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Kohl's Wild Theater

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Full-Time Production Stage Manager

Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award winning professional theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater is a live, interactive, participatory theater--directed primarily to children--that uses drama, puppetry, humor and songs to help inspire children to 1) care more about our natural world, 2) learn ways to help animals here and around the world, and 3) take action to make a difference.

Position Description

The Production Stage Manager (PSM) will coordinate all production elements and maintain show quality. The PSM will divide time between stage managing performances and rehearsals, as well as overseeing administrative duties related to production management. The PSM reports directly to the KWT Theater Coordinator.

Responsibilities include:

  • Approximately 75% of work hours will be committed to stage managing KWT productions, both on-site at the Milwaukee County Zoo and throughout SE Wisconsin within a one-hour radius of the Zoo.
  • Stage management responsibilities include coordination with performance venues, operating sound equipment during performances, maintaining show quality, and completing daily performance reports.
  • Other administrative responsibilities include:
    • Train, coordinate, and supervise part-time stage management staff.
    • Oversee prompt book for all KWT shows, including performance cues, tech lists, final staging/choreography, and run times.
    • Manage all production contracts, including outside production shop, independent designers and artisans in coordination with Theater Coordinator.
    • Oversee maintenance of show props, puppets, sets, costumes, computers, microphones, technical equipment, vehicles, signage, etc.
    • Coordinate Zoo stage usage and maintain backstage work areas with the Birds of Prey Show staff (non-KWT) and Zoo animal management staff. The PSM position does not include live-animal handling.
    • Manage “after-hours” complications in coordination with the Theater Coordinator.
    • All other duties, as assigned.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent in stage management, technical theater, arts management, or related field. 1-2 years of professional stage management experience. Experience with touring theater is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to manage a team.
  • Familiarity with Q-Lab software (both audio and video) is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance. Lifting responsibilities include setting up technical equipment for performances such as set pieces and a sound system.
  • Experience working in multiple areas of technical theater, including carpentry, costumes and sound board operation.
  • Must have your own vehicle, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Zoological Society sponsorship.

Start date: September 1, 2016

Hours: 40-hours per week, on average. Most hours during regular weekday business hours. Weekend work hours are required during the summer months with two weekdays designated as days off. The PSM will have the ability to adjust their own work hours, based upon performance requirements.

Compensation package: Sick time, vacation, personal days and health insurance. Salarycommensurate with experience.

Application Process

  1. Email cover letter and resume to davem@zoosociety.org. In the subject line write “KWT PSM Position” by: June 19, 2016
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews to be held from July 11-22.

Full-Time Administrative Assistant

Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award winning professional theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater is a live, interactive, participatory theater--directed primarily to children--that uses drama, puppetry, humor and songs to help inspire children to 1) care more about our natural world, 2) learn ways to help animals here and around the world, and 3) take action to make a difference.

Position Description

The Administrative Assistant will oversee multiple administrative and operational responsibilities. The position may be supplemented with performance, stage management, or other creative opportunities depending on a qualified candidate’s skill set. The Administrative Assistant reports directly to the KWT Theater Coordinator.

Responsibilities include:

  • Primary customer-facing representative of Kohl’s Wild Theater, including registration of all outreach performances.
  • Oversee the distribution and upkeep of all KWT marketing materials including the KWT website, online event calendars, mailings, etc.
  • Coordinate KWT teams traveling into the community. Includes actor scheduling, providing acting staff with all venue information and following up on all venue concerns.
  • Manage staff scheduling, timesheets, and benefit allocation.
  • Provide customer service by responding to outreach program inquiries and customer concerns.
  • Organize KWT working areas, including the movement of set pieces, sound equipment, costumes, etc.
  • All other duties, as assigned.

Requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent in theater, arts management, business, stage management, education or related field. 1-2 years of professional experience preferred.

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Customer-service oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Exhibit professional skills such as the ability to develop positive interpersonal relationships and give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance. Lifting responsibilities include movement of technical equipment for performances such as set pieces and a sound system.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must have own vehicle, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Zoological Society sponsorship.

Start date: September 1, 2016

Hours: 8-4 Monday-Friday (some days may require longer hours). Some evening/night, weekend, or holiday work hours may be required. Comp time provided for work required outside of regular hours.

Compensation package: Sick time, vacation, personal days and health insurance. Salarycommensurate with experience.

Application Process

  1. Email cover letter and resume to davem@zoosociety.org. In the subject line write “KWT Administrative Assistant Position” by: June 19, 2016
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews to be held from July 11-22.

Actor Auditions

Kohl’s Wild Theater is not holding any auditions at this time. For future consideration, interested actors may send their headshot and resume to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org.

Writers and Composers

Kohl’s Wild Theater occasionally commissions playwrights and composers to develop new plays or musicals about specific conservation topics under a “for hire” contract. To be considered for a future contract, writers or composers may send their resume and two writing/music samples to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org. Writing samples should be under 10 pages and should be from a play or musical for young audiences.

Designers

Kohl’s Wild Theater occasionally contracts costume, set/props, sound and puppet designers to design new plays and musicals. Interested designers may send their resume to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org.

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