Led by Artistic Director Peter C Brosius and Managing Director Kim Motes, Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s leading theatre for multigenerational audiences and is one of the 20 largest producing theatres in the United States. A winner of the Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre, CTC creates extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people. It has set standards of excellence in the quality of its productions, commitment to new work, innovative education programs, and community partnerships.
CTC is dedicated to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members. CTC is committed to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, and is truly reflective of our community. We are also committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination. CTC prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, membership in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.
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Overhire Costume Cutter/Drapers & Stitchers
Run Crew Positions
Overhire Carpenters and Scenic Artists
Corporate Relations Manager
Assistant Production Manager
Front of House Associate
Ticket Office Associate
March 4 – May 9
March 11 – May 3
Send letter, resume and list of references to:
Ellen Baker, Production Manager, Children’s Theatre Company
Responsibilities include: Preset, maintenance and cleaning of the stage, scenery and props as assigned. Shifting, flying and maneuvering of scenery/props in a consistent, accurate manner as assigned. Other duties may include: follow spot operation, special effects operation, puppeteering, and assistance to the Wardrobe Staff for quick changes.
Learn and cover absences for run crew of twelve. Responsibilities include: Preset, maintenance and cleaning of the stage, scenery and props as assigned. Shifting, flying and maneuvering of scenery/props and operating a follow spot in a consistent, accurate manner as assigned. Other duties may include: special effects operation, puppeteering, and assistance to the Wardrobe Staff for quick changes.
SWING RUN CREW for I Come from Arizona –Temporary position
Learn and cover absences for run crew of two. Responsibilities include: Preset, maintenance and cleaning of the stage, scenery and props as assigned. Shifting, flying and maneuvering of scenery/props in a consistent, accurate manner as assigned.
Send letter, resume, and list of references by October 10 to:
Jenny Friend, Production Stage Manager, Children’s Theatre Company
Working knowledge of the following tools and their accessories: radial arm saw, table saw, band saw, cold saw, planer, jointer, drill press, miter box, wood lathe, router, sanders, MIG welding equipment, sewing machine, electrical and pneumatic power hand tools.
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The mission of Children’s Theatre Company is to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities.
For over 50 years, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has created extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire. The first theatre for multi-generational audiences to win a Tony© Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, CTC has welcomed more than 11 million people and is one of the nation’s top 20 regional theatres. CTC is recognized as the nation’s premier theatre for multigenerational audiences serving over 250,000 audiences and artists annually and as a primary developer of new audiences for the arts.
During the 2018-19 season, CTC is producing eight productions in its main stage programming that include three musicals and four world premieres. CTC productions feature leading directors, designers and Equity actors from the region and the nation, many of whom also work regularly on the stages of major LORT theatres in the area. Through our new play development program, CTC commissions, develops and brings new work to the stage advancing the canon of work for young audiences. Over the past 20 years, more than 47 new works have been commissioned, developed and produced at CTC. As a leader in the field, we are committed to ensuring our work has a future life through national partnerships, tours, transfers and licensing via our Plays for Young Audiences licensing division.
CTC’s robust education programs annually serve more than 85,000 students ages 2-18. Theatre Arts Training serves nearly 5,000 arts learners each year to build theatre-making skills through sequenced classes during the school year and summer for students at all skill levels. Our nationally recognized Neighborhood Bridges program works in over 30 public school classrooms each year delivering three grade-specific curriculum tracks—Neighborhood Bridges (grade school), Building Bridges (kindergarten), and Early Bridges (preschool). Offering both an intensive, in-depth residency model and shorter, more flexible learning opportunities,
Neighborhood Bridges programs bring high-quality, research-based theatre arts and storytelling activities into the classroom, empowering students to become the storytellers of their own lives. A new program, “Arts as Intervention” is a residency model aimed at supporting the healthy development of young children who have experienced trauma and/or toxic stress. Our student matinee program offers special school-day performances that allow student groups to attend one or more of our six productions this year.
ACT One is CTC's cohesive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, our programs, our staff, and our board. Three interdependent words of action guide our commitment to a future when our theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community: Access, Connect, Transform. CTC believes that the theatre can be a powerful force to illuminate connections, create common bonds, and to transform lives by building bridges to empathy, understanding, inclusion, and opportunity. ACT One creates specific programs and partnerships to include more people from a wider range of economic status, communities of color, people with disabilities, and sexual orientation and gender identity.
