Polyphone Festival of New and Emerging Musicals: Artistic Director Search

 

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SUZANNE AND DOUG KREITZBERG ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE POLYPHONE FESTIVAL OF NEW AND EMERGING MUSICALS

IRA BRIND SCHOOL OF THEATER ARTS

 

POSITION: Artistic Director

CATEGORY: Artistic Leadership and Education

JOB TYPE: Part-Time

SALARY: $20k Stipend Per Production Season

 

DEPARTMENT: Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts

 

APPLICATIONS DUE:

July 19th, 2019

 

POSITION START DATE:

August 12th, 2019

 

SUMMARY: The successful candidate will have a history of producing directing, writing or composing new musicals. They should have experience working in both professional and educational environments. We are particularly interested in minority and alternative voices.

 

The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts is a thriving undergraduate, professional training program offering BFA degrees in Acting, Musical Theater, Directing, Playwriting & Production, and Theater Design & Technology.

 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate the script submission process in conjunction with Brind School staff.
  • Research, solicit, select, and prepare scripts in conjunction with panel of readers.
  • Find and hire creative teams and musicians in conjunction with the Producer (Brind School Director) and Associate Producer.
  • Facilitate collaboration between guest artists and student performers, designers, dramaturgs, and stage managers and provide them with artistic support and guidance.
  • Continue to raise the national presence of the festival by diversifying artists and audiences.
  • Be available on campus most weekends from February through April to oversee an opening retreat, rehearsals, designer runs, tech, dress rehearsals, and performances (April 7th-11th).

 

POLYPHONE is a nationally recognized festival of emerging musicals at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. For the last 5 years, under the artistic direction of Cesar Alvarez, we have brought composers, librettists, directors, choreographers and music directors onto the campus to work with student casts and creatives on never before produced musicals. Each year, we program four new musicals. Each musical is cast from around 150 auditioning students, workshopped and rehearsed over a period of six weeks. During the festival, each musical receives three performances. The final presentations are off-book, staged concert productions with a full band and lighting design. The process allows us to support emerging artists with a paid opportunity to make their work, give students on-the-ground training in the creation of new work, and give adventurous new musicals time and space to develop, free from the pressures of commercial interests, producing theaters, or reviews.

 

Past participants include: Joanna Settle, César Alvarez, Stew, Heather Christian, Jaclyn Backhaus, Andrew Neisler, Annie Tippe, Jeanna Phillips, Michael R. Jackson, Stephen Brackett, Malika Oyetimein, Joshua Gelb, Dan Fishback, Orion Johnstone, Andrew Butler, Andrew Farmer, Kent Nicholson, Storm Thomas, Sam Pinkleton, Maggie-Kate Coleman, Erato A. Kremmyda, Derek Lee McPhatter, Germono Toussaint, Christopher Burris and Dionne McClain-Freeney. In addition, 3 new musicals by UArts undergraduates have been developed and presented, one of which is on its way to Ars Nova’s ANTFest in June.

 

 

TO APPLY BY MAIL: Letters, resumes, and work samples should be mailed to:

Director of the Brind School

The University of the Arts

320 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA

19102

All applications should be clearly marked: Polyphone Artistic Director

 

TO APPLY ELECTRONICALLY: Letters, resumes, and work samples should be emailed to:

Brind School Associate Producer, Lindsay Krieg at lkrieg@uarts.edu

All submissions should include “Polyphone Artistic Director” in subject line

 

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:

The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.

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To learn more about the Polyphone Festival of New and Emerging Musicals please visit polyphone.org

 

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