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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.



Marketing and Development Specialist
Davidson Community Players (DCP), located in the charming college town of Davidson, North Carolina, is actively seeking a talented and experienced full-time Marketing and Development Specialist to support our successful non-profit organization.The Marketing and Development Specialist will report to the Executive Director and directly manage all aspects of marketing and community outreach while assisting the Executive Director in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate gifts. This is a full-time position with an expectation of approximately 32 hours a week in the office with many weekends and nights required for performances and events.

Primary Responsibilities Include:
• Responsible for all areas of marketing and PR including developing press releases for upcoming DCP shows and events, publishing and distributing annual season and production materials, publishing and distributing all marketing materials related to all shows (posters, postcards, fliers, etc.), interfacing regularly with local media to build relationships within the community;
• Provides strategic marketing planning throughout the year;
• Chiefly responsible for corporate fund development including identifying, maintaining and expanding number of corporate donors, assisting in annual fund campaign efforts, meeting or exceeding fundraising goals and budget requirements, increasing year over year total charitable donation dollars to the organization, and identifying, establishing, and organizing new fundraising opportunities for DCP;
• Manages and leads all efforts regarding playbill advertising and sales;
• Supervises and leads all social media marketing strategies and identifies new social media marketing opportunities;
• Supports the executive director in designing and implementing strategies for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of top fundraising prospects;
• Assists in supervising volunteers for productions and other events as needed;
• Manages annual marketing budget;
• Assists with implementation of Davidson Community Players’ Strategic Plan;
• Attains proficiency in internal data systems and utilizes those systems to satisfactorily track prospects and supporters of DCP. This includes maintaining the DCP website with frequent updates and mastering DCP’s ticketing software


Qualifications/Attributes:
• Strong writing skills with the capability of obtaining desirable media exposure;
• Knowledgeable in crisis-management, with the ability to manage our local media relationships;
• Demonstrated track record of driving growth in ticket sales and revenues or evidence of successful sales experience;
• Successful public relations experience;
• Demonstrated track record of building donor relationships and increasing donor revenue, or similar successful sales experience;
• Strong organizational and personal skills.
• Ability to interact well with diverse groups, managing conflict effectively, and achieving consensus across parties;
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task, juggling multiple priorities and delivering results in multiple sectors of the organization;
• Works comfortably in a fast paced environment;
• High comfort level with a small organization setting where associates wear many hats and assist across job functions when needed;
• Can operate with proficiency with MS Office including: Word, Excel, and Access.
• Undergraduate degree required.


Desired Skills and Traits
• Experience in a non-profit development/marketing position, with demonstrated results in fund-raising, grant writing, and/or marketing, preferably in theatric arts;
• Commitment to being a “team player”;
• A commitment to building relationships with DCP constituents;
• Passion for the theater and the arts and for the community we serve.


This is a salaried position paying in the mid--$30s based on experience. No benefits are provided.

Please send a cover letter telling us why you are the best choice for this position, with a resume and references. If available, please supply any previous press releases/clips for our review. Reply via email to: matt@davidsoncommunityplayers.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.



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