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Our community is the backbone of everything we do. Like many in New York’s theatre industry, we are working hard to continue supporting Pipeline’s family of artists, staff, and freelancers. We’ve compiled a list of resources to share with you in the hopes that you can find some relief, spread the word, or contribute if you’re able.

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We’re Hiring a PlayLab Associate

POSITION: PlayLab Associate
CATEGORY: Artistic and Administration
DURATION / END DATE: Commitment is late April 2020 – end of June 2021.

Pipeline Theatre Company is seeking a dramaturgical mind to work with and support our upcoming PlayLab 2021 cohort. Pipeline’s PlayLab is a playwriting group that aids and encourages artists in growing their wildest, most impossible ideas into imaginative and daring new plays. Through monthly meetings, workshop-events, and an artistic retreat, each of the three PlayLab writers is supported in developing their ambitious initial concept into a new script. At the end of the year, playwrights will have the opportunity to present a public reading of their new scripts. 

Pipeline Theatre Company, now in its 11th season, believes that an unbridled imagination is a force of magic with the power to provoke a more courageous and compassionate world. Founded in 2009, Pipeline is a small-but-mighty and quickly growing not-for-profit theatre company that serves bold, emerging artists whose work seems impossible. Over the last eight years, Pipeline’s PLAYLAB has proven to be a successful incubator for groundbreaking new work, and plays that we have developed have gone on to be recognized around the country: AP Andrews’ OPTIMISM, OR (Class of ‘14) was named a semi-finalist for Philadelphia’s PlayPenn Conference in 2015; Sarah Einspanier’s THE CONVENT OF PLEASURE (Class of ‘15) went on to be produced at New York’s Cherry Lane Theater in 2016; Claire Kiechel’s PILGRIMS (Class of ‘15) was included on the 2016 Kilroys List before going on to full production at Chicago’s Gift Theater in 2017 and Seattle’s Forward Flux Productions in 2018; Jacob Marx Rice’s CRACKS (Class of ‘16) was awarded the Kennedy Center’s 2017 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for plays about living with disability; Gina Femia’s THE MERMAID’S PARADE (Class of ’16) was awarded the 2020 Blue Ink Playwriting Award; and Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques’ SOCIETY (Class of ’19) was named a semi-finalist for the 2019 Relentless Award. This year, two PLAYLAB alumni received world premiere productions: Sam Max’s COOP (Class of ’19) at Paradise Factory, and J. Julian Christopher’s BUNDLE OF STICKS (Class of ’18) at INTAR Theatre.

PlayLab Associate responsibilities include:

  • Serving on the selection committee for PlayLab writers throughout April 2020
  • Helping to plan and attending the August 2020 annual retreat
  • Attending monthly PlayLab meetings and three workshop events to provide dramaturgical feedback and support to writers as they bring their ideas towards first drafts
  • Serving as a “mentor” for one of the three playwrights throughout the course of the year by giving additional focus to the development of their piece and organizing one-on-one meetings with them, as well as being the liaison between the playwright and the Pipeline staff.
  • Assisting the Pipeline staff in casting and staffing three annual workshops and the final readings
  • Time commitment: about 8-12 hours/month (3-hour monthly PlayLab meetings, plus staff check-ins, time with your playwright, and any workshops, etc.).

This person should be:

  • A dramaturgically-minded artist (whether that is a director, playwright, dramaturg, multidisciplinarian, or any other type of creative thinker) 
  • Experienced in new play development and providing feedback to artists
  • Passionate about playwrights, reading plays, and supporting other artists
  • Excited to bring their own community of artists to Pipeline
  • An awesome communicator 
  • Great at time management and used to working remotely
  • Compassionate, courageous, and collaborative
  • Down to clown

The PlayLab Associate will report to Pipeline’s Literary Manager, Philip Santos Schaffer, and will collaborate with the entire Pipeline staff.

Application deadline: April 10th, 2020

To submit, please send a cover letter, resume, and two reference contacts (no reference letters required) to jobs@pipelinetheatre.org with “PlayLab Associate” in the subject line.

In addition to being an equal opportunity employer, Pipeline Theatre Company celebrates and seeks difference. To broaden the collective experience of PlayLab, we are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. People of all races, ethnicities, national origin, sex, gender expressions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, marital status, veteran status, religions, ages and any other category protected by federal, state, or local regulations are highly encouraged to apply. All applicants will receive consideration.

COVID-19 Resources for Freelancers & Artists

Freelance Artist resources
Creative Capital grants and resources
Idea Awards Emergency Grant
A.R.T./NY resources
Indie Theatre Fund Emergency Grant
NYS Arts & Cultural Organizations resources
Musicians relief fund

Pipeline is continuing to pay our staff and artists during these unprecedented times. If you are in a position to support, now more than ever your contribution will have a huge impact on our small-but-mighty company.

If you have the means and are looking for more ways to help, here are a number of worthy causes that are fundraising to support small companies and freelance artists.

Make a tax-deductible donation to Pipeline
Donate to the Artist Relief Tree
Contribute to The Actors Fund
Donate to the Emergency Fund for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids