Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) seeks to hire a team of 5-6 smart, fun, and friendly Production Assistants to support the premiere of LEARNING CURVE, an immersive theater performance being created collaboratively by APTP, one of the country’s preeminent youth theater ensembles and recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Award, and Third Rail Projects, a Bessie Award-winning dance-theater company at the forefront of immersive and site-specific theater. LEARNING CURVE is a theatrical journey into public education that places audiences in a Chicago public high school, and in the shoes of its students. The project has been in process since August of 2014.
Production Assistants will be part of the Stage Management/Run Crew team of this non-traditional performance, housed in a 4-story school building. They will blend into the world by assuming the roles of security guards, appearing as a part of the school staff and wearing a costume.
Duties of Production Assistants include: Assisting in checking audience into the world of the show at front of house; moving through the building to guide audience during the show; setting props, wardrobe, lighting, and/or sound pre-show; resetting production elements during the show; and assisting in post-show shut down.
Important skills required include the ability to interface with audience with comfort and confidence, the ability to keep track of precise prop resets, and attention to detail and timing when moving through the performance. The role of Production Assistants is a blend of assistant stage management, run crew, performance, and customer service skills. Comfort being in front of audience members and, at times, leading or guiding them and giving verbal cues is very important.
As part of the rehearsal process, Production Assistants will assist the Stage Manager and Production Manager during technical rehearsals and performances, performing a variety of tasks to help facilitate the creation of the show. PAs will work with directors from APTP and Third Rail Projects, production staff, and high school-aged performers, learning a variety of stage management and production techniques specific to youth theater and to immersive theater, through on-the-ground training and by assuming positions on the production. PAs will have the opportunity to experience the final stages of the creative process behind this unique, first-time collaboration.
Production Assistants will be paid by the day or half day at a rate that exceeds minimum wage. Production Assistants working all dates for the entire run can expect to earn at least $5,000.
As Production Assistants must blend into the world of a performance with a cast of teenagers, we are specifically seeking candidates who read as early to mid-20s.
As Production Assistants assume the roles of security guards in Chicago Public Schools, we are specifically seeking to achieve a diversity of ethnic and racial backgrounds among the 5-6 Production Assistants we hire, representing the kind of diversity one would find in a school.
Be available for all the rehearsal and performance dates on the following page.
Resume of prior theater experience in stage management, performing, customer service, or prior experience working in customer service in any field.
Interest in and comfort level around people of varying ethnic and class backgrounds.
Interest in and comfort level working with youth performers.
Ability to travel quickly up and down several flights of stairs multiple times during performances.
Fast learner comfortable in a fast-paced process.
Among the team of 5-6 Production Assistants, we would like to assemble the following skill sets. While these skills are not required, they are an asset. Please detail any experience you have in the following areas:
Sound: QLab, audio installation, troubleshooting
Lighting: hanging, focusing, board op, troubleshooting
Wardrobe: run crew, basic sewing and repair
Send a cover letter expressing your qualifications and interest in the LEARNING CURVE project as well as a current resume to email@example.com with “Production Assistant: Your Name” in the subject line. Review of applications begins immediately.
About Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects
At minimum, Production Assistants must be able to commit to the entire summer schedule (July 6 – August 28, 2016). Preference may be given to applicants who can continue through November 19, 2016.
To request a complete schedule of dates and times, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.