• AlterTheater

Seeking Line Producer for 2021 Shows!

Updated: Apr 27

Organization

AlterTheater develops and produces plays written and performed by the best established and emerging storytellers, presented where people live, work, or play. AlterTheater has been commissioning, developing and premiering new plays in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2008. Its AlterLab playwright residency focuses on writers from underrepresented communities: 85% of writers are women and ⅔ of writers identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigeneous, People of Color). While our cohorts are multi-ethnic, we’ve supported more Native playwrights than any other demographic (30%). AlterTheater’s mission has always been about telling stories in places where people are; for 15 years, the company performed in highly visible, non-traditional spaces, primarily storefronts in downtown San Rafael’s pedestrian shopping district.


AlterTheater seeks to create a more just, more equitable community by:

  • supporting the creative growth of theater artists from historically underrepresented communities;

  • telling stories that reflect the full complexity and diversity of our community; and

  • sharing stories with our full community, in places where people are.


Recent Challenges and Opportunities


In partnership with The Parsnip Ship, AlterTheater produced an audio play version of Andrew Saito’s Br’er Peach, which will “tour” BIPOC theaters this summer and become available on TPS’s podcast platforms this fall, adding to AlterTheater’s digital offerings.


The pandemic shut down theaters a few weeks before AlterTheater was scheduled to start rehearsals for our first touring project to Native reservations, Pure Native, a new play by Vickie Ramirez. As part of the tour, AlterTheater planned to hold intergenerational acting workshops. Over the summer, Alter’s Native artists designed a weeklong virtual playwriting class, that has expanded into our fledgeling Arts Learning Project for Native Youth. Pure Native is waiting in the wings for California to open up enough to perform for a live audience again. AlterTheater plans to create a Hybrid Performance with a filmed version of the play available for ticketholders that are unable to attend in person.


Future


Producing in a rented physical space for a limited audience, is incredibly expensive. We think the way forward is to lean in to deeper partnerships with other organizations. With this in mind, we have been cultivating several relationships with theater companies, community organizations, and educational institutions.

As we emerge from this year of paused productions, AlterTheater is considering how to continue serving and expanding our community of artists and audiences. Alter’s future programming will deepen its focus on social justice work using theater as a tool for change. We will produce a mixture of live, in-person events and hybrid asynchronous performances, including radio or audio plays. We will also continue to develop and expand intergenerational opportunities among professional Native performing artists and Native youth through our Arts Learning Project for Native Youth and other initiatives.


Work Culture


AlterTheater works under a distributive leadership model, with an ensemble sensibility. We engage in consensus-based decision-making, and also provide opportunities for individuals to take ownership of their own projects, using our company’s values as their guide.

Cofounded by five artists, including two Native American (Onondaga and Chiricahua Apache/Tohono O’odham), AlterTheater has always centered Indigenous voices and practices. Located on Coast Miwok land, AlterTheater creates work in consultation with our local elders, as evidenced by our decade-long partnership with the Marin American Indian Alliance (president: Sky Road Webb (Coast Miwok)). A BIPOC majority company, our Board is 80% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color). We believe in telling stories by, for, and with our community. AlterTheater resides in a community that was built on dispossession and land theft, but despite generations of erasure and genocidal practices, Coast Miwoks continue to live and work in Marin County, along with descendents of Californios. In recognition that our country was built on a legacy of land theft and labor theft, and that anti-Blackness is woven into the very foundation of our society, at AlterTheater we center the emotional and spiritual well-being of Black and Native people.


Position Summary


The Line Producer is responsible for producing our mainstage season (in-person and virtual) and managing our tours.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Arrange & liaise with performance spaces, if live

  • Set up & facilitate tech needs for virtual/hybrid productions

  • Work with Artistic Director to hire staff/creative team for all productions: live, hybrid, and virtual

  • Work closely with stage manager and director/designers to ensure a safe and productive environment

  • Provide designers/technicians with what they need to achieve their visions in production mediums, while respecting AlterTheater’s minimalist aesthetic in found spaces within space limitations

  • Manage the season production calendar, staying on top of deadlines and resource allocation

  • Tour management - working with multiple venues for one show, making sure the needed resources are available to successfully move the show

  • Supporting our company values, especially centering the spiritual and emotional well-being of Black and Native people

Qualifications

  • An excellent communicator

  • Highly organized

  • Able to work under pressure while creating an emotionally and physically safe working environment

  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism

  • Good at balancing multiple needs

  • Creative thinker

  • We believe that people who have worked in theater, film, new media, television production; people who have project management experience; people who have trade experience; people who have studied theater or film in college; or people who have attended trade school in electrics or carpentry; may have complementary skill sets for this position.


Compensation and Benefits

$15-$20/hour DOE; between 5 and 25 hours per week depending on production cycle.


Location

San Rafael, CA. Remote work a possibility, but must be based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Must be legally able to work in the U.S.

Applications and Inquiries

Please email a resume and cover letter to: casting@altertheater.org with the subject line: Line Producer

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