PLAYCO: THE WORLD ON STAGE
The Play Company develops and produces adventurous new plays, from the U.S. and around the world, to engage New Yorkers in a dynamic experience of contemporary theatre that reflects and responds to both our New York City home and today’s interconnected world. We support ambition and experimentation in both form and content. We champion new and marginalized voices to expand the American repertoire, exploring the ideas, events and meaning of our time through live theatre experiences. PlayCo is committed to affordable access and collaborative community engagement, welcoming inclusive audiences to take part in our work.
Jennifer Lim and Louis Ozawa Changchien in Caught, 2016.
Photo by Carol Rosegg
Since 1999, our body of work includes 37 World, American, and New York premieres of new plays from Japan, Mexico, Chile, Russia, India, Palestine, Romania, Italy, Poland, Germany, France, Sweden, the UK and the U.S.
New Work/New World
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.
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
Our commissioning program for both original works and new translations of plays from abroad.
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 with 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 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.
Robert G. Bradshaw
Director of Producing & Artistic Development
Literary & Community Engagement Fellow
Renée E. Schwartz
General Management Fellow
Blake Zidell & Associates
Literary Wing Readers
John Brunner, Dan Dinero, Noa Egozi, Taylor Barrett Gaines, Hunter Gause, Christina Roussos, Anisa Threlkeld, Jeremy Tiang, Austin Tooley, Cynthia Tong Lyto Triantafyllidou
Board of Directors
Carmine Boccuzzi & Victoria Reese
Kyra Tirana Barry
* Philip Levy died suddenly on Thursday, October 12, 2017. 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 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Play Company (PlayCo), an award-winning, New York City not-for-profit theatre, offers fellowships in our Marketing, General Management, and Literary departments. We invite prospective applicants to attend information sessions where you can learn more about these opportunities and PlayCo. PlayCo fellowships provide mentoring and hands-on training to emerging theatre professionals of color, in our Manhattan administrative office, rehearsal studios and performance venues around the city, and professional development opportunities in and out of New York City. In addition to their practical training with the PlayCo staff, fellows will also receive professional mentorship. The Fellowship Mentor will support Fellows throughout the process, to create focused goals and professional development plans during their tenure, advise on any questions or issues that arise during the fellowship, and facilitate monthly in-person meetings to review, assess, and revise these goals as needed.
We are no longer accepting applications for PlayCo fellows. Please visit this site for future opportunities.
PLAYCO INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Play Company is accepting applications for its Spring 2020 Internship Program in the areas of Producing, Marketing, Literary, Development, and Special Events. Our Internships offer excellent opportunities for emerging arts professionals to gain practical, hands-on experience in a professional and inclusive theatre setting. With mentoring from our staff, interns will collaborate on a diverse array of projects, and our goal is to provide tools & resources that enable interns to grow into qualified professionals in the field.
We are currently seeking interns in the following areas for Spring 2020:
This arts management internship focuses on developing skills in theatre production and general management. Reporting to the General Management Fellow and working closely with the Managing Director, Founding Producer, and Director of Producing, the Producing Intern will learn valuable skills involved in producing a full-scale production including contracts management, researching and securing production materials, union relations, accounting practices, and liaising between artistic, technical, and administrative members of the production team. This intern will also learn skills involved with managing a small Off-Broadway company.
- Collect and process all artistic and crew paperwork including contracts, time sheets, deal memos, tax forms, and other required materials.
- Research and secure production materials as needed by the producing, production, or artistic staff.
- Assist in the creation of reports and payments due to artist unions.
- Collect reconciled monthly credit card statements and receipts from each department and enter into Quickbooks.
- General office management under the direction of the General Management Fellow, including maintaining office calendar, supplies, and equipment.
- Assist in processing office accounts payable and accounts receivable.
- General administrative & office duties.
- Assist staff as needed.
The Play Company Marketing Department develops and executes marketing campaigns for our 2 annual productions, maintains the website, manages PlayCo’s social media channels and actively supports promotion of other activities and events throughout the year. Reporting to the Marketing Fellow and working closely with the Managing Director and Founding Producer, the Marketing Intern plays a pivotal role in the growth of PlayCo’s brand and public profile. The Marketing Department works in tandem with our Development Department to grow audiences, awareness, and support of the organization.
- Assist the Marketing Fellow on all production campaigns and organizational communications.
- Research and develop Marketing collateral for the upcoming production cycles.
- Assist in grass roots efforts for production/event marketing.
- Develop and create content for social media platforms under the guidance of the Marketing Fellow.
- Assist in the management of social media and collateral to ensure the PlayCo brand has a strong presence and accurate representation.
