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Dramaturg, Grounds that Shout! (And Others Are Merely Shaking)

DURATION: October 1, 2018—May, 2018

SCOPE:         

Partners for Sacred Places is collaborating with Philadelphia Contemporary and award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson to present Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking), a series of performances exploring relationships among religion, movement, race, and the body, with a focus on the African American religious experience and the specific context of Philadelphia’s historic sacred spaces. Wilson will curate performances by Philadelphia-based artists at religious sites along the Lombard Street corridor—host to a unique density of historic churches—highlighting both the broad narrative history of these spaces and their present-day status in a rapidly changing city. The project extends Wilson’s recent work with New York’s Danspace Project interrogating the history of St. Mark’s Church. Danspace’s Judy Hussie-Taylor will serve as a curatorial advisor to Wilson as he brings these concepts to Philadelphia. The series will conclude with a week-long residency by Wilson and his Fist and Heel Performance Group at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia.

We are looking for a Dramaturg to assist in collating and sythesizing research that has been conducted on each site under consideration for this project, including their religious and ethnographic histories, for use by the curator and choreographers in the development of their performances. The Dramaturg will compile research into an informative packet about each site that can inform the curator, performers, and production staff in the development of the performances. The Dramaturg will be a close collaborator in the process of translating written history into the movement of bodies in space. As production progresses, the Dramaturg will work closely with the Curator and the Production Manager to incorporate research into individual performances and the production as a whole. The Dramaturg will also assist in writing texts for the general public that provide necessary context for audience members attending each performance.

This position will report directly to Philadelphia Contemporary staff and work in tandem with Partners for Sacred Places as well as Reggie Wilson of Fist and Heel Performance Group.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Collect and synthesize historical and athropological research for use by choreographers and production staff. This work will require close collaboration with artists and other project staff, including researchers and producers.  
  • In conversation with Curator and Artistic Advisors, compile research into individual texts for each performance site and produce research packages for each choreographer as they develop their performances  
  • Keep research files updated and provide additional research to Curator and choreographers as requested
  • Advise Curator and choreographers on historical context for sites as they develop their performances 
  • Assist in writing and conceptualizing interpretive texts for the general public attending each performance, providing necessary context for the project 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Qualified applicants must have:

  • At least 2-3 years prior research experience, preferably in the fields of dance, performance studies, and/or anthropology
  • Prior dramaturgical experience is preferred
  • Must work independently, as well as a member of a team
  • Must communicate regularly with curator and producing partners

We ask that each candidate provide two writing samples, one for a scholarly audience and one oriented to the general public. 

COMPENSATION:

This position is being paid a total stipend of $11,000 with the understanding that collaboration will begin in Fall of 2018 and that work will extend until Spring of 2019.

Reimbursement available for travel and incidental expenses directly attributable to production fulfillments.

Partners for Sacred Places is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Email your resume and cover letter with three references and writing samples to Karen DiLossi at kdilossi@sacredplaces.org

Application deadline is October 1, 2018

 

Production Manager, Grounds that Shout! (And Others Are Merely Shaking)

DESCRIPTION

Partners for Sacred Places is collaborating with Philadelphia Contemporary and award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson to present Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking), a series of performances exploring relationships among religion, movement, race, and the body, with a focus on the African American religious experience and the specific context of Philadelphia’s historic sacred spaces. Wilson will curate performances by Philadelphia-based artists at religious sites along the Lombard Street corridor—host to a unique density of historic churches—highlighting both the broad narrative history of these spaces and their present-day status in a rapidly changing city. The project extends Wilson’s recent work with New York’s Danspace Project interrogating the history of St. Mark’s Church. Danspace’s Judy Hussie-Taylor will serve as a curatorial advisor to Wilson as he brings these concepts to Philadelphia. The series will conclude with a week-long residency by Wilson and his Fist and Heel Performance Group at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia.

We are looking for a Production Manager to assist in the completion of our PCAH funded project Grounds that Shout! which is made up of two parts:

  • A multi-church procession using Philadelphia based dancers and performers at and in between each venue.
  • A two-week residency and weekend of performances of Fist and Heel Performance Group at a North Philadelphia church.

Performances will be in late Spring 2019.  

 RESPONSIBILITIES

General

  • Report directly to Philadelphia Contemporary staff and work in tandem Partners for Sacred Places as well as Reggie Wilson of Fist and Heel Performance Group
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all production and technical aspects of both the procession performance and Fist and Heel residency that make up Grounds that Shout!
  • Team coordination and communications skills are critical to success in this position

Administrative

  • Coordinate, schedule, and run production and project meetings from project concept through strike
  • Create (and update as needed) project schedule
  • Hire all production staff members as well as any technical assistance personnel based on budget and predetermined roles developed by collaborators
    • This includes but is not limited to stage management, designers, lighting, sound, and set crews, wardrobe and costumes.
  • Communicate with all production and technical assistance personnel in terms of:
    • Payroll and contracts
    • Timesheets
  • Track all production budget items from personnel to rented equipment.
  • Act as primary contact for each venue