Under the strong leadership of Artistic Director Peter Brosius and Managing Director Kimberly Motes, the theatre is poised for growth organizationally and in its reach locally and nationally. With an annual budget of over $13 million and an endowment of $13.1 million, CTC is financially solid with eight years of balanced budgets. CTC has two theatre spaces: its 747-seat proscenium United Health Group mainstage, designed in 1974 by Kenzo Tange; and its flexible, 298-seat Cargill Stage, designed by Michael Graves.
Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area has a thriving and vibrant arts scene. The Twin Cities metro area is one of the largest theatre markets in the country, with over 200 theatres. Minnesota year in and year out ranks near the top nationwide in federal and state arts funding and has a strong history of private arts philanthropy.
The Twin Cities area is the second largest economic center in the Midwest and is annually ranked as a top area in terms of quality of life. It is home to several restaurants and chefs who are James Beard nominees or winners. The Minneapolis park system has been called the best-designed, best-financed and best-maintained in America.
• Work closely with Managing Director, Artistic Director and Director of Artistic Development to actively develop, communicate and steward relationships with commercial producers and regional theaters to develop partnerships for enhanced new works/productions and for co-productions/transfers.
• Lead, oversee and direct Plays for Young Audiences, CTC’s play licensing business with focus on growing the business.
• Build and maintain excellent relationships with theatres and producers locally and nationally. Create opportunities to share CTC’s work with theatre leaders nationally.
• Negotiate and draft commissioning and underlying rights contracts, licensing, royalties and rights agreements, co-production agreements and enhancement agreements.
• Negotiate and create actor and stage manager contracts. Ensure consistency in all artistic contracts including creative team contracts in partnership with Production Manager. Review most institutional contracts.
• Lead the capital project planning process as well as maintain a list of capital needs and set priorities for infrastructure investment.
• Select, oversee and manage consultants and contractors for facilities studies, architectural design and construction related to building improvements.
• Oversee manager of IT to ensure systems are up to date with the needs of the organization. Ensure high level of service and attention to employee’s technology needs including training for existing tools. Ensure high level of security for CTC data.
• Oversee facilities manager and the regular building maintenance plans, vendor contracts and implementation of the plans. Oversee vendor relationships and negotiate contracts including janitorial service contract.
• Serve as staff lead with Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and ensure a productive relationship in implementing master lease agreement and ongoing operational aspects that relate to our proximity. Also oversee warehouse lease and owner relationship.
• Oversee security and lead review and refinement of security and safety plans including fire, tornado, severe weather and active shooter. Manage security office to ensure training, clear communication of scenario plans.
• Become knowledgeable and maintain a complete understanding of Collective Bargaining Agreements for AEA, IATSE, and AFM. Assist in the negotiation of those agreements, including serving as the main representative of CTC management to the AEA and SAG/ AFTRA. Serve as resource to Managing Director and Production Manager for negotiations of all other Collective Bargaining Agreements.
• Oversee the generation of compliance forms and reports/correspondence between CTC and the unions with which CTC has collective bargaining agreements.
• Work with Managing Director, Artistic Director, Production Manager and Director of Finance on Season Budget. Oversee actor, facilities, IT and security budgets. Partner with Production Manger to create production budgets.
• Prepare work visa applications for foreign guest artists in partnership with company manager and production manager.
• Work with Director of Finance to oversee compliance on risk management portfolio and all insurance policies. Work with Director of Human Resources on employee benefit plans.
• Supervise the Manager of Plays for Young Audiences, Facilities Manager, IT Manager and Security Supervisor. Supervise and manage key vendors.
• Serve as staff lead with New Business Initiatives and Infrastructure Committees of the Board of Directors. Attend all Board of Director meetings.
• Serve as a member of Senior Staff team, supporting and executing overall organizational strategy.
• Attend opening nights and special events.
• Other duties as assigned.
