Job title: Community Organizer- FLY

Reports to: Associate Artistic Director

Status: Part-Time, 16 -24 hours/week (average of 20 hours/week; some weekends and weekday evenings will be required during the course of the contract). Temporary, from date of hire through February 26, 2016.

Salary Range: $16/hour, plus parking at The Pasadena Playhouse


Job purpose

Works closely with the Associate Artistic Director to implement Consensus Organizing for Theatre (CO) strategies to build new audiences for The Pasadena Playhouse’s 2016 production of Fly by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan.   

With a focus on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, Fly tells the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen who flew over the skies of Europe and North Africa during World War II. Featuring a cast of eight men, including "Tap Griot," a dancer who uses tap dance steps to set a mood that is part sublimated anger, part empowerment, Fly was hailed by The New York Times as “a superior piece of theatrical synergy.” Co-author and director Ricardo Khan is Tony Award-winning co-founder and former artistic director of the Crossroads Theatre Company, known as one of the nation's foremost African-American theater companies. In honor of Black History month, The Pasadena Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre Company’s production of Fly dramatizes the historic contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen to the desegregation of the American military and the furthering of civil rights. More information on this production is available here:http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/box-office/mainstage/fly.html

Consensus Organizing for Theatre (CO) is an artistic and community organizing methodology through which a theatre builds stake in multiple and diverse pockets of communities and those communities build stake back in the organization by surfacing and organizing around mutual self-interests. More information on CO is available here: http://www.americantheatre.org/2014/12/22/for-seema-sueko-diversity-is-an-organizing-principle/ 

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

Receive ongoing training on and implement the Consensus Organizing for Theatre (CO) methodology. This process includes:

  • Internal Consensus Organizing: Developing a robust dramaturgical understanding of the script and the vision of the director and artistic team, creating a “Dramaturgical Starter Kit,” and surfacing the artistic and organizational needs and opportunities of Fly.
  • Researching and building a database of 50-90 organizations, businesses, community leaders, colleges and universities, and other influencers whose work may share self-interests with those of the production, The Pasadena Playhouse, and the artists.
  • External Consensus Organizing: Reaching out to, meet with and engage in consensus organizing conversations, and share collateral materials with the contacts surfaced through the research.
  • Organizing 20-30 groups or 800 – 1000 new, paying audience members to attend Fly (at an approved CO discount rate if applicable).
  • Organizing at minimum two “Talkback Tuesdays” and one “Post Show at The Playhouse”, including identifying and securing speakers and audience groups and facilitating the conversation.
  • Oversee the installation and maintenance of the Friendship Center exhibit in collaboration with the community partner and designer.
  • If applicable, organize, customize and staff pre- or post-show activities that are surfaced through the CO work.
  • Staff each performance of Fly that is attended by a group organized by the Community Organizer
  • Collaborate with the education department
  • Cooperate with The Pasadena Playhouse staff, across departments; adhere to company protocols and policies
  • Document and track work - Provide relevant information, feedback, quotes, photos, and/or videos back to The Playhouse that can be used for e-blasts, social media, website throughout CO process
  • Write a final report


  • Qualifications include:
  • At minimum, three years of experience as a cultural worker / activist / community organizer in Los Angeles County
  • Experience working with the Los Angeles African American Communities
  • Knowledge of and experience working at a professional theater
  • Excellent verbal and presentation, writing, listening, and research skills
  • Proven track record of achieving deliverables on par with the goals and expectations of this position
  • Deadline-, results-, and detail-oriented.
  • Self-starter with tremendous drive
  • Relentless ability to follow up and close a deal
  • Must possess an “always early” work ethic
  • 360-degree thinking, ability to connect the dots across agendas
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Intellectual curiosity and bravery. A drive for continued learning
  • Ability to articulate your own core values and personal mission
  • Team player
  • Passionate about the goals of The Pasadena Playhouse and the production of Fly

Working conditions

The working conditions for this job vary from our office setting in Pasadena, California, to community meetings held in a variety of locales, to the rehearsal room, to the theatre.

Must have the ability to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends. 

Other requirements

Must have personal automobile or reliable transportation to engage in meetings with a diversity of community organizations across Southern California at hours that may be outside of traditional work hours.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

EEO Policy Statement The Pasadena Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local law

To Apply

Please submit:

  • cover letter
  • resume/CV (clearly quantifying achievements on past projects)
  • one-page statement - Tell us about yourself (your core values as an Organizer and/or personal mission), describe a project you organized and its results, and share what excites you about the production of Fly.
  • Please use 12-point font and one-inch margins on your one-page Community Organizer’s statement.
  • List of three professional references

Please combine your submission into one pdf including all required items.

Email your application to Seema Sueko, Associate Artistic Director, at ssueko@pasadenaplayhouse.org

Be sure to reference “Community Organizer FLY” in the subject line of your email. 

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Application Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2015, 5:00 pm