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Part-Time Stage Manager – Kohl’s Wild Theater

 

Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s (ZSM) award winning professional theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) is a live, interactive, participatory theater–directed primarily to children–that uses drama, puppetry, humor and songs to help inspire children to 1) care more about our natural world, 2) learn ways to help animals here and around the world, and 3) take action to make a difference.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Part-Time Stage Manager (SM) will lead teams of actors for daily performances at the Milwaukee County Zoo and on tour as part of the Kohl’s Wild Theater outreach program. This position reports to the full-time KWT Production Stage Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing the daily performance schedule.
  • Primary representative of KWT and the ZSM to performance venues.
  • Organize and maintain all technical equipment used during a performance.
  • Communicate with KWT management about any need for technical repairs.
  • Participate in maintenance and fixing of technical equipment.
  • Liaison from the KWT professional actors to KWT management.
  • Primary driver of company vehicle to performance venues. – Operate sound equipment during performances.

REQUIREMENTS

Two years of professional training in stage management, technical theater, arts management, or related field is required. Undergraduate degree in stage management preferred. 1-2 years of professional stage management experience a plus.

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication with venue representatives and co-workers.
  • Leadership qualities to effectively manage a team.
  • Familiarity with Q-Lab software (both audio and video) is a plus.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance. Lifting responsibilities include setting up technical equipment for performances such as set pieces and a sound system.
  • Experience working in multiple areas of technical theater, including carpentry, costumes and sound board operation.
  • Availability to work 2-5 days per week with irregular shift times, including weekends.
  • Must have your own vehicle, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Zoological Society sponsorship.

Start date: Mid-October, 2017. Start date is negotiable.

Hours: Approximately 10-15 hours per week after training and rehearsals. Most shifts are 4-5 hours long and occur between the hours of 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM. Shifts occur on both weekdays and weekends. Some shifts will be scheduled for evening hours. Work schedules are determined at least four weeks in advance. The stage management team can work around reasonable conflicts provided with four weeks’ notice.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Email cover letter and resume to Reva Fox, KWT Production Stage Manager at revaf@zoosociety.org. In the subject line write “KWT SM Position” by October 1st, 2017.
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews to be held from October 9th-13th, 2017.
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Part-Time Stage Manager – Kohl’s Wild Theater

 

Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s (ZSM) award winning professional theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) is a live, interactive, participatory theater–directed primarily to children–that uses drama, puppetry, humor and songs to help inspire children to 1) care more about our natural world, 2) learn ways to help animals here and around the world, and 3) take action to make a difference.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Part-Time Stage Manager (SM) will lead teams of actors for daily performances at the Milwaukee County Zoo and on tour as part of the Kohl’s Wild Theater outreach program. This position reports to the full-time KWT Production Stage Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing the daily performance schedule.
  • Primary representative of KWT and the ZSM to performance venues.
  • Organize and maintain all technical equipment used during a performance.
  • Liaison from the KWT professional actors to KWT management.
  • Primary driver of company vehicle to performance venues.
  • Operate sound equipment during performances.

REQUIREMENTS

Two years of professional training in stage management, technical theater, arts management, or related field is required. Undergraduate degree in stage management preferred. 1-2 years of professional stage management experience a plus.

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication with venue representatives and co-workers.
  • Leadership qualities to effectively manage a team.
  • Familiarity with Q-Lab software (both audio and video) is a plus.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance. Lifting responsibilities include setting up technical equipment for performances such as set pieces and a sound system.
  • Experience working in multiple areas of technical theater, including carpentry, costumes and sound board operation.
  • Availability to work 2-5 days per week with irregular shift times, including weekends.
  • Must have your own vehicle, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Zoological Society sponsorship.

Start date: Late April, 2017. Start date is negotiable.

Hours: Approximately 18-24 hours per week after training and rehearsals. Most shifts are 4-5 hours long and occur between the hours of 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM. Shifts occur on both weekdays and weekends. Some shifts will be scheduled for evening hours. Work schedules are determined at least four weeks in advance. The stage management team can work around reasonable conflicts provided with four weeks’ notice.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Email cover letter and resume to Reva Fox, KWT Production Stage Manager at revaf@zoosociety.org. In the subject line write “KWT SM Position” by February 17th, 2017.
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews to be held from March 6th-10th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

Dave McLellan

Theater Coordinator

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

10005 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Phone: 414-258-5058 x429

Cell: 414-254-9936

Fax: 414-258-4004

wildtheater.org

 


 

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Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) is seeking experienced professional actors to join the KWT acting company. Auditions will be held on Tuesday December 6th. Actors in the KWT Company perform multiple roles in a variety of plays and musicals for young audiences. All roles are within an age range of 20-35. Experience with musical theater, puppetry, and comedy improv is a plus. For the audition, please prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs (16-32 bar cut) as well as two contrasting one-minute monologues. An accompanist will be provided. Callbacks will be held December 7th-8th.

