Press/Communications Manager

Position Announcement

Press/Communications Manager
Response Deadline Monday, June 3, 2024

The Essential Theatre is currently seeking the services of a project-based Press/Communications Manager. This is a paid, contract position. Candidates are asked to respond as outlined below by close of business (COB) on Monday, June 3, 2024.

No phone calls please:

The Press and Communications Manager position is a paid project based (Parttime/temporary) position and can extend across projects. Most work will be done remotely in excess of eight (8) hours per week. It requires experience in communications, marketing and public relations planning and implementation for the purpose of positioning the organization, creating media visibility and increasing earned and contributed revenue through audience attendance. This position reports to the Artistic Director unless otherwise directed. The position develops Press and organizational marketing plans with strategies and tactics to support the organization’s development and program/service goals.



  • Serve as the brand master for organizational identity and visual brand; centralize internal and external communications.
  • Manage publicity related marketing and Press relations for organizational events.
  • Work with program staff to develop messaging, timelines, designated annual or program marketing and communications plan and budgets.

Serve as community liaison in connecting organizations to immediate communities where program services are offered.

  • Consult and or create audience development and ticketing strategies as needed.
  • Generate and/or manage all company Press communications and print materials to include media releases, invitations, programs/Playbills.
  • Consult with and or execute email marketing and social media campaigns to ensure effective messaging. provide oversight of bulk mail processing to mailing list patrons.
  • Liaise with media; develop and administer organization’s media contacts and coverage as well as other external list-serves.
  • Liaise with the PR and Marketing committee of the Board of Directors and volunteers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, Marketing or Communications preferred. Candidates currently enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education will receive consideration.
  • Two to three years’ experience in performing arts marketing, communications and/or public relations.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, strong design sensibility.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, PowerPoint, desktop and Internet publishing software, including HTML, Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize and coordinate multiple tasks on an ongoing basis
  • Basic Knowledge of contemporary performing arts markets and particularly theatre in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
  • Flexibility to work as needed.

Please submit professional resume with at least three (3) professional references with current contact phone numbers, email addresses and professional affiliation.

  • Candidates should also submit up to three (3) writing samples. Please do not include links to web sites.
  • Materials should be emailed to [email protected]. Please include in subject line: Press/Marketing.
  • All submissions should be received by Monday, June 3, 2024.

The Essential Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. It champions workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, ethnic origin, political affiliation or special needs.