May 19, 2008

Seeking "Communications & Operations Administrator" - full time

Bethune Theatredanse, a nonprofit multi-media dance company with an
educational dance and drama outreach program for children and youth
with disabilities, seeks a dedicated and experienced communications
coordinator. Must be an energetic self-starter and a considerate team
player with integrity.

Candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing internal
and external communications strategies including message development,
public relations, media cultivation, and production of Bethune
Theatredanse publications and website. Specific responsibilities
include but are not limited to: strategic communications, content
production, media relations, public awareness, advocacy efforts, and
increasing visibility and brand recognition of Bethune Theatredanse.

As this is a small, non-profit organization, other responsibilities
are varied and include grant assembly, reporting and invoicing, filing
and organizing as well as the day-to-day operations. Our
communications coordinator must have excellent phone and people
skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and be organized
and detail-oriented. Knowledge of Quickbooks and accounting skills a
plus, but not a requirement.


• Work with Bethune Theatredanse leadership to implement a dynamic,
effective and aggressive media strategy.

• Draft and disseminate press releases, news advisories, and other
media documents, as well as track media clips.

• Coordinate press for diverse and expanding activities.

• Pitch and respond to inquiries from the media.

• Work with staff, leadership and outside PR vendor on major
performances and fundraising events.

• Develop and maintain consistent image and message through all
communications tools.

• Produce newsletters and reports with other staff members.

• Assist in the development and production of collateral and
advertising materials.

• Manage online communications activities, such as writing/sending
email blasts, updating content on the website, and serving as a
liaison with website vendor.


• Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations or other
related field.

• Minimum five years experience performing local and national media
outreach (experience with performing arts, a plus)

• Experience with advocacy organizations, or previous experience in a
nonprofit environment strongly encouraged.

• Strong writing and editing skills.

• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously in
a fast paced environment.

• Proven track record of planning and implementing communications

• Proven media relationships, placements and reactive media skills.

• Computer experience with PC platforms and with Adobe Creative Suite.

• Results-oriented and works well under pressure.

• Ability to prioritize, multitask and pay attention to detail.

• Ability to work independently and in a team setting.

• Excellent interpersonal skills along with a sense of humor,
flexibility and enthusiasm are a plus.


Very competitive salary; DOE. TO APPLY: Email cover letter, resume,
salary history and writing sample to Zina Bethune, No phone calls, please.

Bethune Theatredanse is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is open immediately.


Cultural Affairs Coordinator, City of Santa Monica
Miles Memorial Playhouse, Santa Monica
Salary: $ 3,513 - $ 4,337/mo.

The principal responsibility of this part-time position is to monitor and troubleshoot the
activity of a busy 140-seat theater, covering evening rehearsals, technical set-ups and
weekend performances. 75-80% of the weekly hours will be evenings, weekends and
weekend nights. Broad knowledge of theater tech and operations a major plus. Secondary
duties include assisting in the development and administration of original cultural
programming including a popular high school open mic program (Downbeat 720), a Teen
Film Festival, annual dance and music concerts as well as other community cultural events.

Requires: High school graduation or the equivalent. And two years of recent, paid
progressively responsible work experience in cultural programming, event production or
facilities operations. A degree in the arts, cultural programming, community cultural
facilities management or a closely related field is highly desirable. Graphic design skills
also a plus but not required.

Application deadline: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

Applications and additional information can be found on the City's website.
Please scroll down to the position of Cultural Affairs Coordinator and you will be able to
access a detailed job description and an application.

Metro Art Docent Council Coordinator

Metro Art Docent Council Coordinator

Metro Art is seeking an experienced, energetic Docent Council
Coordinator with a passion for the arts and desire to help people learn
about Metro's expanding transit system and its art collection.

