literary Manager

Job Description

The Literary Manager collaborates regularly with the Artistic Director to ensure a clear and accurate interpretation of PRIME’s vision and direction. This role focuses on expanding and developing PRIME’s writer pool as well as the evolution of writer workshops, new play festivals, and new works. Through effective collaboration, communication, and show activities, the Literary Manager supports the overall growth of PRIME’s position as a creator of new plays. The Literary Manager plays a role in PRIME’s strategic planning initiatives.

This position is currently a volunteer position, but may pay a stipend on a per-show basis.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Reads, evaluates, recommends and responds to submissions of new plays as well as writer screenings

  • Oversees script development, writer workshops, and develops playwright relationships

  • Participates in brainstorming for and coordination of PRIME’s 24-hour new play festivals as appropriate

  • Reads and evaluates scripts submitted to PRIME, participates in writer selection

  • Serves as the lead point person for the training and mentoring of all writers

  • Coordinates new play development and staged readings

  • Helps to coordinate and speaks at various outreach and in-house educational activities and public presentations such as donor and volunteer events, and moderates post-show talkbacks or discussions

  • Serves as Dramaturg for long-run shows as needed

  • May teach playwriting workshops, both internal and those open to the public

  • Oversees submission policies and processes

  • Works on other projects as assigned.

  • Work as part of PRIME leadership on short- and long-term strategic planning

  • Develop community ties with writers and serve on Board committees to further develop the PRIME’s connection to writers

  • Help shape the company season in partnership with the Artistic Director and Managing Director

  • Serve as a spokesperson within the arts community as needed

  • Cultivate and maintain literary contacts; generates leads on new voices to develop

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of two years experience with a nonprofit or for-profit organization in a literary, editing, or writing role. Experience with script review, writer workshops, and new play festivals highly desirable;

  • Be flexible with the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and will be able to work successfully under pressure and meet deadlines and goals;

  • Successfully understand PRIME’s mission and goals as they relate to script quality;

  • Exhibit stamina and a strong work ethic, as well as the flexibility and compassion to work through unpredictable pressures alongside the team;

  • Be a highly motivated self-starter with strong writing skills and experience with Google Docs;

  • Demonstrate a passion for theatre, storytelling, and the connection between art and a community

PRIME is committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace that celebrates individual differences and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. PRIME does not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local regulations.

Apply now by sending a resume and cover letter to info@primetheatre.org using the subject line: “LastName - Literary Manager.”  Resumes and cover letters should be named as follows: “LastName Resume - Literary Manager,” and “LastName CoverLetter - Literary Manager.”