 

Actors will be considered for performances in the winter/spring season as well as summer 2017.

 

Auditions will be by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, actors should send their headshot and resume to davem@zoosociety.org and write “audition” in the subject line.

 

Program Information:

 

Kohl’s Wild Theater is a professional theater for young audiences that is a part of the education department of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Using drama, puppetry, and music, KWT teaches lessons on environmental conservation and the importance of caring for animals. KWT performs seven days per week during the summer months at the Milwaukee County Zoo and other venues in the community. During the school year, KWT tours to schools and other community organizations within a one-hour radius of the Zoo.

 

If cast, actors may be asked to be available for daytime rehearsals starting January 3rd. Performances may begin as soon as January 22nd. Auditioning actors will also be considered for Spring/Summer employment. Starting pay is $12 per hour. Company members typically work 15-25 hours per week. Additional benefits include flexible scheduling and professional development workshops.

 

Please visit www.wildtheater.org for more information.


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Kohl’s Wild Theater, a program of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee in partnership with Kohl’s Cares, is announcing two new full-time positions. Please see below for job descriptions or visit our website at http://www.zoosociety.org/Education/WildTheater/Work.php for more information.

Full-Time Production Stage Manager – Kohl’s Wild Theater

Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award winning professional theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater is a live, interactive, participatory theater–directed primarily to children–that uses drama, puppetry, humor and songs to help inspire children to 1) care more about our natural world, 2) learn ways to help animals here and around the world, and 3) take action to make a difference.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Production Stage Manager (PSM) will coordinate all production elements and maintain show quality. The PSM will divide time between stage managing performances and rehearsals, as well as overseeing administrative duties related to production management. The PSM reports directly to the KWT Theater Coordinator.

Responsibilities include:

  • Approximately 75% of work hours will be committed to stage managing KWT productions, both on-site at the Milwaukee County Zoo and throughout SE Wisconsin within a one-hour radius of the Zoo.
  • Stage management responsibilities include coordination with performance venues, operating sound equipment during performances, maintaining show quality, and completing daily performance reports.
  • Other administrative responsibilities include:
    • Train, coordinate, and supervise part-time stage management staff.
    • Oversee prompt book for all KWT shows, including performance cues, tech lists, final staging/choreography, and run times.
    • Manage all production contracts, including outside production shop, independent designers and artisans in coordination with Theater Coordinator.
    • Oversee maintenance of show props, puppets, sets, costumes, computers, microphones, technical equipment, vehicles, signage, etc.
    • Coordinate Zoo stage usage and maintain backstage work areas with the Birds of Prey Show staff (non-KWT) and Zoo animal management staff. The PSM position does not include live-animal handling.
    • Manage “after-hours” complications in coordination with the Theater Coordinator.
    • All other duties, as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate degree or equivalent in stage management, technical theater, arts management, or related field. 1-2 years of professional stage management experience. Experience with touring theater is a plus.

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to manage a team.
  • Familiarity with Q-Lab software (both audio and video) is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance. Lifting responsibilities include setting up technical equipment for performances such as set pieces and a sound system.
  • Experience working in multiple areas of technical theater, including carpentry, costumes and sound board operation.
  • Must have your own vehicle, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Zoological Society sponsorship.

Start date: September 1st, 2016

Hours: 40-hours per week, on average. Most hours during regular weekday business hours. Weekend work hours are required during the summer months with two weekdays designated as days off. The PSM will have the ability to adjust their own work hours, based upon performance requirements.

Compensation package: Sick time, vacation, personal days and health insurance. Salary commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Email cover letter and resume to davem@zoosociety.org. In the subject line write “KWT PSM Position” by: June 19th, 2016
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews to be held from July 11th-22nd.

 

Full-Time Administrative Assistant – Kohl’s Wild Theater

Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award winning professional theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater is a live, interactive, participatory theater–directed primarily to children–that uses drama, puppetry, humor and songs to help inspire children to 1) care more about our natural world, 2) learn ways to help animals here and around the world, and 3) take action to make a difference.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Administrative Assistant will oversee multiple administrative and operational responsibilities. The position may be supplemented with performance, stage management, or other creative opportunities depending on a qualified candidate’s skill set. The Administrative Assistant reports directly to the KWT Theater Coordinator.