Metro commissions artists to incorporate art into a wide array of
transportation projects throughout Los Angeles County. From bus stops to
rail stations, streetscapes to bus interiors, construction fences to
poetry, art creates a sense of place and engages transit riders. The
Docent Council leads art tours for over 4,000 people a year, all free of
charge. Docents train with Metro Art staff, visit artists' studios, and
give tours of the transit system, imparting unique insights regarding
the history of the artworks, the artists who created them, and the
processes that made them a reality.

In recent years, the Docent Council has grown to approximately 20
volunteers who have introduced well over 28,000 people to the art in the
Metro Rail system, and the demand continues to rise as word spreads.
Over 80% of tour participants are first time transit users. Multiple
tours are given each month and the response is overwhelmingly positive.
We are pleased to report that 98% of the survey cards submitted by those
who have taken a tour have rated the tours "excellent." This award
winning program is unique in the transportation industry and is the only
transit related docent program in the nation.

General responsibilities

* Book tours, coordinate tour dates with docents, keep master
calendar of tours, arrange back-up and replacement docents.
* Act as a liaison between Metro Art staff and the Docent Council
* Support Docent Council as necessary, attend and participate at
Docent Council meetings, develop and oversee Ad Hoc Committee(s) as
necessary (ex: To review, update and analyze existing policies or
procedures; to develop training programs; to develop field trip
itineraries; etc.)
* Expand the membership of the Docent Council. Handle docent
recruitment, selection, training and evaluation.
* Arrange for all docents to receive badges, bathroom DLX keys,
safety vests, parking stamps, safety training, and Metro required
materials. Inform docents of annual touring obligations. Maintain
information regarding docent contact info and vacation dates.
* Set calendar dates for Executive Committee Meetings and
Trainings. Propose itineraries for field trips, including visits to
artists' studios.
* Oversee the development of tour scripts by the Docent Council
members for approval by Metro Art.
* Work with volunteers to assemble/mail Tour Confirmation Packets.
* Meet regularly with Docent Council members .
* Be available to discuss problems, ideas, and suggestions brought
by individual council members and/or Metro staff.
* Meet with individuals or agencies outside Metro when the request
for such a meeting is appropriate.
* Develop and approve correspondence sent out in the name of the
council (after review with Metro Art department).
* Answer correspondence/requests for information regarding tours.
* Update monthly reports & tour statistics.
* Assemble and distribute tour survey responses, press clippings,
* Arrange for purchase of any necessary equipment
* Represent the Docent Council at Metro Art staff meetings as
* Coordinate updates to and other information sources.

Expectations and Qualifications

* Comfortable with public speaking, excellent communication skills
* Experience with volunteer groups
* Have an upbeat and professional demeanor
* Strong interest in the arts
* Demonstrate an excellent work ethic
* Familiarity with office equipment and administrative procedures


* Up to 20 hours per week
* The Docent Council Coordinator is expected to spend
approximately 12 hours per week at the Metro Art offices in Downtown Los


* Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
* Services are provided as an independent contractor and do not
include medical, dental or pension benefits.

To Apply

* Provide letter of interest and current resume to:

Zipporah Lax Yamamoto

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

Mail Stop 99-19-4

Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952


* The most highly qualified candidates will be invited to a
personal interview at Metro Headquarters.


* The position is open until filled.
* Anticipated start date is July 1, 2008.


For more information visit or contact:

Zipporah Lax Yamamoto

Senior Public Arts Officer


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May 12, 2008

Center Theatre Group is seeking qualified candidates

Dear Colleagues,

Center Theatre Group is seeking qualified candidates to participate in a unique and exciting training and professional development opportunity for Teaching Artists. All participants receive a stipend and join a growing community of quality Teaching Artists.

The Institute provides teaching artists with training, mentorship and networking opportunities. Through a creative dramatics curriculum developed in partnership with educators and master teaching artists, participants will become familiar with Understanding by Design lesson planning techniques and the Visual and Performing Arts California State Education Standards. In the interest of promoting a sustained community of learners and arts professionals, the Institute will include two seminars focused on improving the practice of teaching theatre in public schools and the community.

