WP Theater, an award-winning Off-Broadway theater company, seeks a Development Manager to contribute to fundraising operations. Reporting to the Managing Director and collaborating with external consultants, Advance NYC, the Development Manager is a new role at an exciting time for WP Theater.
WP Theater is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of female-identified and trans theater artists at every stage in their careers. For the last 40 years, we have been honored to serve as leaders of a global movement towards gender parity, and the example we set and the artists we have fostered have grown into to a robust and thriving community in theater and beyond.
This is a new position for WP Theater, and flexibility and initiative will be critical to its success. The Development Manager is responsible for executing the operations of the WP Theater Development Department as well as supporting all contributed revenue lines in conjunction with Advance NYC and Managing Director: Board, Individual, Institutional, Special Events.
This position is an ideal role for an early-career professional with ambitions in the fundraising and management track. In addition to a competitive compensation package and a dynamic and collegial work environment, this role will be mentored and trained by an experienced Project Director from Advance NYC, a leading fundraising consulting firm with experience working with dozens of New York’s cultural institutions. This new hire builds on a successful three year track record of collaboration between WP Theater and Advance NYC, during which contributed revenue more than doubled. Under this mentorship, the Development Manager will be exposed to industry best practices and the benefits of being part of a larger collaborative team.
- Enter gifts and maintain patron database (Patron Manager)
- Execute donor acknowledgement letters on a bi-weekly basis
- Reconcile contributions with finance department monthly
- Maintain accurate gift records, both digital and analog
- Prepare and generate materials for organizational meetings as needed, including Board Meetings
- Serve as primary point of donor contact for individual, institutional and Board funders; including donor ticketing, correspondence, and greeting at the theater
- Maintain and execute Communication Calendar in conjunction with Advance NYC and Managing Director
- Execute renewal solicitations on quarterly basis; execute acquisition campaigns as appropriate
- Maintain and manage Prospect and VIP Lists for communication, tracking, and stewardship
- Prepare attachments and supporting materials for all Grant deadlines
- Maintain up to date profiles on all Government compliance/reporting portals
- Other grant support as necessary
- Coordinate and support all WP Theater donor events, including Opening Nights, VIP Nights, and Cultivation events
- Maintain RSVP lists and manage attendee correspondence
- Support execution of Annual Gala
The successful candidate is passionate about WP’s mission, has excellent communication skills, the ability to multi-task, and a strong attention to detail. Experience using databases and the Microsoft suite is a strong plus. At least a Bachelor’s degree is required.
WP Theater is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.
To apply, please send a resume and a one page letter detailing your interest in this opportunity to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience plus benefits.
ARTIST SUBMISSION POLICY
WP Theater supports a rotating Lab of five playwrights. Our commitment to the current and alumnae writers from the Playwrights Lab, limits the number of productions available to writers outside the Lab.
Submission Procedure: WP Theater does not accept unsolicited scripts. Plays must be submitted through a bona fide industry agent.
If you would like to invite a WP staff member to come see a reading, workshop or production, please send invitations to “literary at womensproject dot org”. We receive many requests and are only able to attend a limited number of events.
WP’s commitment to the current and alumnae directors from the Directors Lab severely limits the number of productions available to directors outside the Lab. Early and mid-career directors are encouraged to apply for the Lab.
Mail your resume to: Women’s Project Theater, Attn. Production, 55 West End Avenue
New York, New York 10023
If an appropriate opportunity arises, then we may contact you to set up a portfolio review/meeting. Submissions will not be returned or responded to unless we have an opening.
WP is signatory to a collectively bargained agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. WP auditions AEA actors through agent submissions. WP also conducts one Equity Principal Audition for each mainstage production. If you’d like to be considered for a role in an upcoming production and are a member of Actors’ Equity, please find the casting call notices posted at AEA. Do not phone, fax or visit. Please note that we do not accept headshots or resumes via mail or email.
Make professional contacts and learn all aspects of producing Off-Broadway theater by interning at WP Theater in New York City. WP Theater is the country’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to producing and supporting work by female identified and trans artists. Recent productions include
Monica Bill Barnes’ One Night Only, the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against,
and the Off-Broadway premiere of Obie Award winners Kate Benson and Lee Sunday Evans’ [PORTO].
