Virtual Stage Manager (Non-AEA Part-Time Independent Contractor)
TMI Project is a nonprofit transmedia organization teaching true storytelling workshops and creating inspiring live performances and bold digital content that focus on the “too much information” parts of a story, the parts typically left out because of shame or stigma. We believe that sharing radically candid, true personal narratives ignites human connection, challenges the status quo, and inspires both storytellers and listeners to take action for positive social change.
Since 2010, TMI Project has led approximately 90 true storytelling workshops and staged live storytelling performances by more than 1,750 storytellers, which have been presented to audiences of nearly 50,000 people in schools, colleges, prisons, mental health clinics, theaters, community centers, and the United Nations.
TMI Project seeks a part-time virtual stage manager (VSM) to join our small but growing team. This is a non-AEA position. The ideal applicant will possess strong knowledge of the Zoom communication platform, as well as have an in-person stage management and/or performing arts tech crew background.
The VSM will support the virtual programming efforts at TMI Project, as part of a small, multi-disciplinary team. The VSM will be working from home, via Zoom, under the direction of a remote staff member and must be comfortable communicating over Zoom, Slack, email, and phone.
We are looking for someone for, but not limited to, our Black Stories Matter program. Black Stories Matter is TMI Project’s way of making an impact in addressing incidents of hate, bigotry, and racial injustice in our local community while also participating as an organization in the national outcry of injustice. In alignment with TMI Project’s mission to empower people and bring about change through true storytelling, Black Stories Matter seeks to raise awareness around issues of inequality and injustice through true storytelling and inspire people to take action while also using our digital platform to expose inequality and injustice rapidly and frequently and amplify the voices of those who have inspiring stories to share, about black people surviving–and thriving–in the Hudson Valley and throughout the United States.
The first program in need of support is a Black Stories Matter virtual drop-in workshop led by Workshop Leaders Dara Lurie and Micah. These free workshops are offered as a safe space for people of color to gather, write, share stories, and receive support. The workshops will run every Wednesday evening for 8-weeks and are non-sequential. Consistent attendance is not necessary – come when you can!
Candidates must be available for training and planning sessions and on Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 9pm from June 24th to August 12th.
The VSM will be responsible for managing a seamless ebb and flow of our virtual programming events, including true storytelling workshops and performances. The VSM will:
- Open and setup the virtual program room
- Monitor the virtual waiting room by communicating with and admitting audience members, as well as keeping tracking of attendance when requested by staff
- Manage the chatroom during the event, keeping track of questions and requests from the audience
- Serve as a point person for the programming team as they run the event, complying with questions and requests they might have
- Readmit any audience or participants who get kicked out of the room
- Remove and block problematic or abusive audience members or participants
- Create and control breakout rooms during workshop sessions
- Ensure that a performance session is recorded, saved, and uploaded to the Drive, when applicable
- Prepare a post-event report with crucial data to help TMI Project keep expanding its constituent reach
Candidates should possess excellent oral/verbal communications and writing skills. They must be self-starters and exhibit a strong work ethic and willingness to learn. Candidates must write clearly and with excellent grammar; articulate thoughts and emotions succinctly and effectively; tailor communication style for different audiences; and be exceedingly capable of multitasking in a digital space.
Additionally, the candidate must have:
- Strong familiarity with the Zoom platform
- A working laptop with up-to-date audio/video capabilities
- A stable internet connection
- Background in the performing arts field
- Extremely flexible in multi-tasking, managing several tasks at a time and functioning under pressure
- Self-motivated and professional attitude toward all levels of assigned tasks
- Familiarity with social justice and intersectionality vocabulary
- Ideally located in the Ulster or Dutchess County region (NY)
- Willingness to attend evening and weekend events as needed
- An open heart and mind for all different kinds of true stories across a variety of diverse populations
The VSM position is a project-based, part-time position for an independent contractor and pays an hourly wage of $15-$20 an hour, depending on experience.
Please include a brief cover letter, resume, and two professional references by June 19th, 2020.
TMI Project is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is one of the defining strengths of our community and the diversity of our workforce is essential to accomplishing the TMI Project’s mission as it is important to have a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities that we serve.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. TMI Project is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices and creating a culture of inclusion that values each individual and promotes collaboration and fairness.