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The Davidson Community Players is committed to achieving artistic excellence and promoting cultural diversity in an effort to produce theatre that entertains, enriches and encourages participation in the theatre arts. We welcome applications from those who share these goals and would bring additional creative dimension to our mission.

OPEN POSITIONS
Please scroll down. We have show positions, teaching positions and Summer internships. Each description will notate if it is paid.





Technical Director

This position is integral to the continued success of a vibrant community and youth theatre with a production schedule that includes six Main Stage and three youth shows each season. The Technical Director will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Artistic Director and visiting directors and designers to maintain the highest of production standards.   DCP produces shows at two venues (110-seat Armour Street Theatre and 550-seat Duke Family Performance Hall) and the duties of the TD will vary based on the venue.

Responsibilities include:

  • Build and load in the set for each production
  • Purchase supplies and maintain a budget for each show
  • Coordinate and supervise volunteers
  • Assist in lighting and sound design
  • Work with the director and/or guest designer to create scenic elements
  • Load out at the conclusion of each production

Additional responsibilities:

  • Maintain and organize the scene shop
  • Monitor the condition of all technical equipment to maintain proper working and safety conditions
  • Advise Executive Director about technical needs for the shop and theatre

The Technical Director is a vital member of the DCP organization.  He or she will work with a great deal of independence and flexibility within the set production schedule. 

Compensation is competitive based on the expected duties.  No benefits are included with this position.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience working in a fast paced theatre production environment.  Previous experience as a Technical Director, Assistant TD  or Master Carpenter required.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre is preferred.  Lighting design experience is a plus.  Ownership of a pick-up truck is also a plus.

Presenting quality live theatre to the Lake Norman region for 54 years,  DCP is an award winning non-profit theatre located 15 miles from Charlotte, NC.   DCP produces six Main Stage shows per year with additional special event programming on occasion.  Our award winning youth program, The Connie Company, produces three shows along with special educational programming throughout the year.

Please send  a cover letter and resume to Matt Merrell, Executive Director at Matt@davidsoncommunityplayers.org .  Submission deadline is March 1st.   For further information and employment guidelines, please go to our website at www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org


Stage Managers (On-going need)
This is a paid position. We need stage managers throughout the year for each production. Please note frequent evenings and weekends are required depending on the production schedule. The job requires significant flexibility to ensure that DCP’s artistic programs achieve the highest quality. Stage managers- a critical member of the artistic team- provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process.

The role of the stage manager is especially important to the director in rehearsals. At DCP, the director and the stage manager work side by side, with the stage manager recording the director's decisions about blocking and notes for the actors, keeping track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating what goes on in rehearsals to the rest of the team.

Stage Manager Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•    Scheduling and running rehearsals making sure everyone involved is notified of rehearsal times, meetings, costume/wig fittings and coaching sessions.
•    Communicating the director's wishes to designers.
•    Coordinating the work of the stage crew.
•    Calling cues and possibly actors' entrances during performance.
•    Overseeing the entire show each time it is performed.
•    During rehearsal, tape out the dimensions of the set on the floor of the rehearsal hall (when possible).
•    Ensure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors.
•    Notify the designers and crafts people of changes made in rehearsal.
•    Assist with the procurement of props, set dressing, consumables as needed.
•    Record all blocking, plus all the light, sound and set change cues, in a master copy of the script called the prompt book (the prompt book also allows the stage manager to run the technical rehearsals, calling each technical cue in turn to determine precisely how it needs to be timed to coordinate with the onstage action).
•    Work with the technical director to create a smooth and efficient plan for the stage crew to follow during set changes. Furniture and prop plans for complicated sets are drawn up by the stage manager and technical designer to show exactly where the furniture and props are to be positioned on stage at the beginning of each scene and sometimes in the wings.
•    Attend all rehearsals to fulfill above responsibilities.
•    Other tasks as assigned.

If you are interested in becoming a stage manager for DCP, please our Artisitc Director, Sylvia Schnople at Sylvia@DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org




Teaching Artists
The Connie Company, the youth division of Davidson Community Players, is seeking Teaching Artists for the Youth Classes and Summer Camps. The successful candidates will have experience teaching drama, particularly to children, and the ability to adapt lesson plans to a variety of course lengths and situations. Flexibility, the ability to work independently, and responsibility are key to this position. Proficiency in using positive discipline methods and reinforcement is required.  A degree (or currently working towards one) in the arts and/or directing experience is a plus, but not required. Instructors are compensated at competitive rates commensurate with experience.
 
DCP is seeking Teaching Artists to work with our Youth Ensembles. These Youth Ensembles are for students age 8-18, at all levels of experience.  Ensemble sessions run once in the Spring and again in the Fall. Each of these Ensembles rehearses twice a week for ten weeks, with breaks for major holidays. The Ensembles offer students both instruction and production experience.  Ensembles will be grouped by level of experience, educational needs and schedule, and will be assigned a script. Instructors will then use theatre-related activities to teach the skills essential to effectively creating a fully-staged production. Instructors will be responsible for working with DCP staff to create a concept for set and costumes, as well as all staging of their assigned script.

Interested candidates for either position should send a letter of interest, a resume highlighting teaching experience and contact information for three references to: Katie Mullis, Education Coordinator, Davidson Community Players. PO Box 76, Davidson, NC, 28036. Email submissions welcome at Katie@davidsoncommunityplayers.org