We encourage qualified individuals to apply by filling out and submitting all application materials by JUNE 13, 2008. The application can be found at:

More information about all of Center Theatre Group's Education programs can be found on the company website,


Leslie K. Johnson

Director of Education and Outreach

Center Theatre Group

L.A.'s Theatre Company
Mark Taper Forum | Ahmanson Theatre | Kirk Douglas Theatre

601 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
* E-Mail:
( Phone: 213.972.7450
) Fax: 213.972.7244

Skirball Cultural Center job posting: Head of Family Programs

SCC Job Posting: Head of Family Programs

The Skirball Cultural Center (SCC) of Los Angeles, a dynamic cultural institution devoted to exploring connections across cultures and communities, is seeking a Head of Family Programs as a key member of its Education Department. The Skirball’s family programs include outdoor, gallery-based, and performance-based experiences that serve more than 100,000 visitors annually. These offerings have expanded significantly with the opening in 2007 of Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, a new participatory destination for young children and their families.

The Head of Family Programs reports to the Associate Director of Education and works closely with the Head of School and Teacher Programs, the Head of Docent Programs, and the Gallery Manager for Noah’s Ark. S/he leads a team responsible for programmatic planning and implementation for youth and family audiences.


Oversees the planning and delivery of innovative, experiential educational Skirball offerings for families and young people, aligned with the SCC mission and Education Department vision and visitor outcomes. These include workshops, drop-in programs, festival activities, toddler programs, and performance programs.
In charge of the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of all public programs in the Noah’s Ark galleries and park, in the archaeological family Discovery Center, and at the outdoor dig site and field tent.
Trains, oversees, and evaluates paid and volunteer educators in the delivery of programs.
Hires visual and performing artists and other specialists on contract as needed to facilitate programs (or some language of this sort).
Set priorities for and supervises Associate Educator for Family Programs and Archaeology Educators.
With School Programs staff and in consultation with Program Department, co-curates and produces summer family amphitheater programs.
Performs managerial duties including interviewing applicants for employment within Family Programs; assigns and reviews progress of assignments; manages performance.
In collaboration with External Affairs staff, manages development of Family Programs-related print and web and helps build and diversify Skirball family audiences.
Maintains up-to-date working knowledge of child development and family learning theory and educational practices to ensure the value, effectiveness and success of Skirball’s program for families and children.
Participates in the development of the Education Department budget; oversees Family Programs-related portion of the budget, and ensures expenditures comply with approved budget.
Supervises the evaluation of existing and proposed family programs; interprets data and proposes changes as appropriate.
Participates in grant writing and other fundraising efforts to support Family Programs as needed.
Develops and presents programs at conferences designed to promote the Skirball’s presence and educational programs to others.


Master’s degree or higher in arts education, museum education, or related discipline.
Prior experience in successfully developing and managing gallery- and/or performance-based family programs.
Orientation toward child-directed, flexible, inquiry-based, participatory learning with a focus on collaboration and respect for every learner.
Professional experience in experiential education; solid knowledge of how to teach in a gallery setting and how to support families in using museums and other cultural resources.
Successful experience in creating and delivering programs for children and families.
Knowledge of Jewish culture and traditions a plus.
Managerial and teaching skills sufficient to manage and mentor a staff of 1-2 professionals and to provide effective leadership and coaching to docents and volunteers.
Excellent oral and listening communication skills and the ability to work well with people of diverse cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds.
Knowledge of the various forms of media used in educational programs.
Excellent written communication skills, including strong editing skills.
Demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships within an organization and within the field.
A keen appreciation and understanding of the Skirball Cultural Center mission and philosophy.
Organizational skills sufficient to plan and organize projects and initiatives.
Personal computer skills; proficiency utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Please email resume and cover letter to or fax to

(310) 440-4595.