All interns should have a sense of humor, be able to work independently, and have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and G Suite.
Administrative Intern: Assist the Business Manager and Managing Director in handling general business and theatrical operations for WP’s off-Broadway productions. The Administrative Intern will gain experience in the areas of box office and ticketing, membership administration, special event planning and patron management. Candidates should have excellent verbal and organizational skills; attention to detail, and a desire to learn.
Marketing Intern: Assist the Marketing Manager and Marketing Associate with marketing and communications activity for WP’s off-Broadway productions, special events, and membership program. Candidates should have excellent verbal, written and organizational skills and a working knowledge of social media platforms. Attention to detail, the ability to self-motivate, and collaborate is a must. This is a great opportunity to learn about building audiences, maintaining customer relations, and using a variety of marketing platforms to capture attention.
Artistic Intern: Assist the Producing Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director and Artistic Producer. Interns are an integral part of the Artistic Staff, participating in Artistic meetings, reading script submissions, attending readings and workshop productions, assisting with development, and providing research and support for productions. Ideal candidates must have a background in theatre, excellent communication skills, a great phone manner, good organizational skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
An ideal intern can commit to a regular schedule of 20 hours per week between 10am and 6pm. Occasional evening availability is a plus.
Intern with WP Theater’s Domestic Partner The Trans Lab
Project: In 2018, four trans and gender non-conforming playwrights/writing teams are developing 4 new plays in the Trans Lab Fellowship supported by the WP Theater and The Public Theater. Plays written by trans and gender non-conforming playwrights are a rarity in American theater, as transgender stories get co-opted, commercialized, and poorly represented by cisgender writers, we have created a lab to create a critical mass of tgnc plays so that the theater cannot say that this work never existed. Our lab also supports 2 emerging directors as we have noticed a lack of trans and gnc directors. The year-long program will culminate in a series of readings of the works developed in the lab. Job description: The Trans Lab Intern will work with MJ Kaufman and Kit Yan, co-directors of the lab to produce our final reading festival Dec. 6th -9th . There will be four play readings at music stands.
Each play will receive ten hours of rehearsal. The intern will need to support hiring two stage managers, coordinating with directors and a casting associate to cast the readings, reserving and coordinating rehearsal space at WP and promotion/publicity for the readings. The intern will work 10-
20 hours a week and report directly to Kit Yan. Must live in the NYC area and be able to attend weekly virtual meetings and periodic in-person meetings. The intern will also provide general administrative support for the year-long program. Intern will be able to sit in on meetings and participate in professional development.
- Weekly virtual check in meetings, Mondays at 11am
- Website management
- Social media management of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
- Coordinate communication between fellows and casting associate to cast readings
- Help hire two stage managers for the readings
- Reserve and coordinate rehearsal space for meetings
- Help promote reading series on listserves, social media etc.
- Receive RSVPs for readings
- House manage and provide overall support during the readings Dec. 6-9 th .
- Administrative support for monthly fellowship meetings
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the position title in subject line. Attachments must be in PDF format or they will not be opened. No phone calls please.
About WP Theater:
WP THEATER (Women’s Project Theater) is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of female theater artists at every stage in their careers. WP Theater supports female-identified theater artists and the world-class, groundbreaking work they create, and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and celebrated on the American stage.
Founded in 1978 by visionary producer, Julia Miles, WP has been the launching pad for many of our nation’s most important theater artists. Eve Ensler, María Irene Fornés, Katori Hall, Pam MacKinnon, Lynn Nottage and Leigh Silverman, among many, many others, all found early artistic homes here. Throughout its 37 year history, WP has produced over 600 main stage productions and developmental projects, and published 11 anthologies of plays. No other producing institution in the country can claim this kind of ongoing history of advocacy and support for women in the theater, and we look ahead to the next generation of artists who will also begin their careers here.
WP Theater accomplishes its mission through several fundamental programs: the WP Lab, a two-year mentorship and new play development program for women playwrights, directors, and producers; the Playwright In Residence commissioning program; the Developmental series; and the Main Stage series, which features a full season of Off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary theater artists. WP Theater is fully committed to diversity of all kinds—racial, ethnic, national, and socioeconomic background; sexual orientation; gender identity; age; veteran status; religious belief; thought and opinion; professional aspirations; and more.