carpenters and painters to property fabricators, costumers, electricians, and other theatre craftspeople. Shop and craft specialists construct and install all scenic elements, help maintain shop and rehearsal facilities, and assist in striking and recycling scenic materials. Successful candidates will have experience in professional shop practices, woodworking, and steel fabrication, with proficiency in common theatrical construction techniques.

Scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers, stage managers, and production, shop, and craft specialists are invited to send or email their résumés (in pdf format, please) to:
David Milligan, Production Manager
TheatreWorks
P.O. Box 50458
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Dmilligan@theatreworks.org

Interested stagehands should send or email their résumés (in pdf format, please) to:
Karen Szpaller, Production Coordinator
TheatreWorks
P.O. Box 50458
Palo Alto, CA 94303
karen@theatreworks.org