JOIN THE TEAM!
The Seven Devils New Play Foundry is looking for an individual to join a three-person leadership team that has a current managing director and additional artistic partner in place. This team produces the annual Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, Idaho (in June), and the work involves creating artistic teams (including casting) and facilitating pre-Conference connections and providing playwright support throughout the Conference and development process.
In addition to the Conference work, the person in this position will be responsible for off-season program development and management with a special focus on:
We’re looking for someone who is actively interested in developing new plays and supporting playwrights. The candidate should have strong communication skills and the ability to help manage the logistics of a conference featuring artists from across the U.S. The ideal candidate will have experience as a playwright or dramaturg and will have spent time developing new plays and working with not-for-profit organizations. The candidate will be able to build community locally in McCall and with the national theater community. Fundraising is an essential aspect of the position.
This is a salaried, part-time position that can be worked remotely, with the exception of the June Conference in McCall, Idaho (2 ½ weeks). The salary is $8,000 per year. (The budget of the entire organization is about $100K-$115K.)
The Seven Devils New Play Foundry is a 26-year-old play development organization that has developed 250 new plays, by Pulitzer Prize-winners, emerging writers, high school students and everything in between, through a variety of programs aimed at supporting and empowering playwrights to do their best work free from the pressures and concerns of full production. Seven Devils supports the development of plays that embrace the diverse landscape of the American experience. By inviting audiences to participate in the new play development process, we empower artists and audiences to have a greater stake in each other’s success; create opportunities for dialogue that broadens our understanding of ourselves and others; and fuel the creation of work that reflects, challenges and celebrates us. We have a special interest in underserved and rural writers
We love plays and playwrights, and we have a lot of fun building communities of artists and audiences in a gorgeous mountain setting every summer. This is an opportunity to interact with artists on the cusp of creating vital and vibrant new work for the American theater.
More than 50% of plays developed at the conference have gone on to full production at venues around the country, including Broadway. Some of the theaters that have produced work by Seven Devils playwrights include: The Humana Festival/Actors Theater of Louisville, Roundabout Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Barrington Stage Company, Chicago’s Gift Theater, Kitchen Theater, Montana Rep and Boise Contemporary Theater, among many others.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Search@SevenDevils.org, no later than March 17. If you have any questions, please contact the Search Committee at Search@SevenDevils.org.
An ideal candidate would be able to attend all or part of the 2023 Conference this June 4-18.
Can this really be done remotely?
Yes! Our Managing Director lives in Colorado, the current Producing Artistic Director is in New Hampshire. Our board members, all active theater professionals, are located across the US (and the world). Zoom is amazing. The position is task-oriented and flexible (but with deadlines).
Do I need an MFA?
No. We’re looking for someone who has experience helping writers develop new plays and has a deep understanding of the development process.
Will you pay for me to go to Idaho?
Yes, indeed. Actually a large part of our budget (almost 25%) is spent flying, housing, and feeding artists whom we bring to Idaho for the June Conference. We have a strong relationship with the McCall community, and town residents donate housing for all our staff and artists during the Conference.
Does this come with health insurance?
Unfortunately, we aren’t yet large enough to offer health insurance to our employees. We have three year-round staff members, who all work part-time.
Do you work with the theatrical unions?
Yes, but we’re not a producing company. Union and non-union artists work with us.
What should be in my cover letter?
Tell us about your experience developing new plays. Have you ever had to do fundraising? How about putting together artistic teams? Have you ever had to report to a not-for-profit board? How much do you know about Seven Devils and what interests you about joining us? We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for artists, staff, and audience at Seven Devils–what experience do you have in creating such an environment?