Education and Demonstrated Skills and Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree required;
• Arts management experience;
• Experience negotiating a variety of contracts and moving contracts to closure;
• Experience with co-productions or commercial projects is preferred;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills;
• Strong leadership, managerial, supervisory and consensus building skills; operations and strategic planning experience; a demonstrated ability to manage, mentor and motivate an effective team;
• Superior communication and interpersonal skills; effectiveness in written and oral presentation;
• Flexibility and capability to think creatively, communicate broadly and demonstrate solutions-oriented leadership;
• A keen eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of resources; the ability to plan, monitor, and manage budgets;
• Ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals; support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information;
• Ability to provide direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement;
• Excellent quantitative skills and a proven ability to utilize analytical tools to make sound decisions; an ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high payoff activities and prioritize them to attain goals;
• Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities, exercise good judgment and stay focused on overarching goals;
• Strong understanding of facility management and capital project planning;
• Strong understanding of computer and constituent software. An understanding of and appreciation for the use of technology in monitoring progress, tracking and reporting;
• Ability to interact well with a variety of personalities and individuals including staff, patrons, Board members, high-level donors and commercial producers.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Andrew Robertson, Director of Human Resources via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of the email.
This position is responsible for implementing an effective, comprehensive and ongoing corporate sponsorship program on behalf of Children's Theatre Company. In addition to reaching a corporate sponsorships goal of $552,000, this position is also responsible for maintaining and growing a portfolio of small and mid-sized companies contributing to CTC’s overall corporate fundraising goal of $1.5M. Responsibilities include identification and research of prospects, relationship building, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate gifts and sponsorships. The Corporate Relations Manager also collaborates with Marketing and Audiences Services staff to coordinate events designed to cultivate and steward corporations.
Working under the supervision of the Associate Director of Development, Institutional Giving, the Corporate Relations Manager assists in the development of annual and long range plans for securing corporate gifts (specifically focusing on growing our base of support from smaller companies) and all sponsorships (program, show, and event). This position also cultivates prospects and maintains positive partner relationships with corporate contacts.
• Prepare sponsorship packets and other materials to support leadership and other CTC staff in soliciting high-level sponsorships
• Implement and improve systems to identify, solicit (often through in-person asks), steward, and recognize corporate sponsors/donors at all levels, with a focus on new donor acquisition
• Develop and implement creative methods of acquiring new corporate donors including personal outreach, direct mail, special events, and unique benefits packages
• Oversee event management services, when applicable, for corporate buyouts and large group clients
• Work closely with marketing department to establish creative benefit packages for corporate donors
• Coordinate benefit fulfillment for sponsors, including recognition, hospitality, and other benefits as appropriate
• Serve on the Curtain Call Ball committee
• Monitor industry trends and organizational progress, assess new business opportunities, and assist in developing strategic recommendations
• File timely contact reports, maintain accurate records, and provide updated information for database reporting as appropriate
• Serve as a member of the overall development team by collaborating with colleagues across disciplines on donor strategies
• Serve on committees and attend staff meetings as directed
• Accept and implement other specific assignments that advance the mission of the theater as required, such as building relationships with corporate employee resource or affinity groups
• Professional experience in a related field, preferably implementing customer service, sales, or fundraising plans
• Demonstrated experience in securing sales or financial contributions from corporations and small businesses including identification, cultivation, and solicitation
• Demonstrated experience in relationship management and stewardship
• Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing events
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, meeting deadlines and goals
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
• Understanding of fundraising software; experience with Tessitura a plus
• Understanding of basic marketing and communications strategies and tactics
• Commitment to and enthusiasm for fundraising for theatre, youth services, and the arts
• Energetic, highly-motivated worker with great people skills
• Strong ability to build and maintain relationships, including an aptitude for engaging and motivating others
• Entrepreneurial thinker with ability to make connections and maximize opportunities
• Ability to balance frequent meetings and events outside the office with day-to-day work demands
• Ability to work independently and as a productive member of the development team
• Excellent communication, presentation, and analytical skills
• Highly organized, with a strong attention to detail
• Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Mature judgment and ability to maintain confidential information
Please send a cover letter and resume to Andrew Robertson, Director of Human Resources at email@example.com. Please include the name of the position(s) to which you are applying in the subject line of the email.
• Coordinate travel and accommodations arrangements for the company and guest artists to CTC, or for CTC personnel for tours and transfers. Provide local transportation to guest artists for groceries, to and from the airport, etc.
• Regularly update all-staff on guest artist travel schedules
• Request and deliver per diems for guest artists and handle all travel reimbursements
• Provide welcome materials and local information to guest artists in appropriate format
• Closely track and reconcile all expenses related to company management
• Manage electronic on-boarding process for new artists including background check requests as needed
• Work with Casting Consultant to execute adult and student actor auditions for all productions. Coordinate logistics of auditions including advertising, scheduling, and room set-up
• Make offers to student actors and serve as point of contact for parents and schools
• Generate student actor documents
• Execute season auditions as required by AEA
• Communicate salient information to the Managing Director, Artistic Director, Marketing and Development to facilitate the creation of events centered upon guest artists
• Communicate with CTC’s Theatre Arts Training program regarding current or former educators or students who might be suitable for casting in main stage productions
• Record and report accurate information re: casting for each production to appropriate parties
• Assist with casting of CTC’s Performing Apprentices
• Works with each season performing apprentices to provide insight and mentorship throughout season as needed
• Schedule and train Student Actor Supervisor staff for each production and act as their day to day contact
• Coordinate meals for actors and/or crew as dictated by Collective Bargaining Agreements with Actors’ Equity and IATSE
• Plan and execute show-specific events for the company, hosting approximately 30+ events per season, serving between 25-150 people per event. Events include, but are not limited to, meet and greets, bagel Fridays, opening night post-show cast/crew receptions and closing events
• Keep green rooms, kitchens, staff lounge and actor lounge organized and stocked
• Manage needs of CTC apartment and coordinate cleaning, maintenance and resources necessary to maintain it and make it a welcoming environment for guest artists
• Coordinate, schedule and complete payment for stage door attendants, accompanist or any other personnel needed for auditions and rehearsals
• Assist with VISA applications for international artists
• Other duties as assigned
• Organization – Ability to manage highly detailed logistics for multiple projects simultaneously
• Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Patience - Ability to act calmly under stress and strain, and of not being hasty or impetuous.
• Project Management - Ability to organize and direct a project to completion
• Tactful - Ability to show consideration for and maintain good relations with others
• Initiative - Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal
• Relationship Building - Ability to effectively build relationships with customers and co-workers
• Accurate - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly
• Liaise Effectively –Ability to facilitate effective communication between parties
• Verbal Communication – Ability to express and understand information through spoken words
• Written Communication – Ability to express and understand information in writing
• Attention to Detail – Ability to be careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
Experience working with theatre artists and actors required. Customer service experience required.
Must be competent in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook), internet-savvy (search engine use, research, etc), and comfortable tracking and reconciling expenses.
Valid driver’s license and clean DMV report required.
The Carpenter/Draftsperson, under the direction of the Technical Director, is part of a team responsible for building, installing, maintaining and striking the scenery for all CTC productions. The Carpenter/Draftsperson is also responsible for creating some construction drawings to be used in the scene shop.
• Build scenery for CTC productions and events using a wide variety of construction materials and methods typically used in the theater
• Load-in, maintain, and strike scenery for CTC productions and events
• Assist the Technical Director in the production of technical drawings for scenic elements based on the designer drawings, using AutoCAD 3D modeling, to be built by the shop staff or by subcontracted labor
• Work collaboratively with other members of the organization to provide support for cross departmental projects
• Perform routine maintenance in the scene shop and theatrical venues as needed
• Actively work to promote a safe, healthy, and productive working environment in the scene shop
• Experience in regional theater or commercial scenery production, or a combination of relevant experience and training
• Working knowledge of basic scenic carpentry, welding, rigging, sewing, hydraulics, pneumatics, and theatrical automation
• Proficient in AutoCAD 2014 or later, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
• Working knowledge of standard theatrical construction drafting techniques
• Knowledge of safe work practices to reduce the risk of injury
• Requires flexibility, creative problem solving skills, clear communication skills, and the ability to build positive working relationships
Email letter of interest and resume, in pdf format, with “Carpenter/Drafter” in the subject line to Andrew Robertson, Director of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Production Manager
• Support of creative teams and production process including writing and processing contracts, processing payments, assisting with travel and meeting schedules, assisting with creation of production and technical calendar.
• Office support including correspondence, filing, book-keeping, tracking production budgets, monitoring expense projections, and processing payroll as needed.
• Attend production meetings and run-throughs. Cover or attend technical rehearsals and preview performances. Liaise with creative team in the absence of Production Manager.
• Attend production department head meetings and postmortems. Take notes and distribute.
• Production manage selected productions and projects, including facilitating communication between creative team and production staff, organizing residencies of creative teams, and organizing design presentations.
• Assist with organization and logistics for touring and transfer productions, including creating technical riders, coordinating trucking, and liaising with venue staff.
• Assist with organization and logistics for internal special events and projects, including annual gala fundraiser.