Responsibilities include:

  • Primary customer-facing representative of Kohl’s Wild Theater, including registration of all outreach performances.
  • Oversee the distribution and upkeep of all KWT marketing materials including the KWT website, online event calendars, mailings, etc.
  • Coordinate KWT teams traveling into the community. Includes actor scheduling, providing acting staff with all venue information and following up on all venue concerns.
  • Manage staff scheduling, timesheets, and benefit allocation.
  • Provide customer service by responding to outreach program inquiries and customer concerns.
  • Organize KWT working areas, including the movement of set pieces, sound equipment, costumes, etc.
  • All other duties, as assigned.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate degree or equivalent in theater, arts management, business, stage management, education or related field. 1-2 years of professional experience preferred.

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Customer-service oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Exhibit professional skills such as the ability to develop positive interpersonal relationships and give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance. Lifting responsibilities include movement of technical equipment for performances such as set pieces and a sound system.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must have own vehicle, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • International applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Zoological Society sponsorship.

Start date: September 1st, 2016

Hours: 8-4 Monday-Friday (some days may require longer hours). Some evening/night, weekend, or holiday work hours may be required. Comp time provided for work required outside of regular hours.

Compensation package: Sick time, vacation, personal days and health insurance. Salary commensurate with experience.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Email cover letter and resume to davem@zoosociety.org. In the subject line write “KWT Administrative Assistant Position” by: June 19th, 2016
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews to be held from July 11th-22nd.

 

Dave McLellan

Theater Coordinator

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

10005 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Phone: 414-258-5058 x429

Cell: 414-254-9936

Fax: 414-258-4004

wildtheater.org

 


Hi Fletch,

As you might recall, Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) is having another round of auditions on November 19th.  The current KWT actors have been promoting the auditions to their peers in Milwaukee, and in the process have noticed a handful of frequently asked questions about our program.  In an attempt to better introduce our new program to the Milwaukee theater community, would you mind posting this information on your blog?  If you or anyone else has questions about what we do, or how we do it, please feel free to email me at davem@zoosociety.org or call me at 414-258-5058 x429.  Thank you for your help!

Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) FAQs:

1)      Question: What exactly do the actors do?

Answer: We perform original plays and musicals that are written for young audiences and their families.  During the school year, we perform 45-minute plays and musicals.  During the summer we perform 15-minute plays and musicals at the Zoo.  In addition to the 15-minute shows, actors spend some time performing short 2-minute skits in front of Zoo exhibits.

2)      Question: When are the rehearsals and when are the shows?

Answer: Year round and mostly during the daytime.  When an actor is hired, they become part-time staff of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.  We function as a repertory company where all actors learn numerous shows and various roles in each show.  Performances are scheduled in a similar way to any other day job.  A work schedule is distributed to the acting staff approximately three weeks in advance.  Summer Zoo shifts are 6 hours long and include 3-4 shows and some time spent at exhibits.  The touring shifts can vary from day to day.  A touring shift typically occurs in the daytime and can range from 4 to 7 hours in length.  On occasion we have evening performances.

3)      Question: What is the pay?

Answer:  Starting pay is $11/hour.  If an actor is a full company member, then they typically work 15-25 hours per week.  An understudy position (we call them swings) will work once a week, and have the opportunity to pick up shifts when full company members need coverage.

4)      Question: What if I book another show, or my agent calls me with an audition?  Can I get out of a scheduled performance?

Answer: Usually the answer is yes.  This job is designed to accommodate professional actors.  We encourage our actors to work as actors as much as possible.  If an unexpected audition arises, we work together as a team to get your shift covered.  This is why everyone knows numerous roles.    If you book an outside show that demands full availability then we can work together to figure out a plan of action.  We have almost always been able to work with other theater’s performance and rehearsal schedules.

5)      Question:  Are there live animals in the shows?

Answer: No.  Just a bunch of wild actors.

6)      Question:  Do I need to drive my own car to the touring performances?

Answer: No, all work shifts start at the Zoo.  If you are performing a touring show then you will join your fellow actors in our tour van.  All travel time is part of your paid shift.

7)      Question:  Is singing required?

