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LEMON BAY PLAYHOUSE HOLDS OPEN AUDITIONS FOR “HYPNOSIS”: The Lemon Bay Playhouse will hold open auditions for "Hypnosis" on Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29 at 7:00pm at the Playhouse Annex, 80 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The play, by David Tristram, will be directed by Bob LaSalle. The script calls for one female and two male actors. This comedy thriller tells audiences about the Great Gordo, an alcoholic stage hypnotist in the twilight of his career, who randomly chooses Alan Briggs, a mild-mannered cop, as his next "victim." Though everything seems to go fine, someone out there has other ideas, and the mind games begin. A hilarious mixture between thriller and farce, this play will keep you guessing and in stitches throughout. The show runs from October 19 through November 6, 2016. For more details visit our web site at www.lemonbayplayhouse.com. Scripts are available for perusal at the Box Office between 10:00am and 2:00pm weekdays. For information call (941) 475-6756.

Auditions for the brand-new comic drama, Get Out of Dodge will be held Sunday Aug. 28 and Monday Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Venice Theatre located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice. Get Out of Dodge is the opening production of Venice Theatre's 2016-2017 Stage II Season. Jeanne Drennan wrote this original script that was was selected as the winning play from over 300 entries in the American Association of Community Theatre's 2015 New PlayFest contest. The story is about a woman in her forties whose comfortable suburban life is upended when a long-kept family secret involving her father's brush with the law comes to light. Director Kathy Pingle is excited to bring the story from page to stage and promises a unique experience for the actors who will be originating the following roles for this world premiere: Molly: 40-something; pianist and music teacher; mother to Phoebe & Ethan; wife to Chip; daughter to Schuyler. As a young woman, Molly left Idaho to attend Princeton with little more than a scholarship and suitcase. She left behind a troubled past, initiated by her father's unlawful behavior and subsequent desertion of the family. She's carved out a successful life for herself in Westchester County, New York and all was well until she was detained at customs where she learns her father is back in the country and is still wanted. Chip: 40-something, upscale landscape architect with connections all around the world. Chip met and married Molly at Princeton, knowing full well about her past. They are a devoted couple. Chip is not angry about his wife's father returning, but refuses to let him make more trouble. Phoebe: Teenager; going into her senior year. Phoebe has led a charmed life with every opportunity. She's good at sports, she has a membership at the club, she has friends and family who adore her. She harbors disdain for adults, but nothing out of the ordinary. Her interest in family is piqued when her "dangerous" grandfather arrives. Charlotte: 60-something; mother to Chip. Charlotte suffered through a bitter divorce and with the extra time she has on her hands, she has focused her attention on Chip's family. Her boredom has also manifested itself in some fairly significant drinking. Schuyler: 60-something; father to Molly. Schuyler admits his mistakes but is slow to let the truth come out. While on the lam in Mexico, he has met a woman who convinces him to turn himself in to the authorities. How he does it and what he has to complete before he does is part of the mystery. Actors will be asked to read a scene from the script. Perusal scripts, scenes, and more information about the audition process are available online at www.venicestage.com/audition. Get Out of Dodge will run Tuesdays through Sundays Nov. 3 through Nov. 20, 2016 in the Pinkerton Theatre.

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Rachel Denton, Communications Manager at rdenton@sarasotaarts.org.

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Jobs:

Below you will find a list of current jobs in the arts, as well as links to other local and national organizations that have helpful resources and job banks.

