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Feb 132017
 

Job Opening: Executive Director

Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph Vermont

 

Chandler Description: Chandler Music Hall is an arts cultural facility located in the town of Randolph, in central Vermont. Built in 1907, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and considered one of the finest small concert halls in America, the building recently went through a $4 million dollar renovation bringing it up to modern standards. It includes a 575 seat acoustically impressive auditorium, an art gallery, and a multipurpose room which currently hosts yoga and dance classes, a film series, and smaller performances as well as being available for rental for private and non-profit events. Chandler Center for the Arts, our non-profit presenting organization, offers a full season of performances, festivals, gallery exhibits, films, community productions and educational activities.

We seek an executive director who will:

  • Provide direction and leadership for the Chandler mission*, strategy, goals and objectives
  • Position Chandler as an integral and essential element in the Central Vermont region
  • Embody Chandler values of inclusion, professionalism, diversity, collaboration, creativity and ethics
  • Provide effective professional management of Chandler programs, staff, volunteers and finances
  • Provide leadership in fundraising and grant writing to support goals of organization
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the board of directors
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with a warm interpersonal style
  • Develop a vibrant and popular program series, negotiating effectively with performers and their agents
  • Be a champion for Chandler and the entire community

 

Job details: This is a full time job but some flexibility is possible, with the option of occasionally working from home. Some weekend and evening work during performances is required, with compensatory time off during the regular work week. We offer 3 weeks paid vacation per year as well as standard holidays.

For more information about Chandler and our programs, visit our web site www.chandler-arts.org.

Please respond by sending resume, with a cover letter outlining why you are interested in working at Chandler and why you are a good fit for us, to Janet Watton, president@chandler-arts.org or 71-73 Main St Randolph VT 05060

 

*Chandler Mission: Chandler Center for the Arts inspires and cultivates artistic expression and education in the performing and visual arts for people of all ages, deepens the cultural and artistic growth of youth, and strengthens and energizes our community by offering opportunities for people to come together in pursuit and celebration of the arts.

 

Feb 072017
 

CHANDLER ANNOUNCES 2017 VERMONT ISSUES PLAYWRITING CONTEST

Contact: Chandler executive director, 802-728-9878, director@chandler-arts.org

Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main Street, Randolph VT

 

Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph (VT) is pleased to announce its third issues playwriting contest. With the renewed support of the Walter Cerf Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, Chandler will again be using the contest to promote excellent writing for the stage, giving particular focus to plays that address social issues.

“Social issue” plays are, for the purposes of this contest, plays that frame and delve into pressing topics important to Vermont communities, topics which either affect Vermonters today or have affected Vermonters in the past. Writers from Vermont, or those with a strong Vermont connection, are invited to submit to Chandler original plays on social issues with a running time of at least 45 minutes. Submissions may be made by electronic or snail mail, and must either be received electronically by midnight on May 31st or be mailed with a postmark no later than May 31st.

Accompanying each submission must be a $20 entry fee, a description of the play’s record of past public presentation if applicable, and a statement confirming that the play has not yet been produced professionally. For an additional fee of $15, a second script may be submitted by the same playwright. Entry fees, sponsorship support, and ticket sales make it possible for Chandler to produce the contest. If fewer than ten scripts are submitted by May 31st, the contest will be canceled and the fees will be returned.

Scripts will be evaluated by judges with theater experience, who will select up to five finalists based on the quality of the writing (language, characterization, dramatic structure) and the clarity with which the focal issue is presented. Their selection will be final.

Finalists will be notified by August 31st, and each will receive a $100 cash prize. Each finalist play will be given a staged-reading production in Chandler’s Upper Gallery between September 2017 and May 2018.

The staged readings will be scheduled and promoted by Chandler as an Issues Play Series, readings being performed by non-Equity actors guided by experienced directors. After the readings, panelists with expertise in the issue(s) raised will participate in post-performance talkbacks moderated by the directors. The play’s authors will be encouraged to attend, but their costs to do so will not be covered by the contest.

