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Equal Opportunity Employment

PlayPenn hires on the basis of employment equity. We believe supporting each other’s individual stories is essential to our work.  The more inclusive we are, the more impactful our collective story will be.

PlayPenn recognizes that given structural inequities there is no level playing field with regards to people’s experiences and job qualifications. We seek collaboration with those who bring a range of perspectives, skills and experiences to the work of advancing new plays and playwrights. We welcome candidates to include all relevant skills and knowledge in their application, regardless of whether these abilities were developed through paid work, volunteer work or personal experience.

Operations Director – Full Time

The Position

PlayPenn seeks a full-time Operations Director (OD) who will report to the Artistic Director for the effective conduct of all administrative responsibilities including but not limited to the management of PlayPenn’s daily operations, financial record keeping, box office and front of house operations, information technology, union agreements, production contracts, and data management. The OD will serve as the common point of information sharing and access within PlayPenn and the primary point of administrative contact with PlayPenn for external stakeholders, including artists, performers, patrons, vendors, unions, among others.

 

Requirements

  • Nonprofit management, finance and bookkeeping.
  • Preparing, negotiating and managing independent contractor and employee contracts.
  • Managing multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Effective listening and communication skills. 
  • Collaborative diplomatic skills that effectively engage staff in organizational change and development.  
  • Effective use of QuickBooks Online, WordPress, MSOffice, and GSuite.
  • College degree not required.
  • New Play Development experience desirable.

 

Key Responsibilities

Finance
  • Prepare monthly Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss and Cash Flow reports
  • Work with bookkeeping firm to ensure fidelity and timeliness of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and related taxes, cash receipts, and cash balances
  • Collaborate with accounting firm to produce annual audit and prepare 990, BCO-10, and other financial reports required by federal and state law for the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee program staff’s preparation of programs’ budgets.
  • Assemble financial and audience data as needed to accompany grant proposals and other reports.
  • Work with payroll service to manage payroll and employee benefits, including year-end reporting and annual renewals.
Production and Artist Management
  • Negotiate and prepare AEA, SDC, and other contracts, ensure compliance with union regulations.
  • Work with the Company Manager to arrange artist housing and travel, negotiate contracts at event venues or with other production vendors
  • Maintain working knowledge of and ensure that PlayPenn complies with all union regulations and internal PlayPenn Human Resource policies.
Information Technology and Data Management
  • Work with staff to maintain and manage information technology systems, equipment, and contracts. 
  • Assure accurate and timely entry of donations, attendance, and other stakeholder data. 
  • Provide administrative support for the Education Program’s back-office needs.
General Administration
  • Schedule, set the agenda and assemble materials for, and conduct staff meetings, assist in scheduling and preparing for Board of Directors’ meetings.
  • Serve as point person for internal and external operations’ communications.
  • Onboard new employees and supervise year-round interns.
  • Arrange for ongoing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training for all staff and Board Directors.
  • Represent PlayPenn’s operation as needed at theatre and community events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Compensation and Application Info

  • The Operations Director is a full-time, at-will position with a $50,000 to $55,000 salary and health reimbursement benefits.
  • Application is ongoing until the position is filled
  • Write to Sabrina Profitt at mail@playpenn.org. Please include the job title in the subject line.

Foundry Reading @ Plays and Players: Kevin Esmond

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Join PlayPenn @ Plays & Players in the 3rd Floor Skinner Studio for free work in progress readings by current members of The Foundry. Quig’s will be open before, during, and after each reading. No reservations needed.

Do-Gooders

by Kevin Esmond

When:
February 20, 2020
Time: 7:30pm

Where:
Upstairs at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

The Play:

Mack Abbott is sort of like a superhero, but more like someone who patrols the suburbs of late-stage capitalism awkwardly trying to make the world better.  This play tells of their legendary adventures, featuring fender benders, stolen Adderall, and a nemesis with a gun.

Questions? Contact Quinn D. Eli at: quinndestaleli@gmail.com

UNBECOMING by Emma Watkins

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Playwright Emma Watkins.

PlayPenn Education is pleased to host a public reading of a new play, UNBECOMING, by Emma Watkins.

When and Where:
February 24th, 2020 at 7:00PM, The Horan Studio at the Hamilton Family Arts Center (62 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Please note there will be no late seating at this performance.

The Play:

UNBECOMING is a play about motherhood, metamorphosis and myth.

Charlotte Guest is a Victorian housewife and the mother of seven. Much to her husband’s dismay, she also aspires to be the first to translate into English an ancient collection of Celtic myths called the Mabinogion. In this endeavor, Charlotte encounters the story of a woman conjured from flowers to become a bride. But when the strictures of motherhood come into conflict with Charlotte’s
writing, she considers abandoning her translation.

While giving birth to her eighth child, Charlotte tumbles into a fevered dream. There, she watches the Woman of Flowers retell the Mabinogion. After learning the truth behind the myth, Charlotte must confront the feminine role that she both endures and perpetuates.

