Audition Announcement: Liberty to Go to See 2022
7th year of an experimental historical performance project presented by Cliveden House, a National Trust Site in Germantown: 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Directed by Johnnie Hobbs, Jr.
Audition: Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 4:00pm - 8:00pm at Cliveden House Carriage House, 6401 Germantown Avenue
Looking for non-union actors aged between 18-30ish for a short play to be performed at Cliveden House.
Needed: 1 African American Female, 1 African American Male, 2 White Female, 2 White Male
- Headshot and resume
- One to two minute monologue that communicates thoughts and feelings
- Be prepared to read
- Flexibility and physicality a must
Rehearsal Schedule (Note: Rehearsal times are somewhat flexible)
- Week One (at Cliveden House 6401 Germantown Avenue): Tues., 5/31 through Fri., 6/3 - Noon to 4:00pm
- Week Two (at Cliveden House 6401 Germantown Avenue): Tues., 6/7 through Fri., 6/10 - Noon to 4:00pm
Walkthrough/ Dress Rehearsal/ Performance Schedule
- Monday, 6/13: Noon - 5:00pm walkthrough
- Tuesday, 6/14: Noon - 5:00pm dress rehearsal
- Wednesday, 6/15: Noon - 4:00pm dress rehearsal, break, 6:00pm call, 7:00pm evening performance
- Thursday, 6/16: 6:00pm call, 7:00pm evening performance
- Friday, 6/17: 6:00pm call, 7:00pm evening performance
- Saturday, 6/18: 11:00am call, Noon matinee, break, 2:00pm call, 3:00pm matinee (last performance)
Note: In case of inclement weather cancelled performance, there are two rain dates scheduled: Wednesday, June 22 and/or June 23, 6:00pm call, 7:00pm performance.
Pay: $125.00 per rehearsal week (2), $175.00 for performance week (2). Payment weekly. If the rain dates are not needed, second performance week payment will be received at the end of the first week of performances.
To schedule an audition appointment, call Gail Leslie at (267) 342-2841.
Cliveden, a historic site located in Northwest, Philadelphia, seeks Interpreters for the 2022 season. As front-line staff for Cliveden, Interpreters are responsible for sharing diverse narratives with the public in an accurate and engaging way.
- Provide guided tours and occasional self-guided experiences during events for visitors, maintaining a level of knowledge in order to substantively inform the public and respond accurately to their questions
- Facilitate positive experiences for visitors, group tours, and other audiences in a confident, professional and inclusive manner
- Ensure alignment of tours with the site’s interpretation priorities, especially in telling the full story and centering the tour on all inhabitants, conveying underrepresented stories of enslaved, Free Black, and service staff members
- Understand and implement on-site guide-related opening and closing procedures
- Participate in mandatory trainings and group discussions to understand tour content and updates, interpretive guidelines and context
- Act as ambassador to visitors while on site
- Tabulate visitor metrics
- Administrative support as assigned
- Research projects as interest and time allows
- Participation in training and professional development opportunities, including intensive training in April
Candidates should be able to comfortably and naturally speak in front of a group, including handling difficult discussions and situations, and have a passion for learning about Cliveden’s history, and the desire to communicate this knowledge and enthusiasm to others. Punctuality and reliability imperative. A background in history, African American history, art, architecture, or preservation desired.
The schedule is 15 – 20 hours every two weeks during Cliveden’s open hours and occasionally at other times. Cliveden is open:
May to August, Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4 pm
September – November, Friday – Sunday, 12 – 4 pm
Community Engagement Coordinators
Cliveden (www.cliveden.org) and Stenton (www.stenton.org), two historic house museums located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, are seeking dynamic community engagement coordinators to enthusiastically engage the public across the 18 member sites of the Historic Germantown (HG) consortium (www.freedomsbackyard.org). These two positions will work with various staff and volunteers to collect and relay information, help guide community outreach and engagement strategies, and serve as site ambassadors, welcoming and inclusive to all. These are full-time salaried positions with benefits.
