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Puppet Playlist, a thrice-annual evening of puppetry and music produced and curated by Sinking Ship Productions with The Tank, is looking for a Producer, Marketing Manager, and Graphic Designer.
Puppet Playlist takes brilliant puppeteers and talented musicians and slams them together into an evening of live theater to stir the senses. The Playlist features performances of original works of puppetry based on a musical theme (selected by the audience from the prior show), mixed with live musical interpretations by some of New York’s most exciting singer-songwriters. Since 2009 Puppet Playlist has played to sold-out audiences, becoming one of the primary platforms for the development of new short-form puppetry in the country.
Previous performers (and their work) have been seen all over New York, across the country, and throughout the world, on, off- and off-off-Broadway, at Shakespeare in the Park, the Metropolitan Opera, FringeNYC, Lincoln Center, with Jim Henson Productions, and on both American and international television.
Producer works alongside the curators to produce the show. This includes monitoring the Puppet Playlist email, taking on all communications and organization for submissions and chosen artists, designers, technicians, and The Tank. The producer keeps track of performer/act information, tracking the show budgets, working with curators on grants & grant reporting, outreach to the puppet community, general troubleshooting, proofreading, other administrative needs and of course duties as needed for the shows themselves. The producer is also present for all performances, overseeing the production team.
COMPENSATION: $750 flat fee per Playlist.
COMMITMENT: Hours vary based on where we are in the production cycle, ranging from about 1 - 5 hours a week, up to 10 - 15 hours on the week of the show (including rehearsals and performance). Most of the work can be done from home, but the team meets every two weeks as well. Each Playlist is approximately 30-40 hours of work total, and we run three Playlists a year; each show has three performances over two days, plus tech and a dress rehearsal on the first day. Puppet Playlist’s venue is The Tank in midtown Manhattan.
The marketing manager writes marketing blurbs, updates the website and vimeo, organizes and maintains media related to the show (photos & video), writes and disseminates the press release, e-blasts (approx 3-4 per show), oversees social media pages and ads, and oversees the graphic designer’s image and program for the show.
COMPENSATION: $250 flat fee per Playlist.
COMMITMENT: Each Playlist is approximately 10-12 hours of marketing work total, and we run three Playlists a year; each show has three performances over two days, plus tech and a dress rehearsal on the first day. Most of the work can be done from home, but the team meets every two weeks as well. We expect the marketing manager to be present at two of our meetings prior to each Playlist, and to attend the opening performance. Puppet Playlist’s venue is The Tank in midtown Manhattan.
Designer creates a graphic for each show, with deliverables in a variety of formats (to be used on our website, in e-blasts, on social media, etc.). The graphic design is also responsible for creative the program for the show listing the performers etc. Each program is a unique design tailored to the theme of the Playlist (we will provide examples). Examples of previous Playlist designs can be found on our website. Designs are expected to go through up to two rounds of revisions based on feedback by the curators. Graphic designer must attend 1-2 meetings in person, prior to the show.
COMPENSATION: $250 flat fee per Playlist.
Please send resume (and portfolio if applicable) (in PDF or Word format) and a short cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself and why you're interested in the position. Please include a couple of references. These can be professional or academic, but should be able to speak to your organizational abilities and working style.
For Marketing Manager position, please also send us a writing sample of a marketing-style blurb or e-blast that you’ve written. If you don’t have an example, you may create a show description blurb for the (fictional) Playlist based on the music of Ray Charles. We’re interested in a style that’s jaunty, fun, and irreverent. Please see puppetplaylist.com/playlist/pp20-billy-joel/ for an example. (But please show us your own sense of humor!)
Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for producer and marketing manager are accepted on a rolling basis until July 13th, 2018. Applications for graphic designer position are accepted on a rolling basis until September 1st, 2018.