PLAYCO: THE WORLD ON STAGE

The 3 pillars of our mission: empowering artists to generate a dynamic, uniquely global program of adventurous work, innovating and celebrating the power of live theatre; pro-actively and meaningfully inviting our NYC community to engage in this artistic work; providing affordable access to ensure that our theatre is available to all.

The Play Company commissions, develops and produces new plays, from the U.S. and around the world, to create 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 repertoire of artists represented on U.S. stages. We commit to affordable access and collaborative community engagement, welcoming inclusive audiences to join us in exploring the meaning of our time through live theatre experiences.

PlayCo received a 2007 Obie Award for our “unique contribution to the Off Broadway community”. Our organization, artists and shows have been honored with Obie, Lucille Lortel, American Theatre Wing, Drama Desk, Drama League awards and nominations.


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

PlayMap Since 1999

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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 37 world, American and New York premieres of plays from the U.S., Europe, South and East Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Russian Federation.

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 an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia University School of the Arts MFA program, and has also taught at the New School for Drama, Fordham College and New York University. She was a dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference from 2000-2003. 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 Planning
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Renée E. Schwartz

General Management Assistant
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Joey Nasta

Development Assistant
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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

John Brunner, Dan Dinero, Noa Egozi, Taylor Barrett Gaines, Hunter Gause, Xintong Han, Christina Roussos, Anisa Threlkeld, Jeremy Tiang, Austin Tooley, Cynthia Tong, Lyto Triantafyllidou

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
George Sheanshang

 

Philip Levy, in memoriam

 

 

 

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, 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

Summary

The Play Company is accepting applications for its Summer 2020 Internship Program in the areas of Producing, Marketing, and Development. 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.

In response to the pandemic, we have launched an online programming initiative #Playfrom6FeetAway, and our intern cohort will play a vital role in the execution of these programs until we can resume live stage programming. Due to current social distancing practices in New York City, our staff is working remotely from home, and we plan to return to our office as soon as it is deemed safe for our entire team. Our team connects and collaborates through weekly staff and department meetings via Zoom.

We are currently seeking interns in the following areas for Summer 2020:

PRODUCING

The Producing Internship is ideal for students or recent graduates interested in learning about seasonal planning, unique producing models, problem solving techniques, and general management. The Producing Intern will provide general administrative support to the leadership and senior staff, attend weekly producing meetings, assist with programming, general management, and company management projects, and collaborate with other PlayCo interns on company events.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the leadership and senior staff on daily administrative and producing tasks.
  • Research and secure production materials and online/digital programs as needed by the producing, production, or artistic staff.
  • Assist in planning and producing and online programming.
  • Assist with basic accounting and budgeting tasks.
  • Assist general management team in processing contracts, timesheets, deal memos, tax forms, union reports, and other required materials.
  • General administrative & office duties.

MARKETING

The Play Company Marketing Department develops and executes marketing campaigns for our online programming, 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.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the Marketing Fellow on all programming campaigns and organizational communications.
  • Research and develop Marketing collateral for the upcoming programming cycles.
  • Assist in grassroots 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.

DEVELOPMENT

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.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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.
  • Oversee organization of online fundraising database.
  • Perform research of potential funding opportunities.
  • Assist PlayCo staff in 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.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms & WordPress for Marketing track.

Learning Opportunities

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. During social distancing, PlayCo will work with interns to apply a comparable credit while remote work is in effect.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Rob Bradshaw, Managing Director, at [email protected] Please specify your area(s) of interest (Development, Producing, 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.