Milwaukee Repertory Theater, a LORT theater located in the heart of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area, is currently seeking applicants for the position of Program Manager of the (working title) 53206 Program. Our mission is to ignite positive changes in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of our community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity. It is important that our hiring practices reflect this commitment to diversity and we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Position Overview:  Milwaukee Rep is seeking a Program Manager (PM) who will work to articulate, develop, and implement the newly created (working title) 53206 Program, which will involve a deep engagement of community-based partnerships with playwrights, dramaturgs and other theatre artists to lift and amplify the celebratory and redemptive Black stories in Milwaukee.  The PM will be responsible for nurturing a positive, safe and open environment for all participants connected with the program; innovating and managing programming that aligns with our Community Engagement (CE) Dept and the larger Milwaukee community; and coordinating and ensuring artistic quality commensurate with the brand of Milwaukee Rep.  Additionally, the PM will develop, cultivate, and nurture local relationships with community leaders in order to expand artistic scope and authenticity of the program and to engage the community at a core level in our storytelling.

53206 Program vision:  With its well-documented history of segregation, economic disparity and systematic racism, Milwaukee is often the center of negative socio-political conversation, where much of this rhetoric only serves to sensationalize and exacerbate core perceptions.  These tend to eclipse many of the inspirational and heroic stories of success and triumph currently happening or as part of the local Black community’s heritage.  By using theater as a platform to amplify inspirational stories, we build bridges of understanding, raise awareness of the socio-political challenges, and create tools for change.  We connect at a deeper level with our community by bringing lively, engaging professional theater to people with little or no previous access to the arts – who in turn help our artists and audiences re-imagine what relevant and entertaining theater can be.

Your Role as Program Manager:  We imagine a compendium of initially commissioning three new works centered on our community that lifts and amplifies stories of triumph, accomplishment, and joy.  It is intended that each commission will be shared publicly through extensive workshopped readings, with a view to moving to full productions in Milwaukee Rep future seasons. The curation, execution and cultivation of these works will be led by Black artists, leaders, and city dwellers within the predominantly Black community of the 53206 zip code on the north side of Milwaukee, and beyond.  In addition to the initial commissions, we will co-create innovative CE programming in partnership with the community it will amplify and serve.  This program will allow opportunities for listening, learning, and creating great works of theater for our community that also have the potential for sharing many of the positive aspects of our city nationwide.

Essential duties & responsibilities include: 

  • Lead, develop, and manage the nascent working titled 53206 Program, including:
    • Development of the structure and major goals of the program (with input from Artistic Director & Artistic Team)
    • Recruitment and continued engagement of community partners in Milwaukee’s Black community, including holding listening sessions, attending community events, and developing an advisory board from the community.
    • Identification and recruitment of playwrights and incubation for development of these plays. Establish, oversee, and liaise with creators throughout the process for each developing program, including readings and workshops.
    • Envision and implements a strategic plan and timelines for the program.
    • Create and maintains budget for program with input from the Artistic Producer, and Director of NPD.
    • Advise Artistic Director of potential funding requirements that will be required to serve various initiatives that come about as the 53206 Program evolves.
    • Work with community partners and Milwaukee Rep’s Education and CE Department to create programming on an as-needed basis to further the mission of the program.
  • Upholds the standards of excellence, as defined in the Milwaukee Rep mission, in all artistic endeavors.
  • Sends weekly report to Artistic Producer on progress and next steps.

Compensation and Schedule:  This is a short-term contract working as an independent contractor.  The fee payment is $1,500 per month. We estimate that to perform the required duties will take approximately 15-20 hours per week.

Position Requirements:  In reviewing applicants, Milwaukee Rep will look favorably at relevant experience in community engagement/organizing, artistic leadership within the theater industry, leadership in team building, project development, and/or artistic producing which demonstrates the ability to perform the required duties of the position.  Please document your knowledge of the industry including any established professional networks along with your overall knowledge of plays and playwrights in your application materials.  We envision this being a primarily remote position during the COVID-19 pandemic with in-person work locally thereafter.

The Deadline to Apply is March 5, 2021.  Applications will be accepted thereafter until the position is filled.

About Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Milwaukee Rep is the largest performing arts organization in Wisconsin welcoming 300,000 people at 700 performances of 15 productions a season at the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex featuring three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. For over six decades, Milwaukee Rep has been a centerpiece of Milwaukee’s vibrant arts and cultural scene with productions ranging from Broadway musicals to Shakespeare to American Classics and New Works that are entertaining, inclusive and impactful. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Executive Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Rep ignites positive change in the cultural, social and economic vitality of our community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity. Every season requires a team of dedicated, passionate and skilled people. Whether it be a 30+ year veteran employee or one who’s never experienced a Milwaukee winter before, everyone shares a common sense of purpose and determination that enables us to bring world-class theater to the stage. Season after season, our accomplished team never ceases to amaze!

To read more about Milwaukee Repertory Theater, please visit: www.MilwaukeeRep.com

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Milwaukee Repertory Theater is committed to creating a culturally diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Instructions to Apply:

Fill out an online application and submit Resume and Cover Letter Attn to: Laura Braza, Artistic Producer at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/452894/Milwaukee-Repertory-Theater-Inc/Program-Manager

Pay Rate/Range*: $1,500/month fee
Organization Address: 108 East Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Organization Contact Name: Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Organization Email Contact: ehill@milwaukeerep.com