We are very excited to announce several new hires at PHIT today, and another round of job openings which we are looking to fill in the coming weeks as we continue to expand our role as a hub for the comedy community in Philadelphia.
Our first new hire is our Lead House Manager, Carolyn Beatty. Carolyn previously served as a House Manager at PHIT, so she will be familiar to regular patrons of the theater, students in our Training Center and performers. She’s a graduate of University of Delaware, who also has experience working on large scale productions – most notably Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We couldn’t be happier to have her stepping up into this role.
Our next new hire is Production Coordinator Molly Scullion. Molly has been with PHIT for several years in a variety of roles – first as a student, then performer, intern, tech operator, and for the last several months she has served as Interim Production Coordinator. We’re happy to drop the “interim” from that title today, in recognition of her amazing work as we transitioned over the summer from one to two stages. We are excited for the further changes she’ll implement this fall into the new year – which will help to guarantee that PHIT’s stages remain some of the best in the country for improv, sketch, stand-up, and variety performance.
Our third new hire is Marketing and Social Media Coordinator Nicole Zeits. Nicole comes to us as a recent college graduate from Temple University, who has several impressive pas internships under her belt doing exactly the type of work she will continue at PHIT. In addition Nicole is a talented writer and performer in the comedy community here in Philly and performs on PHIT improv house team 1816.
Finally, I’d like to welcome several new Teaching Assistants to our Kids & Teens program. Our Kids & Teens Coordinator, Susan LaPalombara, was overwhelmed by the incredible response to our posting for teaching artists to fill these positions for our fall session and after interviewing a large group of candidates has selected five new TA’s. They are: Kate Fruhman, Derrick Houck, Kilo Martin, Sue Taney, and Melissa Widhson. They are a wonderful group with a diverse set of backgrounds and life experience who are already making a difference for the next generation of great improvisers in their classrooms.
As you can see, things have been very busy here in our office – but we’re not done yet. Today we are posting another series of job openings and volunteer openings on our Volunteering/Jobs page and welcoming applications from anyone with an interest in helping making Philadelphia a funnier place. We are especially interested in receiving applications from applicants from diverse backgrounds. Please check out the postings, which include volunteer, occasional, and part-time positions with detailed directions about how to apply for each opening.
Our biggest hire at this time is for an Office Coordinator to replace our outgoing Office Coordinator, David Donnella (don’t worry, David isn’t going away completely – he will be remaining with us as a valued instructor, director, and the head of our Diversity Program)! We are looking to fill this position as soon as October 17th and it is a salaried, 20 hours/week job at PHIT with limited benefits.
In addition we are continuing to look for House Managers (we will be hiring a limited number of house managers to begin training in October) and have posted for resumes and cover letters for instructor positions with the PHIT Comedy Training Center. We will be hiring all instructors through a more formal process going forward, and this is the first public submission period we have ever held for instructors. We are currently hiring for a limited number of improv, sketch, stand-up and acting instructors.
Finally, we’re looking for a few key volunteers. Specifically, we are still accepting resumes and cover letters for a Social Coordinator, and a Properties & Costumes Master. In addition, we have a new posting up for Assistant Marathon Producers for the Black Friday Comedy Marathon and Assistant Festival Producers for Duofest – our two major annual comedy events. We’re excited to open new volunteer opportunities to the comedy community helping put on these special events, which put Philly on the map for the comedy scene around the United States.
Again, all these jobs and volunteer opportunities are available on the Volunteering/Jobs page of the website. Good luck to anyone applying!