Readings are free and open to the public.

Tickets will be available up until 3pm the day of the reading. After 3pm, tickets will be available at the door.

Questions? Contact mail@playpenn.org

Emma Watkins is a playwright, scholar, and dramaturg. With the support of a Fulbright Award, she spent the past year in Wales, studying performance adaptations of myth and medieval literature. Her MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies at Cardiff University culminated with the writing of a new play, Unbecoming. Emma’s plays have been presented at the McCarter Theatre Lab, Chapter Arts Centre (Wales, UK), and at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Emma graduated from Princeton in 2018 and is currently the Literary Apprentice at McCarter Theatre.
emmacwatkins.com

Foundry Reading @ Plays and Players: Devin Randall

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Join PlayPenn @ Plays & Players in the 3rd Floor Skinner Studio for free work in progress readings by current members of The Foundry. Quig’s will be open before, during, and after each reading. No reservations needed.

Cookies & Creamed

by Devin Randall

When:
January 9, 2020
Time: 7:30pm

Where:
Upstairs at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

 

Watch Damian run. From Grindr trade, scary dates, and his own right mind, he is a hamster on a wheel of sex addiction. But can a nostalgic trip with a haunting figure and a studio stuffed with queer men change his ways? Or, will he be lost forever?

Questions? Contact Quinn D. Eli at: quinndestaleli@gmail.com

Foundry Reading @ Plays and Players: Paige Zubel

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Join PlayPenn @ Plays & Players in the 3rd Floor Skinner Studio for free work in progress readings by current members of The Foundry. Quig’s will be open before, during, and after each reading. No reservations needed.

Dead Meat

by Paige Zubel

When:
December 10, 2019
Time: 7:30pm

Where:
Upstairs at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

 

It’s the end of the world. A once-promising medication goes awry, mutating 51% of the world’s population into shells of human beings, with only the basic motor functions left to chase, bite, and kill. (Yep. They’re zombies.) Three men–seemingly alone in the apocalypse–are honestly pretty all right with it. Until Alex, an intersex woman, distorts the dichotomies in which these men view their black and white world.

Paige Zubel
Questions? Contact Quinn D. Eli at: quinndestaleli@gmail.com

Foundry Reading @ Plays and Players: Lisa VillaMil

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Join PlayPenn @ Plays and Players in the 3rd Floor Skinner Studio for a free work in progress readings by current members of The Foundry. Quig’s will be open before, during, and after each reading. No reservations needed.

Siren

by Lisa VillaMil

When:
November 12, 2019
Time: 7:30pm

Where:
Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

 

A sparse, intense, lyrical story about the tricky nature of grief, Siren is part of an occasional, informal series of readings hosted on the top floor of Plays & Players Theater featuring works-in-progress by emerging local playwrights affiliated with PlayPenn’s new plays initiative, The Foundry. After the reading, a brief discussion of the play will be moderated by Foundry co-founder Quinn Eli.

Questions? Contact Quinn D. Eli at: quinndestaleli@gmail.com

I LIVE YOU [AUTOCORRECT] by Douglas Williams

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Playwright Douglas Williams.

PlayPenn is pleased to host two public readings of a new play, I LIVE YOU [AUTOCORRECT], by Douglas Williams. These readings are the culmination of a week long developmental workshop.

When and Where:
October 21st, 2019 at 7:00PM, The Bluver Theatre (302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA)
October 23rd, 2019 at 7:00PM, Theatre Horizon (401 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA)
Please note there will be no late seating at these performances.

I LIVE YOU [AUTOCORRECT]

By Douglas Williams
Director: Matthew S. Decker
Dramaturg: Michele Volansky

Cast: Caroline Dooner, Dave Johnson, Leigha Kato, and Garrick Vaughan

Most days, Sara’s only in-depth conversation is with the Google Home that sits next to her bed. Drowning in technology and overworked at her job at Zipcar, Sara travels to a remote location in Upstate New York for the soft opening of a new, mysterious digital detox retreat.

Readings are free and open to the public.

Tickets will be available up until 3pm the day of the reading. After 3pm, tickets will be available at the door.

Questions? Contact mail@playpenn.org

Doug Williams‘ plays have been produced and developed at PlayPenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Azuka Theatre, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, The Foundry & The Painted Bride, among others.

He is the Playwright-In-Residence at Azuka Theatre who has produced three of his plays, including the upcoming SHIP.

His play Shitheads was recommended for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and was the winner of 4 Philadelphia Critics’ Awards including Best New Play & Best Overall Production.

Foundry Readings @ Plays and Players

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Join PlayPenn @ Plays and Players in the 3rd Floor Skinner Studio for a series of free work in progress readings by current members of The Foundry. Quig’s will be open before, during, and after each reading. No reservations needed.

