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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

Davidson Community Players seeks a technical director to complement its production teams for five Main Stage and three youth shows each season. This position will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Artistic Director and visiting directors. DCP produces shows at two venues: the 110-seat Armour Street Theatre and 525-seat Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. The duties of the TD will vary based on the venue. For all shows, the TD will: 

-Build and load in the set for each production;
-Strike the set and load out immediately upon the conclusion of each production;
-Purchase supplies and work within a budget for each show;
-Coordinate and supervise volunteers;
-In conjunction with artists and/or production represenatatives, read contracts and drawings or stage depictions to ascertain needs for the production; determine feasibility and make arrangements for special staging, rental equipment, special effects;
-Approve set and lighting designs with regard to safety, compatability and scheduling considerations;
-Responsible for the safety of all special effects including rigging, and pyrotechnics;
-Maintain inventory and order specialized supplies while supervising and maintaining the scene shop;
-Attend and assist with technical rehearsals of all productions;
-Maintain a clean, safe and secure working environment;
-Report any accidents/incidents;
-Perform periodic safety checks on equipment and facilities, ensuring that safety guidelines are being met.

For shows at the Armour Street Theater, duties include:
-Consult with the director to design the set;
-Assist in lighting and sound design as needed;
-Conduct light focus and programming of lights

General responsibilities also include:
-Maintain and organize the scene shop;
-Maintain irregular and occasionally extended working hours;
-Supervise two summer technical theatre interns;
-Monitor the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arrange for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; perform preventative maintenance on shop and theatre equipment;
-Be capable of lifting, pushing or pulling objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.  

The Technical Director (TD) works with a great deal of independence an exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. Close supervision is not normally required nor expected. Hours vary considerably based on the production schedule. Hours vary considerably based on the production schedule.

Compensation is competitive based on the expected hours to be worked. No additional benefits are offered with this position.

Qualifications:

The qualified applicant will have at least two years of experience working in a scenic shop with previous experience as a Technical Director or Master Carpenter preferred. A degree in theater or related area of study is also preferred. Own transportation is required and ownership or use of a pick-up truck or similar vehicle for transporting equipment and smal set pieces is a plus. 

Lighting and set design experience is desired. Stage painting experience also preferred.

Candidates are required to have mechanical skills in the use of hand and power tools, be able to read and understand ground plans, design sketches, blue prints, construction plans, an be able to produce working drawings. Design opportunities may be available for the right candidate. Opportunities may exist to earn additional income. 

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume including a list of references to Executive Director Matt Merrell 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