Job offer: Communications Coordinator

Job Offer - Communications Coordinator
ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:

Established in Montreal in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre development centre led by a team of renowned dramaturgs and arts administrators. We are a bilingual non profit organization dedicated to collaborating with artists in the development of new works of theatre and performance. Read more about PWM’s mission and mandate at: www.playwrights.ca/about-us

JOB OVERVIEW:

PWM is currently seeking a part-time (20hrs/week) Communications Coordinator for an indeterminate term contract, beginning immediately.

Reporting to the General Manager, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and execution of PWM’s marketing and communications strategies. The Communications Coordinator will create, produce and distribute materials using PWM’s communications channels and will monitor and maintain PWM’s website and social media platforms.

At this time, PWM is reviewing its communications platforms and marketing strategies (website, newsletter, social media, etc) with the assistance of three consultants who specialize in three distinct areas: 1)  SEO and communications analytics, 2) terminology of communications, the expression of programming and terms of engagement, and transparency of organizational operations through an equity lens and 3) the creation of artistic content for online engagement. The Communications Coordinator will contribute to the strategic thinking and planning during this process, and also assist with the implementation of findings.

SALARY, HOURS and BENEFITS:

The position pays $19/hour, payable in correspondence with net amounts after all standard employment deductions. The position includes 10 days (40 hours) of paid vacation during the period of December 23 to January 3 and 5 days (20 hours) of paid vacation during the month of July.

Working hours are 20 hours a week, on a schedule determined with the General Manager. When additional projects arise, the Communications Coordinator may be asked to work up to an additional 5 hours a week.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Write a variety of different content to support communications and marketing efforts, including newsletters, website, social media, brochures and press releases
  • Design promotional materials for PWM’s communication and marketing efforts that include images and or/video suitable for social media sharing, mailchimp, email and website
  • Design other communications materials such as posters, postcards, signage, letterhead, brochures, business cards, etc
  • Assist the PWM team in developing and implementing a communications strategy designed to further the organization’s objectives
  • Plan and execute social media campaigns
  • Manage, maintain and update PWM’s website
  • Manage and adhere to a Communications budget as given by General Manager
  • Manage and compile calls from the community that would benefit artists that PWM closely works with (i.e. Playwrights, Translators, Dramaturgs)
  • Track and promote PWM-developed plays once they go into production
  • Assist the General Manager in the creation and follow through of recognition and crediting contracts with PWM collaborators
  • Monitor analytics and create reports detailing the successes and failures of communications campaigns and strategies
  • Stay up to date on industry trends and make recommendations for adjustments to communications strategies and practices
  • Respond to media inquiries and maintain relationships with journalists and other members of the press
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • 3+ years experience in a communications or marketing role
  • Superior time management and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • An analytical mind and ability to think critically
  • Exceptional writing and interpersonal communication skills in both English and French
  • Experience in the design, execution and distribution of digital and print materials (posters, postcards, ads, etc)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of WordPress, SEO and Google Analytics
  • Knowledge of G Suite, MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Photoshop, and social media platforms
  • Knowledge of CiviCRM, HTML coding, photography, and video editing is an asset
  • Knowledge of email marketing software such as Mailchimp
  • Proven knowledge of communications and marketing ethics and best practices
  • Comfort with managing multiple projects at the same time and ability to adapt
EDUCATION:

Graduate of communications, marketing, and/or public relations program or equivalent.

APPLICATION:

Please email your Cover Letter and CV to Lesley Bramhill, gm@playwrights.ca, with the subject line “Application Communications Coordinator”. Please include one writing example (your choice of a press release, a brochure, a social media post, etc) and one digital or print design example (a poster, postcard, image that was shared online, etc). Applications should also include a minimum of 3 references.

Candidates must submit applications by 12 noon on  August 23, 2019. However, applications will be considered as they come in and interviews may be held prior to this date. Ideally, the selected candidate will begin training sometime the week of August 26, 2019 and take over the position as of the week of September 3, 2019.

Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal  is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. We strongly encourage applications from members of equity seeking groups, including but not limited to:  those whose lives have been impacted by illness or disability*, BIPOC communities, LGBTQIIA+ communities, newcomers to Canada and from all groups who experience marginalization. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter if they are comfortable doing so.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

*please visit our website for accessibility information at PWM: www.playwrights.ca/accessibility

History of English-Language Drama and Theatre in Quebec, 1930-2015

English Language Theatre in Quebec

In collaboration with PWM, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and McGill University Department of English

Professor Erin Hurley of the Department of English at McGill University is researching the history of English-language drama and theatre in Quebec from 1930-2015. Her research results will be shared with the theatre community in public lectures, staged readings, and a report, and will be communicated to academic audiences in scholarly articles and as a book documenting English-language theatre in Quebec. One aspect of this project is the literary and historical analysis of the plays written in English by Quebec authors since 1930. As much of this dramatic literature is unpublished, Prof Hurley asks for your assistance in identifying and gathering such plays so that she has access to a more complete picture of the field, its authors, thematics, aesthetics, and engagements.

If you are the author of a play (or plays) and are willing to have them included in Professor Hurley’s research corpus, please contact her at erin.hurley@mcgill.ca. Professor Hurley and her research team can arrange to have your play scanned or, if you already have it in digital format, they can arrange for its transfer. Your work will not be shared outside of the research team and will be used exclusively for research purposes.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Call for applications

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PWM’s Young Creators Unit is back!

Thanks to the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, the TELUS MONTREAL COMMUNITY BOARD, and the ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION, we are happy to announce we will be offering this amazing opportunity for emerging creators for a third year.

Workshops will take place every Wednesday evening starting in late October. If you are under 30 and interested in developing a new piece of theatre, please contact Jesse Stong at jesse@playwrights.ca and let us know a bit about yourself and what you are hoping to get from the unit.

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Want to see a sample of last year’s unit?

 


 

Thank you to our funders! Without their generous donations, the Young Creators Unit would not be possible.

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Winners of the Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators

John Jack Paterson and Jennie Herbin

John Jack Paterson and Jennie Herbin were selected as the winners of the 2017 Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators

John Jack Paterson

Jack is a Vancouver director, divisor, dramaturge, actor and translator whose work and study have taken him across Canada and around the world. He trained at Circle in the Square (NYC), GITIS The Russian Academy for Performing Arts (Moscow, RU), Seni Institute for the Arts (Denpasar, IND) and received his MFA in Direction from East 15 (London, UK). His work ranges from cross cultural, multi-disciplinary and multi lingual devised experiences to classical and new play mainstage projects. Favourite credits include The List (Vancouver); a devising/ original practice fusion Romeo & Juliet (Cardiff, Wales); the devised projects Wasting Time (Denpasar, IND) and Odyssey (London, UK); the text/ flamenco fusion The Love of Don Perlimplin (The Shaw Festival); and the Vancouver premiere of Titus Andronicus.

www.JackPatersontheatre.com

Jennie Herbin

Jennie is a graduate of Neptune Theatre’s acting conservatory program in Halifax. She performed in the work in progress Skin with Bakery Productions in 2016 and continues to collaborate in its development. Jennie studied French literature and Hispanic literature at McGill University before completing a Master of Arts in Translation Studies at Concordia University. She has professional experience translating in several fields; most recently, she translated the article “A distinguished and anonymous female presence: Louise d’Épinay and the Correspondance littéraire’s imagined community” by Melinda Caron, to be published in The Scholar and Feminist Online.

 

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Exploring Micro Performance

EXPLORING PRACTICE INTENSIVE with Sherry Yoon

Now accepting applications for our next training session with Sherry Yoon (Boca del Lupo)

Dates: March 20 to 24, 2017
Time: 10AM to 4PM
Location: PWM
Fee: $50 (Fee is not a barrier to anyone who might be interested/eligible)

In this Exploring Practice Intensive, Sherry Yoon will guide artists through a process that focus on the development and creation of Micro Performance incorporating her curatorial lens for Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series. As co-founder and current artistic director of Boca del Lupo, the Micro Performance Series evolved out of the hugely popular HIVE initiative offering audiences and artists a portal to an exciting and a rapidly growing genre in contemporary performance. The performances explore the intimate relationship between audience and performer, providing a deeper impact and connection to the material through the inherent nature of intimacy and proximity. This emerging global trend in contemporary performance practice cuts across disciplines; from theatre and dance to new media, live art and interactive technology. Each project in the Micro Performance Series asks the audience, which is rarely more than 30 at a time, to completely immerse themselves in a world of the artist’s creation.     