Answer: Yes, a majority of our shows incorporate musical theater elements.  However, one does not need to be technically trained singer to audition for this program.  All of our music is composed for “actors who sing.”  We have many company members who are fantastic actors with little to no singing experience.  The audition notice asks actors to prepare a 16-32 bar cut of up-tempo musical theater.  If you don’t have a song prepared, you may still audition with two contrasting monologues.  You will likely be asked to sing something a capella.

8)      Question: What should I do if I want to audition?

Answer: Please see our audition information at http://www.zoosociety.org/Education/WildTheater/Work.php.  The auditions are this Monday.  Appointment requests received after Friday afternoon might not be received in time for the audition.  If you are interested in this audition, it is preferred that you send your headshot and resume as soon as possible.

For more information on Kohl’s Wild Theater, you can see our website at www.wildtheater.org.

 

 

Dave McLellan

Theater Coordinator

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

10005 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Phone: 414-258-5058 x429

Cell: 414-254-9936

Fax: 414-258-4004

wildtheater.org


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Kohl’s Wild Theater will be holding auditions on Monday November 19th.  All roles are within an age range of 20-35.  Experience with musical theater, puppetry, and comedy improv is a plus.  For the audition, please prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theater up-tempo as well as two contrasting one-minute monologues.  Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.  Callbacks will be held on November 20th and 21st.

Auditions will be by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment, actors should send their headshot and resume to davem@zoosociety.org and write “audition” in the subject line.

Program Information:

Kohl’s Wild Theater is a participatory theater that uses drama, puppetry, games and songs to bring conservation messages to children and families.  Located in the children’s area of the Zoo, performances focus on conservation and the importance of caring for the animals and the environment.  During the school year, Kohl’s Wild Theater tours to elementary schools and other community organizations within a one-hour radius of the Zoo.

If cast, actors must be available for daytime rehearsals in early December.  Starting pay is $11 per hour.  Full company members typically work 15-25 hours per week.  Understudy positions typically work 4-10 hours per week.  Auditioning actors will also be considered for Spring/Summer employment.

Visit www.wildtheater.org for more information.

 

 

 


The Kohl’s Wild Theater will be holding auditions on Saturday, December 3rd.  All roles are within an age range of 20-35.  Experience with musical theater, puppetry, and comedy improv is a plus.  For the audition, please prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theater up-tempo as well as two contrasting one-minute monologues.  Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.  Callbacks will be held during the week of December 5th-9th.

Auditions will be by appointment only.  Headshots and resumes may be sent to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org for an appointment.

Program Information:

The Kohl’s Wild Theater is a participatory theater that uses drama, puppetry, games and songs to bring conservation messages to children and families.  Located in the children’s area of the Zoo, performances focus on conservation and the importance of caring for the animals and the environment.  During the school year, Kohl’s Wild Theater tours to elementary schools and other community organizations within a one-hour radius of the Zoo.

Actors cast in December must be available for daytime rehearsals from December 12th-21st and December 27th-30th.  Starting pay is $11 per hour.  Full company members typically work 20-30 hours per week.  Understudy positions typically work 4-10 hours per week.  Auditioning actors will also be considered for Spring/Summer employment.

Visit www.wildtheater.org for more information.

Dave McLellan

Theater Coordinator

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

10005 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Phone: 414-258-5058 x429

Cell: 414-254-9936

Fax: 414-258-4004

wildtheatre.org


The Kohl’s Wild Theater will be holding auditions on July 22nd for the remainder of summer season at the Milwaukee County Zoo and the year-round touring program.  All roles are within an age range of 20-35.  Experience with musical theater, puppetry, and comedy improv is a plus.  For the audition, please prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theater up-tempo as well as two contrasting one-minute monologues.  Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.  Callbacks will be held Tuesday July 26th.

Auditions will be by appointment only.  Email a copy of your headshot and resume to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org.  Only selected candidates will receive audition appointments.

Program Information:

The Kohl’s Wild Theater is a participatory theater that uses drama, puppetry, games and songs to bring conservation messages to children and families.  Located in the children’s area of the Zoo, performances focus on conservation and the importance of caring for the animals and the environment.

Actors must be available for daytime rehearsals in the week of August 1st-5th.  Actors must be available to cover selected daytime performances at the Milwaukee County Zoo from August 6th-September 5th.  Fall rehearsals will begin September 12th and run through September 30th.  Starting October 1st, actors will be expected to cover 3-5 performances per week.  Understudy positions also available.  Starting pay is $11 per hour.  Actors are expected to work 20-30 hours per week.  Understudies will be given guaranteed performance dates.

Visit www.wildtheater.org for more information.