Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC) in NYC seeks a General Manager who will be an integral part of the senior team that will launch this new organization in an innovative, technology-rich new building. Reporting to the Producing Director, the General Manager has primary responsibility for the management of programming-related contracts and business operations.
Who is PAC?
Following 9/11, the community and civic planning process that resulted in the World Trade Center master plan in 2003 envisioned a new performing arts center as one of the anchors of the site. Now under construction, The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (the “PAC”) is the realization of that plan and process. The building is scheduled for completion in late 2022, with programming to begin in 2023.
The PAC will be a new home for emergent and established artists in theater, dance, music, chamber opera, film, and media from New York City and around the world. Flexible in design, the PAC is fully responsive to artists’ creative visions. Intimate in scale, the PAC fosters an immediate connection between artists and audience members. The PAC’s projects will sometimes involve significant community participation, and will always strive to welcome audiences that reflect the work onstage.
The PAC’s Performance Level is a uniquely flexible venue with no fixed stages. The bulk of this level is a large L-shaped ‘black box’ space equipped with 2 pairs of acoustic doors that allow it to be divided into three acoustically separate spaces. Capacity ranges from 80 in the most intimate configuration to 1,000 when used as one large space for special events
The PAC’s mission is to create connections by cultivating bonds between extraordinary artists and communities, with exemplary performances in active dialogue across the arts, and in our flexible, intimate spaces, inviting conversation and new relationships. Our art and our audiences reflect the dynamic energy of all five boroughs of New York City. Our work asks all of us to consider and embrace the complexities of society. Together, we welcome the entire world. The PAC is where the world trades ideas.
Who is in Leadership?
Bill Raucsh (he/him/his) is the inaugural Artistic Director of the PAC. His work as a theater director has been seen across the nation, from low-income community centers to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of Robert Schenkkan’s “All The Way” and its sequel “The Great Society,” as well as at many of the largest regional theaters in the country. His other New York credits include the world premiere of Naomi Wallace’s “Night Is A Room” at Signature Theatre, the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” at Lincoln Center Theater, and a site-specific “Occasional Grace” in multiple Manhattan churches for En Garde Arts. From 2007 to 2019, Bill was Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the country’s oldest and largest rotating repertory theater, where he directed seven world premieres and 20 other plays including several by Shakespeare as well as innovative productions of classic musicals. Among his initiatives at OSF, Bill committed to commissioning 37 new plays to dramatize moments of change in American history. “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle” is now in its tenth year of productions, and has resulted in such watershed plays as Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” (winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize), Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” the 1491s’ “Between Two Knees,” among others. Bill is also co-founder of Cornerstone Theater Company where he served as artistic director from 1986 to 2006, directing more than 40 productions, most of them collaborations with diverse rural and urban communities nationwide. He has directed world premieres at Portland Center Stage, Center Theater Group, and South Coast Rep, and has directed multiple times at American Repertory Theater, Yale Rep, the Guthrie, Arena Stage, and Seattle Rep, as well as at Long Wharf Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, and Great Lakes Theater Festival. Bill twice won the Independent Reviewers of New England Award, the 2010 Theatre Communications Group’s Visionary Leadership Award, among many others. Other honors include Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Direction of “All The Way,” s, and he is the only artist to have won the inaugural “Leadership for a Changing World” award from the Ford Foundation.
Meiyin Wang (she/her) is a producer and curator of live performance and the Producing Director of the PAC. She was the Co-Director of “Under the Radar Festival” at The Public Theater in New York, which has presented over 200 companies from 37 countries and is a catalyst in discovering new performance in New York, the U.S., and around the world. “Under the Radar” has collaborated with many New York institutions including La MaMa, The Kitchen, Harlem Stage, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Japan Society and Performance Space 122 and has been honored with Obie, Bessie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel Awards. In 2013, she led the creation of the Devised Theater Initiative at The Public, a program that served as an incubator for independently produced work. She was also the curator of the Park Avenue Armory’s “Artist In Residence” series from 2014-2015.
