Literary Manager

Boston Court Pasadena

Pasadena, CA

Title: Literary Manager
Classification: Full-Time (30 hours), Non-Exempt
Compensation: $25 an hour, plus employer-paid health and dental insurance, and PTO (paid time off)
Reports to: Artistic Director
Supervises: Seasonal Literary Intern, Literary Readers

Boston Court Pasadena is a nonprofit performing arts center primarily dedicated to developing and producing adventurous new work, significantly re-envisioned classics, and nurturing both emerging and established artists across all art forms. Boston Court strives to create art that thrills, engages, moves and sustains people in order to deepen empathy, community, and provoke change. Boston Court Pasadena 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, Boston Court features an intimate facility designed to bring audiences and artists closer together. The 80-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage serve as homes for Boston Court's season of daring, adventurous theatre and its richly diverse music series. Boston Court 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. Boston Court 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, and many others.


  • 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 partner at Boston Court, in season planning and all other new play activities. The ideal candidate is a passionate lover and advocate of plays, playwrights, and new work, especially of innovative, adventurous, theatrical writing, thinks outside all the boxes, has strong opinions about the art, and has a collaborative team spirit. Should have experience in the new play world.

Essential Functions:
Deeply participate in Season Planning: in concert with the artistic director and staff, developing a slate of play possibilities that are viable for full production.
Seek, read, select, and curate plays for all development work in partnership with artistic staff, including the annual New Play Reading Festival, long-form development workshops, the Los Angeles Playwrights Initiative, and more.
Curate and oversee the annual New Play Reading Festival, Boston Court’s annual new play reading series, which includes participating in director selection, casting, and other personnel.

Perform or oversee dramaturgy for in-house workshops and some full productions.

As needed, coordinate in-house, non-public readings focusing on play development.

In conjunction with artistic and marketing staff, write blurbs, program notes, and other literary communications.

Conduct artist talkbacks and public-facing events connected to Boston Court’s new play practices.
Conduct outreach to playwrights, literary agents and managers, other new play organizations, and theatre professionals on a local and national level, and nurture 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/or, Literary Readers

Attend and when relevant 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 events, occasional staffing of performances, and other public functions, serving as a representative of the organization.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate lover of innovative new plays, with the following abilities:
An advocate for theatre and many forms of new work
familiarity with playwrights writing today
some sense of the new play development landscape, local and national
a facility with new play dramaturgy, and excitement for helping new plays grow.
a great communicator, both written and verbal, and a nurturer of relationships.
a multi-tasker who can keep a number of balls in the air simultaneously with grace.
the ability to flex with humor and ease around the ever-changing given circumstances that is inherent in working with new plays.


Send a cover letter and resume by January 14, 2022 to [email protected] with “Literary Manager application” in the subject line.

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 and strongly encourages applications from People of Color, women and nonbinary people of all backgrounds. 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.


$65,000 annual,  employer-paid health and dental insurance, and PTO (paid time off)

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