DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (UPDATED 02/2023)

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt, Hybrid
Compensation: $70,000 DOE, plus employer-paid health and dental insurance, 401K, and generous PTO (paid time off)
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: N/A

ABOUT BOSTON COURT PASADENA

Boston Court Pasadena (BCP) is a non-profit performing arts center located in Pasadena, CA primarily dedicated to developing and producing adventurous new work, significantly re-envisioned classics, and nurturing both emerging and established artists across all art forms. BCP strives to create art that thrills, engages, moves and sustains people in order to deepen empathy, community, and provoke change. BCP is committed to being an anti-racist organization and continuing its commitment to deepening its equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices across all aspects of the institution, public-facing and internally.

Founded in 2003 by philanthropist Z. Clark Branson and producing director Eileen T’Kaye, BCP features an intimate facility designed to bring audiences and artists closer together. The 70-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage serve as homes for BCP’s season of daring, adventurous theatre and its richly diverse music series. BCP is also the home of an annual New Play Reading Festival, an upcoming new composer initiative, multiple community events and partnerships, as well as rotating visual art exhibits. BCP theatre productions have been seen in New York City, Boston, Houston, and Malibu, and have won countless Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, American Theatre Wing Awards, and many others.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Development Manager is a dynamic, creative, and organized fundraiser who is passionate about helping Boston Court Pasadena thrive and grow. This position will play a critical role in individual giving and managing day-to-day development operations. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will support the executive team and the Board of Directors in their solicitation of major gifts, grants, and corporate sponsorships. Responsibilities of this position include management and growth of the annual fund, membership (shared responsibility with marketing), events, and the donor database, identifying and researching major gift and grant opportunities, and proofreading grant materials.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Implement annual fundraising and stewardship plans, in partnership with the Executive Director and Development Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Assist the Executive Director with the identification, and cultivation of potential individual, corporate, and foundation gift prospects
  • Create, develop and manage the annual fund campaign; implement, test, and evaluate new strategies to improve donor acquisition, retention, upgrades, and stewardship of individual donors
  • Create and manage all direct mail fundraising campaigns, including messaging, copy, design, lists, and distribution
  • Maintain excellent donor relations and stewardship, with a high level of professionalism and customer service, through correspondence, calls, and gatherings
  • Manage timely donor acknowledgment and recognition for individuals and institutions, including thank you letters, calls, and accurate representation in all printed and virtual materials
  • Identify and research major donor prospects and support the board and executive team in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies
  • Develop and execute fundraising and stewardship events, including the annual gala and donor events, with support from the board and staff
  • Serve as staff liaison to the BCP Development Committee, coordinate meetings, and agendas, and help focus the committee on measurable and timely development goals
  • Identify and research new grant opportunities, and proofread grant proposals, LOIs, and report
  • Manage the CRM donor database by managing donor data entry, gift entry, and pledge tracking
  • Work with the Executive Director to track and reconcile contributed revenue, analyze campaign outcomes, and prepare tracking reports against goals as needed for the Board
  • Serve as a critical member of the Boston Court team by staffing performances and functions
  • Participate in the broader Pasadena, Los Angeles, and arts communities, serving as a representative of and advocate for the organization and developing relationships to benefit the organization

QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will be a personable and dynamic self-starter with the following qualifications:

  • Meaningful experience working in development, preferably with a non-profit cultural and/or arts organization
  • Strong writing skills including professional experience writing letters, campaign copy, and donor communications
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully execute annual giving and membership campaigns
  • Passion for non-profit arts and cultural institutions
  • Fluency with computers and standard software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience working with database and CRM systems
  • Respect for the confidentiality of donor information and a strong sense of donor ethics
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary
  • Preferred: Knowledge of the Los Angeles arts and culture community

TO APPLY
Send a cover letter and resume to work@bostoncourtpasadena.org with “Development Manager application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If this posting is still up, the job is still available!

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of Boston Court Pasadena to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, marital status, disability or age. Boston Court Pasadena is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment. This position will remain open until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.


Play Submissions

L.A. New Play Submissions – Coming Back Fall 2023!

At Boston Court Pasadena, we have a specific artistic ethos:

We’re passionate about the heightened, the lyrical, the never-seen-before, the boundary-breaking.

We’re drawn to art that excavates the depth of human existence or dances in and out of ineffable wonder. We fall for the imaginative, the impossible, the incandescent.

We love the absurd. We swoon for the cerebral. We bow down to heartbreak and humor, especially when we don’t see them coming.

Show us the magic of what’s real and the tangibility of what’s ethereal.

If that sounds like you, please continue on to the following submission guidelines.

Without exception:

  • Playwright must be a resident of greater Los Angeles.
  • Play must be full-length (70 minutes or longer).
  • Play must need no more than 5 actors. (More roles must be able to be doubled.)
  • We will only accept scripts that have not previously been submitted. No rewrites.
  • 1 submission per playwright.
  • Accepting through Submittable only. No snail mail or email.
  • Any submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be read.

We are particularly interested in reading historically underrepresented perspectives. These have many origins and definitions, and include race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, and/or religion.

Our submission window will be open for 4 weeks, or until we receive 100 scripts, whichever comes first.

We can’t wait to read what you’ve written!


