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Graphic Designer

JOB POSTING

Full Time – Non Exempt

Some weekend and evening hours

January 24, 2020

Victory Gardens Theater (VG) in Chicago seeks a full time Graphic Designer. This position is responsible for creating and maintaining the overall aesthetic of all Victory Gardens Theater materials. As a member of the marketing department, the Graphic Designer reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications, and works closely with the Artistic, Development, and Ticketing Services departments.

The Graphic Designer works collaboratively with each staff member at Victory Gardens to achieve the goals set forth by company leadership and to serve the mission of the theatre.

Victory Gardens Theater nurtures and produces relevant, new theater work that reflects the diverse stories of our world and contributes to the vitality of the American Theater. Our work inspires dialogue towards meaningful civic change and creates an inclusive theater experience that belongs to everyone.  

We have a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA), are dedicated to growing our employees, and are seeking candidates who are motivated to take on challenges.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintain brand consistency across all VG collateral, including updating the theater’s style guide as-needed
  • Set artwork (photography, typography) for VG productions, and implement across various formats (posters, large-scale displays, web ads, etc.)
  • Design VG branded materials including brochures, window clings, lobby displays, flyers, email blasts, subscription materials, invitations, etc.
  • Typeset and format VG production printed programs
  • Maintain VG website content in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Provide support for Marketing and Development special events as-needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1-2 years of professional experience
  • Excellent verbal and written skills including proofreading and editing
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite, with high proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Knowledge of basic typography / typesetting principles
  • Knowledge of HTML, WordPress, MailChimp preferred
  • A collaborative spirit, creative mind, and sense of humor
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to work within tight deadlines, sometimes with short notice
  • Comfortable with large-scale print projects
  • Ability to manage, delegate and prioritize projects
  • Attention to detail and ability to incorporate feedback from multiple parties
  • A passion for live theater and the arts preferred
  • Knowledge of Spektrix a plus

Compensation:

Salary range is $30-$35K and commensurate with qualification and experience. Excellent benefits package. 

To apply:

Victory Gardens Theater provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Victory Gardens Theater complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, and layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Qualified and interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a confidential resume, and portfolio or samples to HR2@victorygardens.org with subject line “Graphic Designer.” Deadline to apply is February 14, 2020.

Production

Currently, there are no open positions.

Auditions

Victory Gardens holds general auditions for both Equity and non-equity members each year.

Equity Actors (Members Of Actors’ Equity Association)

Equity auditions are held each Spring. Once Equity auditions are announced, appointments can be made appointments directly through the Chicago Equity office. Victory Gardens does not schedule appointments. For more information contact the Chicago AEA office.

Non-Equity Actors

Non-AEA Generals are held each Spring and are by invitation only. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

How to Submit

Headshots and resumes are only accepted electronically. For consideration, you may submit through the following options:

– Fill out this Submission Form
– Email your headshot and resume to casting@victorygardens.org. The subject heading must include First and Last Name.
Out-of-Town Actors
Our mission is to provide jobs for Chicago artists. If you are an Equity actor visiting from out of town and are planning on relocating, you are welcome to request an audition appointment by email. Auditions are scheduled on a time-available basis.

Play Submissions

Victory Gardens Theater accepts full-length scripts year-round from literary agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing professional relationship. Mailed copies of scripts are accepted, though we encourage electronic PDF or Word document submissions if at all possible. We do not accept unsolicited scripts.

Internships

Victory Gardens is now accepting applications for Summer 2020. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 3, 2020.

The Victory Gardens Theater internship program offers exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to gain hands on experience working side-by-side with extraordinary artists, administrators and technicians.

Interns will be actively involved with all areas of theater on many different levels. Department heads will give interns tasks and challenges that will provide direct support to our day-to-day activities. Victory Gardens staff members will serve as mentors to each intern to ensure they have every chance for professional growth. Our goal is to give interns a comprehensive experience in theater production and theater management to provide the skills necessary to be a viable candidate in a highly competitive field.

Victory Gardens Theater is pleased to offer year-round general internships in the following areas:

Position Description: The Access and Audience Development Intern will report to both the Access Project Coordinator and Audience Development Manager. They will be integral in providing services to patrons who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision, or have physical disabilities, while also working to engage audiences through outreach, event programming, and group sales/partner fundraising events.

This internship is open to students at the college level and above

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Understanding and assisting to deliver the access services to our patrons
  • Learning to write and conduct Touch Tours for patrons who are blind or have low vision
  • Learning to program open captions for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Understanding the basics of audio described performances
  • Serving as point person for patrons on Access Nights
  • Assisting in developing new best practices for providing access services
  • Assisting in programming events and public programs
  • Developing ways to further connect Victory Gardens Theater with the city of Chicago

Required Skills:

  • A passion for creating an equitable theater space for all
  • Interest in accessible services
  • Ability to prioritize projects.
  • Comfort making phone calls and meeting with community partners.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills including proofreading and editing.

Time Commitment: 10-25 hours per week. Weekly meetings with an on-site presence for specific performances and events. Exact days and hours to be discussed during interview.

