Event planners! Fundraisers! Publicity people! Production folks! Lovers of puppetry!!!! Lend us your ears – and your generous volunteer hands.
Clay and Paper Theatre is gearing up for its glorious 25th anniversary (WOW. How did that happen?!?!) as the resident theatre company of Dufferin Grove Park (YIPPEEE!!!). We’re calling it The Big Smooch – Clay and Paper Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Party & Dance and it will take place mid-June. We’re striking up a volunteer committee of some fine expert, talented event, communications and production pros, to help us celebrate all of the extraordinary young emerging artists, dedicated professional theatre practitioners and generous audience members, who have supported our not-for-profit arts org of feisty puppetry revolutionaries since 1994.
The first meeting of the committee will take place the week of March 18th. Over the two months leading up to the event, we expect you will need to volunteer from 16 to 24 hours (i.e. 2 to 3 hours/week for 8 weeks) and then the day of the event will be a full day (Don’t worry – On the day of we’ll also have lots of apprentice artists on hand to assist.). We need to fill the following positions on the committee:
Event Planner(s): You can guide people through the imagining and planning process, build a budget with input from committee members and a C&P staff member, help create the event blueprint, can rock a critical path and can keep an eye on the overall arc of the event.
Fundraiser(s): Clay and Paper Theatre is a charitable organization and we’ll need your assistance to strategize around our ask and how to get the word out. We’ll need funds to pay the bands, or in-kind donations (like a party venue or sound equipment) or reduced costs for food/snacks. C&P also has a lot of contacts and networks so you’ll definitely have a place to start. Maybe you can introduce us to some of your networks too?
Publicity Maven(s): Kaboom! You use words like rocket fuel. You know how to grab and keep attention with party invites, press releases, social media posts. Can you get us organized and focused with a communications plan? Maybe you’re also a photographer or designer? We’ve got a ridiculously humongous archive of photos. Can you create a looping PPT for us of photos that we’ll project on the walls at the event? Lots ‘o creative possibilities.
Production Manager(s): Could the theme décor include… hmm… Puppets? 😉 You’ve got a great eye for staging and onsite problem solving and are comfortable with a/v setup. Maybe you also have contacts who could donate a/v equipment? Driver’s License is required. You’ll also guide the team (and work with the event planner to create a runsheet) in setup and strike.
Production Assistants: You do not have to be an expert for this job (i.e. come from the theatre production or event planning world.). You can come to Committee Meetings, learn a bit about live event planning, assist the Production Manager the day of the event. There will be plenty of varying, small jobs if you’re keen to join us and are motivated and a self-starter.
If you’re up for the adventure with a bunch of insurgent puppeteers, please send us an email before March 18 at email@example.com. And be sure to tell us something about yourself, which volunteer position interests you and your experience. If you need more info about C&P, be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can also call us at 416-708-3332.