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Seeking House Managers

Des Moines Community Playhouse is seeking individuals to join a leadership team to manage the front-of-house operations and lead volunteer ushers. Part-time position with moments of high activity and then paid rest-time while performance is in progress.  Not a fixed schedule as position is only required for performances which are nights and weekends.

Duties include training and supervising ushers, opening the concession stand, being present in the lobbies, ensuring comfort and safety of patrons, and filling out reports. 

Required: strong communication skills, technically savvy, organizational abilities, quick decision making, and the capacity to work with a wide range of volunteers.  Previous volunteer experience mandatory, previous usher or house manager experience welcome.

Schedule: The House Management Team is present during performances only.  Typical performance schedule is Wednesdays – Saturdays evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for main theatre. Fridays evenings from 5:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with break from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. for holiday’s and children’s productions.  Performances average 3 weekends a month. The House Management Team divides the hours based on interest and availability to allow for maximum flexibility for each member.

Wage:  Starting wage is $13.50 per hour.  No benefits except for free tickets to see plays

To Apply: Email resume, two references and a letter highlighting customer service experience to dkilpatrick@dmplayhouse.com. No phone calls please. Looking to start as soon as possible.

 

Seeking a Technical Director

POSITION SUMMARY
The Technical Director is primarily responsible for supervision and implementation of all technical operations of the theatre, including lighting, sound, set drawings and construction; translating designs into construction to support a director’s vision. The TD also coordinates any maintenance in the theatre space. They must work both independently, exercising judgement in prioritizing a variety of duties, and with volunteers and members of production teams. The Technical Director reports to the Artistic Director and supervises the Associate Technical Director.
The Technical Director must be a compassionate leader with experience producing high quality theatre while facilitating growth and a sense of community with volunteers, including people of diverse racial, ethnic, economic, LGBTQIA+ backgrounds.

REQUIREMENTS
Education – Bachelor’s Degree, completion of trade program or equal industry experience
Construction for theatre – 2+ years
Understanding of Theatrical rigging
Communication and Organizational Skills

COMPENSATION
Full-time, exempt position. Salary to be determined by the needs and expectations of the applicant. Range is $48,000 to $55,000.
Benefits: Health and Dental Plans for employee and family (75% paid by company); Paid time off; Match for 401(k); Funds available for educational opportunities; Flexible schedules within the context of a busy production schedule.
This job will require the applicant to clear a background check, once a job offer has been made.

TO APPLY
Please send cover letter, resume and three references. Submit materials via email to David Kilpatrick, dkilpatrick@dmplayhouse.com. No phone calls please. Resumes are reviewed immediately. Position will remain open until filled. Start date is based on availability and prior commitments of applicants.

For complete details, click here.

Seeking an Associate TD for Audio/Video/Lighting/Projection

POSITION SUMMARY
The Associate Technical Director reports to the Technical Director to assist with all technical operations of the theatre, including lighting, sound, set construction, and coordinating necessary maintenance in the theatre space. The TD and ATD work together to best utilize their skills to serve the theatre on a production by production basis. The ATD facilitates and implements projection, videography, and sound design depending on the needs of a given production. They must work both independently, exercising judgement in prioritizing a variety of duties, and with volunteers and members of production teams.

The Associate Technical Director must be a compassionate team member with experience producing high quality theatre while facilitating growth and a sense of community with volunteers, including people of diverse racial, ethnic, economic, LGBTQIA+ backgrounds.

REQUIREMENTS
Education – Bachelor’s Degree, completion of trade program or equal industry experience
Sound design, implementation and live mixing experience – 2+ years
Understanding of Theatrical lighting
Understanding of video operations, including closed circuit TV and streaming.
Communication and Organizational Skills

COMPENSATION
Full-time, exempt position. Salary to be determined by the needs and expectations of the applicant. Range is $44,000 to $50,000
Benefits: Health and Dental Plans for employee and family (75% paid by company); Paid time off; Match for 401(k); Funds available for educational opportunities; Flexible schedules within the context of a busy production schedule.
This job will require the applicant to clear a background check, once a job offer has been made.

TO APPLY
Please send cover letter, resume and three references. Submit materials via email to David Kilpatrick, dkilpatrick@dmplayhouse.com. No phone calls please. Resumes are reviewed immediately. Position will remain open until filled. Start date is based on availability and prior commitments of applicants.

For complete details, click here.

Please visit our volunteer page for opportunities to get involved behind the scenes or in the spotlight.

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