Improbable Players (IP) is a nonprofit educational theater company that utilizes performance and theatre to address substance use disorder. All of our plays are based on true stories, and all of our actors are in recovery. Our groundbreaking theatrical pieces are based on the lived experiences of people in recovery. Our performances have been seen by over 1.1 million people from around the world.
IP was founded in 1984 by Lynn Bratley (M.Ed., Tufts University), an arts educator in long-term recovery. She remained Executive Director until 2017. We restructured our staff with a new Executive Director, Andy Short, until 2020. Now IP is led by Executive Consultant Ana Bess Moyer Bell, Drama Therapist, (M.A. New York University), with regional directors in New York City and Cleveland. From 2017/18 to 2018/19, we expanded program activity by 96%, from 113 engagements to 221: 123 performances, 28 workshops and 70 classes, held in 86 schools or 26 community centers in six states.
In mid-March 2020, we suspended all in-person programming in all regions. Our staff, interns, volunteers, and actors are all working remotely for the time being. This hold on in-person activity will continue until further notice.
IP is seeking a smart, resourceful, flexible, and driven intern to help spread the word about our programming, and to help bolster our work all around. We are a small and mighty educational non-profit theater with a variety of clients. This role will entail enhancing our marketing strategies, developing our messaging, and growing the Improbable Players family. This is an excellent opportunity to make a real impact both at our company and in society more broadly as we fight to do our part in combating addiction. BIPOC, LGBTQ+ identifying individuals, and people of all abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Improbable Players believes that Black Lives Matter.
The Outreach intern’s primary focus will be cultivating existing relationships with program partners as well as forging networks with new partners. Social media, database management, and operational support and projects will also be a function of this internship. Anyone interested in arts administration, nonprofit management, marketing, development, networking, and applied theatre should apply.
What ALL interns have:
-an ability to work well in a loose, autonomous, project based environment
-the willingness to proactively seek out opportunities that will expand the profile and reach of the Players
-a strong writing ability
-an interest in applied theater, recovery, nonprofits, and/or addiction prevention
What our Outreach intern should have:
-some knowledge of the nonprofits arts community and/or willingness to learn
-a strong ability to succinctly articulate goals, thoughts, tasks, and strategies both written and oral
-no fear in regards to cold calls, face-to-face (or zoom) meetings, or other outreach activities during which they are representing IP
-knowledge of the local nonprofit arts sector
-meticulous attention to detail
-an enthusiasm for the day-to-day projects as well as larger organizational efforts that will support and improve our outreach
The applicant will submit to Development Coordinator Melany Levesque (email@example.com) their cover letter and resume, ideal start/end dates given their schedule, and ideal hourly commitment per week. NOTE: Exact start/end dates are flexible according to school schedule. We will work with your institution to provide credit where requested.
While we strongly prefer applicants who are local and/or familiar with Massachusetts or Ohio, we are currently operating virtually and are therefore open to hosting interns from anywhere in the United States provided schedules do not conflict.
Applications will be accepted from March 22 to May 14, 2021, or until filled. A staff member will conduct a phone interview with the applicant, followed by a virtual interview. We will communicate our decision after both interviews. If approved, the internship will begin no later than Monday, May 24, 2021. Onboarding will be completed in the first week; it will consist of an orientation and an intro to company software, networking profiles, policies, and all other relevant materials. The intern will work with IP no later than Friday, August 13, 2021. The internship, and all aspects of IP, are currently remote. Please review our COVID-19 response.