INDIVIDUAL GIVING ASSOCIATE at Asolo Rep: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida’s premiere professional theatre located in Sarasota, FL seeks a professional with demonstrated success in individual giving and development communications to steward donor relations, communications, and benefits fulfillment, and to direct campaigns for new donors. Responsibilities include: • Steward relationships with members of Asolo Rep’s different donor groups, with a primary focus on donors giving below the major donor level, in partnership with Development Staff and board members. • Communicate and fulfill donor benefits, including designing e-vites for donor events, and conducting follow up on invitations. • Assist donors with ticket requests. • Manage monthly print and email campaigns to renew and attract members to Asolo Rep donor groups with a primary focus on donors giving below the major donor level. • Proof renewal and acknowledgement materials for accuracy before review by the Development Director. • Design and implement cultivation strategies to move current donors up giving levels • Coordinate donor attendance at monthly backstage tours • Assist in providing development content for Season Program Book, Playbills, Ticket Brochure, Website, and A/V presentations. • In collaboration with Development Data Associate, ensure accurate data entry, contact management, donor research, and financial recordkeeping, timely gift acknowledgement and renewal correspondence, using discretion with confidential information. • Ensure proper donor recognition on print and online promotional materials in coordination with marketing department. • In collaboration with Development Data Associate, track funds raised from individual gifts against annual budget income goals. • In collaboration with Development Data Associate, run lists and reports from Tessitura database. • In collaboration with Special Events Manager, organize specific events for donors giving below the major donor level and for prospects throughout the season and manage RSVPs as assigned. • Participate as a member of a dynamic development team, and attend and assist with development events and projects as needed. • Attend at least one performance of every Asolo Rep production. Qualifications: Candidates should have an undergraduate degree and prior experience in not-for-profit fundraising emphasizing individual giving and membership, and experience with development databases and online communications. Experience in arts fundraising, and educational degrees in fundraising or arts management a plus. Requires great attention to detail and deadlines; excellent social, verbal, and written communication skills; facility with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as online research. Experience with Tessitura a plus. The successful candidate will thrive working in a fast-paced environment with high levels of interaction as well as independent work. Must be flexible in working long hours, nights, and occasional weekends. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Salary commensurate with experience. Email cover letter, resume, and references to: Tricia Mire Director of Development, Tricia_Mire@asolo.org. No phone calls please.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee seeking Program Director for the new Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT): The Center for PAInT (Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching) is housed in the School of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The Center exists to develop and support partnerships dedicated to preparing effective educators who will learn, lead, inspire, and transform their Schools and communities in, with, and through the arts. The Center for PAInT brings together an international network of educators and arts partners to engage in and share research, advocacy, professional development, curriculum innovations, and resource development to meaningfully integrate the arts into teaching and learning to support student success. For a position summary, qualifications and more, visit: https://gems.fastmail.usf.edu:4440/psp/gemspro-tam/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1/.

