Dance Place, a nationally recognized cultural arts center in Washington, DC, seeks a full time Associate Curator & Producer to work with the curatorial team to program and produce Dance Place’s robust Presentation Series of DC area, national and international dance performances.
This is a 40 hour per week, salaried, year-round position with benefits. Work hours are generally weekdays between 10 am and 6 pm, with work on weekends and evenings for special events. The Associate Curator & Producer will report to Dance Place’s Executive Artistic Director.
Dance Place is an equal opportunity employer. Dance Place believes that people of color, people in the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and women must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. Strong candidates will work in alignment with Dance Place’s mission and values, be welcoming to folx of all identities, including artists, adult dance class students, audience members, and the youth of our robust education programs.
Title: Associate Curator & Producer
Number of hours per week: 40
Immediate supervisor: Artistic Executive Director
The new Associate Curator & Producer will work in close partnership with the existing Associate Curator & Producer; each position will manage a portfolio of approximately 50% of Dance Place’s performance programming and related events.
The Associate Curator & Producer serves as a member of the Dance Place curatorial team; oversees the booking, planning and management of Dance Place’s presentation series from conception to post-mortem; co-programs and manages Dance Place’s free programming series; co-coordinates all logistics for DanceAfrica, DC and other internally produced festivals; and represents Dance Place at national and international festivals, events and meetings. This position requires some night and weekend work.
This role is a unique opportunity to participate in the restructuring of Dance Place’s production team. Qualified candidates will be bold thinkers committed to equity and anti-racism.
Dance Place believes that people of color, people in the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and women must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.
Assist in the curation of Dance Place’s presentation series, led by Dance Place’s Artistic Executive Director
Co-manage booking of all performances in Dance Place’s presentation series, annual festivals, and free programming
Within 50% portfolio of Dance Place performance programming, including presentations and internally-produced festivals:
Develop outreach and community engagement in collaboration with artists in Dance Place’s presentation season
Schedule production meetings and co-lead meetings with Dance Place Director of Production
Serve as point person for artist communications
Facilitate internal communication between Programming, Production, Operations, Education, Front of House, and Box Office staff regarding the needs of artists/presentations
Maintain accurate itineraries, production agreements, and other documentation in advance of all performances ensuring artists and staff have aligned expectations and understandings
Set and monitor artist deadlines for all materials (technical information/files, program information, complimentary ticket lists, etc)
Negotiate, write, execute, and ensure compliance with contracts for artists who interact with Dance Place programs in a variety of ways (presentations, residencies, partners)
Solicit, negotiate particulars, and execute artists’ technical and hospitality riders, in collaboration with Dance Place Director of Production
Coordinate staffing for performances as needed (designers, videographers, speakers/facilitators, interpreters, etc), in collaboration with Dance Place Director of Production
Manage all artist services as needed (travel, visas, hospitality, lodging, interpretation/translation, performance-related events, etc.)
Supervise Production Management & Curation intern
Co-manage Dance Place Artist in Residence, resident companies and partner organization programs
Co-manage Dance Place’s theater rentals program
Write, manage and report on grants in collaboration with Development Department to offset artist fees and production costs (i.e. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network (NPN), Alternate Roots)
Work with local and national partners including the National Performance Network, Dance Metro DC, the Kennedy Center, Brookland/ Edgewood-based businesses, and many other institutions
Represent Dance Place at conferences including the National Performance Network annual conference, APAP, and other national and international festivals, events and meetings
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Bachelors degree in a related field, or equivalent professional experience
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Suite and other office software
Attention to detail with excellent time management skills
Ability to work autonomously and in teams in a fast-paced environment
Highly organized and creative with deep enthusiasm for the arts
Salary and Benefits:
Dance Place offers a flexible work schedule as well as medical, dental and vision insurance package, plus (401) K plan, and pre-tax travel benefits.
Employees are able to take class and attend Dance Place performances for free.
Salary Range: $38,000-$42,000
How to Apply:
To apply, send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references to email@example.com. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled, with a priority application date of Friday, June 4th 2021. No phone calls please.
About Dance Place
Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in our Brookland / Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.