The successful candidate will embrace history, place, and greenspace as cornerstones of the sites’ way of engaging our Northwest Philadelphia community and reframe our engagement activities to focus on what matters to our communities. This position is responsible for developing and leading strategies and initiatives in collaboration with community stakeholders. The successful candidate will have experience designing and delivering high-impact engagement and feedback sessions; in program development and strategic partnerships; or a combination of education and experience. They will foster inclusion, invite participation and input from diverse audiences, and advance Historic Germantown’s commitment to diversity, equity, and accessibility.
Community Engagement Strategy: (30%)
- Create and maintain community engagement frameworks that feed into a larger holistic plan to make the sites of HG more relevant to the audiences we currently serve and anticipate serving.
- Administer frequent surveys and evaluations to program attendees and local residents.
- Create standard operating procedures, partnership protocols, forms and strategies for public engagement.
- Build a framework of learning and sharing throughout sites and departments to envision community engagement strategy tactics all staff members can infuse into their practice: Create a workplan and a timeline for institutional adoption among the sites.
External Affairs: Marketing, Content Creation, Amplification (30%)
- Develop and manage a marketing and communication strategy to promote new and expanded programs to reach disinvested communities, including the local African American population.
- Maintain awareness of all local activities and initiatives, CDC projects, community affairs, and current events to share in a feedback loop with HG leadership, site directors, and the public.
- Engage in building goodwill and engendering trust and buy in through partnership meetings, public presentations, and creating calls to action.
Partnerships + Programs + Community Outreach (40%)
- Cultivate partnerships with key community stakeholders to strengthen outreach. Create a neighborhood partnership model that supports meaningful collaboration.
- Create resources and assessment tools to infuse community driven choice points, partnerships, and sustainable programs and experiences.
- Serve as a data gatherer, survey researcher, and program facilitator for individual site community engagement needs. Research and track demographic trends in the region and census data to inform community preservation plans and resource allocation.
- Using an asset-based approach, identify community partners, resources, and stakeholders in the vicinity of sites and their initiatives.
- Monitor local and national trends in efforts to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in museums.
- Undertake other site-specific duties as assigned at Stenton and Cliveden, including but not limited to: coordination and management of rentals and event facility, management of social media, providing excellent customer service to visitors and becoming familiar with the history and interpretation of the sites, supporting fundraising activities, answering phones, and occasionally coordinating mailings, greeting visitors, selling tickets + gift shop items.
This position requires a professional who is agile, responsive, personable, creative, well spoken, and comfortable with varied work activities and ongoing outreach. Ability to represent Cliveden, Stenton, and Historic Germantown with a high level of professionalism and emotional intelligence, and a demonstrated ability to communicate with audiences of varying demographics effectively and comfortably is required.
- Two years’ experience working in a museum, arts, human services, municipal, sales, nonprofit environment or a public facing role.
- Strong organizational and program management skills with a passion for collaboration.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Compelling communicator, outgoing (not shy).
- Able to work in teams and be self-directed when need be. Adaptable to new environments.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Contact Management and digital newsletter systems, Adobe Photoshop + Acrobat and Digital Meeting Software (Zoom, Teams)
- Demonstrated commitment to community outreach, diversity inclusion.
- Available to work weekends, evenings, varied shifts and non-traditional hours
- Able to lift 25 pounds + Able to stand for extended periods of time, walking, working actively on feet, be outdoors and move through neighborhoods.
- Fluent in Spanish or multilingual.
- Experience working with out of school programs, rec centers, educators, and youth populations.
- Ability to manage multiple projects, schedules, and programs concurrently with ease.
- Experience with press and media relations, external affairs, social media campaigns.
- 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Arts/Humanities, Communication, or a similar field
- Experience with digital marketing and social media storytelling: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and newsletter/e-blast software.
Please submit a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter indicating your interest in the position, your approach to connecting with local communities and public facing work. Include 3 professional references. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with the subject line: Community Engagement Coordinator.