The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34236, seeks Audio/Video Engineer: Salary Range $26,000 - $28,000 with Full Benefits. The Audio/Video Engineer (AVE) is an important part of the technical team of The Players Centre. The AVE has a close working relationship with the Artistic Director, Production Manager, Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director. The AVE’s primary function is to operate sound equipment for all productions, lectures, speeches and presentations. Programs in use are QLab and Show Cue System SCS. Operates maintains and repairs equipment used in productions, lectures, and meetings, including microphones (wired and wireless), video cameras, recorders, computer hardware and software, projectors and sound mixing equipment. Knowledge and familiarity with editing equipment and software may be required. Must be creative and flexible with strong communication skills and have the ability to interact with coworkers and guest designers, often under deadline pressure. In addition to being proficient with computer systems used in multimedia production, this position also requires word processing skills. The AVE must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time and must have good hearing and eyesight. Additionally, the AVE should have University/College training in technical theatre that includes carpentry skills, as well as substantial professional experience in the field. The AVE works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. Because of the operating hours of most facilities, close supervision is not normally required nor expected. Must have the ability to maintain irregular and extended working hours especially during show builds, technical weeks and strike; able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools. The AVE may need to assist the TD and ATD with builds, props etc., during the day. Experience in building sets, lighting, prop construction and the like will be essential. In general, the AVE may do any or all of the following: • Operate sound equipment for all productions, lectures, speeches and presentations. Programs in use are QLab and Show Cue System SCS. • Operate and maintain AV equipment used to amplify, record, and display sound and images at events. Specific equipment includes: Yamaha 48 Ch. Digital Mixing Console M7CL and an ETC ION and ETC Expression light board • Sets up, maintains, and operates sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions and projects and assists guest designers with technical needs of the theatre and studio (including but not limited to the Holiday Review, Spring Showcase, Players Kid’s musical, Players Follies Showcases and all other outreach and Summer Camp shows.) • Use video cameras to shoot images or serve as projectionists when needed. • Adjust sound, monitors, and amplifiers for each production, including musicians, orchestra members, backstage, and actors • Coordinate graphics, projections, and sound cues used in productions. • Edit, copy, and store audio and video recordings. Familiarity with Audacity, Adobe PhotoShop and Premier or similar audio video and visual programs. • Track inventory of equipment and order supplies such as batteries, gels, and light bulbs etc. • Transport, assemble, and maintain equipment used in multimedia production outside of the theatre • Attends all technical week rehearsals and production meetings in order to assist in the technical aspects of mounting a show and attends all staff meetings. • Manage and organize the electrical room, and sound booth. • Assist technical team with organizing, cleaning and maintaining all backstage areas and scene shop, including general maintenance and building repairs. • Supervise and work with carpenters/volunteers in the construction of the set and props for each production on days there are no evening productions. Because an AVE may be called upon to deal with a wide range of technical issues, he or she benefits from a working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, dance, and music productions. This range of knowledge also includes stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; and all appropriate safety precautions and procedures. Please email resume and cover letter to: artisticdirector@theplayers.org.

The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34236, seeks Lighting Engineer: Salary range: Part-time Hourly. The Lighting Engineer (LE) is an important part of the technical team of The Players Centre. The LE has a close working relationship with the Artistic Director, Production Manager, Technical Director, Audio/video Engineer and Assistant Technical Director. The LE’s primary function is to operate, maintain, and repair equipment used in productions, lectures, and meetings. And should be current and proficient with current computer hardware and lighting software. Must be creative and flexible with strong communication skills and have the ability to interact with coworkers and guest designers, often under deadline pressure. In addition to being proficient with computer systems used in multimedia production, this position also requires word processing skills. The LE must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time and must have good hearing and eyesight. Additionally, the LE should have University/College training in technical theatre that includes carpentry skills, as well as substantial professional experience in the field. The LE works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. Because of the operating hours of most facilities, close supervision is not normally required nor expected. Must have the ability to maintain irregular and extended working hours especially during show builds, technical weeks and strike; able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools. The LE may need to assist the TD and ATD with builds, props etc., during the day. Experience in building sets, audio, video, prop construction and the like will be essential. In general, the LE may do any or all of the following: • Sets up, maintains, and operates light systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions and projects and assists guest designers with technical needs of the theatre and studio (including but not limited to the Holiday Review, Spring Showcase, Players Kid’s musical, Players Follies Showcases and all other outreach and Summer Camp shows.) • Assist the lighting designers with hangs as the master electrician • Working knowledge of theatre lighting equipment and LEDs • Train volunteers to operate the lighting board and spotlights. Boards consist of ETC ION and ETC Expression. • Familiarity with haze and fog machines. • Attends all technical week rehearsals and production meetings in order to assist in the technical aspects of mounting a show and attend staff meetings. • Assist technical team with organizing, cleaning and maintaining all backstage areas and scene shop, including general maintenance and building repairs. • Supervise and work with carpenters/volunteers in the construction of the set and props for each production on days there are no evening productions. • An interest and rudimentary abilities for lighting design is also important • Rudimentary design skills. Because an LE may be called upon to deal with a wide range of technical issues, he or she benefits from a working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, dance, and music productions. This range of knowledge also includes stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; and all appropriate safety precautions and procedures. Please email resume and cover letter to: artisticdirector@theplayers.org.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional Theatre, located in downtown Sarasota, FL seeks a Technical Director: The ideal candidate will have strong management skills; strong technical “how to” knowledge; and be able to oversee set construction; and manage the electrics, sound, props and painting departments and oversee the technical needs for a five theatre operation. A collaborative attitude is necessary. Strong people management, time management and project management skills are necessary as are excellent interpersonal communication skills. Professional TD experience is required. Salary, benefits and budgets are competitive. The position starts fall of 2016. Specific responsibilities include: • Oversight of build schedule • Oversight of changeovers • Supervise the Scene Shop Foreman, Props/Painting Supervisor, Electrics Intern and Sound Intern • Budget oversight for Scenic, Lighting and Sound. • Determine over hire needs • Drafting when needed • Oversight of equipment maintenance. Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator. EMAIL – jashford@floridastudiotheatre.org. For more information on the Theatre, please check out our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org. Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of the diverse community that it serves. Applicants from any and all diverse background are encouraged to apply.

