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Museum Director

Organization Background:

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry.  The Center’s mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry.  For further information, visit our website at www.puppet.org

 

Duties: 

Administrative:

  • Manages all Museum Department staff including three full time employees: the Collections Manager, the Museum Services Manager/Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, and the Museum Store Manager. Part time staff includes a Preparator and four Museum Services Coordinators.
  • Manages Museum Department staff calendar and ensures adequate staffing for the Museum and Museum Store.
  • Plans and keeps track of the annual Museum Department budget.
  • Manages and serves on the Acquisitions Committee which votes on new acquisitions monthly.
  • In coordination with the Acquisition Committee and Collections Manager, sets collecting priorities for the Museum Collection.
  • Works with Development Department on writing grants and maintaining relationships with key museum donors.
  • Works with the Marketing Department to coordinate promotion of museum’s exhibitions and programs, the Museum Store, and the Volunteer and Intern program.

           

Exhibitions:

  • In coordination with Museum Advisors, curates museum special exhibits annually and museum gallery rotations every six months.
  • Coordinates and works with in-house Production Department staff to design and build special exhibitions.
  • Serves as project manager for all exhibitions; manages project schedule and budget, coordinates with exhibit designer, technical staff, and outside contractors as needed.
  • Works with key donors and project stakeholders throughout the exhibition planning and development process.
  • In coordination with Museum Advisors, plans long term exhibition schedules.
  • Works with Development Department and Executive Director to secure funding for exhibitions.
  • Works with Marketing Department to promote exhibitions.

 

Programming:

  • Oversees all museum education programming including tours, family programs, group programs, toddler programs, and evening events geared towards adults.
  • Works with the Museum Services Manager to create new programs.
  • Plans and implements the Center’s Film Series, consisting of approximately ten films a year.
  • Plans and implements museum special events, including two to three family days a year, one major evening event a year, and additional lectures.
  • Manages the calendar of all museum programs and plans the schedule annually.

 

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience in museum exhibitions or programs, preferably in a management role.
  • A Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Public History, or a related field. Bachelor’s degree with significant experience also acceptable.
  • The ability to lead and work in a deeply collaborative environment with people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • An ability to multi-task and manage several different projects at once.
  • Must be a team player willing to assist in all aspects of museum work as needed.
  • Weekend and evening shifts required.

 

To apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to:  hr@puppet.org or mail to:

Center for Puppetry Arts, Attn:  HR, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta, GA  30309-2820.  No phone calls, please.

 

Weekend Birthday Party Assistant

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry. It is a uniquely creative cultural destination dedicated to celebrating the magic and wonder of puppetry by inspiring imaginations and entertaining the young at heart in all we do. The Center’s high quality, accessible programming encompasses three areas: performance, museum and education. All programs for school-age children are designed to support curriculum standards in order to enhance classroom learning in a unique way.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reports to the Birthday & Rentals Coordinator as part of the Development Department. The Weekend Birthday Party Assistant is responsible for assisting with birthday parties on weekends, on an as-needed basis. This is an occasional/part-time role.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Arrive with enough time to make sure party rooms are cleaned/set up and everything is in order before birthday party groups arrive.
  • Verify attendance numbers with Education staff and with the Ticketing attendance report before the groups arrive.
  • Help birthday parent(s) unload items from their car such as decorations and food. Parents are responsible for hanging/setting up any permitted decorations in the party room themselves, but the Weekend Birthday Party Assistant is expected to help if needed or if the parent(s) are in obvious need of an extra hand.
  • Greet and show birthday family to their party room upon arrival. Give parent(s) a run-through of their schedule and review with them what to expect. 
  • Direct party groups to all of their activities – the performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, party room, and/or Museum – and make sure they arrive on time for each activity.
  • Be mindful of where the party groups need to be and when.  Sometimes, parties will overlap and this will require asking for help from another staff member to manage traffic flow.
  • Station yourself in the main floor breezeway area when not with a party group, so you are easily accessible in case birthday group needs assistance.
  • Verify ticket count with birthday parent(s) before party ends and if necessary, issue rain checks or direct patron to the ticket office to settle up any remaining fees.
  • Sweep floor, wipe tables, take out trash, and reset for the next party or next day. Clear away tables, chairs, and birthday thrones if there are no more parties that weekend.
  • Record notes on the actual number of tickets used, extra payments made or rain checks issued, and any issues or comments from the party; leave these notes for the Birthday & Rentals Coordinator to review.
  • Write thank-you notes to birthday parents and leave for the Birthday & Rentals Coordinator to mail.
  • Assist with miscellaneous events and rentals as your schedule and availability permits, on an as-needed/as-agreed-upon basis.

