Literary Manager

Classification: Full-Time (30 hours), Non-Exempt
Compensation: $27 an hour, plus employer-paid health and dental insurance, and PTO (paid time off)
Reports to: Artistic Director
Supervises: Literary Intern, Literary Readers

Boston Court Pasadena (BCP) is a non-profit performing arts center primarily dedicated to creating art that thrills, engages, moves and sustains people in order to deepen empathy, community, and provoke change. BCP’s mission is to create and nurture innovative, boundary-pushing art that invokes the power of collective imagination to illuminate our common humanity. 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. Located in Pasadena, California, Boston Court Pasadena is a nonprofit arts center that creates and nurtures innovative, boundary-pushing art that invokes the power of collective imagination to illuminate our common humanity. Boston Court features a state-
of-the-art, intimate facility designed to bring audiences and artists closer together. The 75-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage serve as homes for Boston Court’s season of adventurous theatre, its richly eclectic music series, the annual New Play Reading Festival, Art Upfront, a rotating visual art program, among other engagement and education offerings, under the leadership of Artistic Director Jessica Kubzansky and Executive Director Manny Prieto. BCP was founded in 2003 by philanthropist Z. Clark Branson and Founding Producing Director Eileen T’Kaye.

The Literary Manager Oversees all new play development functions for Boston Court Pasadena. Working in close collaboration with the Artistic Director and Artistic staff, the Literary Manager is a significant artistic player in season planning, and in all other new play selection activities, including selecting and curating plays for all development work, the annual New Play Reading Festival, long-form development workshops, in-house and public readings, the LA Playwrights Initiative, the Boston Court Playwrights Group, and more.

Responsibilities include offering dramaturgy on new works (in development, and sometimes, through world premiere production), developing and maintaining ongoing playwright relationships, relationships with New Play Festivals, agents, and all the other participants that are a part of the new play world. Oversees, maintains, updates the script log and keeps current correspondence with playwrights and their representatives. Primarily responsible, in tandem with the rest of the staff, for producing the Annual New Play Reading Festival, leading the Boston Court Playwrights Group, supervising any Literary Interns and Readers, writing relevant program notes, conducting occasional artist talkbacks and public-facing events connected to Boston Court’s new play practices.

• Read plays.
• Deeply participate in Season Planning: in concert with the artistic director and artistic staff, developing a slate of play possibilities that are viable for full production.
• Seek, select, and curate plays for all development work in concert with artistic staff, including the annual New Play Reading Festival, long-form development workshops, the LA Playwrights Initiative, and the Boston Court Playwrights Group.
• Curate and oversee the annual New Play Reading Festival (NPRF), Boston Court’s annual new play reading series, which includes participating in director selection, casting, and other personnel for NPRF.
• Lead the year-long Boston Court Playwrights Group, which involves selecting the plays and playwrights, dramaturging the work over a year-long process in concert with the BCP Artistic Team, which involves monthly playwrights group meetings, in-house readings of the work in progress, interim dramaturgical meetings, and more.
• Dramaturg workshops where possible and appropriate.
• Dramaturg productions where possible and appropriate.
• Cast readings.
• When relevant, write blurbs, program notes, and other vital literary communications.
• Conduct outreach to playwrights, literary agents and managers, and other new play organizations and theatre professionals on a local and national level.
• Maintain ongoing relationships with playwrights of interest.
• Maintain and oversee scripts tracking and script log, and timely communication in response to submissions.
• Pursue and expand opportunities to nurture, incubate, and develop new work for Boston Court.
• Oversee, hire, and mentor Literary Interns and Literary Script Readers.

• Participate in new play festivals locally and nationally, to maintain Boston Court’s presence in the new play world.
• Be an active participant in the local theatre community, attend productions and readings, participate in community events, and from time to time represent Boston Court by serving on relevant panels and committees.
• Along with all Boston Court team members, share and participate in Boston Court community and fundraising events, occasional staffing of performances, and other public functions, serving as a representative of the organization.

The ideal candidate is a passionate lover and advocate of plays, playwrights, and new work, especially of innovative, theatrical writing, thinks outside all the boxes, has strong opinions about the art, and has a collaborative team spirit. Should have meaningful experience in the new play world.

Send a cover letter and resume addressed to Artistic Director Jessica Kubzansky to
work@bostoncourtpasadena.org with “Literary 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!

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 – Open for submissions OCT 1st.

Boston Court Pasadena invites you to submit your scripts during our 2023 open submission window beginning on October 1st, 2023. Submission makes you eligible for consideration to be included in our 2024 Playwrights Group, 2024 New Play Reading Festival, and for future production consideration. The submission window will close on October 31st, 2023, at 11:59 PM.

Before submitting your play, we strongly suggest that you visit our website and research the work we do to determine if your script is an appropriate fit for our theater.  CLICK HERE to find more information about our production history.

Submission Guidelines

  • Playwrights must be current residents of the Greater Los Angeles area.
  • Full-length scripts only (70 min. or longer).
  • Plays must need no more than five actors (more roles are fine as long as they can be doubled).
  • We will only accept scripts that have not previously been submitted. No rewrites.
  • One submission per playwright. 
  • Accepting scripts only through Submittable. No snail mail or email.
  • Any submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be read. 

What is a Boston Court Play?

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 you’re thinking about submitting a “kitchen sink” play, ask yourself: can the sink be personified? Should your unit set explode into an ocean of dreams? Will the audience come away wondering at the mysteries of humanity? If the answers are “yes,” we can’t wait to read your script.



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.

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!

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