PGE Virtual School Show Composer/Lyricist

Oregon Children's Theatre / Portland, OR

PGE Virtual School Show Composer/Lyricist

DEPARTMENT: Artistic/Production
PROJECT MANAGER: Artistic Director/Production Manager
LOCATION: Oregon Children’s Theatre is based in Portland, Oregon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OCT’s staff is working remotely, and much of this development process will likely be too. Due to the remote nature of the work, we welcome submissions from outside Portland, OR.

PROJECT GOALS AND SCOPE OF SERVICES:
On behalf of Portland General Electric (PGE), Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT) has commissioned playwright, Francisco Garcia, to develop a script for a new production for kindergarten through third grade. The show will focus on clean energy, what young people can do to combat climate change, caring for our environment, and electrical safety. This two-character, 25-30 minute production will first be produced and recorded for a digital platform, later converted to a live, in-person tour.

The composer/lyricist will be responsible for all duties typically assigned to a composer/lyricist on a new production for young people. Including, but not limited to;

  • Collaborating with the playwright, Creative Team, Cultural Consultant, OCT Artistic Leadership, and PGE Staff on the creative concept of the music in the production.
  • Collaborating with the playwright on lyrics and providing sheet music for vocals and  accompaniment tracks for rehearsals and performances.  Additional instrumentation may be contracted out if needed.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The Ideal Partner will:

  • Be a collaborative and creative problem solver,
  • Have experience composing music for theatrical productions (digital productions a plus),
  • Have experience in the genres of Hip Hop and Musical Theatre,
  • Characters in this show will identify as Native American/Indigenous and Latinx. We hope to work with an artist that shares some or all of those identities.

PROJECT TIMELINE

Due to constantly changing circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, this timeline is approximate.

  • Development workshop to be scheduled in Summer 2021
  • Rehearsals and Filming in August/September 2021
  • Digital Production will launch Fall 2021

FEE: $2,500.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
Along with a current resume, please submit some samples of your composition work for theatre and your responses to the prompts below through the medium(s) that allow(s) you to express yourself most comfortably and completely (video, audio recording, and/or writing).

  • What about this commission interests and excites you.
  • Your experience working on new plays and plays for young people.
  • What conditions make it possible for you to collaborate with a playwright effectively and do your best work.
  • And most of all, we want to hear about you, who you are as a human being and a composer/lyricist.

Please submit to production.jobs@octc.org including “PGE Composer Submission [Your Name]” in the subject line. We prefer if you send all supporting documents as a single PDF. Recordings can be sent as a file or a link to Dropbox, Google Drive, or YouTube.

 

ABOUT OREGON CHILDREN’S THEATRE

The mission of Oregon Children’s Theatre is to create exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. We believe theater and storytelling can educate, empower, inspire, and entertain in remarkable ways. Our vision is that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to learn and grow through theater and the arts. We approach all our work with respect for the intelligence and creativity of children.

OCT is the region’s largest non-profit performing arts company for young audiences. For over 30 years, we have provided professional arts and arts education programs in Oregon & SW Washington. Over a typical season, we reach over 120,000 children and families through stage productions, school performances and residencies, and theater classes. Applicants are encouraged to explore our website to learn more about our mission and programs.

ADVANCING INCLUSION

OCT believes communities are stronger when they are diverse, and we are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace with that in mind. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote equity in our hiring practices inclusive of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, class, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and disability status. We recognize that OCT has been historically staffed by predominately white and able-bodied people. We especially encourage applications from those who bring us new perspectives and lived experiences, candidates of traditionally underrepresented identities, and those who will advance our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We welcome requests for accommodations during the application or employment process.