PLAYCO: THE WORLD ON STAGE

PlayCo develops and produces adventurous new plays, from the U.S. and abroad, to engage New Yorkers in a dynamic global practice of contemporary theatre and expand the American repertoire. Our singular international programming reflects and responds to our diverse New York City home, and to the globally connected way we all live now. We explore the ideas, events and issues of our time through intimate, personal live theatre experiences. We maintain affordable ticket prices to make PlayCo’s work accessible to the broadest possible audience.


Jennifer Lim and Louis Ozawa Changchien in Caught, 2016.
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Since 1999, our body of work includes 32 World, American, and New York premieres of new plays from Japan, Mexico, Russia, India, Romania, Poland, Germany, France, Northern Ireland, Sweden, the UK and the U.S.

New Work/New World
Production Series

The Play Company’s central activity is producing World, American, and New York Premieres of new plays from around the world. We work with both new and established artists, emphasizing support for emerging American writers and the discovery of outstanding contemporary writers from abroad.

THE IDEA LAB

PlayCo complements its production season with an eclectic series of stand-alone events, including reading presentations of plays and literature, evenings that examine a particular topic through the work of a variety of prose and poetry writers and/or other media, and panel discussions featuring theatre artists, writers, scholars and community leaders. These events may link to a production, or extend our programming to other ideas or issues of interest to our community.

STUDIO

PlayCo offers artists an arena for exploring ideas and generating new work. Developmental tools range from in-house readings to public lab productions. The Studio supports both the investigation of ideas for its own sake, and the preparation of work for full production in our New Work/New World Series.

UNIVERSAL VOICES COMMISSIONING
PROGRAM

Our commissioning program for both original works and new translations of plays from abroad.

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY
PROGRAM

The Play Company is an international theatre for new writing, collaborating with playwrights from the U.S. and all over the world. We host writers in New York City so they can play an active role in our productions of their work, and to introduce them to the local community through events such as artist roundtables, panel discussions and audience talk-backs. The Residency Program also offers local students unique educational opportunities by engaging visiting playwrights in special classes and workshops. Students of theatre, literature and foreign studies see the work of visiting writers in production and interact directly with these artists in subsequent classes to learn about different artistic traditions, practices and points of view.

Kate Loewald

Founding Producer

Kate created The Play Company with her late partners, Mike Ockrent and Jack Temchin, in 1998. To date PlayCo has produced nineteen world, American and New York premieres of plays from Sweden, Poland, Japan, Romania, India, Germany, Russia, France, Britain and the United States. The company received a 2007 OBIE Award for its “unique contribution to the Off Broadway theatre community”.

From 1990-99 Kate was head of the literary department at the Manhattan Theatre Club, overseeing programming and creative development. She collaborated with many playwrights and directors on new plays, including Terrence McNally, Jon Robin Baitz, Richard Greenberg, Donald Margulies, Elizabeth Swados, Cheryl West, Kia Corthron, Joe Mantello, Mark Brokaw and Nicholas Martin, among many others. She created the MTC Playwriting Fellowships for emerging writers. She was also Director of MTC’s acclaimed Writers in Performance series in 1998 and ’99, producing an innovative program of literary events featuring such writers and performers as Walter Mosley, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Gish Jen, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Buck Henry, Anita Desai, Robert Pinsky, Sydney Schanberg, and Arnold Wesker. Prior to MTC, Kate was producing associate to Margo Lion on George C. Wolfe’s Jelly’s Last Jam, Martha Clarke’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, and other plays on and off Broadway.

Kate is on the adjunct faculty of the New School for Drama MFA program and the Fordham College theatre department, and has also taught in the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University. She was a dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference from 2000-2003. She serves on the board of Backbone Media, a San Francisco-based documentary film company. She is a graduate of Yale College. In addition to her work with The Play Company, she was the Guest Artistic Director for the Signature Theatre Company in the 2004/2005 season.


Photo: Pavel Antonov

Robert G. Bradshaw

Managing Director
rbradshaw@playco.org

Melissa Hardy

Producing Artistic Associate
mhardy@playco.org

Rashad Bailey

Director of Development and Communications
Rbailey@playco.org

Michael Yuen-Killick

Director of Marketing and Outreach
myuenkillick@playco.org

Rodney West

Development Assistant
Rwest@playco.org

Benno Orlinsky

Outreach Coordinator
borlinsky@playco.org

Blake Zidell & Associates

Press
blake@blakezidell.com

Linda Bartholomai

Literary Consultant

Trip Cullman

Associate Artist

Victoria Fernandes

Marketing Intern

Lucie Swenson

Literary Intern

Serena Rosenblatt

Artistic Intern

Literary Wing Readers

Taylor Barrett Gaines, Dan Dinero, Noa Egozi, Anchuli Felicia King, James Richard Monaghan, Christina Roussos, Paul Takacs, Jeremy Tiang, Adrian Silver

Board of Directors

Carmine Boccuzzi & Victoria Reese

Co-Chairs

Jeffrey A. Sine

Vice Chairman

Michael Dweck

Treasurer

Kate Loewald

Secretary

Kyra Tirana Barry
Trip Cullman
Ruth Hendel
Lawrence Kaplen
Philip Levy*
George Sheanshang

 

Emeritus:

Patricia Heaton
David Hunt
Susan Stroman

* Philip Levy died suddenly on Thursday, October 12. Philip was a devoted and lively member of our community. The founder of Bridge Street Books in Washington DC, he was passionate about ideas and generous with his support for causes he believed in. We will miss him so much and we celebrate his life.

