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Community Engagement Project Manager

Philadelphia Theatre Company

Post Date: Jan 31, 2024

Community Engagement Project Manager for New Musical Night Side Songs
Reports to the Director of Education and Public Programs
Posting Date: January 31, 2024


Philadelphia Theatre Company (“PTC”)  is hiring a Community Engagement Project Manager for its production of “Night Side Songs” a new musical written by Daniel and Patrick Lazour, directed by Taibi Magar, to be produced at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre as well as various non-traditional spaces  (i.e., hospitals, community centers, etc.) in February 2025.

“Night Side Songs” is a musical about the history of cancer and cancer treatment in the US, which incorporates text taken from interviews with real Philadelphia doctors, nurses, physicians, and patients. The Community Engagement Project Manager will: work with the PTC artistic staff to coordinate interviews with doctors, patients, and nurses; help with documentation of the project; arrange site visits to our non-traditional performance spaces; and maintain relationships with our community partners. This individual will serve as a liaison to the medical and research communities of Philadelphia and work with the rest of the PTC team to design and execute a plan for community engagement that is faithful to the creative team and the organization’s visions. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with PTC artistic staff to arrange interviews with community partners, including doctors, physicians, nurses, technicians, and patients;
  • Help PTC’s marketing department to document the project, including photos, video, and audio recordings;
  • Arrange site visits between our community partners and PTC’s production department, especially as it pertains to the “off-site” productions; 
  • Maintain relationships with community partner individuals and organizations to foster collaboration and support;
  • Plan and execute events, workshops, and programs to enhance community partner involvement;
  • Work with PTC’s Education Director and Marketing Director to promote PTC events to community partners, work to bring partners to rehearsals, opening nights, and other PTC events;
  • Attend most rehearsals and production meetings for Night Side Songs.


  • Experience in non-profit community work or a background in theater-making, particularly focused on the Philadelphia area
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to connect with diverse groups of people 
  • Excellent organizational and project management abilities
  • Familiarity with the Philadelphia community 
  • Should be a self-starter, who advocates for their needs and the needs of our community partners
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends

Preferred but not Required:

  • Experience with the medical community 
  • Experience with producing theater in non-traditional spaces
  • A passion for artistic creation with an emphasis on community building
  • Administrative experience
  • Production experience (stage management, etc.)
  • Proven experience in community engagement or similar roles, preferably in the arts or non-profit sector, with a particular sensitivity toward the medical community and patients
  • Creativity and enthusiasm for maintaining community partnerships

About the Musical:

The musical tells the story of Yasmine Hollie, a fictional every-person who is diagnosed with cancer. The piece is a one-act musical enacted by five cast members and a small team of musicians. The score is sung by both actors and the audience, who will be taught the songs by the actors and then become a part of the performance by singing along with them. Night Side Songs focuses on both the experience of the ill, but also of caretakers. In a society where death, grief, and illness are often shrouded away in silence, it is the selflessness of caretakers that courageously confronts the hardest truths of mortality. Night Side Songs’ use of call-and-response creates a community-oriented environment rather than one that casts learning and creation as an individual experience. This underscores the emphasis on care in the piece’s book and lyrics. The artistic philosophy of Night Side Songs is: look what beauty we can create together.

Work Schedule:

Time commitment would average 5 hours/week until October 2024, 10 hours/week from Nov through December 2024, 20 hours/week in January and February 2025.

Start Date:

April 1, 2024

About Philadelphia Theatre Company

Philadelphia Theatre Company is a vital civic institution dedicated to the creation of extraordinary theatrical experiences that reflect the essential issues and ideas of our time, and which foster connection, understanding, and transformation. We engage and strengthen our community through exceptional productions of new and contemporary plays and musicals, inspiring education programs, and mutually beneficial civic partnerships. We develop exciting new work that resonates both locally and nationally, and uphold a deep commitment to be a fully inclusive, welcoming home for the artists, audiences, and people of Philadelphia.

PTC is dedicated to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment regardless of age, race, ability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, or socioeconomic background. We embrace diversity, ensure fairness, and promote a sense of belonging for artists, audiences, and employees, while striving to remove barriers that may prevent the people of Philadelphia from attending, engaging with, or participating in our programs.

Philadelphia Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PTC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups. We are especially interested in applicants who embrace our stated core values: to be ambitious, joyful, and flexible, and act with integrity and care.

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Anjoli Santiago, Director of Education and Public Programs by email to [email protected] with the subject line: Community Engagement Project Manager. 

Please note that applications submitted after Friday, February 16th will have a reduced likelihood of being considered.


This is an independent contractor role with compensation of $25,000 paid in five installments.  
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