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We believe theatrical storytelling can transform us as people, because it immerses us in an immediate and communal experience that activates our senses and captivates our emotions. By doing so we are able to inspire audiences to step outside themselves, see their place in the current moment and recognize, understand and share the thoughts and feelings of another.

CURRENT OPENINGS

Primary Function – The Director of Marketing leads CATCO’s overall marketing strategy, while facilitating the implementation of all marketing and public relations efforts. The Director collaborates with leadership to serve as the central storyteller for the organization. The ideal candidate will be able to frame messages and content for a variety of diverse audiences. The position reports to and is supported by the Executive Director and will collaborate with the entire CATCO staff, as well as applicable contractors (i.e. for graphic design and social media implementation).

Additional Information: This is a full-time, salaried position working approximately 40 hours per week. The selected candidate will be eligible for CATCO’s benefit package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, Paid Time Off (PTO), complimentary tickets to productions, and professional development opportunities for personal and professional growth (as funding allows). The salary range for this position is $48,000 – $52,000.

Characteristics of the Successful Applicant:

With you in this critical role, CATCO will intentionally work toward becoming an anti-racist, nationally recognized contemporary theatre company that anchors a thriving local theatre ecosystem in Columbus, Ohio.

The person for this position is a born storyteller. You are someone who is curious and asks questions that lead to understanding. Additionally, this detail-oriented, organized and focused individual thrives on leading all aspects of marketing and public relations. They are empathetic toward others and are an active, engaged listener.  The person for this position has excellent written and verbal communication skills. They are able to create clear, compelling and persuasive content rooted in our purpose. The person to join our small leadership team must be open to new ideas and be comfortable in a variety of settings where patrons and donors are present. You are people-focused at all times and possess the highest level of integrity.

This team player is able to work collaboratively and independently. The position requires the ideal candidate to have the skills necessary to make independent decisions that advance the vision, mission and purpose of CATCO. You will bring an empathetic demeanor and strong work ethic to your work with Board members, staff, donors, and ticket buyers. The ideal candidate will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and be focused on generating revenue through a targeted communication strategy for print, digital and social that tells CATCO’s story in creative and compelling ways. You must be able to manage multiple projects and consistently meets deadlines by relying on clear processes, structure, and plans.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and executes an annual marketing and advertising campaign that captures the visual and verbal identity and brand of CATCO, while supporting the production season, education programming, ancillary artistic programming, community collaborations, and fundraising efforts.
  • Manages the creation and distribution of press releases and coordinates press relations for CATCO staff and Board members.
  • Oversees the communication strategies for organic and paid social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and is willing to guide adaptation to changing technological platforms.
  • Designs and coordinates an annual subscription campaign including pricing strategy, mailings, and patron communication, in conjunction with the CAPA Ticket Office team.
  • Oversees and manages the marketing budget including participating in annual budget preparation, annual sales projections, forecasting, and financial reconciliation.
  • Manages SEO plan and documents success with analytics, including maintaining and monitoring traffic to CATCO’s website.
  • Leverages a Google Ad Grant with assistance from an outside vendor to increase awareness and increase engagement with CATCO.
  • Serves as a liaison with the CAPA Ticket Office, reviewing ticket reports and patron accounts in the Tessitura database system on a regular basis. (Tessitura links to CbusArts.com for the public facing ticket sales platform.)
  • Supervises CATCO’s House Manager and supports Front of House processes to ensure an outstanding patron experience.
  • Facilitates the creation of digital and/or print programs and playbills for performances.
  • Serves as staff lead for the CATCO Board Marketing Committee and collaborates on leadership initiatives.
  • Creates and updates graphics, and contract graphic designers as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, problem solve, and think creatively.
  • Understanding of the performing arts patron experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite, WordPress, and other similar web editor programs.
  • Knowledge of HTML, additional programming languages, and/or Google Analytics is a plus.
  • Exhibits creativity, enthusiasm, and appreciation for theatrical storytelling.
  • Knowledge of the Columbus community and curiosity to learn more, a plus.

Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 5+ years’ demonstrated success in a professional marketing position. Theatre, arts, or live event marketing experience preferred.
  • Prior Tessitura (Tnew) or related CRM experience is preferred.

Required Application Materials: Resume and a Cover Letter outlining why you interested in the position, as well as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Deadline to apply is: Friday, July 16 at 11:59 p.m.

About the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO)

The Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) is a professional theatre company located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We are classified as a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) by the Actor’s Equity Association.

