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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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Mission & Values

JOIN THE PVTC TEAM 

Our mission is to create community and inspire individuals to discover their unique passion through pursuit of excellence in theatre arts. 

 

About PVTC 

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory boasts a robust Children’s & Youth Conservatory, as well as an intimate MainStage experience. We are always on the hunt for excellent artists who value quality, education, collaboration, and community. Join us to work with a dedicated and inclusive team eager to build the next generation of thoughtful and creative theatre makers. We have part-time and full-time summer openings and are looking to hire a diversity of folks to join in the fun!

  • DIRECTOR - High School Musical Theatre Camp (Show TBD)
    REPORTS TO: Producing Artistic Director OVERSEES: Rehearsal Room Interns WAGES: $28/hour PROJECT DATES: Production meetings monthly on Tuesdays at 1pm starting in January Auditions May 1 from 6-9pm Callbacks May 7 from 1-5pm Camp meets 9am-3pm daily from July 17 through August 4 Performances August 3 & 4 at 7pm and August 5 at 5pm, followed by strike WHO SHOULD APPLY? Directors who have demonstrated experience working with high school actors who center creative expression, commitment to IDEA, and support student growth and development in a collaborative environment. PREP SEASON (PART-TIME JANUARY THROUGH MID-JUNE, can be remote) Work with producers, playwright, and designers to craft a vision and framework for the show Attend monthly production & planning meetings for the show Attend all-staff meetings and trainings Create engaging lesson plans and prompts to engage student-artists in the process of staging a musical Work with the stage manager to create a calendar for camp that cross-references the needs of other camps in the same session Watch auditions, attend callbacks, and participate in casting or story development discussions Provide audition feedback for campers who request it Create and publish a cast list plus information around what students can expect to do in their roles Plan and facilitate training sessions for intern mentees as needed and help interns set appropriate goals Attend training sessions for intern mentees, help interns set appropriate goals, and train interns on specific projects/tools that will be used for their camp DURING CAMP (FULL-TIME DURING THE SUMMER CAMP SESSION, in-person) Lead rehearsals for your show including: blocking, script analysis, character development, line memorization, voice & text work, run-thrus, etc Attend daily post-camp meetings to debrief the day and report on rehearsal progress Support campers by celebrating their strengths and providing them with growth challenges through instruction, sticker chart rewards, and sharing your observations and suggestions Participate in the morning circle and group activities throughout the day Set up, maintain, and cleanup appropriate workstations for rotations Work closely with the creative team to create a unified camp experience in which each rotation supports the work of other rotations Work with the stage manager to keep the camp schedule updated Make requests for supplies, space set up, or emails home in a timely manner using proper channels of communication With the stage manager, help lead tech rehearsals and provide clear notes to actors and production team members Mentor assistant directors and dramaturgs in the high school internship program through their roles by helping interns set goals, taking them through the creative process, teaching them to update relevant paperwork, and mentoring them through leadership opportunities. Record intern progress, accomplishments, and growth areas throughout camp, as well as provide a brief written report about each intern at the end of camp Collaborates with other instructors to write student congratulatory cards Attend and support performances, which includes leading pre-show rituals and warm-ups with the cast Participate in strike for relevant productions Following final performances, fill out post-camp feedback survey Attend post-mortem discussion TO APPLY Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to PVTC. The letter should outline how your goals as an artist align with PVTC’s philosophy, state your area(s) of interest for staff positions, and illuminate relevant experience listed on their resume. Letters and resumes should be submitted to noelle@pvtc-ca.org.
  • STAGE MANAGERS - All Summer
