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Theatre Horizon is seeking candidates for the following positions:

Development & Group Sales Associate

Commitment: 20 hours per week, flexible, with some nights and weekends required.
Salary: $13,500 - $15,500 annually, commensurate with experience.
Job Reports to: Executive Director
Start date: June 1, 2016

Vision: We seek someone passionate about sustaining art in an underserved suburban community. While previous experience fundraising for the arts is not essential, we are looking for an enthusiastic ambassador who can help tell our stories compellingly and concisely.

About Theatre Horizon: Theatre Horizon is an award-winning company that brings Philadelphia's finest actors to Norristown, PA, staging a three-show season of contemporary plays and musicals, and teaching drama to over 800 children per year through classes, and through our pioneering Autism Drama Program. Theatre Horizon is dedicated to the revitalization of Norristown. In October 2012, we completed a $1 million capital campaign, and opened our new home: a 123-seat black box theater.

Our mission states: through theatre, we create a community of artists, students and audiences in which each member is encouraged to grow. In carrying out our mission, we stage stories that illuminate the full range of human experience, bring people together, connect students with theatre artists, and contribute to the revitalization of our underserved town.

Job Duties:

Theatre Horizon seeks a Development & Group Sales Associate to provide vital, year-round support to the development and marketing teams and participate in all fundraising activities and events, including donor relations, direct mail appeals, donor cultivation events, and other special events. Responsibilities include management of the development calendar, tracking budgets and receipts, gift management and stewardship, cultivation, solicitations, some grantwriting, and management of all group sales and dining partners. Strong organizational, writing and interpersonal skills required.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing administrative support to the development team.
  • Processing donations and preparing acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Maintaining foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
  • Managing the development calendar.
  • Continually updating and correcting database and budgeting records.
  • Conducting research on prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors as well as group sales and dining partners.
  • Coordinating production and mailing of spring and year-end appeal letters.
  • Preparing application proposal packets.
  • Writing grant proposals as needed.
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of development events, with opportunities to take the lead on certain events if desired.
  • Meeting and/or exceeding revenue goals by soliciting new group sales and dining partner accounts and maintaining relationships with existing accounts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Managing Director and Director of Individual Giving.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in a related field or three years’ experience in performing arts management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Database management experience (Patron Manager experience preferred)
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, take initiative, and stay organized, with flexibility to take direction when departmental priorities shift.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Availability and willingness to work on occasional nights and weekends for donor events
  • Understanding of the confidential nature of fundraising efforts and donor information
  • Ability to work in a hands-on environment with limited resources
  • Interest in the arts & culture sector
  • Dedication and drive to succeed, willingness to keep learning and growing in your field.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with donor databases, especially PatronManager
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, three references, and two writing samples to Jennifer Pratt Johnson, Executive Director, at Jenny@TheatreHorizon.org. Please include "Development & Group Sales Associate" in the subject line. No phone calls please. EOE. Theatre Horizon is dedicated to building a culturally diverse work and creative environment—women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

Apprentices

Theatre Horizon, a Barrymore award winning non-profit professional theatre located in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is now accepting applications for Season Apprentices for the 2016/17 Season. This program is a 15 hour per week commitment running from mid-September through the end of June. Housing and transportation are the apprentice's responsibility.

About the Program: The Apprenticeship is designed to provide an advanced, hands-on, professional development opportunity for emerging artists and aspiring arts administrators. Apprentices will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the theatre by working in every department—Marketing, Development, Education, Audience Services, Artistic, and Production—and the opportunity to meet and network with members of the Philadelphia arts community.

Duties May Include:

  • Pursuing audience engagement opportunities in the community.
  • Developing copy/material for marketing initiatives and assisting with social media efforts.
  • Assisting with planning and executing special events.
  • Coordinating education programs (summer camps, drama clubs, autism drama program, and acting classes).
  • Serving as an Assistant Teacher for Theatre School classes and After-School Drama Clubs.
  • Maintaining the casting database and assisting with correspondence with actors.
  • Learning how to effectively use a Customer Relations Manager (CRM) for tasks such as ticketing the season, managing subscriptions, processing donations, and updating patron information.
  • Learning the basics of seeking contributed income (fundraising) by helping to maintain donor tracking systems and researching new sources of foundation support.
  • Learning budgeting and resource management strategies.
  • Participating in casting for the upcoming season and conduct research on specific productions.
  • Serving as Box Office and House Manager Assistant and other Front of House duties.
  • Helping with office management.

Special Project: In addition, apprentices will work with an assigned advisor on the planning and implementation of a special project of their choosing. This project should be a short-term active learning experience that incorporates Theatre Horizon and its mission of community engagement and interactive art. This project can be focused in any number of the theatre’s 6 departments.