Application guideline: To apply for this training, please submit a cover letter stating your reason’s for participating in this Exploring Practice Intensive; a résumé and biography. Please include a project idea, inspiration, outline of script, or excerpt. Please note that your project can be in the early stages of development.
Please send applications to: emma@playwrights.ca
Subject line: Exploring Practice Intensive with Sherry Yoon
Application deadline: March 10, 2017 at 5PM

Instructor:

Sherry Yoon has directed and co-created more than 35 productions, some examples include: Fall Away Home, a site-specific performance in Stanley Park, Photog,a mash up between photography and verbatim text, and a generative installation, The Perfect Artist. Currently she is working on Expedition, an iterative piece that explores climate change and Red Phone a participatory performance between two phone booths.

During her tenure as Artistic Director of Boca del Lupo the company has received numerous awards including the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, Jessie Awards for Outstanding Production, Design, Actor, Ensemble and Critic’s Choice Innovation Award. Her productions have toured festivals and venues across Canada, Europe and Mexico. She’s the curator of the Micro Performance Series and Vancouver Art Gallery’s summer FUSE. Recently she launched the 3.7% initiative; an advocacy group for ethnically and culturally diverse female artists. Upcoming projects include: Red Phone tour, directing Shylock at Bard on the Beach and King of the Yees at the National Arts Centre.

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An exploration of the puppetry creation process

Exploring Practice with Clea Minaker

Now accepting applications for our next training session with Clea Minaker

Dates: February 20th to 24th, 2017
Time: 3 PM to 6 PM
Location: PWM
Fee: $45 (Fee is not a barrier to anyone who might be interested/eligible)

This 15-hour workshop explores the interdisciplinary nature of the puppetry creation process while initiating participants to fundamental aspects of the form. Through exercises and personal creations, participants will explore the performing object as both an interpretive tool, and an aesthetic gesture. The Puppetry arts are often described as sitting at the crossroads between the visual and performing arts. Both in traditional forms, and in contemporary experimentations, puppetry combines elements of physical and embodied research, with aesthetic and material research.

As all materials possess a distinct poetic, and expressive force, they also offer distinct dramaturgical possibilities. In the ‘theatre of materials’ we often speak of visual dramaturgy. Dramaturgies that are not subordinate to written text, but that operate freely, in parallel to it. Through the elaboration of a unique scenic and movement vocabulary, a ‘world’, complete with its own system of meaning is constructed. As the performer skilfully guides the gaze of the audience towards that which is to be seen, she is complicit with, and integral to, the dramatic action that is unfolding.

When developing puppetry and image-based performance work, the creation process inevitably reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the form, wherein design and performance, dialogue continuously. This workshop proposes to explore the dialogue.

Application guidelines: To apply for this training, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the sessions, a biography and CV
Please send applications to emma@playwrights.ca
Subject line: Exploring Practice with Clea Minaker
Application deadline: February 10, 2017 at 5 PM

Biography

A performer, designer, director, and puppeteer, Clea Minaker brings the language of contemporary puppetry arts to collaborations across multiple disciplines: theatre, music, opera, dance, film, and community arts. She has created commissioned, collaborative works for: Istanbul Independent International Film Festival IF!; with Hajra Waheed at ART Dubai; The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Festival Casteliers, Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ with the N.A.C Orchestra, and at ‘Convergence, An International Summit on Art and Technology’ at The Banff Centre. Other notable collaborations include: the creation of shadow stage show for Feist, ‘The Reminder Tour’, ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ with Kid Koala, ‘Tales from Odessa’ with So-called and shadow design for Atom Egoyan’s ‘Salomé’ at the Canadian Opera Company. In 2013, Clea premiered her first solo creation, ‘The Book of Thel’, at Lachapelle Scène Contemporaines in Montréal. Clea has been a guest instructor, director, and artist-in- residence at: Concordia University Theatre Department, Mcgill University English Department, The University of British Columbia, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. She has directed at Geordie Theatre, and worked with community arts companies, Shadowland Theatre, Jumblies Theatre, and Nunavik Theatre Arts.

Clea was a puppeteer and puppet designer for the short film, ‘Higgelty Piggelty Pop! (or there must be more to life)’ directed by the Montreal film duo Clyde Henry (produced by N.F.B, Warner Bros). Clea was awarded the Siminovitch Protégé Prize for Theatre Design in 2009, by Siminovitch prize-winner and puppeteer Ronnie Burkett. Clea Minaker trained at the L’École Nationale Superieure des Arts de la Marionnette (2002 -2005) located at the International Institute of Puppetry Arts in Charleville-Mezieres, France.

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