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

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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 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 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.

Robert G. Bradshaw

Managing Director
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Melissa Hardy

Director of Producing & Artistic Development
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Paul Hoover

Development Associate
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JuLondre Brown

Literary Fellow
[email protected]

Reneé Schwartz

General Management Fellow
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Danielle Gutierrez

Marketing Fellow
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Blake Zidell & Associates

Press
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Linda Bartholomai

Literary Consultant

Trip Cullman

Associate Artist

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

Michael Dweck

Treasurer

Kate Loewald

Secretary

Kyra Tirana Barry
Trip Cullman
Bruce Geismar
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 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Summary

The Play Company (PlayCo), an award-winning, New York City not-for-profit theatre, is now accepting applications for its fellowship program in Marketing. 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 from interdisciplinary theatre artist Erika Dickerson-Despenza. As Fellowship Mentor, Erika 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 currently seeking fellows in the following areas:

 

MARKETING FELLOW

Focuses on marketing plans for productions, organizational branding, and raising PlayCo’s public profile. This fellow will work closely with PlayCo’s Founding Producer and Managing Director to execute the marketing plan for each production and special event, including identifying target audiences, sales strategies, coordination of vendors, planning and creating web, social media and other promotional materials and content, grassroots campaigns, and monitoring ticket sales.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain and execute marketing calendar for productions and special events
  • Coordinate collateral design and printing/production, photography/videography shoots, and front of house design
  • Create and manage PlayCo’s web & email presence including social media, website, and eblasts
  • Monitor ticket sales during production and make recommendations to senior staff on additional marketing strategies, as needed
  • General administrative & office duties as needed

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Ideal candidates will:

  • Identify as an emerging professional of color in arts administration
  • Possess good verbal and written communications skills
  • Have a basic understanding of office and computer systems including Microsoft programs. Please note we will train selected applicants on more advanced systems as required.
  • Be friendly, self-directed, extremely detail-oriented, and able to work in a collaborative environment with a broad range of partners

COMPENSATION & SCHEDULE

Fellowships offer a weekly salary of $395. These are part-time positions and schedules are flexible (approx. 25 hours per week). We will work with candidates to balance other personal and professional commitments. The Literary & General Management Fellowships will begin on or about May 20, 2019 and will conclude on February 29, 2020. These fellows will also attend the Theatre Communications Group National Theatre Conference in Miami, FL with all expenses paid. The conference will take place June 5 – 7, 2019. The Marketing Fellowship will begin on or about July 1, 2019 and will conclude on June 30, 2020.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants for the Marketing Fellowship should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by June 4th, 2019 at 6:00PM. Applicants selected for an interview will be scheduled for an appointment during the week of June 10, 2019. Offers will be made the week of June 17, 2019.

We are no longer accepting applications for the General Management & Literary Fellowships. Please visit this site for future opportunities.

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 underrepresented communities to apply.

PlayCo Fellowships are supported in part by the generous support of The New York State Council on the Arts Regional Economic Development Commission.

 

PLAYCO INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Summary

The Play Company is continually accepting applications for its Internship Program in the areas of Special Events/DevelopmentProducingMarketing, Literary 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 seasonal artistic planning, script analysis, dramaturgy and artistic producing. The Artistic Intern will provide general administrative support to the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning, and the Founding Producer, attend weekly programming and reader meetings, assist with production dramaturgy projects, and collaborate with other PlayCo interns on special events such as our annual gala in the Spring.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning and Founding Producer on daily administrative and producing tasks
  • Schedule and write dramaturgical articles for the website Hub page
  • Read and evaluate scripts submitted to PlayCo
  • Assist in planning and producing PlayCo’s Idea Lab events
  • Assist PlayCo staff and production 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, maintains 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

LITERARY

The Literary Internship is ideal for students or recent graduates interested in learning about literary management, script analysis, seasonal artistic planning and dramaturgy. The Literary Intern will coordinate and attend weekly programming and reader meetings, assist with production dramaturgy projects, and collaborate with other PlayCo interns on special events such as our annual gala in the Spring.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the Director of Producing & Artistic Planning, Founding Producer, and Literary Consultant on researching, soliciting and evaluating plays
  • Maintain the script database
  • Correspondence with playwrights and agents
  • Schedule and write dramaturgical articles for the website Hub page
  • Conduct research on potential funding opportunities
  • General administrative and office duties
  • Assist staff 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 think strategically
  • Fluency in a foreign language is a plus for Artistic internship
  • Special Event experience is a plus for Development Internship
  • Experience with QuickBooks is a plus for the Producing Internship
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as a team player
  • Both graduate and undergraduate students encouraged to apply

TO APPLY

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Robert G. Bradshaw, Managing Director, at [email protected]. Please Note: These are separate internships. Please indicate your preference in your cover letter.

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