Production Assistant, The Blue Door

The Blue Door is a venue operated by CRE Outreach and is a dedicated home for artists of all backgrounds and abilities. Come inside the Blue Door and see how we’re Transforming Lives…One Show at a Time! The Blue Door is a 50-seat theatre located a couple of blocks from the heart of Culver City.

CRE Outreach is seeking a Production Assistant for The Blue Door, who will be responsible for ensuring a high-quality experience for all audience members, actors, and guests of the venue. The Production Assistant will ensure smooth operation of The Blue Door in coordination with the House Manager, the Artistic Director, and each production’s cast and crew. The Production Assistant wears many hats in overseeing the success of daily operations of the theatre through the following key responsibilities:

Serve as Ambassador

  • Serve as a friendly face to the public and audience members
  • Greet patrons as they enter/exit The Blue Door
  • Keep a cool demeanor in challenging situations or interactions
  • Answer questions about the venue to passersby
  • Answer patron questions about seating, bathrooms, concessions

Box Office

  • Check-in patrons with door list
  • Sell tickets at door
  • Assist House Manager and box office team as necessary
  • Lock up cash box

Assist Actors with Disabilities

  • Wait with actors for Access Paratransit after rehearsals and performances & coordinate the distribution of access passes for each actor
  • Perform Sighted Guide for visually impaired actors (will be trained to correctly perform this task)
  • Pick up food for actors from nearby restaurant during rehearsals and performances

Maintenance

  • Clean theater and bathrooms after each rehearsal and performance
  • Take out trash
  • Report any repairs needed to House Manager

Security

  • Open theater 2 ½ hours before each rehearsal and performance
  • Open the lobby and theatre doors at each intermission
  • Keep an eye on the lobby during each production
  • Lock up theatre after each rehearsal and performance

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Graduate of high school or equivalent
  • Computer-friendly and willing to learn our new box office software, Arts People
  • Friendly and patient with our patrons, performers, and our neighbors/community
  • Willing to learn techniques for working with performers with disabilities
  • Trustworthy and full of integrity
  • A passion for the arts and excited to learn the ins and outs of running a theatre

To Apply

This position is part-time with 15 – 20 hours per week at a rate of $15/hour.

Please send a resume and cover letter to info@creoutreach.org. Use “Production Assistant” as the subject. Please submit materials no later than Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

To achieve our mission of transforming lives through the arts, CRE Outreach commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community. To that end, CRE Outreach is committed to ensuring that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of our staff, board, policies, program, participants, and audience members. We encourage applications particularly from minority groups, military veterans, and people with disabilities.

 

THE BLUE DOOR
9617 Venice Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 425-8215

House Manager, The Blue Door

The Blue Door is a venue operated by CRE Outreach and is a dedicated home for artists of all backgrounds and abilities. Come inside the Blue Door and see how we’re Transforming Lives…One Show at a Time! The Blue Door is located a couple of blocks from the heart of Culver City.

CRE Outreach is seeking a House Manager for The Blue Door, who will be responsible for representing our organization and venue in the local community, running box office and group sales, cultivating donors, compiling patron participation information, and maintaining communication with audiences, patrons, staff, and supporters in order to improve the quality of productions and the theater space.

The House Manager will coordinate all maintenance needs with Savoie Construction, who will handle all repairs as needed; coordinate the box office, group sales, and venue rentals; and coordinate between The Blue Door and other staff for marketing and development purposes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Cultivate donors by continually communicating with our audience members
  • Coordinate rentals of the space
  • Act as liaison to groups such as the Lions Clubs, groups that serve veterans and people with disabilities, and local colleges, churches, and senior citizen organizations to promote group sales and discounts for shows
  • Coordinate cross promotions with local businesses, such as dinner + show discounts
  • Coordinate with our Technical Manager on designing lights for shows
  • Oversee the set-up for ticketing on our website for each show
  • Supervise box office volunteers and production interns
  • Coordinate marketing materials with marketing team
  • Serve as an ambassador to promote The Blue Door at local Farmer’s Market, Chamber of Commerce events, etc.
  • Develop after-performance patron surveys and coordinate the processing of information
  • Ensure we have someone familiar with basic first aid for all performances
  • Coordinate with program managers to ensure that facility is in good order before/after all workshops/rehearsals and before all performances

This position is part time with 5 – 15 hours per week at a rate of $20/hour.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to info@creoutreach.org. Use “house manager” as the subject. Please submit materials no later than Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

To achieve our mission of transforming lives through the arts, CRE Outreach commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community. To that end, CRE Outreach is committed to ensuring that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of our staff, board, policies, program, participants, and audience members.