The obituary from The Washington Post: Philip Levy

Work with us

Below is a list of current and upcoming opportunities to join the PlayCo team as staff, intern, artist, or volunteer.

PLAYCO INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Summary

The Play Company is continually accepting applications for its Internship Program in the areas of Special Events/DevelopmentProducingMarketing, and Artistic. The PlayCo internship program is an excellent opportunity for emerging arts professionals to gain practical, hands-on experience in a professional theatre setting. PlayCo’s goal is to provide interns with the tools and resources to grow into competitive professionals in the field through close mentoring with our staff, interns will collaborate on a diverse array of projects. These internships offer candidates a unique opportunity to develop and create an individualized program based on their strengths and areas of desired growth

We are currently seeking interns in the following areas:

SPECIAL EVENTS/DEVELOPMENT

This internship plays a pivotal role in the fundraising management of our company. Intern(s) will work closely with our Development team on the cultivation of prospective donors, annual campaigns, and will actively manage several components of our upcoming annual gala, Cabaret Gourmet.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage and process reservations and requests for Special Events such as The Broadway Benefit and Cabaret Gourmet
  • Assist the Development department in the planning and execution of Special Events
  • Assist in the creation of content for upcoming fundraising campaigns and grant proposals
  • Assist in Patron Manager database management
  • Conduct research on potential funding opportunities
  • General administrative and office duties
  • Assist staff as needed

PRODUCING

The Producing internship focuses on developing and contributing innovative strategies in general management within the non-profit industry. Intern(s) will work closely with our General Manager on financial management, day-to-day operations, producing our productions, as well as collaborating with other PlayCo interns on special events such as our annual gala, Cabaret Gourmet. This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring arts management professionals to gain hands on experience in producing and general management.

Responsibilities include:

  • General office management under the direction of the General Management Fellow, including maintaining office calendar, supplies, and equipment in the office
  • Assist in processing weekly accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Coordinate all reporting and dues required from the various artist unions
  • Manage inventory and materials for production with production and stage management
  • Strategize best practices in company management throughout the season
  • General administrative and office duties
  • Assist staff as needed

ARTISTIC

The Artistic internship is ideal for students or recent graduates interested in learning about literary management and seasonal artistic planning.  The Artistic Intern will attend weekly literary meetings with the Producing Artistic Associate and Founding Producer to review and discuss current projects. This Intern will also be closely involved with the development and production process of our productions, as well as collaborating with other PlayCo interns on special events such as our annual gala, Cabaret Gourmet.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the Artistic Associate and Founding Producer on researching, reading, and evaluating plays
  • Maintain the script database
  • Correspondence with playwrights and agents
  • Working with PlayCo artists, staff, and partner organizations to generate articles and special interest pieces for The Hub section of the PlayCo website and wider distribution
  • Assist in the planning of PlayCo Idea Lab events
  • General administrative and office duties
  • Assist staff as needed

MARKETING AND OUTREACH

The Play Company Marketing Department develops and executes marketing campaigns for our upcoming productions, manages PlayCo’s social media channels maintain the website, and actively participates in other benefits, workshops, and events throughout the season. The Marketing and Outreach Intern reports directly to the Director of Marketing and Outreach and plays a pivotal role in the growth of PlayCo’s brand and season success. The Marketing and Outreach department works in tandem with our Development Department to grow audiences, awareness, and support of the organization. Interns will get hands-on experience with all aspects of the Marketing department that will include:

  • Manage the content of social media platforms under the guidance of the Marketing staff
  • Working with PlayCo artists, staff, and partner organizations to generate articles and special interest pieces for The Hub section of the PlayCo website and wider distribution
  • Assist the Marketing staff on all seasonal and production campaigns
  • Research and development of Marketing collateral for the productions on the calendar
  • Assist in grass roots efforts of production/event marketing
  • Assist the Marketing staff in devising ticketing strategies
  • Coordinate website updates
  • General administrative and office duties

QUALIFICATIONS FOR IDEAL INTERNSHIP APPLICANTS

  • Knowledge of the performing arts industry
  • Reliable and detail-oriented
  • Superior time-management and organizational skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Fluency in a foreign language is a plus for Artistic internship
  • Special Event experience a plus for Development Internship
  • Experience with QuickBooks and is a plus for the Producing Internship
  • Ability to both autonomously and as a team player required
  • Both graduate and undergraduate students encouraged to apply

TO APPLY

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Mitch Marois, General Management Fellow, at mmarois@playco.org. Please Note: These are four separate internships. Please indicate your preference in your cover letter.

We are always accepting applications for future semesters for applicants pursuing internships in advance.