Creative Producer, Public

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company / New York, NY



About the Opportunity

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (TSTC) seeks a Creative Producer, Public (CPP) with experience in nonprofit theatrical producing, managing artists, and fostering community partnerships. The following experience is preferred and training can be provided: The CPP is responsible for stewarding the artistic vision of the Company and uphold the Company’s mission statement to the best of their ability while continuing to redefine/expand it. Reporting directly to the Executive Creative Producer (ECP), they provide support to the artistic vision and implementation of the company’s productions/season, talent development, and community partnerships with presenters, producers, and institutions. Working closely with the Creative Producer, Schools (CPS); the ECP; and the TSTC Board of Directors, the CPP is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the highest quality of all artistic output of the Company, including but not limited to: full productions, development processes, and workshops. This is a part-time position that requires an organized and detailed individual who is confident in building and maintaining document tracking systems. The CPP serves in a leadership role within the organization. Prior experience in performing arts or arts management is preferred. We are seeking someone excited to creatively and strategically contribute to our growing artistic community and projects.

About Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

Based in New York City, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (TSTC) creates bold, original productions for young people and their families. Since our founding in 2011, we have devised and produced more than 15 original works for young audiences, including three productions specifically created for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Rooted firmly in the belief that kids deserve theater that ignites their imaginations and makes them think about the world in a new way, we combine immersive staging and inventive theatricality to challenge perceptions of live performance and introduce theater to a new generation. We believe that the artists are in service to the audience; a sidekick as we embark on a journey together. And we believe in magic: that which is inspired by the stage but generated long before the audience comes through the door and continues after the performance has finished. The magic of creation, courage, and connection.

As we move into our second decade of operations in the context of the current cultural and societal shifts, our reimagined leadership team and recently expanded board will center justice, equity, diversity, belonging and accessibility in all decisions as we seek to decolonize practices and create spaces of authentic belonging for our artists & audiences.

Duties and Responsibilities

Artistic and Vision

  • Steward the artistic vision of the Company and uphold the Company’s mission statement to the best of their ability while continuing to redefine/expand it.
  • In collaboration with the Staff, create the annual season of new projects that further the mission of the Company. In collaboration with ECP make all final selection decisions regarding work to be produced.
  • Oversee and maintain the highest quality of all artistic output of the Company, including but not limited to: full productions, development processes, and workshops.
  • Actively cultivate, develop, and train new artistic leadership from within the Ensemble.
    Rigorously expand and diversify the Ensemble while demonstrating loyalty to the current pool of participating artists.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with partner institutions or sites as potential performance venues and maintain strong relationships with current partner institutions.
  • Lead in pre-production planning and producing with support from the ECP and artistic project leads.
  • Hire and oversee production directors, approve design and casting decisions, attend rehearsals and design meetings as needed.
  • Remain active in the greater field of Theater for Young Audiences, representing the company at conferences and other field gatherings.
  • Artistically participate in productions as director, actor, designer, or producer. Also, if necessary, assume directing responsibilities, direct productions, and step in for directors in the event of emergencies.*

Administrative and Communication 

  • The Creative Producer, Public, in partnership with the Creative Producer, Schools (CPS), and the Executive Creative Producer (ECP), is the face of the organization and as such acts as a spokesperson to all people about the mission, vision, and accomplishments of the company, including: the staff, Board, and Ensemble (internally); and donors, members of the press, foundations, and other benefactors (externally).
  • Regularly engage with the press and seek opportunities to spread the work of the company to a wider audience.
  • Collaborate with the ECP and CPS to create language about the productions and programs at the Company for use in fundraising materials.
  • Be actively involved in the fundraising activities of the company.
  • Oversee and maintain brand identity in collaboration with ECP and CPS.

*The Creative Producer, Public is an independent artist, involved in projects outside of the company. Given their staff leadership position, they will do their best to prioritize their involvement in Trusty Sidekick, and remain open and communicative about their level of time/commitment as it relates to other artistic work throughout the year.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

You will thrive in this role if you have some of the following qualifications and/or comparable experiences:

  • Broad knowledge of theater production
  • Degree in Theatre Arts and/or 2-3 years experience in stage and/or theater
  • Understanding of contracts and budgeting practices
  • Advocacy for anti-racist and inclusive practices
  • Supervisory and leadership skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with an eye for details
  • A positive attitude, tendency to prioritize kindness, and self-motivation
  • Experience with Google Workspace and Airtable


  • Trusty Sidekick offers flexible working hours.
  • This compensation is $25/hour for 5-10 hours per week.
  • The ideal start date is July 30, 2023.
  • The position is remote but requires occasional in-person meetings and attendance at events in the New York metro area. Priority will be given to those with established ties to the NYC theater community.

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé. Send only PDF attachments, no web links, to with “Creative Producer, Public” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed beginning June 26, but the posting will remain active until the position is filled.

We strive to build a staff, board, and programming that reflects both the diversity of New York City and the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage candidates from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the field to apply.

All 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.

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