- Assist the Marketing Fellow in devising ticketing strategies.
- Coordinate website updates.
- General administrative & office duties.
The Literary Internship is ideal for students or recent graduates interested in learning about literary management, script analysis, artistic season planning, dramaturgy, and community engagement. The Literary Intern will report to the Literary Fellow and will work closely with the Director of Producing & Artistic Development and the Founding Producer.
- Assist Literary Consultant and Literary Fellow on researching, soliciting and evaluating plays.
- Assist with and attend weekly programming and reader meetings.
- Assist with production dramaturgy projects, as needed.
- Support Literary Fellow with Idea Lab planning and event execution.
- Maintain the script database and the tracking of submissions.
- Correspond with playwrights and agents, as assigned.
- Plan and write dramaturgical articles for the website.
- Collaborate as needed with other PlayCo staff and interns on additional assignments (including work on productions or special events, such as our annual gala in the Spring).
The Development Intern provides critical support to the Development staff on the execution of grant applications, management of fundraising databases, and preparation for special events and the annual spring campaign. Reporting to the Development Assistant and working closely with the Managing Director, the Development Internship will receive experience in fundraising strategy, board correspondence, and donor cultivation. The Development team works in tandem with the Marketing Department to perform outreach and communicate with a wide base of funders.
- Maintain organized database entries of individual donations and institutional grant awards.
- Process donations and generate acknowledgement letters.
- Manage creation of mailing lists and content for annual spring campaign.
- Assist in gathering supplemental materials for execution of grant applications.
- Provide support for special fundraising events, including the annual gala.
- Perform research of potential funding opportunities.
- Assist PlayCo staff with general administrative duties as needed.
The Special Events intern will actively manage several components of PlayCo’s annual gala, Cabaret Gourmet, scheduled for Monday, May 4, 2020. Reporting to the Development Assistant, the Special Events Intern will work closely with our Development staff and outside event planning consultants to prepare and execute PlayCo’s largest annual fundraising event. Eligible applicants must be available all day on Monday, May 4, 2020.
- Conducting research for potential auction items.
- Manage correspondence with gala patrons and donors.
- Assist Event Producers in the day to day planning of the event.
- Perform outreach to auction item donors and coordinate remittance of donated lots.
- Coordinate event communication with the marketing team.
- Provide support the night of the gala with set-up and ensuring the gala and auction flow smoothly.
- Assist PlayCo staff with general administrative duties as needed.
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 thrive in a fast-paced work setting.
- Strong sense of initiative and autonomous work ethic.
About The Play Company
The Play Company, PlayCo, is an OBIE Award-winning Off-Broadway theatre production company. Now in its nineteenth season, PlayCo develops and produces adventurous new plays from the U.S. and around the world to engage New Yorkers in a dynamic global experience of contemporary theatre, and expand the American theatre repertoire.
As the only New York theatre regularly producing outstanding contemporary plays from abroad alongside new American work, PlayCo’s distinctive international programming links American theatre with world theatre, American artists with the global creative community, and American audiences with a whole world of plays.
PlayCo fosters a positive learning environment for interns and invests in systems to ensure your experience will yield invaluable experience and skills across all disciplines. We afford interns the following opportunities:
- Monthly check-ins with your dedicated supervisor to create and assess learning goals, work plans, challenges, successes, and discuss any other aspects of your internship.
- Dedicated time with all staff members outside your area (i.e. marketing intern will sit down with the Director of Producing) to create a holistic perspective on creating professional theatre.
- Most internships will offer training in systems crucial to your discipline. (i.e. the producing internship will learn or bolster existing skills in Quickbooks).
- Monthly check-ins with the full intern cohort and intern coordinator to share experiences, troubleshoot challenges, and foster new professional relationships with your peers.
- Dedicated projects in your area to provide a meaningful experience that will bolster your resume for future opportunities.
Time Commitments & Stipend
The Internship Program will begin at or near the start of each school semester, including summer. Start and end dates are flexible. We ask for a minimum commitment of 20 hours/week for all internships. Weekly schedules are flexible to navigate class schedules and other employment.
PlayCo offers a monthly travel stipend by pre-purchasing an unlimited monthly MetroCard for all interns who commit to a minimum of 20 hours/week. Academic credit is also available where applicable.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Renée E. Schwartz, General Management Fellow, at [email protected] Please specify your area(s) of interest (Development, Production etc.)
The Play Company is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels: on our stage, in our audience, on our staff, and within our leadership. We strongly encourage candidates of color and from under-represented communities to apply.
We are also accepting applications for future semesters for applicants pursuing internships in advance.