Or send copies to:

Human Resources Department

Head of Family Programs

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

*CalArts Professional Development Workshop Series*

*CalArts Professional Development Workshop Series*

*Join us this summer to get your art career on track.*

You asked for more professional development resources and we heard you. CalArts Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to present a three-part workshop series with Karen Atkinson (BFA Art ’84), founder of Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST), “an artist run company for artists.” Karen will bring her experience as artist, curator, grant writer and editor to this fun and informative series of events. We promise--this won’t be your run-of-the-mill boring business seminar. Come with your questions and share your own insights!

These workshops are designed to provide artists who are at any point in their career with practical and strategic tools to thrive in the real world of the arts. However, we know that opportunities to network are key to your professional development, so each session will begin with the workshop and close with a cocktail hour for participants to relax and meet one another.

Space is limited, so register now! These workshops are open to the public.

*Eyes Wide Open*
Saturday, May 31, 2008
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
$40 registration*

Do you feel like you missed the first day of school when they covered the basics? This session will review the nuts and bolts of managing yourself. From time management to project planning to budgets, this session will help you to develop your artist statement, resume and even an elevator speech (if you don’t know what that is, you definitely need to be there!).

Mojitos and soft drinks will be served from 4 – 5 pm at Vertical Wine Bistro located within walking distance of the Armory (included in registration fee).

*Follow the Money *
Saturday, June 14, 2008
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
$40 registration*

Do you know the difference between an RFP and a PDF? It’s not all about deadlines and grant agreements. There are ways to raise money to fund your art practice without grants. Join us to find out how it’s done.

Margaritas and soft drinks will be served from 4 – 5 pm at Vertical Wine Bistro located within walking distance of the Armory (included in registration fee).

The Art of the Deal *
Saturday, July 12, 2008
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
$40 registration*

Managing an art career takes more than creative talent alone. Learn how to negotiate like the experts, deal with the demands of venues and understand the legal issues of bringing your art to the public.

Martinis and soft drinks will be served from 4 – 5 pm at Vertical Wine Bistro located within walking distance of the Armory (included in registration fee).

*Register for all three workshops for just $100. *

**Please click on the attachment for more information and the registration form; or to register and pay by credit card, please call Alumni Relations at 661-253-7875.

*Refunds cannot be provided for cancellations within 24 hours of the workshop.

The city parking structure just north of the Armory on Raymond offers ninety minutes free parking, $2 each hour thereafter. Only handicap parking is available in back of the Armory building.

May 7, 2008

Call for Choreographers for J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival

J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival @ The Ford Amphitheatre

Deadline for submission is June 1st, 2008

The J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival (JHHDF) is an annual showcase of
cutting-edge street dance choreography and hip hop culture produced by
Antics Performance and J.U.i.C.E. at the outdoor, 1241-seat Ford
Amphitheatre. It will take place on Sat. Oct. 4th, 2008.

JHHDF unites the rhythmic virtuosity and extreme physicality of street
dance to "expand [hip hop's] creative horizons" (Lewis Segal, L.A.
Times). Artistic Directors Amy "Catfox" Campion and Jacob "Kujo"
Lyons bring LA's freshest street dance choreographers to the stage to
celebrate and to reinvent hip hop culture.

JHHDF is looking for street dance-based choreography that captures the
essence of the hip hop and pushes the boundaries of creativity. We
highly encourage the submission of multi-media performances that
overlap street dance with live music, visual art, poetry, theatre,
and/or film. Proposals should address how the artist plans to
creatively take advantage of the particular features of the unique,
bi-level, outdoor Ford Amphitheatre stage. Submissions for short Hip
Hop films are also welcome. Pieces should be between 3-10 minutes long.

For a map of the Ford Amphitheatre stage go to: Click on the "Rent" menu, select "outdoor",
then click on Ford 2007 REP PLOT and scroll down to view the stage map.

All performers must be available for dress and tech rehearsals during
the week prior to the show (Sept 29th- Oct 3rd schedule tba). Music
for each piece, as well as backdrop projected artwork and/or completed
films must be submitted to Antics Performance one month before the
show. Performers must have the rights to the music and images they
provide. Performers must also provide bios and photos for JHHDF
marketing materials.