Compensation: Apprentices will receive a $5,000 plus travel stipend as well as complimentary tickets for all season productions.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university OR a minimum of two years professional work experience in the respective area of interest.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications—Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.
  • Proficiency in social media and internet applications.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle.
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Application Process: Please submit the below items for consideration.

  • Cover letter discussing your specific areas of interest and stating why you would like to become an Apprentice.
  • 2 letters of recommendation, preferably one from a professor and one from an employer. Non-theatre references are perfectly acceptable. Letters should be on official letterhead with contact information and a signature.
  • Resume including three academic or professional references listing names, titles, phone numbers and email addresses. (These should be additional references, not from people who write your recommendations.)
  • A proposal for your special project detailing your goals and anticipated impact for this project. No more than 1 page.

Please email all materials to Teresa@TheatreHorizon.org or mail to:

Theatre Horizon
Attn: Teresa Wallace
401 Dekalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

Intellectual Property Disclaimer: By submitting this project you agree that the information and findings of said project become the property of Theatre Horizon to be used now or in the future in print, online, or in any other way deemed necessary by Theatre Horizon without compensation being paid to you.

About Theatre Horizon: Theatre Horizon brings Philadelphia's finest professional actors and artists to Norristown, Pennsylvania to present compelling, contemporary theatre. Theatre Horizon is advancing the revitalization of Norristown through educational programming, community outreach, partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, and a passionate commitment to artistic excellence. Each season, we produce three professional productions of daring, thoughtful plays and inspiring musicals. In 2015, we garnered 19 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theater—the most of any theatre company—and 4 wins, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical. Our work addresses the relative lack of cultural opportunities in the suburbs and also frequently tackles pressing social issues. Our other core service is providing theatre education to over 750 students each year through five education programs: Autism Drama, After School Drama Clubs, Summer Drama Camp, and Acting Classes and Workshops.

These programs are the building blocks of our Theatre Horizon community in which all participants are encouraged to grow. Our offerings provide opportunities to understand unfamiliar perspectives, discuss common struggles, and simply enjoy a good story together. Since moving to our new home in 2012, our services have attracted over 18,000 people to Norristown, making us an anchor of revitalization and contributing to the growth of the downtown area. 

Explore this website for further information about current and past productions or our education programs.

Commitment: Part-time (Average of 22hrs/week) – Flexible and Varied (Seasonally)
Pay: $18,000 - $20,000
Job Reports to: Managing Director
Start Date: July 1, 2016 (flexible)

Job Summary: The Production Manager (PM) is responsible for the hiring, contracting, coordination, and supervision of the production staff (with the exception of actors and directors). The PM acts as a liaison between Theatre Horizon and the production staff and supervises all “on stage” activities.

PM is responsible for overseeing and reconciling the department budget, and supervising department work hours. PM assists in development of season calendar. Works with Artistic Director and Managing Director as an active participant in achieving artistic goals, striving towards consistent quality, good maintenance, and the highest production value possible within budget constraints for all productions. PM oversees all facilities, equipment, and advises in capital improvement purchases and projects. PM is responsible for scheduling and assisting with outside rentals of the space, in conjunction with the Rentals Task Force.

Primary Responsibilities:

Facilities:

  • As the staff member with primary responsibility for Theatre Horizon’s space, the PM oversees maintenance of the theater, dressing rooms, shop, backstage hallways, booth and storage closets, instructing direct reports in the upkeep and tidy organization of these spaces.
  • Ensures that equipment is maintained, properly stored, and used safely.
  • Ensures that employees adhere to Theatre Horizon safety procedures.
  • Continually seeks ways to improve facilities, equipment, and procedures.

Production:

  • Adheres to Theatre Horizon’s mission to bring high quality, professional theatre to Norristown by ensuring high artistic integrity in all work completed at every stage of the production process.
  • Creates and implements design and tech schedules for the entire year and effectively communicates them to production and Theatre Horizon staff.
  • Is in the theater, office, or on-site during work calls, the tech process, and previews. Schedules, runs, and documents all design and production meetings.
  • Manages design team to effectively carry out the director’s vision for the production.
  • Has primary responsibility for the production budget.
  • Troubleshoots artistic and design challenges that arise; seeks solutions across design departments, working within given budget and timelines.
  • During rehearsals and show runs, reads and responds promptly to all rehearsal and performance reports. Facilitates any adjustments/communication between production team members and addresses any challenges/concerns throughout the run of the production.
  • Works with production team to ready the theatre for first audience.
  • Organizes and leads strike, ensuring each designer or technician completes their duties and fulfills his or her contract and that the space is left in the same or better condition than it was found.
  • Maintains a safe working environment in the theater for all Theatre Horizon employees.

