Plimoth Patuxet Museums

PO Box 1620
Plymouth, MA 02362
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Date Posted:
August 04, 2021

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Artistic/Programming

Type:
Full-Time

Museum Theater Manager

Description:

Plimoth 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 17th-century.


An 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.


POSITION SUMMARY:

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, outdoor environments.
  • 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 productions.
  • 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 retail department.
  • 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


This 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.

Qualifications:

  • Reliability, dependability, punctuality and personal accountability
  • Patience and imperturbability.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. A good sense of humor will help to keep everything in perspective.
  • Ability to follow directions.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Being courteous.
  • Honesty.
  • 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 museum staff.

How To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter to apply@plimoth.org
Apply by:
September 03, 2021
Salary:
$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.