Each selected performing group will receive a stipend of no less that
$500 to be determined based on the number of performers, particular
needs of the piece, and festival budget. Performing groups will be
listed in the press release, radio announcements, and J.U.i.C.E. website.

To download the submission form go to: or
Applications must include a completed submission form, a resume, a
photo of the performers, and a DVD of the finished dance piece,
performance, or film to be considered.

Applications materials must be RECEIVED by Sunday June 1st, 2008.
Applicants will be notified of decisions in July by mail. Please mail
applications to:

Antics Performance
2404 Wilshire Blvd. #4E
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Contact Antics Performance:
213-739-1498 or

[JOB] J.U.i.C.E. seeks Grant Writer

J.U.i.C.E. is Seeking a Part Time Grant Writer

J.U.i.C.E. is a hip-hop focused youth, arts and education
organization. We are a project of Community Partners, a 501(c)(3)
organization. J.U.i.C.E. opened in 2001 and continues to operate every
Thursday during after-school and evening hours. We provide the
facilities, equipment, and training necessary for young people to
develop and expand skills in the artistic elements of the hip hop
culture: breakdancing, mural art, deejaying, and emceeing as well as
in music recording. Youth of all ages are invited to attend and all
programs are free.

The mission of J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy) is
to address the root causes of juvenile crime and of youths' need for
belonging by providing a safe center run by and for young people,
focused on skill building in the arts surrounding hip-hop culture:
word, music, art, and dance.

We are seeking a part time consultant who will be responsible for
assisting the Executive Director in writing and developing grant
proposals; preparing all grant application materials and helping
identify new granting opportunities.

Proven track record of successful grant writing and fundraising.
Experience working with non-profit organizations that focus on youth,
arts, education and juvenile justice. A responsible and resourceful
individual who is detail oriented and has superior organizational
skills. Knowledge of hip-hop culture and/or juvenile justice issues a

Minimum 4 year degree or equivalent experience preferred.

$30 to $40/hour, based on experience, for 12 hours a month.

Please email cover letter and resume to by June
1, 2008. Include "J.U.i.C.E. Grant Writer" in the subject line. Attach
any relevant materials such as list of grants received and amounts and
at least 2 references. No phone calls please. |

Cultural Affairs Conservator RFQ

The Department of Cultural Affairs has issued a Request for
Qualifications for conservators.

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will enable the City of Los
Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) to create a Pre-Qualified
list of conservators/conservator groups who have the interest,
knowledge, range, capability and skills to clean, conserve and advise on
the maintenance of the artworks and architectural enhancements found in
the City’s permanent art collection, murals, monuments, and/or public

DCA is seeking RFQ responses in order to evaluate conservators’
interest, knowledge and expertise. The deadline for submittal is June
16, 2008.

The full Request for Qualifications can be downloaded from the
Department's website. Please use the following link:

Thank you.

Pat Gomez
Arts Manager II, Public Art Division
Cultural Affairs Department
City of Los Angeles
phone 213-202-5555
fax 213-202-5515

Job Opportunity: LA Chamber Orchestra


Below is information pertaining to a job opportunity at the Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra ( Please forward to any interested
parties. Thank you!

position available: administrative associate

The Administrative Associate ensures the smooth daily operation of the
orchestra's general office. The Associate is the primary coordinator of
staff and board meetings, and works with various service providers to
meet the office's technology needs. The Associate reports to, and
assists as necessary, the Director of Operations and Education.

Staff and Board Support
* Provide general administrative staff support, including answering of
phones, sorting of mail, preparation of correspondence, daily filing,
and other tasks as necessary.
* Coordinate the office calendar, and other internal staff
* Coordinate Board and Committee meetings.
* Provide general support to the Board, including creation of minutes,
correspondence, etc.

Office Management
* Monitor and maintain office equipment: computers, phones, fax, copier,
postage meter, etc.
* Coordinate as necessary the re-stocking of office supplies.
* Maintain communication with building management and security.