• Manage day-to-day development and implementation of health and safety program, including stocking supplies, research and implementation of new policies, and scheduling and documenting safety training for staff.
• Coordinate outside rentals. Work with other departments in planning and executing rental events. Answer inquiries and estimate costs. Coordinate in-house elements of rental for client. Act as CTC point person at major rentals.
• Experience in production management office as intern or assistant
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), Adobe Acrobat
• Knowledge of OSHA requirements and proficiency in AutoCAD 2010 or later desirable
• Requires excellent organizational, problem solving, and communication skills
• Valid Driver’s License
Email letter of interest and resume, in pdf format, with “Assistant Production Manager” in the subject line to Ellen Baker, Production Manager, at email@example.com on or before July 1, 2018.
Front of House Associate
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Work Schedule: Varies due to performance schedules
To provide excellent customer service and assist the rest of Front of House staff in ensuring that productions and events are safe, entertaining, and efficiently run. While the primary duties of this position will be front of house to start with, all employees will also be cross-trained in a variety of different departments including ticketing, safety and security, and events.
• Assist in making sure the lobby, theatre, and concession stand are set up before patrons arrive.
• Provide friendly service to patrons as they arrive, tear/scan tickets, help patrons find their seats, direct them to restrooms, answer questions about the theatre and shows, help with late seating, and watch the house for any general issue that arise before and during the performance.
• Work assigned concessions lanes and gift shop prior to the show, during intermission and post show in a quick and efficient manor while making accurate transactions using the Square sales system.
• Assist in making sure that the patrons all leave the theatre safely post performance. Help clean the theatre and restock concessions and gift shop for the next performance.
• Represent Children’s Theatre Company at both internal and external events as requested
• Attend trainings and meetings as required
• Perform other duties as assigned by the House Manager and/or Performance Supervisor.
• Project the brand image of CTC through actions and behaviors at events and at the theatre
Must be able to work independently and self-motivate. Must be able to lift and move items (program boxes, concession boxes, merchandise, etc…) up to 50lbs, assist patrons up and down steps repeatedly, and stand for long periods of time. Must have a willingness to wear the required uniform (CTC provided shirt) Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Positive, calm, professional attitude with pleasant disposition and a desire to be a team player. Excellent customer service and management skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people. Good attention to detail and sound decision making ability during all types of situations, including ones involving high stress and emergencies. Must be able to work independently and self-motivate. A passion for the arts is a plus.
• Customer service experience including working with diverse groups of people
• Previous ushering or customer service experience in a non-profit or arts organization.
Skills & Abilities:
• Ability to quickly learn institutional programs such as Square and Paycom.
Certificates & Licenses:
The position is required to be certified in CPR/AED/First Aid. Training is provided for candidates who do not already possess this certification.
MUST be available at least two weeknights and one weekend day during the run of performances.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Andrew Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the title of the position to which you are applying in the subject line of the email.
Ticket Office Associate
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Ticket Office Associate. This is a part-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours required.
Provide service to customers in a manner consistent with the high quality performance and service standards of the Theatre by following customer service policies and procedures. Process single ticket, season ticket, and Theatre Arts Training class orders over the telephone, through the mail, and at the ticket office.
- Answer ticket office phone lines and help patrons in person at the ticket office in a pleasant and timely manner, providing a consistently high level of customer service.
- Process single ticket, season ticket, student matinee payments, and Theatre Arts Training orders by phone, mail or in person.
- Do external telemarketing calls to renewing subscribers.
- Complete necessary data entry, paperwork and procedures for accurate record-keeping and sales.
- Accurately process all forms of payment for reservations, including occasional cash transactions.
- Represent Children’s Theatre Company at both internal and external events as requested
- Attend trainings and meetings as required.
- Provide additional ticket office and marketing support as required.
Preferred candidates will have a professional attitude with pleasant disposition and a desire to be a team player. Candidate must be articulate and have excellent customer service skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, as well as good attention to detail and sound decision making ability.
Experience with computerized ticketing system (preferably Tessitura) and phone sales preferred. Experience with Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel a plus. Previous experience in an arts organization a plus.
High school diploma or equivalent required.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Must show a willingness to learn new technology and adapt easily to system changes.
MUST be available at least 12 hours per week; availability must include at least one weeknight AND one weekend day. Flexible night and weekend availability preferred.
SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:
Andrew Robertson – Director of Human Resources: email@example.com. Please include the name of the job or jobs to which you are applying in the subject line of your email.