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Arcade Comedy Theater is hiring

JANUARY 2021

Manager of New Programming

Location: Pittsburgh (remote)
Type: Part-Time (flexible)
Min. Experience: Open

THE ORGANIZATION:

Arcade Comedy Theater was founded in 2013 as the city’s first nonprofit theater exclusively dedicated to comedy, with a mission to elevate and advance the artform and nurture a new community of artists and audiences. Its founders saw the opportunity to create a wider, more accessible platform for the comedic arts in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, by having a space to produce, present, and educate in comedy. Arcade has a vision to foster a safe, inclusive space to explore and play with humor, which allows individuals to find artistic fulfillment, confidence, and healing through the development of their unique comedic voice. Our audiences experience exciting, engaging, and spirit-lifting performances that showcase comedy in its many forms.

In 2017, the theater successfully expanded from a small storefront to a custom and accessible three-story, two-theater facility in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District to serve more artists and audiences with expanded performances and classes. Starting in 2018, Arcade began converting volunteer staff to paid positions in key roles. Arcade now welcomes over 20,000 attendees each year to over 500 unique events ranging from the multiple award-winning children’s improv comedy show Penny Arcade, to game shows, to a robust Academy for comedy education. Arcade has stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, improv comedy, live music, short plays, and themed comedy events. The organization announced its first “theatrical season” in February of 2019, which included four major productions planned throughout the year and its first ever musical “Bubble Boy,” which received honorable mention in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Year in Review.” It has been named “Best Place to See Live Comedy” by the readers of Pittsburgh Magazine multiple times, and has been featured in WQED, Yahoo News, and Paste Magazine. In 2020, Arcade was voted 2nd “Best Theater Company” by the readers of Pittsburgh City Paper.

Learn more about Arcade’s mission, vision, and values here.

COVID-19 IMPACT:

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Arcade to cease all indoor programming beginning on March 13, 2020. The staff and artist community quickly pivoted to stream over 100 online shows in 2020 (beginning March 21) to 30,000+ viewers, along with dozens of online classes and workshops through its Arcade at Home program. This online catalogue of new content has kept artists and audiences engaged, connected, and laughing. Beginning August 2020, Arcade was the first arts organization in Pittsburgh to offer outdoor live events since the shutdown. Twice a week, the organization presented masked, socially-distanced outdoor classes and shows collectively called “Arcade at the Oasis.” From August to November, over 500 audience members attended 24 outdoor shows, featuring over 100 artists getting on stage and being able to safely perform in front of a live audience. Arcade will continue streaming new, original comedy content, and providing safe alternatives to large indoor gatherings until it is deemed safe by health experts and public officials to resume normal operation.

POSITION SUMMARY 

Arcade Comedy Theater seeks a 1-year grant-funded (with possible extension based on funding and success of position) Manager of New Programming to shape new artistic offerings, forge new and lasting artistic collaborations, and uphold Arcade Comedy Theater’s commitment to be an inclusive, equitable, and safe environment to elevate and advance the art of comedy. The Manager of New Programming is an independent contractor position, who reports directly to the Director of Programming and works with Arcade’s Managing Artistic Director to best serve Arcade’s community of artists and audiences. The primary goal of this position is to support the work of Arcade’s small artistic staff in growing Arcade’s menu of comedy offerings so that the organization can highlight new content, discover new artists, and reach new audiences. These offerings may take shape in the form of online, outdoor, or indoor events, based on the needs of the theater and external environment throughout 2021 and beyond.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be a catalyst for new, exciting, gratifying programming at Arcade. 
    • Find and empower producers to create high-quality comedy shows (primarily in improv, sketch, and stand-up). These productions can be recurring or one-time events.
  • Oversee production of special programming aimed at celebrating inclusivity in our community
    • Black History Month Programming (February)
    • Women’s History Month Programming (March)
    • Pride Month Programming (June)
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programming and the Managing Artistic Director on quarterly programming goals: help maintain an on-going line-up of programming by assisting in booking, coordinating, and marketing programming efforts
  • Support the work of Director of Development or Aca demy Director, when appropriate and as needed, in order to successfully build, retain, and cultivate donors, students, and audience members
  • Set up future success for new artists by advising and collaborating with artistic staff on new policies and processes for producing shows 
  • Attend weekly staff meetings 

 

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

  • Organizing or inspiring at least one new production per month
  • Percentage increase in new artists working with Arcade, that reflect a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and identities 
  • Percentage increase in ticket revenue and/or number of new audience members
  • Improved systems in the organization’s artistic processes and procedures 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

This position, funded by the Arts Equity Reimaged Grant through PACE (Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise) is designed with equity in mind. As such, Arcade is less focused on a specific educational background or any one technical proficiency, as we are on a candidate’s artistic vision, work habits, and passion for this artform. 

NOTE: Because Arcade’s staff is currently working remotely from home due to COVID-19, candidates must have access to a reliable internet connection. However, if an applicant does not have access to a home computer, Arcade may be able to provide one and this should not be a barrier to apply.

More specifically:

  • Able to set own schedule, and accomplish stated goals in timely manner
  • A skilled communicator: this position requires liaising with a large number of new and current artists and comedians, with many different communication habits and styles –along with staff and Board members. The ideal candidate can meet individuals where they are in terms of preferred type of communication (text, phone call, email, social media messaging)
  • Passion for comedy and creative expression in the various forms it takes at Arcade Comedy Theater
  • Comfort with G-suite products a plus (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms)

DEI IMPERATIVE 

Arcade Comedy Theater is seeking candidates for this position that represent Pittsburgh’s diverse population in race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability. BIPOC candidates are encouraged to apply. Arcade celebrates diverse artistic and professional experiences and backgrounds, believing that a welcoming workplace for all is central to fulfilling the theater’s artistic priorities, commitment to inclusion, and upholding its mission, vision and values. Arcade Comedy Theater is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COMPENSATION 

$15,000 stipend

  • Paid in increments bi-weekly throughout 1-year appointment as long as position is occupied
  • 15-hour per week

Mission Statement on Inclusion

Arcade Comedy Theater believes that the best comedy reflects the diverse world in which it is presented. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment to all artists, staff, and audience members who come through our doors. Arcade will take an active role to ensure equitable practices and remedy when there are disparities in our values. We understand that inclusion is a journey, and that while we work to do good today, we must also work to do better tomorrow.

Hiring process: 

  • Email your cover letter and resume as attachments to Abby Fudor, Managing Artistic Director (afudor@arcadecomedytheater.com)
  • Resumes will be reviewed starting January 18, 2021
  • Rolling interviews may begin as early as January 25, 2021

Apply here:

Please send your resume and cover letter as email attachments to Abby Fudor, Managing Artistic Director, by January 22. Click the button below to open an email window.

If you have any questions about the position, or technical difficulties sending us your resume, please don’t hesitate to email info@arcadecomedytheater.com