The ideal candidate for the position of Administrative Associate will be
a detail oriented problem solver with excellent communication skills.
The Associate must possess the ability to respond both quickly and with
imagination to a variety of simultaneous challenges. Solid computer
skills are a must. The Associate will be required to work some evening
and weekend hours. LACO offers an excellent benefits package including
medical, dental, life and disability insurance coverage. Two weeks paid
vacation. Retirement plan available. Competitve compensation.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Devin Thomas, Director of Operations and Education
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
707 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1850
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Since its inaugural concerts in 1969, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
has established itself among the world's great musical ensembles. Under
the baton of prominent pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane since 1997,
LACO maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical
masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. In its 39-year
history, the Orchestra has made 29 recordings, toured Europe, South
America and Japan, and performed across North America, earning adulation
from audiences and critics alike, such as The Record Shelf host Jim
Svejda's declaration that LACO is "America's finest chamber orchestra."

In the 2008-09 season, the Orchestra will present 14 concerts at
Glendale's Alex Theatre and Royce Hall on the UCLA campus; four
all-Baroque programs in Zipper Hall downtown; and three Family Concerts
at the Alex, in addition to several additional special events and
educational programs.

Headquartered in LA's downtown financial district and managed by a staff
of 12 full- and 3 part-time employees, LACO offers a collegial workplace
and welcomes innovative thinking and initiative. The development
associate will work as part of a five-person fundraising team that
encompasses a breadth of development activity. This opportunity will
provide creative and support experience in the areas of grant
development, "annual fund" campaigns, major and planned giving, and
special events.

Summer playwright gig in Vermont

Summer Job Opening: Playwriting Teacher

The Putney School Summer Programs, Putney, Vermont

Dates of employment: June 18 through August 2, 2008

Faculty positions with The Putney School Summer Programs are seasonal (summer) positions and carry responsibility for workshop instruction. Faculty teach morning and afternoon 3-hour workshops or in one full-day program. In addition, Faculty provide leadership for Independent Studio Time, Open Readings, student and faculty performances, presentations, discussions, class trips and collaborative endeavors with colleagues and guest artists.

Position calls for individuals who enjoy teenagers, who have 3 or more years experience teaching high-school age students and who are actively working in their respective medium. Faculty serve as one-on-one mentors for college-age apprentice teachers and supervise studio assistants.

For all positions, preference is given to applicants who:

•Enjoy working with teenagers and have prior teaching or leadership experience

•Are able to commit to a high level of participation for the duration of the program

•Have a college major or career interest in the visual or performing arts, creative writing, English as a Second Language, or education

•Have outdoor skills and an appreciation of the rural environment

•Are conscientious, willing to work hard, and are committed to the safety, well-being, and growth of others and of themselves

Applications and resumes for all positions are accepted and reviewed until staffing is complete.

The Putney School Summer Programs serve students age 14 through 17 who are seeking enrichment in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, writing, and ESOL. Intensive participation and involvement by faculty, staff and students best characterizes the nature of the commitment that successful participants bring to the programs.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please download the Employment Application as MS Word document or PDF file.

Candidates may be in touch by phone at 802-387-6297 or

Playwriting Workshop
The words and ideas of successful playwrights come to life when brought to the stage. Students are challenged to develop their understanding of this process and of the relationship between their ideas and their goal, which is to have their plays performed. This process entails considerable attention to re-writes as work progresses to the stage. Regular critique and feedback by faculty, peers, and, when possible, guest playwrights, offer students the opportunity to hone their craft and develop their writing. Staged read-through of student work and collaboration with Theater students offers additional support to the young playwright in the exploration, through trial and error, of what best communicates one’s intentions.

"We are just beginning to find out what women have done, what women are capable of being and doing and thinking, and without that knowledge we are missing a crucial link in understanding not only the process of warfare but the human condition, itself."

-Sally Hayton-Keeva