Production & Technical

  • Inventory and check working status of any booked venues current technical equipment
  • Communicate clear artistic and technical date and time schedule with every venue and all stage management
  • Spec and contract for all rental equipment
  • Oversee entire technical load in and out from each venue
  • Oversee entire technical and production assistance personnel

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Qualified applicants must have:
    • At least 2-3 years experience either as a Production or Project Manager
    • Great collaborative skills with many different artists
    • Good working knowledge of the technical and production skill sets of members of the Greater Philadelphia theatre technical community
    • Must work independently, as well as a member of a team
    • Must communicate regularly with curator and producing partners
  • Other desirable qualities include:
    • Experience in contracting temporary workers
    • Creative problem solving
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities

COMPENSATION

  • This position is being paid a total stipend of $8000 with the understanding that collaboration will begin in Fall of 2018 and the majority of the work will be in Spring of 2019.
  • Reimbursement available for travel and incidental expenses directly attributable to production fulfillments.

Partners for Sacred Places is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Email your resume and cover letter with three references to Karen DiLossi at kdilossi@sacredplaces.org

Application deadline is October 1, 2018

Consulting Services Associate

PARTNERS FOR SACRED PLACES

Partners for Sacred Places is the only non-sectarian, non-profit organization in the United States devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older and historic sacred places. Founded in 1989, Partners has offices in Chicago and Philadelphia. Since opening its doors in 2008, the Chicago Office has worked with nearly 500 historic churches and synagogues representing the religious, racial and ethnic diversity of the city.

DESCRIPTION

Partners for Sacred Places has long been on the cutting edge of programs, training, advocacy, and research related to the preservation of historic houses of worship. Partners goes one step further to be on the cutting edge of the nonprofit world be incorporating streams of earned income into our portfolio of services. These consulting services – including discovery, feasibility, and readiness studies, capital campaign management, and more – provide our core constituency with customized solutions to both capital fundraising and growing connections with the wider community.

As our menu of services and client base continues its growth, Partners seeks a Consulting Services Associate who will be responsible for tracking prospective clients and active contracts and assisting in fieldwork and project implementation. Candidates for this position must have excellent writing and presentation skills, the ability to multitask, and the capacity to prioritize multiple tasks/responsibilities. This position offers the opportunity for growth within the organization.

RESPONSIBILTIES

Prospect Tracking (20%)

  • Oversee an organization-wide database of prospective clients
  • Monitor progress with prospective clients
  • Track contact with faith and lay leadership of potential client institutions, updating database of client information
  • Set-up meetings/phone calls with prospective clients
  • Prepare proposal drafts, proofread, edit, and revise proposals and contracts as directed

Active Contract Tracking and Implementation (40%)

  • Support colleagues on research related to clients’ development of client case statements, including identifying sources for them to explore, proofreading drafts, and providing feedback on layout and presentation of the document and case-related fundraising collateral
  • Support colleagues as they work with clients on material design and media strategy related to capital campaigns, including the proofing of brochures and other print materials, advice on layout and presentation of such materials, and the incorporation of social media into their work
  • Assist colleagues to help clients identify new sources of funding, including identifying potential grants for their ongoing ministries and programs, as well as their capital needs; edit and revise grant proposals
  • Support colleagues in conducting on-site interviews and research for discovery, feasibility, and readiness studies
  • Provide logistical support for trainings, including tracking attendance, furnishing reminders to attendees, preparing materials (handouts, presentations, etc.), etc.
  • Proofread, edit, and revise final feasibility study reports, strategic plan reports, capital campaign evaluations, etc.

Support for the Executive Vice President (25%)

  • Schedule and coordinate meetings and presentations, including communication with faith leaders, funders, donors, and other stakeholders in the organization
  • Book, track, and manage all local and national travel arrangements

Office Management (15%)

  • Greet all guests and visitors to the office in a professional and friendly manner, directing them to the proper person/area
  • Field phone inquiries about the organization, and direct them to the appropriate staff member
  • Oversee office supplies, including the ordering, receiving, stocking, and distribution
  • Monitor the condition of office technology (computers, copiers, fax machines, etc.) and coordinate with appropriate staff to troubleshoot any issues
  • Log donations and other important communication in donor management system, E-Tapestry

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent organizational skills, acute attention to detail
  • Demonstrated strength in written and oral communication with colleagues and clients
  • Experience and interest in working with diverse faith communities
  • Ability to establish priorities and work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Flexibility to work independently, as well as a member of a team
  • Mastery of MS Office
  • 3+ years of experience in development, fundraising, and capital campaigns
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Partners for Sacred Places
  • Willingness to travel frequently

To Apply:

Partners for Sacred Places offers a dynamic and demanding work environment with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Sajdak at esajdak@sacredplaces.org. No phone calls, please. EOE.

 


No current internship opportunities. 

If you are interested in future volunteer opportunities with Partners for Sacred Places, please send an email to partners@sacredplaces.org and include some background information about yourself and your areas of interest.