My Grandma Said It Was Gonna Rain

by Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters

When:
June 25, 2019
Time: 7pm

Where:
Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

 

Emmy’s parents died this summer. Between selling the family farm and painting houses with the town medium, Emmy is juggling her new role as caretaker of her eccentric grandma. Family, duty, and pickling form a new trinity in this exploration of the small town girl.

Battman and Jesus

by Teresa Miller

When:
July 9, 2019
Time: 7pm

Where:
Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

 

Cholley Johnson joined the army to escape the trauma of his preacher father only to be discharged from the Vietnam war and forced to confront his past.

Stray Cats and Pecan Pie

by Julie Zaffarano

When:
July 23, 2019
Time: 7pm

Where:
Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

 

Olivia, a college freshman, is “super excited” to find her birth mother, Darlene, who is significantly less enthralled. When Olivia pushes Darlene for information about her birth father, Darlene reluctantly reveals far more than Olivia expects.  Can these two find their way to acceptance?

Better to Have Never Been

by Jenny Ruymann

When:
July 30, 2019
Time: 7pm

Where:
Upstairs at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

 

Based on anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar’s book of a nearly identical title, this new work is about the question of whether living brings each of us a far greater pain than we even know, and whether it is even “worth it” to ask such questions. Better to Have Never Been is about the infant babies and old-age babies, and how we gauge the quality of what happens in between.

Questions? Contact Foundry Leader Quinn D. Eli at: quinndestaleli@gmail.com

HOW A BOY FALLS by Steven Dietz

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Playwright Steven Dietz. Photo by John Ullman.

PlayPenn is pleased to host a public reading of a new play, How a Boy Falls, by Steven Dietz.

When: June 3, 2019 at 7:00PM
Please note there will be no late seating at this performance.

Where: The Bob and Selma Horan Studio Theatre at the Arden’s Hamilton Family Center, located at 62 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

How a Boy Falls

By Steven Dietz

Director: Anne Marie Cammarato

Dramaturgs: Michele Volansky and Paul Meshejian

 

The loss of a young boy casts suspicion on his newly-hired au pair, as well as on the wealthy parents who have hired her.  As the parents seek revenge upon one another, the young au pair is hatching a plot of her own.  How a Boy Falls is a psychological thriller about the way in which past events can be weaponized to shape the present.

 

This reading is free and open to the public.  

 

Tickets will be available up until 4pm the day of the reading. After 4pm, tickets will be available at the door.

Questions? Contact mail@playpenn.org

Steven Dietz‘s thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over twenty countries, including recently in Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, Estonia and Iran. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. Recent world premieres include Bloomsday (Steinberg New Play Award Citation); This Random World (Humana Festival of New American Plays); Rancho Mirage (Edgerton New Play Award), and On Clover Road (NNPN “rolling world premiere”). His interlocking plays for adult and youth audiences (The Great Beyond and The Ghost of Splinter Cove) recently premiered in Charlotte, NC. A two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award (Fiction, Still Life with Iris), Dietz is also a two-time finalist for the American Theatre Critic’s Steinberg New Play Award (Last of the Boys, Becky’s New Car). He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet, and the Edgar Award® for Drama for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Currently a Dramatists Guild “Traveling Master”, Dietz teaches workshops in playwriting and story-making across the U.S. He and his wife, playwright Allison Gregory, divide their time between Seattle and Austin.

HOMERIDAE by Alexandra Espinoza

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Twice a year PlayPenn provides a free, professional public reading for a currently enrolled studentHomeridae by Alexandra Espinoza is the recipient of our spring semester play selection.

When:
May 13, 2019
Time: 7pm

Where:
The Proscenium Theater at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

Mac, an adjunct lecturer, and Nessa, a freshman, have a lot in common. They’re slightly awkward, deeply passionate about Homer’s The Odyssey, and are both African-Americans in a very white department at a very white school. They stumble upon the discovery that Homer himself came from Africa and must figure out how best to honor this in the face of conservative administrators, overbearing older siblings, the Internet, and Homer himself. HOMERIDAE is a play about stories, language, knowledge, and loss; and about finding your voice when it seems like no one is listening.

 

This reading is free and open to the public.  

 

Reservations end at 4pm the day of the reading. Seats will be available at the door.

 

Questions? Contact mail@playpenn.org

Alexandra Espinoza is a Philadelphia based theatre artist whose work aims to connect creative power to community voices. Performance credits include work with Orbiter 3 and Azuka Theatre. As a playwright, she is a first-year member of the Foundry at PlayPenn, and her plays have received productions and readings with Juniper Productions. Alexandra practices dramaturgy as community engagement and serves as the inaugural “communiturg” at Simpatico Theatre. Additional dramaturgy and directing credits include work with Azuka Theatre, Inis Nua Theatre, and PlayPenn. She is a resident teaching artist at Philadelphia Young Playwrights and has facilitated the creative work of people aged seven to seventy. M.A. in Theatre, Villanova University.