Mentor(s):

  • Brian Balcom, Resident Artist, Access Program
  • Becca Browne, Manager of Institutional Connectivity

To Apply: Please submit the following in a single document:

  • Statement of interest (300 words or less)
  • Resume
  • List of 3 references with email and phone number

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Education Intern will provide support to Drama in the Schools, Scholarship Subscription Series and the Teen Arts Council programs exposing Chicago students to theater. The ideal candidate should be interested in a career in arts administration, outreach and engagement. The Education Intern will report directly to the Director of Education

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Track residency details
  • Assist with the creation of study guides
  • Attend student matinee performances
  • Research potential partner schools in designated areas
  • Observe in-school residency sessions
  • Teach some portions of Drama in the Schools classes, based on skill level
  • General Administrative tasks

Required Skills:

  • Interest in education, arts integration, theater and performing arts
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple projects
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)
  • Interest in building skills as a Teaching Artist
  • Experience with students a plus, but not required

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Roxanna Conner, Director of Education

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Audience Development Intern works closely with the Audience Development Manager to engage audiences through outreach, event programming, and group sales/partner fundraising events.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in programming events.
  • Researching organizations, school groups, and social clubs whose mission aligns with Victory Gardens Theater and our season performances.
  • Assisting in the planning and event support of audience development public programs.
  • Reporting on patron engagement and group sales.
  • Initiating and maintaining relationships with neighborhood businesses.
  • Recording meeting minutes and coordinate communication with Audience Development Committee.
  • Helping develop new ways to further connect Victory Gardens Theater with the city of Chicago . Required Skills:
  • A passion for creating an equitable theater space for all
  • Comfort making phone calls and meeting with community partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills including proofreading and editing.
  • Ability to prioritize projects.
  • A passion for live theater and the arts.

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process

Mentor: Becca Browne, Audience Development Manager

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Fundraising and Events Intern is a key member of the Victory Gardens Development and Fundraising Department. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills fundamental to successful non-profit fundraising and arts administration, while learning the day-to-day functions of a professional theater’s development department. Interns will learn about an established, mid-sized arts organization’s diverse streams of contributed income and methods for achieving contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the government.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Support all areas of Victory Gardens’ fundraising efforts, placing special emphasis on event planning including planning, execution and follow up, and assisting in the day-to-day maintenance of a robust individual giving program
  • Assist in planning major fundraising events (e.g. Annual Chicago Stories Gala, Spring Fundraiser, and Opening Night Receptions)
  • Help prepare for and staff donor cultivation events
  • Assist with meeting materials in preparation for Board of Directors meetings
  • Assist in the development of written materials including letters, reports, proposals, and invitations as they relate to the administrative health of the department
  • Regular data entry and database management
  • Other general office tasks/duties as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Interest in development and fundraising, theater, the arts, event management or non-profit
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)
  • Familiarity with Total Info or other customer relationship databases a plus, but not required

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Rebekah Paine, Director of Development

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description:
Literary Management interns contribute to and provide support for a wide range of artistic programs including production dramaturgy for our mainstage season, audience engagement/community development, literary management and new play submissions, new play development research and support, and other functions managed by the artistic department at Victory Gardens. The Literary Management interns will report directly to the Director of New Play Development.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Researching and connecting with Chicago-based community and cultural organizations in planning for future Public Programs events
  • Reading, discussing and writing script reports for solicited plays in consideration for season programming and the IGNITION Festival of New Plays
  • Producing assigned Public Programs and special events on an as-needed basis (most events occur in the evenings and weekends)
  • Conducting dramaturgical research for plays in production, and support the dramaturg during the rehearsal process
  • Co-authoring program articles and dramaturgy packets
  • Providing administrative support to literary functions including correspondence, database management, volunteer recruitment, organization of play readings and workshops and other tasks associated with the literary department
  • Participating in artistic staff meetings to shape and plan future activities, including season planning and the IGNITION Festival of New Plays

Required Skills:

  • Interest in dramaturgy, producing, audience engagement and/or literary management
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor(s): Kat Zukaitis, Literary Manager

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Marketing department at Victory Gardens Theater oversees all marketing initiatives for VG’s 5-show season, subscription renewal and acquisition as well as the brand as a whole. The Marketing intern assists in the planning and implementation of advertising, content creation, social media and digital communications.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in content creation including coordination and day-of support for video and photo shoots.
  • Building e-blast communications.
  • Creating content for social media channels.
  • Working on research projects and overseeing reports.
  • Participating in planning, brainstorming, and strategy sessions.
  • Supporting events at Victory Gardens such as opening nights and VIP receptions.

Required Skills:

  • Interest in a career in arts marketing
  • Familiarity with social media channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Familiarity with Adobe creative suite (specifically Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator) is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team environment
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced and agile work environment
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel) and Google docs.

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor(s): Amanda Cantlin, Director of Marketing & Communications; Yesica Tellez, Marketing Associate

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org. More information can be found at victorygardens.org/internships

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.


Position Description: The Producing and Casting Intern will play a critical role in supporting the Casting & Producing team charged with mounting five MainStage shows, a large new play festival and various workshops and readings throughout the season. The Producing and Casting Intern will report directly to Victory Gardens Casting & Producing Associate, who will train and work with them in exploring the necessary components needed to successfully cast and produce diverse and inclusive work.

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with the coordination and execution of all audition processes, including scheduling, emailing artists, monitoring auditions, posting notices, etc.
  • Assisting with the maintenance of organizational casting systems
  • Developing familiarity with Actor’s Equity Guidelines
  • Attending shows and showcases in the community to gain familiarity with Chicago artists
  • Attending panels and workshops that aid in increasing the efficiency of the casting process
  • Supporting the Line Producer of Victory Gardens mainstage shows to learn best practices in navigating the artistic relationships of a show
  • Learning how to have thoughtful conversation and dialogue with directors and playwrights in the new play development landscape

Required Skills:

  • Interest in casting, theater, the arts, or non-profit
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week; Ideally 3 days/week between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Kanomé Jones, Casting and Producing Associate

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.

Items of note: Exact schedules will be set by the department head. Exact dates are flexible and arranged to correspond with intern’s college schedules. Housing is not provided. College credit may be available through the intern’s university or college. Interns receive complimentary tickets and are strongly encouraged to attend VG mainstage shows. Otherwise, these internships are unpaid. Victory Gardens Theater also accepts intern applications on an open basis throughout the year.

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and letter of recommendation to internships@victorygardens.org.

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