Job Posting for Project Coordinator with the Civilians: Help Produce a Play about Women Prisoners in Columbia

7 Aug

Below is a job posting for a project coordinator position with The Civilians. Please pass along to any that may be interested. For more information, e-mail managing director Marion Young:


*The Bogota Project*
*US Project Coordinator:*

The Civilians seeks a Project Coordinator for its upcoming project, working title the Bogota Project. The Civilians is developing an original musical inspired by the real life annual beauty pageant in El Buen Pastor Women’s Prison, the national women’s prison in Bogota, Colombia. The Civilians will go inside the prison in Bogota for four weeks in September, 2011 to conduct research and interviews with the participating and non-participating inmates, guards, prison staff, judges, and pageant coaches. The research and interviews will be used to shape a new musical with a book by Academy Award-nominated playwright Jose Rivera and songs by the Colombian rock band Aterciopelados.

Based on a process developed by The Civilians over ten years, the Investigative Phase will involve Colombian artists conducting interviews in Bogota. At the end of this first Phase, the creative team will synthesize all of the material, creating a work to be developed in partnership with the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the Iberoamericano Festival de Teatro en Bogota.

The position of Project Coordinator will have two main purposes: The first is to support the organization and coordination of the Investigation Phase in partnership with Ella Fuksbrauner, the Colombian-based Project
Coordinator. In this capacity, the Project Coordinator will be the main point of communication between Colombia and The Civilians’ Brooklyn offices, confirming that the required interviews are taking place, that all necessary information is passed along on both sides, and keeping full documentation of all the interviews that are conducted for future tracking. Additionally, the Project Coordinator will assist Artistic Director Steve Cosson in researching important interview leads, the history of the pageant, and any other research requested by the participating artists.

Secondly, the US Project Coordinator is responsible for the organization, documentation, and tracking of all of the interviews and related transcripts. The Coordinator will be a point person in communicating between Jose Rivera and Aterciopelados about what interview transcripts they need as the play’s development takes place and for ensuring that all transcripts, interview releases, and audio is accounted for.

The position will begin in mid-August and will be a part-time four-month position through mid-December. Salary is competitive and will be based on number of hours available. Applicants must be bilingual in Spanish and English, should have experience with both administrative positions as well as research-based and dramaturgy work. Applicants of color are strongly

Please send a cover letter and resume, including three references to Marion Young at


One Response to “Job Posting for Project Coordinator with the Civilians: Help Produce a Play about Women Prisoners in Columbia”

  1. Jamila August 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    A beauty pageant in a women’s prison? Interesting… I’d love to see the final proudct!

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