THEATRE VISION
Boston Court Pasadena houses and produces passionate, artist-driven theatre that challenges both artist and audience. Boston Court urges its artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres (classics, musicals and world premieres, with a special emphasis on nurturing playwrights and new play development) which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.

QUESTIONS
For any questions, please email us at literary@bostoncourtpasadena.org call_made

Music Submissions

If you’re interested in contacting us about submitting yourself, band, or composition for consideration please email at music@bostoncourtpasadena.org call_made. We can’t wait to hear it!

QUESTIONS
For any questions, please email us at music@bostoncourtpasadena.org call_made

Auditions

A Playwrights’ Arena and Boston Court Pasadena Co-Production of
UNRIVALED
by Rosie Narasaki
directed by Margaret Shigeko Starbuck
casting director Raul Staggs

OPEN CALL: Monday, December 12th 2022 at Boston Court Pasadena
1PM – 8PM (dinner break from 5-6pm)

You do not need to be AEA to audition nor will AEA actors be given priority. It is first come-first served.  Please come to Boston Court to  sign up in the lobby to audition. You are also welcome to come to the lobby to sign up for a later time and come back. Doors to the lobby and the sign-up sheet open at 12:00 PM.

Masks are required indoors at Boston Court unless you are actively auditioning. 

Please bring a physical headshot and resume and prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue.

People at the Open Call will include Jessica Kubzansky, BCP Artistic Director, Margaret Shigeko Starbuck, Director, Raul Staggs, CD

LOCATION:
Boston Court Pasadena
70 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA  91106

Parking is located behind the building. There is also 1 and 2 hour street parking surrounding Boston Court.

No email or online submissions.  No phone calls.  Please email questions to: audition@bostoncourt.com

CONTRACT:
AEA Los Angeles 99-Seat Theatre Agreement

RATE:
Actors will be paid as hourly employees at $18/hour.

SCHEDULE:
First Rehearsal: 2/14/22
Tech: 3/9-3/12/22
Previews: 3/15-3/24/22
Opening: 3/25/22
Closing: 4/23/22
Possible Two Week Extension through May 6th

Rehearsal Schedule: Generally weeknights and one weekend day. One weekend day and Mondays off.

Performance Schedule: Generally, a four show week, some combination of Thursday through Saturday evenings, Sunday matinees, Monday evenings. Occasional Saturday matinee and five-show weeks are also possible.

ABOUT THE PLAY:
11th century ladies-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon are, to this day, two of Japan’s most beloved writers. They also kind of hated each other. When Murasaki arrives at Empress Teishi’s court, she is immediately identified as a rival by Teishi’s BFF and top lady-in-waiting, Sei Shonagon. However, encouraged by Teishi’s infectious good humor, Murasaki and Sei form a tentative friendship, realizing they have more in common than they thought.  However the bond between the three women is tested when Michinaga, Teishi’s politically ambitious uncle, comes between them. This play is about friendship, heartbreak, and what it means to be a female artist. Perhaps most of all, it’s about how no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same… even after a thousand years.

SETTING:
Just over a thousand years ago in Heian-Kyo, aka Kyoto, aka the then-capital of Japan.

Note: Although this play is set in 1000CE Japan, the characters speak and have the vibe of contemporary women.

ABOUT THE CHARACTERS:
Although all the characters in this play are Japanese, we welcome submissions from actors who are of Asian American, East Asian, Southeast Asian, or of mixed race Asian American heritage. Although characters are listed as female or male we welcome submissions from actors who identify as non-binary, GNC, or gender fluid

MURASAKI SHIKIBU: (female, 20s-30s) A lonely, serious woman who likes to write because she doesn’t understand people. Socially awkward and incredibly intelligent, she is a newcomer to the Empress’s court of ladies in waiting, but already well-known for her writing. She is working on The Tale of Genji, now considered the first novel ever written and an iconic work of Japanese literature. Sei and Teishi are some of her first close female friends, but her relationship with Michinaga puts those friendships in jeopardy. 

SEI SHONAGON: (female, 30s) Loud, opinionated, competitive, irreverent and funny. And sexy. Hides her vulnerability with a sharp tongue. She is the Empress’s best friend and star Lady-in-Waiting, whose supremacy is threatened when Murasaki arrives at court. Sei is famed for her Pillow Book, a compilation of short musings, poems and essays about court life. She used to date Michinaga, but chose her friendship with Teishi over him. She might still carry a torch for him, but would never admit it. 

EMPRESS TEISHI: (female, 20s) She speaks almost exclusively in exclamation points because she’s unflaggingly cheerful and genuinely happy, but even she hides a loneliness at her core. Although she is in a position of power as the Emperor’s wife, she is not into formality and is best friends with Sei, and wants to become best friends with Murasaki. She is also our narrator throughout the play and helps us understand the intricacies of court politics.

MICHINAGA & ALL MEN: (male, late 30s) Pretentious and power-hungry, but dangerously charming and likable. He is trying to maneuver himself into essentially controlling the Emperor by being his top advisor, and in order to get there he needs to screw over Teishi by replacing her with his own daughter. He might be using and manipulating Sei and Murasaki into helping him with his political plans, but he also might genuinely be in love with them? We can’t tell at any given moment what his intentions are.

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