 

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS: 

  • Passion for the Center’s mission of inspiring imagination, education, and community for the global art of puppetry.
  • Outgoing personality
  • Crowd management skills and ability to politely “take charge,” especially with regard to managing multiple groups of people simultaneously
  • Strong customer service skills, including the ability to interact with guests in a friendly and professional manner and smoothly resolve any issues that may arise
  • Ability to anticipate guest needs

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION:

Please send your resume, along with a letter of interest and salary requirement to: Katherine Baggett, Birthday & Rentals Coordinator, katherinebaggett@puppet.org. No phone calls, please.

Overhire Electrics Technicians


POSITION SUMMARY

The Center for Puppetry Arts is accepting resumes from theatre technicians with skills in electrics, sound, and video for part time opportunities on an as-needed basis.

Primary responsibilities will be to assist in the operations of the electrics shop, including but not limited to the following:

  • Assist in the changeover of shows, which includes installing the lighting, audio, and video needs for Center and guest artist productions
    • Hang, circuit, and focus lighting plots
    • Prepare sound systems for rehearsals and performances 
    • Hang and focus of video projection equipment
  • Prep upcoming shows (building practicals, pulling gear, cutting gel, etc.
  • Help to maintain and organize the Electrics shop, keeping it in a state of readiness for upcoming events 
  • Repair and maintain equipment
  • Fulfill the electric needs for other Center activities (events, tours, etc.)

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  •          Three years of formal theatre education or professional experience
  •          Skills in lighting and sound system operations
  •          Skills in electrical, audio, and video wiring
  •          Skills in trouble shooting and problem solving
  •          Motivated and responsible
  •          Team-oriented attitude
  •          Comfortable working on ladders (all spaces have dead-hung grids)
  •          Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds regularly
  •          Knowledge of ETC Lighting equipment and Q-lab

 

Overhire Electrics Technicians are compensated on an hourly basis.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit multi-division organization featuring a production department along with museum and education departments. The production department produces an average of 8 new works and/or remounts per season. In addition to in-house productions, the Center also hosts a wide variety of guest artists and event rentals. 

The Electrics division of the Center is responsible for overseeing the operations and maintenance of lighting, audio and video for the production department. The Production Department operates two theatres (330 and 170 seat) that employ show automation control to co-ordinate audio, video, and lighting cues. The Center also runs a full complement of wireless microphones and a healthy inventory of lighting equipment for its productions. In addition to working with show operation hardware, the electrics department is called upon to create unique solutions for the technical needs of puppet theatre as well as ways to allow multigenerational equipment to work together efficiently. Occasionally, the electrics department is also called upon to work with the museum to assist with maintenance and the creation of new exhibits. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION:

To be considered, please mail or email your resume to the following: 

Center for Puppetry Arts
ATTN: Production Department
1404 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 USA
 

or Email HR@puppet.org. In the subject line: "Name-Overhire Electrics Technician"   (Example: John Smith-Overhire Electrics Technician)

Internships

Are you looking for invaluable nonprofit work experience, professional connections in the arts community, and to be a part of one of the most dynamic places in Atlanta?   Interns at the Center for Puppetry Arts are an integral part of our organization and our goal is to inspire interest in the arts through an in-depth view of our administrative and artistic processes.

Available Internships

  • Development/Fundraising
  • Graphic Design
  • Museum Education
  • Collections Management
  • Exhibitions
  • Library/Archives
  • Production: Puppet Building - NOT OFFERED UNTIL SPRING OF 2018
  • Production: Performance - NOT OFFERED UNTIL SPRING OF 2018
  • Production: Electrics
  • Production: Stage Management
  • Production: Directing - NOT OFFERED UNTIL SPRING OF 2018


Click here for application instructions and FAQ. 