Asolo Repertory Theatre seeks two full season apprentices for the 16/17 season: ARTISTIC APPRENTICE – 8/29/16 to 6/30/17. FULL TIME, FULL SEASON - 1 POSITION -- Position offers the ability to shadow the Producing Artistic Director (PAD). Responsible for maintaining calendar, correspondence, and arranging travel for PAD and VIP guests as well as updating and maintaining office files and special projects as assigned. While there is no directing involved in this apprenticeship, the Artistic Apprentice may be asked to assist in the rehearsal process as needed. Position is best suited for candidates with a strong interest in non-profit theatrical producing. REQUIREMENTS: Candidate must be highly organized, self-motivated, flexible, and possess excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must be well-versed with both PC and Mac/iOS operating systems, Microsoft Office software, and have strong typing skills. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (in theatre, preferably with a concentration in directing or arts management) and/or sufficient applicable experience in theatre and the production process. DRAMATURGY & CASTING APPRENTICE – 8/29/16 to 6/2/17. FULL TIME, FULL SEASON - 1 POSITION -- Position assists the Dramaturg & Casting Associate in evaluating and responding to script submissions, conducting dramaturgical research for main stage productions, creating a variety of published materials (including season playbill articles), leading talkbacks, facilitating local auditions, and other duties as assigned. Responsibilities may also include collaborating with the Education Department on special projects. REQUIREMENTS: Must have a strong background in dramatic literature. Must submit a writing sample (either a script report or a sample playbill article). Ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Dramaturgy or similar applicable experience. To apply, send cover letter and resume to lauren_groves@asolo.org. See www.asolorep.org/apprenticeships for more information.

ASOLO REP Costume Shop seeks qualified individual to head up men’s alterations and tailoring: Applicants should have 3+ years professional experience with a strong background in menswear and historical tailoring. Individual must work well with other costume shop staff and a wide range of guest designers. Responsibilities include fitting and altering all types of menswear, supervising assigned staff members and patterning and construction when deemed plausible or necessary by the costume shop manager. Seasonal position with entry level benefits from September 1 through May 5. Applicants should send resume and references to costume shop manager, david_covach@asolo.org.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT theatre in Sarasota, FL, seeks highly motivated and experienced Development Director: The Development Director is Florida Studio Theatre's chief development officer and is responsible for the planning and implementation of all Annual, Capital, and Endowment Campaigns and the maximization of contributed income. The DOD must represent a senior level of professional experience in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The Director must be a strong planner/strategist capable of elevating the entire Development Department's Capabilities. 3-5+ year of increasing development responsibility and proven success in a fundraising role is required. Email letter, resume with references and salary requirement to: Doris Iemolo, Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director. EMAIL - diemolo@floridastudiotheatre.org. For more information, please log onto our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org. FST operates five stages, the 237 seat Gompertz Theatre, the 173 seat Keating Theatre, the 109 seat Goldstein Theatre, the 110 seat Court Theatre and the 100 seat Bowne Lab Theatre.

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