We believe theatrical storytelling can transform us as people, because it immerses us in an immediate and communal experience that activates our senses and captivates our emotions. By doing so we are able to inspire audiences to step outside themselves, see their place in the current moment and recognize, understand and share the thoughts and feelings of another.

Our vision is to become an anti-racist, nationally recognized contemporary theatre company, anchoring a thriving Columbus theatre ecosystem in an empathetic, equitable world. We believe our purpose is to harness the transformational power of theatre that engages with our current moment to inspire a community of empathy.

We achieve our purpose by being responsive to community needs through exceptional:

  • Productions for adults and young people that immerse audiences in a communal experience, captivating senses and emotions; and
  • Education Programs that foster creative curiosity, personal growth, and connections rooted in empathy.

Primary Function: The Education Director leads CATCO’s robust Education programming, including in-school residencies, on site classes, camps, and community partnerships. The Education Director collaborates with leadership to strengthen and develop programming that aligns with CATCO’s core beliefs, mission, and vision. The ideal candidate has a passion for education and experience working with diverse students of all ages. The position reports to and is supported by the Artistic Director and will collaborate with the entire CATCO staff, as well as applicable contractors. This position supervises a full-time Education Coordinator and a team of Artist Educators/Teaching Artists.

Additional Information: This is a full-time, salaried exempt position. The selected candidate will be eligible for CATCO’s benefit package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, Paid Time Off (PTO), complimentary tickets to productions, and professional development opportunities for personal and professional growth (as funding allows). The salary range for this position is $43,000 – 47,000.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads CATCO’s Education Department in alignment with CATCO’s mission and vision.
  • Fosters a work environment that demonstrates cultural competency and leads with CATCO’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Supervises Education staff (full-time Education Coordinator and part-time Artist Educators), <span “:=”” 10.0pt”=””>including hiring, scheduling, training, performance management and payroll.
  • Works with the Artistic and Executive Directors to align Education work with CATCO’s new strategic plan.
  • Oversees the expansion of CATCO’s grant funded in-school residency program.
  • Manages Education programs including in-school residencies, after school programs, collaborations with community organization, classes, and camps.
  • Works with the Director of Marketing to fill a full roster of camps and classes.
  • Selects production titles for Education Department productions, in collaboration with the Artistic Director.
  • Serves as the public spokesperson for CATCO’s Education programs.
  • Collaborates with the Development team on grants and other fundraising for Education programs.
  • Serves as a member of the Artistic team, bringing your perspective to artistic programming decisions.
  • Assists with programming for CATCO’s Theatre for Young Audiences season.
  • Assists with the sale and implementation of student matinees.
  • Teaches classes, camps, residencies, and workshops as needed.
  • Oversees the development of CATCO’s curriculum and play guides.
  • Establishes and manages the Education Department budget.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent time management skills, including attending to numerous projects concurrently.
  • Basic understanding of Ohio’s Learning Standards with the ability to link them with Drama Theatre Standards.
  • Ability to translate standards into curriculum.
  • Strong commitment to health and safety standards.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in order to build an anti-racist organization.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigration status.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, as class and community event schedule necessitates.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite and Google Suite.
  • Exhibits creativity, enthusiasm, and appreciation for theatrical storytelling.
  • Reliable transportation to multiple school and community-based locations for residencies and classes.

Credentials and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in theatre or education, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated management and leadership skills.
  • At least three years’ related work experience, ideally working with young people in a performing arts setting.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and analyzing program evaluations is a plus
  • Experience in a variety of school settings is a plus.
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours for classes and community events is required.

Special Requirements

This position will require a satisfactory background check; CATCO will determine the level of background check required based upon current industry standards for individuals working with youth.

Required Application Materials: Resume and Cover Letter outlining why you are interested in the position, as well as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Deadline to apply is: Friday, July 23rd at 11:59 p.m. 

Characteristics of a Successful Applicant

In this critical position, you will play an active role in helping the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) intentionally work toward becoming an anti-racist, nationally recognized contemporary theatre company that anchors a thriving local theatre ecosystem in Columbus, Ohio.

The person for this position has a passion for working with young people and has experience teaching a wide range of ages. You should come to this role with a commitment to building on the strong foundation and legacy of CATCO’s work with young people. CATCO, and the Phoenix Theatre for Children before that, have a strong reputation for quality education programming that serves students across the Columbus area with in-depth programs in classrooms, after-school, and at the theatre. This new leader will build on this history, taking CATCO’s Education programming to the next level, serving more students, and building deeper relationships with students and teachers.

The person for this position is empathetic toward others and compassionate in their relationships with community partners, school leaders, students, and CATCO staff. They are an experienced teaching artist and enthusiastic about training the next generation of exceptional artist educators.

