Museum Theater Manager
Patuxet is an outdoor, living history museum that provides powerful, personal
encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag People
and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. Today, Plimoth Patuxet
provides an engaging and experiential outdoor and indoor learning environment
on its main campus, at Mayflower at State Pier on Plymouth’s waterfront, and at
the Plimoth Grist Mill on Town Brook. Our permanent exhibits tell the complex
and interwoven stories of two distinct cultures - English and Indigenous. The
main exhibits are enhanced with an exciting menu of special events, public
programs and workshops that offer a rich and diverse exploration of the
integral part of the Plimoth Patuxet experience is an immersive museum theatre
experience in the 17th-century English village. The timed, daily production in
the English Village will portray daily life in 17th-Century Plymouth Colony and
feature eight main performers plus daily alternates. This program will expand to other sites as
well as themed dining programs, staged performances and other productions.
The Museum Theater Manager is responsible for the vision, creative
direction, formal planning, budgeting, casting and growing of Plimoth Patuxet
Museum’s Historical Theater Team and all museum theater productions
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Using music, historically
inspired dance, and compelling, accurate history, build and expand upon the
current daily, timed museum theater productions. Ensure these advancements are based on
primary source research involving creative story development in Plimoth Patuxet’s immersive,
- Innovate and use all
available resources to create single-actor performances, multi-site/moving theater experiences, two and three actor
skits, participatory theatrical/gamified experiences, holiday and special occasion performances.
- Use theatrical performance
methodologies to teach history; encourage critical thinking and empathy, and engage guests of all ages in
fun, family-friendly experiences.
- Collaborate closely with the
Museum’s public and group programs managers to increase visitation and revenue through privately
booked performances both on and off site.
- Responsible for the overall
financial and managerial functions of PPM’s museum theater productions
- In conjunction with the
Director of Historic Sites and Guest Experience, create historically accurate
roles, recruit, appropriately cast, and
hire Historical Performers
- Outline, draft and write all
performance scripts. Fact check and dry run all scripts with internal stakeholders’ team including the Deputy
Executive Director and Director of Special Projects and Partnerships.
- Ensure all outdoor sites,
sets, locations, pathways and lighting are safe, accessible and accurately represented in theatrical
- Create modified, indoor
theatrical experiences for guests with accessibility concerns, which also
double as weather-modified performances that can be hosted year-round.
- Actively seek and creatively
generate opportunities for additional revenue through collaborations with Plimoth Patuxet Museum’s
- Create performances for
private or market-driven cultivation events as requested.
- Script, demo and train other
staff to increase theatrical performance techniques throughout the indoor and outdoor Museum spaces, elongating
the storytelling arc, adding whimsy, and tying
retail, food services, craft, gardens, and guest services functions back
to the theatrical performance.
- Assign and assess the work of
the Historical Performers and Museum Theater Assistant Manager and provide
timely feedback as well as complete performance evaluations and disciplinary
action, as needed
- Other duties assigned
outline description focuses on the primary duties of the position. It is not
designed nor intended to include all duties and responsibilities inherent in
satisfactory performance of the position. Management reserves the right to
revise this job description from time to time as needed.
- Reliability, dependability,
punctuality and personal accountability
- Patience and
- Excellent interpersonal
skills. A good sense of humor will help to keep everything in perspective.
- Ability to follow directions.
- Attention to detail.
- Being courteous.
- Ability to work safely.
- Strong computer skills.
- Have an engaging and creative
personality for sharing the Museum’s comprehensive themes and content in ways
that inform and entertain guests.
- Playwright skills
- Ability to work
independently, without direct supervision.
- Maintain a professional work
attitude and act with the highest standards of respect and courtesy.
- Serve as a role model for all
How To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
September 03, 2021
$35,000 - $40,000
About this Organization:
One of America’s foremost living history museums and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Plimoth Patuxet Museums hosts more than 350,000 visitors from around the world each year. Plimoth offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Indigenous People of southeastern Massachusetts and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. In addition to its most famous exhibits, historically accurate recreations of a 1627 English Village, the Mayflower II, and a Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Grist Mill, the museum offers an array of year-round educational programs.