    PVTC camp stage managers orchestrate the behind-the-scenes “choreography” of each summer camp show. Stage managers are intimately acquainted with the vision of the designers and directors carry out administrative duties to ensure the success of the vision. Stage managers are responsible for designing a smooth rehearsal and performance process. The ideal candidate has stage management or equivalent experience and has worked in an educational setting as a stage manager, though we can also train those with a desire to learn, including college students and early career professionals. Successful applicants are organized, detail-oriented, and possess excellent and efficient communication skills. Applicants must be collaborative, inclusive, creative, and interested in mentoring high school students through a stage management process. PVTC uses Google Drive, Zoom, Slack, and Dropbox for all camps. REPORTS TO: Production Manager OVERSEES: Assistant Stage Manager Interns (high school students) WAGES: $25-$28/hour PROJECT DATES (Applicants can apply for 1 or 2 projects that do not overlap) Production meetings monthly on Tuesdays at 1pm starting in January Prep as needed throughout the winter/spring June 19 through July 15 (Musical with K-8th graders) July 17 through July 27 (Outdoor devising camp with 4th-8th graders) July 17 through August 4 (Musical camp with high school students) WHO SHOULD APPLY? Experience in stage management is a plus, though we can train interested parties. The most important qualities for stage managers are organizational skills, patience, a friendly attitude, time management skills, excellent notetaking, and strong interpersonal skills. Basic knowledge of backstage theatre is useful. Experience working with youth is a plus. PREP SEASON (PART-TIME JANUARY THROUGH MID-JUNE, can be remote) Attend monthly production meetings for each show you are managing Take notes for each meeting, including action items for staff and send out notes after meeting Attend all-staff trainings and meetings Participate in one-on-one calls with the camp director or other staff as needed Collaborate with director to create camp schedule and cross-refrence camp schedules within the same session Plan and facilitate training sessions for intern mentees, and help interns set appropriate goals, and train interns on specific projects/tools that will be used for their camp Help with camp set-up, which might include preparing camper kits or setting up the PVTC space DURING CAMP (FULL-TIME DURING THE SUMMER CAMP SESSION, in person) Attend rehearsals and oversee the following tasks, either by completing them yourself or mentoring ASMs through the process: Take notes on blocking and other staging ideas to maintain an up-to-date record Record and filming moments as necessary (which will include filming staff and interns at work for PVTC’s records) Spiking the stage Keeping props organized and working with student actors to identify safe places for prop storage Maintain the rehearsal schedule incorporating changes from the director, designers, or other rotation leaders Send out daily production report summarizing work accomplished, questions, and needs to ensure the success of the show Attend daily post-camp meetings to debrief the day and report on production progress Communicate department-based announcements to the managing director for emails home to campers Work closely with director, designers, and technical specialist to lead a successful rehearsal process and tech week Mentor assistant stage managers in the high school internship program through their role by engaging them in paperwork, line notes, prop & costume checks; teaching them to capture blocking; and setting them up as student stage manager leaders Record intern progress, accomplishments, and growth areas throughout camp as well as provide a brief written report about each intern at the end of camp Collaborates with other instructors to write student/intern congratulatory cards Participate in strike for relevant productions Following final performances, fill out post-camp feedback survey Attend post-mortem discussion TO APPLY Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to PVTC. The letter should outline how your goals as an artist align with PVTC’s philosophy, state your area(s) of interest for staff positions, and illuminate relevant experience listed on their resume. Letters and resumes should be submitted to noelle@pvtc-ca.org.
  • COSTUME DESIGNER & INSTRUCTOR - "Spongebob The Musical (Youth Edition)"
    PVTC summer costume designers & instructors collaborate with an experienced and enthusiastic creative team to plan for and execute a summer camp production. The costume designer & instructor is responsible for creating the clothing “look” for all campers and works closely with the hair and makeup designers to develop a cohesive character profile. Successful applicants are driven, independent, excellent communicators, collaborative, inclusive, visionary, and interested in developing the whole student. PVTC uses Google Drive, Zoom, Slack, and Dropbox for all camps. REPORTS TO: Artistic Director / Production Manager OVERSEES: Design Interns WAGES $28/hour PROJECT DATES: Production meetings monthly on Tuesdays at 1pm starting in January Prep as needed throughout the winter/spring Camp runs June 20-July 15 Performances are July 13, 14, 15 Strike, cleaning, and restock will happen after the show closes WHO SHOULD APPLY? Costume designers who have demonstrated experience working with youth in the theatre are ideal. This role includes designing costumes, renting/pulling items, building costumes, overseeing college assistants, high school interns, and sometimes very young performers. Costume designers/instructors are responsible for the entire costume department during a show, including construction, room organization, fittings, quick change plans, and creativity! Applicants should be organized, feel confident mentoring interns and assistants, and enjoy working with children. PREP SEASON (PART-TIME MARCH THROUGH MID-JUNE) Attend monthly production meetings for each show you’re designing Attend all-staff meetings and trainings Participate in one-on-one calls with director or other