This team player is able to work collaboratively, as well as independently, to fully realize our vision for creating extraordinary educational programming that fosters creative curiosity, personal growth, and connections rooted in empathy. The position requires the ideal candidate to have the skills necessary to make independent decisions that advance the vision, mission and purpose of CATCO. You will bring a strong work ethic to your work with students, teachers, school administrators, parents, staff, and artists.

About the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO)

The Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) is a professional theatre company located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. CATCO works under a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) contract with Actor’s Equity Association.

We believe theatrical storytelling can transform us as people, because it immerses us in an immediate and communal experience that activates our senses and captivates our emotions. By doing so we are able to inspire audiences to step outside themselves, see their place in the current moment and recognize, understand and share the thoughts and feelings of another.

Our vision is to become an anti-racist, nationally recognized contemporary theatre company, anchoring a thriving Columbus theatre ecosystem in an empathetic, equitable world. We believe our purpose is to harness the transformational power of theatre that engages with our current moment to inspire a community of empathy.

We achieve our purpose by being responsive to community needs through exceptional:

  • Productions for adults and young people that immerse audiences in a communal experience, captivating senses and emotions; and
  • Education Programs that foster creative curiosity, personal growth, and connections rooted in empathy.

Primary Function – The Production Manager manages all aspects of production at CATCO, including productions for adults and young audiences, as well as CATCO education programs. The ideal candidate will be able to strategically create production frameworks that support staff and guest artists for success. The position reports to and is supported by the Executive and Artistic Directors and will collaborate with the entire CATCO staff, as well as applicable contractors. We envision hiring a production team of part- time staff and independent contractors to support this work.

Additional Information: This is a full-time, salaried exempt position. The selected candidate will be eligible for CATCO’s benefit package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, Paid Time Off (PTO), complimentary tickets to productions, and professional development opportunities for personal and professional growth (as funding allows). The salary range for this position is $48,000 – $52,000.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages all production operations in support of CATCO’s Mission and Vision.
  • Fosters a work environment that demonstrates cultural competency and leads with CATCO’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Participates in recruiting, hiring, and the supervision of production employees and guest artists, in collaboration with the Artistic Director.
  • Works with the Executive Director and Artistic Director to create the annual budget for productions.
    Creates and tracks all show related budgets and maintains effective methods of financial reconciliation, in collaboration with the Senior Accountant.
  • Ensures extraordinary production work by setting and maintaining high standards for quality.
    Creatively engages and partners with design teams to meet budget goals while maintaining design integrity, production quality, and safety.
  • Leads production meetings to communicate pertinent information to staff and creative teams.
  • Works with CAPA Human Resources to facilitate conflict resolution among employees and contractors.
  • Tracks departmental work throughout the production process, working with directors, designers, and stage management to ensure that work is completed on time and within budget.
  • Oversees CATCO’s equipment inventory and needs (purchases, maintenance, rentals).
  • Maintains and approves production timesheets.
  • Assists with hands-on production tasks as needed and as skill set allows.
  • Liaises with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and CAPA regarding space and equipment at the Columbus Performing Arts Center (CPAC) and the Riffe Center.
  • Serves on Board/Staff committees as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent time management skills, including attending to numerous projects concurrently.
  • Ability to solve problems creatively to keep production designers within budget and on schedule.
  • Strong commitment to health and safety standards.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in order to build an anti-racist organization.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigration status.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of a growing theatre.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite and Google Suite.
  • Exhibits creativity, enthusiasm, and appreciation for theatrical storytelling.
  • Reliable transportation to multiple performance venues as well as CATCO’s storage warehouse.
  • Ability to drive a 14’ truck is a plus.
  • Light lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling of supplies, etc., up to 50 lbs., as well as occasional stooping, kneeling, and crouching.

Credentials and Experience

  • Experience in production leadership at a theatre, arts center, or equivalent organization.
  • Exceptional management skills.
  • Basic scenic, electrics, sound, and/or costuming skills.
  • Knowledge of AEA, USA, and SDC collective bargaining agreements a plus.

Deadline to apply is: Friday, July 23 at 11:59 p.m.

About the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO)

The Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) is a professional theatre company located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. CATCO works under a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) contract with Actor’s Equity Association.

We believe theatrical storytelling can transform us as people, because it immerses us in an immediate and communal experience that activates our senses and captivates our emotions. By doing so we are able to inspire audiences to step outside themselves, see their place in the current moment and recognize, understand and share the thoughts and feelings of another.