Management:

  • Hires and manages designers, stage management, crew, and technical staff.
  • Oversees Technical Director and Assistant Production Manager/Master Carpenter.
  • Trains Stage Manager and staff on policies and procedures of theater.
  • Works with TD to contract overhire staff whenever needed.
  • In conjunction with feedback from the Artistic and Managing Director, evaluates production department performance, sets and reviews goals, and provides feedback.

Other:

  • Contracts and pays all designers, crew, and technical staff.
  • Responsible for all production department expense reporting and financial accuracy.
  • Rents out equipment to other companies, and ensures its return.
  • Theatre Horizon representative and emergency contact person for all facilities related issues.
  • Handles special projects as assigned by Artistic, Managing, or Executive Director. Additional duties as assigned.
  • Reflects Theatre Horizon’s core values of friendliness, inclusivity, and using people and fiscal resources responsibly with the goal of creating excellent theater.

Qualifications:

  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in a related field or three years’ related management/technical experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and work within an approved budget. Thorough knowledge of all areas of theatrical production.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Excel.
  • Ability to work well in group problem-solving situations.
  • Strong verbal and diplomatic communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure on many projects and with many people of varying levels of experience.
  • Experience creating and overseeing calendars and schedules.
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to perform basic carpentry and manual labor tasks on an occasion, as needed.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion.
  • Basic working knowledge of common industry-specific software, such as Qlab and Vectorworks.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three references Molly Braverman, Managing Director, at Molly@TheatreHorizon.org. Please include "Production Manager" in the subject line. No phone calls please. EOE. Theatre Horizon is dedicated to building a culturally diverse work and creative environment - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: June 6, 2016

Technical Director

Commitment: Contractor - Seasonal
Pay: $2,000/Show + Travel Stipend
Job Reports to: Production Manager; Managing Director
Start Date: August 1 (flexible)

Job Summary: The Technical Director (TD) is responsible for realizing our scenic design elements and the careful, clever, and creative execution of all designs and technical elements. The TD’s primary responsibility will be planning, budgeting, and building the set. The TD will be hands on and chief carpenter of the set.

The TD will also be instrumental in assisting the PM, ME, and other positions with creatively solving technical, design, and budget challenges as they arise throughout the production process. The TD is a director position and is treated as a valued leadership position in the Theatre Horizon community.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Attending, at minimum, one design meeting each production, and being readily available to assist with early scenic and technical planning.
  • Pricing out each production’s scenic elements to ensure that plans remain within budget. Assisting in generating creative solutions to budgetary road blocks.
  • Working with the Production Manger to establish build schedules and hire overhire and/or specialists as needed.
  • Building the set, to be completed prior to the first day of rehearsal.
  • Adhering to Theatre Horizon’s mission to bring high quality, professional theatre to Norristown by maintaining high artistic integrity in all work completed at every stage of the production process.
  • Serving as a resource and guide to all other technicians, including the Master Electrician, Sound Engineer, and Scenic Painter.
  • Execute all notes in a timely and collaborative manner—is readily available to do so throughout the tech and preview process.
  • Ensures that equipment is maintained, properly stored, and used safely.
  • Ensures that employees adhere to Theatre Horizon safety procedures.
  • Maintains a safe working environment in the theater for all Theatre Horizon employees.
  • Organizes and leads scenic strike, ensuring each designer or technician completes their duties and fulfills his or her contract and that the space is left in the same or better condition than it was found.
  • Handles special projects as assigned by the Production Manager.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Reflects Theatre Horizon’s core values of friendliness, inclusivity, and using people and fiscal resources responsibly with the goal of creating excellent theater!

Qualifications:

  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in a related field or three years’ related technical experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and work within an approved budget.
  • Thorough knowledge of all areas of technical production.
  • Strong carpentry and rigging skills.
  • Ability to work well in group problem-solving situations.
  • Strong verbal and diplomatic communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure on many projects and with many people of varying levels of experience.
  • Experience creating and overseeing calendars and schedules.
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proficiency in Excel.
  • Knowledge of common industry-specific software, including Qlab and Vectorworks.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three references Molly Braverman, Managing Director, at Molly@TheatreHorizon.org. Please include "Production Manager" in the subject line. No phone calls please. EOE. Theatre Horizon is dedicated to building a culturally diverse work and creative environment—women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

Teaching Artists

We are always looking for enthusiastic, experienced, fun-loving teachers to bring drama to children's lives. We have year-round drama programs, a variety of summer drama camps, and an autism drama outreach program.

More Information on Education Programs

2017/18 Season Sponsors

Horizon $5,000

iCeutica

Vista $3,000

Vista Sponsors

Scene $1,000

Scene Sponsors