staff to plan activities as needed Create inspiration boards to share in production meetings Create design templates for each character/camp Provide a list of materials needed for camper kits in a timely manner and a list of which actors need which items Provide a list of “costume basics” to be provided by student families in advance of camp, including links to sample clothing Provide a list of scheduling requests for director/stage manager Plan and facilitate training sessions for intern mentees, and help interns set appropriate goals, and train interns on specific projects/tools that will be used for their camp DURING CAMP (FULL-TIME DURING THE SUMMER CAMP SESSION) Lead costume design rotations for your show. This can include costume theory, instruction on creating looks, having students make art/collages around their design, and teaching students about continuity Set up, maintain, and cleanup appropriate workstations for costume rotations Attend post-camp meetings to debrief the day and report on design progress Make requests for supplies, space set up, or emails home in a timely manner using proper channels of communication Support campers by celebrating their strengths and providing them with growth challenges through instruction, sticker chart rewards, and sharing your observations and suggestions Participate in the morning circle and group activities throughout the day Work closely with the creative team to create a unified camp experience in which each rotation supports the work of the others Mentor costume design interns in the high school internship program by helping interns set goals, taking them through the creative process of costume design, teaching them to update paperwork, and mentoring them through leadership opportunities Record intern progress, accomplishments, and growth areas throughout camp as well as provide a brief written report about each intern at the end of camp Communicate schedule needs to the director and stage manager Refine hair designs & feedback leading into tech and performances Collaborate with other instructors to write student/intern congratulatory cards Attend and support performances, which might include helping actors with their costumes before and after the show Participate actively in strike Following final performance, fill out post-camp feedback survey Attend post-mortem discussion
  • PROPS DESIGNER/MANAGER - Outdoor Devising Camp & TBD Musical with High School Students
    The props designers/manager collaborates with an experienced and enthusiastic creative team to plan for and execute a summer camp production. The props designer/manager is responsible for creating the props for each production, as well as guiding campers through the creation of specific props and other creative projects if relevant. They work closely with the set designers to develop a cohesive world for the show. Successful applicants are driven, independent, excellent communicators, collaborative, inclusive, visionary, and interested in developing the whole student. PVTC uses Google Drive, Zoom, Slack, and Dropbox for all camps. REPORTS TO: Production Manager OVERSEES: Technical interns WAGES $25-$28 depending on experience PROJECT DATES: Production meetings monthly on Tuesdays at 1pm starting in January Prep as needed throughout the winter/spring Camp runs July 17-August 4 Performances are July 26 & 27 for devising and August 3, 4, and 5 for the musical Strike, cleaning, and restock will happen after the show closes WHO SHOULD APPLY? Props designers who have experience designing and managing props on a quick deadline are ideal for PVTC shows. Props designers are part-time, but should be available to repair props or acquire new props throughout the process as needed PREP SEASON (PART-TIME JANUARY THROUGH MID-JUNE) Attend monthly production meetings for each show you’re working on Attend all-staff meetings and trainings Participate in one-on-one calls with director or other staff Create inspiration boards to share in production meetings Create prop list & proposals for each camp show Provide a list of materials needed if any projects are happening with campers or interns Provide a list of scheduling requests for director/stage manager DURING CAMP (PART-TIME DURING THE SUMMER CAMP SESSION) Procure props by pulling, building, renting, or purchasing If relevant - lead prop design rotations with campers and/or interns. This can include theory, instruction on safe building and/or painting practices, having students make art/collages around their design. Set up, maintain, and cleanup appropriate workstations for set rotations Attend post-camp meetings to debrief the day and report on design progress Make requests for supplies, space set up, or emails home in a timely manner using proper channels of communication Support campers by celebrating their strengths and providing them with growth challenges through instruction, sticker chart rewards, and sharing your observations and suggestions Mentor tech interns in the high school internship program by helping interns set goals, taking them through the creative process of costume design, teaching them to update paperwork, and mentoring them through leadership opportunities. Communicate schedule needs to the director and stage manager Refine prop designs & feedback leading into tech and performances Repair props as needed throughout rehearsal/performance process Participate actively in strike Following final performance, fill out post-camp feedback survey Attend post-mortem discussion TO APPLY Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to PVTC. The letter should outline how your goals as an artist align with PVTC’s philosophy, state your area(s) of interest for staff positions, and illuminate relevant experience listed on their resume. Letters and resumes should be submitted to noelle@pvtc-ca.org.