Fall Session: September- December (12-15 weeks)                            

Application Deadline:  July 30th 

Spring/Winter Session: February- May (12-15 weeks)           
Application Deadline: November 30th
 
Summer Session: June- August/September (12-15 weeks)
Application Deadline:  March 1st



Internship Descriptions 

Development/Fundraising Internship: 

Development interns assist with the writing and production of fundraising appeals, researching potential contributors and fundraising ideas, and assisting with the planning, organization and logistics of cultivation parties and other special events.
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Graphic Design Internship:
Graphic Design interns’ duties include assisting with the creation of various materials such as print and online ads; flyers, invitations, and other printed items; photo illustrations and emails; as well as possible video projects.
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Museum Education Internship:
Under the supervision of the Museum Services Coordinator, Museum Education interns will assist with the daily operations involved in running a small museum. Interns will be trained to give tours and conduct educational programming designed to help museum patrons of all ages and backgrounds interact and explore the art of puppetry.
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Collections Management:
The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Collections Manager in the Museum department. This internship grants broad hands-on experience in collections management and preventive conservation with emphasis on object  handling, cataloging, rehousing, and condition reporting. Tutorials and workshops will be conducted to expose the intern to various aspects of the collections field
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Exhibitions Internship:
The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Exhibitions Director in the Museum department. This internship grants broad hands-on experience in exhibit research, curatorial writing, and collections management.
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Library/Archives Internship: 
The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Museum department with processing manuscript collections in the Nancy Staub Puppetry Research Library. This internship provides the intern with valuable hands-on experience processing collections including organization, rehousing, data entry, and creating finding aids for researchers.
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Electrics Internship: 
Assist the Resident Production staff with the implementation of lighting, sound, and video elements for upcoming CPA productions. Duties may include: the hang, circuit, and focus of lighting plots, preparing sound systems for rehearsals and performances, the repair and maintenance of equipment and fulfilling the electric needs of other Center activities. 
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Puppet Building Internship: 
Assisting Resident Puppet Builders with the construction of puppets, props and costumes for upcoming CPA productions. Duties may include: sewing, patterning, foam patterning and fabrication, molding and casting, sculpting, painting and basic woodwork. 
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Performance Internship
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Performance Internship program provides practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater. The focus of the program will be active participation in a Center production from the first day of rehearsal until final strike. During the rehearsal period, the Intern will observe the development of the production as script, design, movement and character are adjusted to meet the specific demands of the puppet theater and the Director’s vision.

Stage Management Internship:
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Performance Internship program provides practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater. Through hands-on activities, the program seeks to instill a fundamental understanding of the workings of a professional puppetry company                                                                                

Fall Internship (Charlotte's Web) Download the job description and application instructions > 

Winter Internship (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™) Download the job description and application instructions > 

Directing Internship: 
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Directing Internship program provides practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater. During the rehearsal period, the Intern will observe the development of the production as script, design, movement and character are adjusted to meet the specific demands of the puppet theater and the Director’s vision.
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CALL FOR TOURING ARTIST PRODUCTIONS

Family Series & New Directions Series for Adults and Teens

The Center for Puppetry Arts strives to present the best in puppetry and therefore is always seeking engaging puppet productions from both the United States and abroad. 

Companies selected to perform in our Family Series generally perform 13 shows per week (Tues-Fri: 10am & 11:30am, Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Sun: 1pm & 3pm) for 1-3 weeks. Performances last 45-50 minutes, and include a brief puppet demonstration following the show. Target audience age range is 4-10 years.  

Companies selected to perform in our New Directions Series for Adults and Teens generally perform 4-8 shows per week (schedule varies) for 1-2 weeks. Performances last 1-2 hours, and may include audience discussions following the show. Target audience age ranges are either 12+ (for teens and adults) or 18+ (adults only).

BOOKING CYCLE:
The Center’s season runs July 1-June 30.  Booking generally takes place 10-12 months before the beginning of each season. 

SUBMISSIONS:

To submit your production for consideration, please send a cover letter, tech rider (including required stage dimensions, sound/light/projection needs, number of people traveling with the show & any other essential elements the Center would need to provide to present your show) and video of the complete show to be considered. We do not select shows based on excerpts or highlight reels. If you wish multiple shows to be considered, please submit a complete package for each.
  
Center for Puppetry Arts
c/o Production Department
1404 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 USA
 

With your permission, we would like to add your video to our library collection after our review process has concluded. DVDs in the library are available for scholars and puppeteers to view by appointment on the premises and do not leave the library. Please specify your preference in your cover letter. If you would prefer that we return your DVD to you, please include a self-addressed mailer, and we will return it as soon after viewing as possible. 

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please email kristinhaverty@puppet.org.