Our vision is to become an anti-racist, nationally recognized contemporary theatre company, anchoring a thriving Columbus theatre ecosystem in an empathetic, equitable world. We believe our purpose is to harness the transformational power of theatre that engages with our current moment to inspire a community of empathy.

We achieve our purpose by being responsive to community needs through exceptional:

  • Productions for adults and young people that immerse audiences in a communal experience, captivating senses and emotions; and
  • Education Programs that foster creative curiosity, personal growth, and connections rooted in empathy.

Calling all theatre educators! Every year, CATCO is Kids provides a wide range of in-school theatre residencies, summer camps, and theatre classes. We are looking to expand our pool of Artist Educators to facilitate virtual drama-based programming during the school year and beyond. These programs cover a variety of topics and linkages with educational standards including English Language Arts, playwriting, and acting.

If you are interested in being considered, please send your resume to Interim Education Director Andrew Protopapas at aprotopapas@catco.org. Please include in your email why you are interested in this opportunity, and if you are available and interested in teaching virtually this academic year.

CATCO’s Casting Director will play an active role in helping the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) intentionally work toward becoming an anti-racist, nationally recognized contemporary theatre company that anchors a thriving local theatre ecosystem in Columbus, Ohio.

The person for this contract position is personable and aligns with CATCO’s beliefs and brand in their interactions with potential artists, as you will often be the first person actors interact with. This person has a great artistic sensibility and a passion for connecting people. They are also highly organized and empathetic in their interactions with actors, directors, and staff.

The Casting Director manages CATCO’s casting processes, working collaboratively with the Artistic Director and guest directors to find the best cast possible for CATCO’s 2021-22 productions. The Casting Director will lead casting processes that align with CATCO’s core beliefs, mission, and vision. The contractor will be supported by the Artistic Director and will collaborate with the entire CATCO staff, as well as each individual production’s director.

Additional Information: This is a part-time, contract position at $10,000/year, paid monthly. Contract will begin on, or about, August 15, 2021 and last through June 30, 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities​

  • Support and collaborate with the Artistic Director and guest directors, to cast CATCO’s 2021-22 productions for adults and young audiences, as well as any ancillary programs (annual Gala, readings, etc).
  • Stay current with knowledge of central Ohio actors, including young performers.
  • Make recommendations to the Artistic Director and guest directors on actors to see.
  • Attend audition events, showcases, etc., on CATCO’s behalf.
  • Lead the casting process from initial casting meetings through final casting.
  • Communicate with Actors’ Equity Association about audition notices and ensure CATCO’s auditions meet Actor’s Equity guidelines.
  • Ensure casting is within budget in terms of numbers of AEA and non-AEA actors.
  • Manage digital and in-person submissions.
  • Create and maintain a database of actors who have worked on, auditioned for, or expressed interest in CATCO productions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of central Ohio actors.
  • Highly organized with an artistic sensibility.
  • Knowledge of Airtable is a plus.
  • Strong commitment to health and safety standards.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigration status.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite and Google Suite.

 Credentials and Experience

  • At least two years theatre experience
  • At least two years administrative experience

This position will require a satisfactory background check; CATCO will determine the level of background check required based upon current industry standards for individuals working with youth.

Required Application Materials: Resume and Cover Letter outlining why you are interested in the position, as well as what makes you the best candidate for the position. If you are interested in auditioning for CATCO productions while in this role, please indicate that in your cover letter and we can address ways to handle that in the interview process. Deadline to apply is: Friday, July 30th at 11:59 p.m.  To apply, email your materials to lhoffmann@catco.org

About the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO)

The Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) is a professional theatre company located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. CATCO works under a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) contract with Actor’s Equity Association.

We believe theatrical storytelling can transform us as people, because it immerses us in an immediate and communal experience that activates our senses and captivates our emotions. By doing so we are able to inspire audiences to step outside themselves, see their place in the current moment and recognize, understand and share the thoughts and feelings of another.

Our vision is to become an anti-racist, nationally recognized contemporary theatre company, anchoring a thriving Columbus theatre ecosystem in an empathetic, equitable world. We believe our purpose is to harness the transformational power of theatre that engages with our current moment to inspire a community of empathy.

We achieve our purpose by being responsive to community needs through exceptional:

  • Productions for adults and young people that immerse audiences in a communal experience, captivating senses and emotions; and
  • Education Programs that foster creative curiosity, personal growth, and connections rooted in empathy.

CATCO is committed to maintaining a workforce that is diverse across many lines of difference. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for every staff member. CATCO does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, lactation status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other protected status.