Program Design Intern

CRE Outreach is currently recruiting for a paid Program Design internship to help us launch a new performance series at The Blue Door called the “Saturday Spotlight Series.”

The Spotlight Series is intended to help CRE Outreach attract new audiences, forge new partnerships, and embed us into our new community. The series will be a weekly hour-long, community-building event, where we invite artists from around the community to share a brief performance and include an interactive component such as a potluck, a talk back, or a community discussion.

The intern will work closely with CRE Outreach’s artistic director to plan, design, create, and implement the “Saturday Spotlight Series.”

KEY DUTIES

The 10-week project will involve the following key duties:

  • Research – the bulk of the 10 weeks will be spent researching new artists for the series, through internet research, phone calls, emails, networking events, and attending performances throughout Los Angeles. The intern must be comfortable speaking on behalf of CRE Outreach and approaching new artists to appear in the series.
  • Arts Administration – the intern will need to research artists, follow up with phone calls and emails, organize information in a spreadsheet, and think about ways to measure the program’s success.
  • Production – the intern will need to provide detailed notes for the production staff regarding scheduling and logistics, as well as understand The Blue Door’s technical specifications well enough to decide if a potential artist would be a good fit for our venue and the Spotlight series.
  • Marketing – the intern will work with our PR consultant to think of ways to market this grassroots series, based on the new partnerships formed with the artists of the series.
  • Budgeting – the intern will create a budget for the series, thinking about potential costs, potential revenues, and ways to ensure that the program is sustainable.

QUALIFICATIONS

The intern must have excellent internet research skills. The intern must be comfortable communicating with artists via phone, email, and in-person. The intern must be willing to attend networking events, performances, and events such as the local farmer’s market in order to search for new participants for the series. (When needed, CRE Outreach will provide adjusted working hours for attendance at events outside of the office. The intern may use any appropriate method of transportation in order to attend these events.)

The intern must be highly organized and able to keep track of all research. The intern must also have skills in the Microsoft suite (Word and Excel) in order to turn their research into the schedule for the program series. And finally, the intern will need to use an email program and Dropbox in order to share files with other staff. Above all else, the intern must possess a desire to make the arts more accessible to all Angelenos.

LOCATION

Main office: 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 502, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Occasionally the intern will work at The Blue Door: 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

COMPENSATION

Compensation for the 10-week internship is $5,300 ($13.25/hour, $530/week). Payment will be made via CRE Outreach’s bi-weekly payroll and subject to applicable employee taxes.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

This internship is made possible by a generous grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The LA County Arts Internship Program provides undergraduates with meaningful experience working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting those organizations and developing future arts leaders.

The position is open to currently enrolled undergraduate (2 or 4-year) college students who reside or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 1, 2018, or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1 – September 1, 2018 in order to participate. Students must be able to legally work in the United States.

The earliest that interns can start their 2018 internships is Monday, June 4, and the latest is Monday, June 18. The student must work full-time (40 hours per week) for 10 consecutive weeks after the start date and must complete the internship no later than August 24, 2018.

In addition to working at CRE Outreach, the intern will participate in education events and Peer Group activities coordinated by the Arts Commission. In the summer of 2018, 179 positions are available. A list of available positions is here. For more information about the overall Arts Commission internship program, you can read the 2017 Arts Internship Program Final Report, which includes a summary and evaluation from the perspectives of both interns and supervisors.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: info@creoutreach.org no later than Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Please put “program design intern” in the subject line of the email. Phone interviews will be conducted May 7–11, 2018. Decisions will be made by May 18, 2018.

CRE Outreach’s programs are targeted at three traditionally underserved groups: at-risk youth, military veterans, and people with disabilities. Our new theatre in Culver City is designed to increase access to the arts for everyone. Applicants from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.