• AlterTheater

Seeking Stage Manager/Tour Manager for PURE NATIVE by Vickie Ramirez

Updated: May 25

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. In 2014, we began a “mobile storefront model”, touring work between San Rafael storefronts and A.C.T. 's storefront space, as part of the now-defunct ArtShare.


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 “toured” BIPOC theaters in 2021 and is now available on TPS’s podcast platforms. In Spring 2022, AlterTheater filmed an adaptation of AlterLab play SNAG by Tara Moses, 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. In August 2020, Alter’s Native artists designed a weeklong virtual playwriting class that has expanded into our Arts Learning Project for Native Youth, which now includes an in-person, 5-day sleepaway summer camp on a college campus.


Future


Producing in a rented physical space for a limited audience is incredibly expensive. We think the way forward is to lean into 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.


This Project


PURE NATIVE marks AlterTheater’s first time since Feb 2020 performing with live actors in front of live audiences. PURE NATIVE is also the first Alter show that will be performed outdoors, first in the Upper Grove of Cal Shakes (marking the first use of Cal Shakes’ new rehearsal deck as a performance space), and then in a downtown San Rafael park.


PURE NATIVE features an all-Native cast, telling a contemporary Haudenosaunee story. The script is available by request.


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 85% 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 Stage/Tour Manager is responsible for rehearsal scheduling, reports, and maintaining clear communication between the creative team and the cast and crew. Contract term is 6/13/22 - 8/7/22.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Organize and attend all rehearsals

  • Send out daily calls and rehearsal reports

  • Annotate and maintain a script with blocking and production notes.

  • Attend production meetings and send out minutes

  • Function as liaison between cast, director, designers, theatre staff, and the creative team

  • Maintain a safe and equitable working environment

  • Help run a rehearsal room in accordance with AlterTheater’s core values of centering the spiritual and emotional health of Black and Native people.

  • Coordinate scheduling and needs with the show’s producer(s)

  • Be on-site point-of-contact at tour locations

  • Collect and supervise non-union timecards, submitting to Artistic Director biweekly

  • Coordinate load-in and load-out during tour with the Producing Artistic Director.

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

  • Must be fully vaccinated (including applicable booster(s)) against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • We believe that people who have worked in theater, film, new media, television production; people who have trade experience; people who have studied theater or film in college; people with experience in administrative support; or people with a passion for arts and crafts, who have attended trade school in electrics or carpentry; may have complementary skill sets for this position.


Compensation and Benefits

$318/week, for a 20-hour/week rehearsal period, and 4 performances/week.


Location


Rehearsals (6/13-7/9)

West Coast Arts Dance Studio

1554 Fourth Street

San Rafael, CA


Performances/Tech (7/10 - 7/24)

Upper Grove at the Bruns

California Shakespeare Theater

100 Shakespeare Way

Orinda, CA

Performances (7/29 - 8/7)

Boyd Park

341 Laurel Pl

San Rafael, CA



Applications and Inquiries

Please email a resume and cover letter to: casting@altertheater.org with the subject line: Stage Manager/Tour Manager.

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