  • COSTUME ASSISTANT
    PVTC costume assistants work alongside the experienced and enthusiastic costume design team to plan for and execute a summer camp production. The costume assistant will help designers keep paperwork updated, assist with fittings, and execute alterations for existing pieces. They will also have ownership over execution of certain designs and may be asked to sew, hot glue, add velcro, buttons, snaps, or add embellishments to costumes. At times, costume assistants may have the opportunity to design parts of costumes. They will help with costume pulls, restocking, and keeping the costume room and rack organized. While costume assistants will interact with campers, they are not expected to lead instructional rotations unless they are looking to develop that skill. Successful applicants are driven, independent, excellent communicators, collaborative, inclusive, visionary, and interested in developing the whole student. PVTC uses Google Drive, Zoom, Slack, and Dropbox for all camps. This is an ideal job for a college student or early career professional. REPORTS TO: Costume Designer WAGES: $20-$28/hour depending on experience PROJECT DATES: Production meetings monthly on Tuesdays at 1pm starting in January Prep as needed throughout the winter/spring Camp dates are June 20-August 11 Who should apply? Young professionals or college students interested in costume design for youth theatre are ideal candidates for this position. While experience is not necessary, assistants will be asked to sew on a sewing machine, hand show, cut, hot glue, and get creative with all kinds of materials. Assistants should also be able to update simple spreadsheets and other paperwork. PREP SEASON (PART-TIME JANUARY THROUGH MID-JUNE, can be remote) Attend scheduled production meetings for each show you’re working on Attend staff trainings Participate in one-on-one calls with community engagement coordinator or other staff as needed Collaborate with production team to develop overarching vision for the show Prep spaces (real or virtual) for camp DURING CAMP (PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME DURING THE SUMMER CAMP SESSION, in person. Some projects can be taken home) Attend camp rotations and post-camp meetings Work independently on projects as needed Work on costume projects to execute designer’s vision Help with pulling and restocking Update costume related paperwork Help with rotations, fittings, dress & tech rehearsal Work with high school interns on costume crew to ensure successful quick changes and organization of dressing rooms during performances Attend performances and strike TO APPLY Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to PVTC. The letter should outline how your goals as an artist align with PVTC’s philosophy, state your area(s) of interest for staff positions, and illuminate relevant experience listed on their resume. Letters and resumes should be submitted to noelle@pvtc-ca.org.
  • ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER - "Spongebob The Musical (Youth Edition)"
    The assistant choreographer is responsible for reinforcing the instruction of our choreographer to help the cast shine! During your time at camp, you will help the choreographer by leading or demonstrating warm-ups and basic musical theatre steps. You are responsible for knowing all choreography tracks in the show and reviewing/giving notes to actors in the absence of the choreographer. Assistant choreographers may have the opportunity to choreograph portions of songs on their own with mentorship from the choreographer or director. We seek assistant choreographers who have a passion both for dance and for working with students of a range of ages and abilities. Experience in youth theatre is a plus. Individuals who are collaborative, flexible, and creative thrive at PVTC. This is an ideal job for a college student or early career professional. REPORTS TO: Producing Artistic Director WAGES: $20-28/hour depending on experience PROJECT DATES: Production meetings monthly on Tuesdays at 1pm starting in January Prep as needed throughout the winter/spring Camp dates are June 20-July 15 Who should apply? Young professionals or college students interested in choreography for youth are ideal candidates. Working alongside a professional choreographer, assistants will have the chance to learn about approaches to teaching dance to youth. They will lead rehearsals whenever the choreographer is not on campus. Assistant choreographers will receive training in how to give notes to youth that help them grow while also supporting and nurturing their creative development. PREP SEASON (PART-TIME JANUARY THROUGH MID-JUNE, can be remote) Attend scheduled production meetings for each show you’re working on Attend staff trainings Participate in one-on-one calls with the camp director or other staff as needed Collaborate with production team to develop overarching vision for the show Participate in auditions, callbacks, and