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Opportunities On & Around Campus
Student Performing Arts Organizations
Theatre Arts Council (TAC-e)
The Theatre Arts Council (abbreviated and often referred to as TAC-e) is one of the four subcommittees under the Performing Arts Council (PAC). PAC is an umbrella organization that helps to organize 40+ student performing arts groups. Each TAC-e group is made up of an administrative board that runs their auditions, production staffs, and manages each show they produce (normally between 2 and 4 each academic year). Every TAC-e show has a unique cast and production staff and students are welcome to work with as many or as few groups as they like.
All seven groups have a unique mission, though their styles or genres do overlap sometimes. Missions are based on cultural and ethnic relevance, social relevance, dedication to community service, experimental forms of expression, student vs. professional direction, Penn traditions and history, target audience, and more. These missions guide show choice and the overall culture of each group and are not meant as exclusionary boundaries. Visit each group's website (available here) in order to learn more about each group's mission and culture as well as what shows and events they will be producing this year.
All seven TAC-e groups participate in one collaborative production each school year: the One Acts Festival. One Acts is a collection of short one act plays organized in between fall and spring semesters and performed in late January or early February. This production provides great opportunities to experience Penn student theatre as an audience member or for any student to try a new aspect of theatre themselves, either in the spotlight or behind the scenes.
Academic/Professional Opportunities & Resources
The following are links to external websites which may be of interest to students:
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. For information on a number of participating cultural organizations in the Philadelphia area.
Penn Presents. For information on the performing arts season at the Annenberg Center on Penn's campus. Student Rush Tickets are available for many productions.
Platt Student Performing Arts House. Website for the facility and organizations associated with student performing arts at Penn.
Student Performing Arts PAC Shop. A useful website with a variety of technical theater resources created and maintained by Peter Whinnery and the staff of the PAC Shop.
Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. For information on local theatre productions, employment opportunities and the Barrymore Awards program.
Theatre Communications Group. Publishers of ARTSEARCH, American Theatre Magazine and TCG Bulletin.
Resources for the student considering a theatre major or minor:
Below are some pages that discuss the advantages of being a theatre major from an employment perspective:
Off Campus Opportunities that are sent to our program
Internship at Lantern Theatre
Lantern Theater Company seeks a stage management intern to join our production team for Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Lantern Artistic Director Charles McMahon. You will provide valuable support while enhancing your skills, building your resume, and expanding your networks. Rehearsals begin 2/16/16, tech rehearsals are 3/5/16-3/9/16, and performances are 3/10/16-4/17/16. Stage management intern must be available for all rehearsals and performances. Responsibilities will include show prep, moving scenery, and general assistance with production and SM duties. Previous backstage experience a plus. Internships are unpaid, but weekly travel stipend or course credit is available as well as free theater tickets and participation in special theater events.
To Apply: To apply, send resume and cover letter to Meghan Jones, Production Manager, at email@example.com. No calls, please. EOE.
Venue: Lantern Theater Company, 10th & Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Constitutional Walking Tour - Tour Guide & Hospitality Manager (Part Time)
Customer Service, Performing, Sales
Tour Guide Duties:
- Must be available 3-5 weekdays in the Spring
- Conduct comprehensive guided walking tours of historic Philadelphia in the Independence National Historical Park area.
- Lead groups of approximately 25-50 visitors on several walking tours throughout the day.
- Escort groups on a 75 minute tour of more than 20 historic sites, following a script that provides information and interesting tidbits on Philadelphia's history.
- Compensation consists of hourly wages plus tips.
Additional Details and Qualifications:
- High energy, friendly and outgoing.
- Strong communication skills and the ability to speak effectively in front of an audience.
- Ability to interact comfortably with people with diverse backgrounds and interests.
- Ability to effectively retain large amounts of detailed information and communicate this information to tourists in a manner that is both engaging and entertaining (we will provide a detailed script and training through our Independence Immersion training program).
- Previous public speaking, acting, customer service and/or sales experience a plus.
- Enthusiastic history buff and Philadelphia promoter.
- Willing to spend a lot of time outdoors.
- Fluency in foreign language(s) a plus.
- Must be able to work for minimum of 20 hours per week.
- You will be required to have a functioning mobile phone at all times when you are working for us with which we will communicate with you and your fellow tour guides and staff will communicate with you.
- You are required to have Internet access and check your email at least once per day in the evening so that we can communicate with you effectively and efficiently as to scheduling and the like.
- Must complete and pass background check.
The Constitutional Guided Walking Tours LLC is an equal opportunity employer.
Please email resume and cover letter to Info@TheConstitutional.com with the subject line “Tour Guide.”
SEAMSTRESS – Part-Time – 9 month Cyclical Positon (30 hours per week)
Long Term Temporary
Shift: 10:00am to 4:30pm with some flexible hours. Hours may vary week to week according to the theatre production schedule.
Weekend and evening hours may be required.
Minimum appointment salary: $12.62 per hour
West Chester University invites applications for a part-time Seamstress in the Department of Theatre and Dance. This position is approved through May 30th, 2016 and annual renewal is contingent on availability of funds. Responsibilities include performing specialized seamstress work in the construction, repair, alteration and maintenance of costumes, estimating time and material required for costumes, assisting the faculty costume designer with the supervision of the costume shop, working effectively with faculty, guest and student designers to an established production calendar and budget, performing and supervising fittings at each stage of costume construction as required, and performing other duties as needed.
Knowledge of the material and methods used in sewing and constructing articles of clothing, knowledge of the operation and care of sewing machines, and the skills of needle work, and the ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions. Candidates must be work eligible, communicate effectively and perform well in the interview process. Minimum Experience and Training: Four years of sewing or constructing experience. Experience as a seamstress in a theatrical venue preferred. All application, including names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references must be submitted to:
Office of Human Resources
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
201 Carter Drive, Suite 100
West Chester, PA 19383