The majority of Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ core programs take place on-site during the school day and after school with students 2-12 in the Greater Philadelphia Area; however, some special programs and classes take place at arts facilities throughout Philadelphia throughout the calendar year.
To execute these programs to the highest quality, we ask our teaching artists to: be an active theatre professional in the Philadelphia area, be available to teach a long residency format (2-8 months) and to have experience teaching on-site at schools. Prior experience partnering with classroom teachers is a plus. We welcome theatre artists of all disciplines to our roster, but ask that all teaching artists have a solid understanding of the playwriting process and/or significant experience in new play development.
Currently Young Playwrights maintains a roster of 20 – 25 teaching artists. That roster is largely set by September 1st in preparation for the upcoming school year.
Interested in teaching for us? Submit a resume, references, and cover letter to Director of Education & Programs Services Mindy A. Early at email@example.com. Materials may be submitted at any time, but are actively reviewed and interviews are scheduled during the following windows:
Winter: December – January
Spring: April – May
Summer: June, August
Please note that materials are not reviewed in the fall, as that is our busiest time of the year.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights has a community of actors who primarily work in our core program, providing feedback and performing cold reads of the students’ original work during classroom visits led by PYP teaching artists, and performing in school's in-school festivals, the culmination and celebration of their playwriting residency. Actor visits are scheduled on an ongoing basis, typically with 1 to 3 weeks notice. Most take place during the school day. All PYP actors are required to fill out clearance paperwork (covered by PYP), and our actor rate is $25/hr. Actors in our community are also given priority casting in productions with PYP and our producing partners.
We are continually looking for a diverse group of actors that reflect the communities we serve.
We accept submissions from actors with the following qualifications:
- hold a degree in theatre and/or have substantial professional experience - experience in new play development (have worked on at least one new play with writer involved in the rehearsal process) - experience working with young people (have worked with students on a play, have worked as an instructor / assistant instructor) - strong ability as a cold reader - passion for our mission of using theatre as a tool to tap the potential for youth and inspire learning through playwriting
Interested in acting for us?
Qualified applicants should submit a headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials may be submitted at any time, but are actively reviewed and interviews are scheduled during the following windows:
Winter: December – January
Spring: April – May
Fall: September - October
Development and Communications Associate
Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) is looking for a talented writer and dynamic thinker to join our Development and Communications team. This full-time position will take the lead on all grant writing and reporting in support of PYP’s mission to tap the potential of youth and inspire learning through playwriting. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate an ability to think strategically and to write concisely, connecting the dots between PYP’s programs, their impacts, and the bigger picture of community need and philanthropic trends.
In addition to grant writing, the Development and Communications Associate will work closely with the Executive Director to support strategic fundraising initiatives—from design to implementation—including prospect research, donor messaging, and donor stewardship. The position will provide additional writing support for communications efforts, including social media and web content.
This position includes many opportunities for significant growth within the organization. For the individual with a background in theater, the position offers additional opportunities to intersect with PYP programs (as a teaching artist, classroom actor, production dramaturg, etc.), when possible.
The Development and Communications Associate reports directly to the Managing Director and works with the Executive Director and Connectivity Manager.
Work cross-organizationally to write grants, complete reports, and develop donor appeals and other development communications
Identify and research new qualified funding/granting/donor prospects and opportunities;
Coordinate fundraising with programs and communications/marketing to achieve program alignment, message consistency, and effectiveness;
Track program activities to generate reports and evaluations for meetings, presentations to funders, board of directors and sponsors;
Ensure and track compliance with grant agreements and arrange for appropriate funder recognition;
Support fundraising and cultivation events and campaigns;
Support creation of content for website and social media
Maintain orderly institutional donor files and records
Exemplary written and verbal communication skills, with ability to coordinate multiple deadlines simultaneously
Ability to produce strategic and compelling writing for a variety of different audiences
Desire to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment;
Excellent organizational and analytical skills;
Able to work proactively and independently;
Discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor information;
Ability to attend performances, workshops, and special events as needed—sometimes on evenings and weekends;
Though not required, a passion for theater, new play development, and/or arts education is a plus
Email a single PDF document with your resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and contact information for three professional references to email@example.com with “Development and Communications Associate” in the subject line. This application has a rolling deadline through February 28th, with interviews scheduled beginning February 15th.
References will not be contacted unless applicant is notified. Absolutely no phone calls, please.
Excellent work environment and benefits. The budgeted salary for this position is $40,000.
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