Meiyin was based in the Bay Area from 2016-2020 and worked throughout the West Coast. She was the Director of the 3rd edition of La Jolla Playhouse’s “Without Walls”, one of the U.S’s largest site-specific and experiential commissioning festivals based in San Diego. She completed a three-year residency as the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Fellow at the Meany Center at the University of Washington, Seattle, investigating the relationship between emerging technologies and performance. As an independent producer, her work has been seen on 4 continents and featured at venues including Holland Festival, The Arts Center NYU Abu Dhabi, and Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Among her projects were Toshi Reagon (“Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower”) and Tina Satter/ Half Straddle (“Is This A Room”). As a consultant, she has worked with institutions as varied as Tiffany Shlain/ Let It Ripple, CalShakes, Stanford Live, Ethical Fashion Initiative, Sundance Institute, Singapore Repertory Theatre and Weiwuying National Theater of Taiwan.
Meiyin served on the board of Theater Communications Group from 2014 – 2016. She was awarded the Josephine Abady award by the League of Professional Theatre Women. Born and raised in Singapore to Taiwanese parents, Meiyin enjoys negotiating between cultures and languages. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theater Studies from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University.
What will you do?
The GM will work closely with the Producing Director and Director of Production to support season planning and delivering the PAC’s 2023 inaugural artistic season and beyond--which encompasses theatrical runs, multi-disciplinary presentations, new commissions, curated festivals, artist residencies, and free public programming, among others. PAC’s GM will have exceptional contracting, budgeting, and financial forecasting skills. They’ll have experience working with collectively bargained agreements for performance unions. Ideally the GM will have a working knowledge of multiple scales and forms of performance: including opera, theater, dance, music, and special events. Experience in creating systems, procedures, and standards for a new facility or performance space will be taken into serious consideration.
Your Areas of Accountability
Lead the creation, negotiation, and management of programming contracts for PAC’s 30-40 yearly events including 7-8 full productions, 10-12 presenting productions, commissioned workshops, community events, and more.
Execute contract terms for presentations, co-productions, and commissions.
Collaborate with the executive team in union contract matters as required.
Track and manage adherence to programming contractual obligations, to marketing, press, and box office payments.
Supervise company management, which could include visas, travel, housing, and hospitality for visiting artists.
Serve as a critical liaison between artistic, producing, and finance to execute all artistic programming, events, and rentals.
Create, maintain, and continually update company-wide procedures and standards consistent with best practices in the performing arts field.
Foster a work environment that is safe, respectful, supportive and embodies values of equity, diversity, anti-racism, and inclusion.
Budgeting and Financial Management
In partnership with the executive team, collaborate on the annual budgeting process including creation, tracking, and forecasting throughout each fiscal year.
In coordination with Artistic, Production and Finance departments, create budgets and schedules for presented and produced performances, events, and programs.
Manage and maintain general management financial reports, including budgets, settlements, and weekly royalty reports.
Visit aljpconsulting.com/apply-for-open-positions to submit your application, which includes a resume and a statement of interest that explains how your experience is relevant to this opportunity. The application deadline is June 30, 2022.
Equal employment opportunity and a commitment to a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The PAC, where employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.
Who are we looking for?
Senior leadership experience as a general manager of theatrical productions and live performance.
Demonstrated ability to conceive, strategize, manage, and prioritize between multiple complex projects, with accuracy and excellent attention to detail.
Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.
Analytic and empathetic problem solving, conflict resolution, and mediation skills.
Excellent communication and intermediary skills in working with a diverse group of internal and external constituencies.
High-level Microsoft Excel skills, and proficiency with various software programs including MS Office Suite, Tessitura, Production and Venue Management Software.
Thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and an advocate for a work environment that is safe, respectful and supportive.
Ability to work in a hybrid remote/in-person environment with some nights and weekends in-person to support the performance and event schedule.
A commitment to anti-racism, inclusion, equity, and accessibility.
Additional Salary Information: Salary: Exempt, includes some nights and weekends.
Benefits Package: Includes health, dental, vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment, and disability benefits, and self-insured dental, vision and health care and dependent day care flexible spending accounts. Paid time off. Eligible for 401K enrollment with employer match.
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