casting DURING CAMP (PART-TIME DURING THE SUMMER CAMP SESSION, in person) Attend camp rotations and post-camp meetings Review basic musical theatre steps to students of all ages Assist the choreographer with creating videos and posting notes on choreography so students can practice at home Collaborate the choreographer and other members of the creative team to create a cohesive and joyful show Mentor choreography interns in leading dance warm-ups and reviewing material with students Communicate schedule needs to the director and stage manager Polish songs leading into tech and performances Attend and support performances TO APPLY Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to PVTC. The letter should outline how your goals as an artist align with PVTC’s philosophy, state your area(s) of interest for staff positions, and illuminate relevant experience listed on their resume. Letters and resumes should be submitted to noelle@pvtc-ca.org.
  • ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS ASSISTANTS
    The administrative and operations assistant will support the daily operations of summer camp on campus. From setup to sign-in, communication to ticketing, and audience experience the administrative and operations assistants will collaborate with staff, interns, students, and families to cultivate a fun and smooth camp experience. Successful applicants must be organized, detail-oriented, and enjoy communicating. They should be able to work independently and collaborate on group efforts. PVTC works across many platforms including Google Drive, Zoom, Slack, Dropbox, Canva, LucidPress, and Network for Good. REPORTS TO: Executive Director WAGES: $20-28/hour depending on experience PROJECT DATES: Production meetings monthly on Tuesdays at 1pm starting in January Prep as needed throughout the winter/spring Camp dates are June 20-August 11 Who should apply? Young professionals or college students interested in the administrative side of arts education programs are ideal candidates for this position. The job requires a little of everything - engagement with students, parents, PVTC staff, and high school interns! The admin/operations assistant completes many tasks throughout the day ranging from meaningful in-person interactions with camp participants to updating spreadsheets and prepping emails. PREP SEASON (PART-TIME JANUARY THROUGH MID-JUNE, can be remote) Attend scheduled production meetings for each show you’re working on Attend staff trainings Participate in one-on-one calls with managing director or other staff as needed Prep spaces (real or virtual) for camp DURING CAMP (FULL-TIME DURING THE SUMMER CAMP SESSION, in person) Attend the full camp day and post-camp meetings Oversee the smooth implementation sign-in, sign-out, and other day-to-day camp routines Work independently on projects as needed Collaborate with the social media/marketing team to execute the social media strategy, programs, and lobby displays Communicate with families on daily needs and questions Work with producers on fundraising needs for pre-and-post show experiences Attend performances and strike TO APPLY Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to PVTC. The letter should outline how your goals as an artist align with PVTC’s philosophy, state your area(s) of interest for staff positions, and illuminate relevant experience listed on their resume. Letters and resumes should be submitted to noelle@pvtc-ca.org.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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Land Acknowledgement

Located in the midst of beautiful redwood forest 40 minutes south of San Francisco, Portola Valley rests on the unceded lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone people. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory recognizes that we currently benefit from living and working on their traditional homelands, and we affirm their sovereign rights as first peoples. 

 

Statement of Inclusivity

PVTC is committed to creating an artistic space where all feel welcome, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, disability, creed, financial circumstance, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We acknowledge the historical biases that have left marginalized communities out and recognize that equity can only be fully achieved by addressing these biases. We strive to uplift and promote all communities in our artistic endeavors.

 

Training & Growth Opportunities

All PVTC artists will participate in training and conversations surrounding PVTC culture, protocols and procedures, and I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility). Additionally, PVTC offers professional development opportunities throughout the year. We to be a joyful and brave family who welcomes artists of all ages and backgrounds. If you’re interested in working with us, we’d love to hear from you to start a conversation. 

  

Pay Rates

Hourly wages range from $25-$60/hour depending on project and role. Due to our remote location in Portola Valley (on the Peninsula, same freeway exit as Stanford), we are working to offer travel assistance programs to help cover gas or rideshare fees. If you’re willing to travel, we want to help you get here!

 

COVID Safety

COVID Safety COVID protocols are in place. All employees must be fully vaccinated. 

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