 

 

OVERVIEW AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS

The purpose of this third contest is again to promote excellent writing, by Vermont writers, for the Vermont stage. Its particular focus is “social issue” plays: plays that frame and delve into pressing topics important to Vermont communities, either those issues relevant today or those that have affected Vermonters in the past.

Eligibility

  • Any play entered into the contest must be original, and must not have been professionally produced before the end date of the contest (May 31, 2017). Plays that have received a workshop performance or a staged reading are eligible; plays that have been performed by Equity actors for a paying audience are not.
  • Each play entered must deal with a social issue:  for example, the rights of farm workers working illegally in the U.S. or Vermont’s early stand against slavery. The play may examine the issue in terms of its public ramifications (e.g., court cases, legislation, media coverage) or its private impact (e.g., personal and domestic relationships.) Eligibility of a particular topic should be confirmed with the contact below before time is devoted to writing a play on that topic for submission to the contest.
  • Plays for children, as well as for adults, are eligible.
  • Single-character plays are eligible, but monologues are not.
  • One-act plays are eligible, but any script submitted must have a running time of at least 45 minutes.
  • Scripts may be no longer than 120 pages, in 12-point font and with margins of 1 inch on each side of the page.
  • Authors may submit two plays, in which case two registration forms are required but only one application form is needed.

 

Submission process

  • Entries by electronic mail are preferred. Each entry must consist of a PDF of the script, accompanied by the author’s application form and the play’s registration form. The pages must be numbered, and the script must be fronted by a cover page containing only the title, not the author’s name. This submission must be sent to director@chandler-arts.org no later than midnight on May 31st. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted, nor will post-submission corrections.
  • Entries by regular mail will also be accepted. Each entry must consist of three copies of the script, accompanied by the author’s application form and the play’s registration form. The pages must be numbered, and the script must be fronted by a cover page containing only the title, not the author’s name. This submission must be sent to Chandler, ATTN: CONTEST, 71-73 Main Street, Randolph, VT 05060, postmarked not later than 5 PM on May 31st. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted, nor will post-submission corrections.
  • For a submission by regular mail, the entry fee of $20 for a single play or $35 for two plays should be included, via a check made out to Chandler. For an electronic submission, a check for the fee(s) should be sent to Chandler via regular mail.
  • Receipt of the script(s) and the fee(s) will be confirmed within two weeks.
  • If a playwright wishes the return of materials submitted by regular mail, he/she should include in his/her submission a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.

 

Limitations:  If less than 10 scripts are submitted by May 31st, the contest will be canceled and entry fees will be returned.

 

Judging criteria

  • Judges will evaluate scripts on the basis of the quality of the writing – specifically, the language, characterization, and dramatic structure — (65%) and of the clarity with which the focal issue is presented (35%). At the end of their review, the judges will also rate the overall impact of the play. If two scripts are tied on the basis of the numerical criteria, the overall-impact rating will be used to break the tie.
  • The judges will choose up to five finalist plays, and each play chosen will be awarded a $100 cash prize plus a staged reading.
  • Since the judges’ review of the scripts will be blind and authors may submit two scripts, it is possible that two finalist scripts may be written by a single author. Even should this be the case, the decisions of the judges shall be final.

 

Notification to the finalists:

  • Each finalist will be notified by August 31st. At that time he/she will be asked to confirm in writing the certifications made at entry: that the script submitted is his/her original work and has not been professionally produced, and that he/she does have a Vermont connection.
  • If such certifications are made, the cash prize will be sent to the winning playwright and planning will begin for the staged reading of the play during Chandler’s 2017-18 season.

 

Staged readings of the finalist plays

  • For each finalist play, Chandler will choose a director with experience suited to the particular character of the script; this choice will be final. The director will cast the play with experienced non-Equity actors from throughout the region; his/her casting will be final.
  • Between September 2017 and May 2018, the reading will be scheduled for performance in Chandler’s Upper Gallery based on both the availability of the director and the non-contest programming scheduled for that space.
  • After each reading, a talkback panel moderated by the director may include panelists selected for their connection to the current social issue with which the play is concerned. Audience comments about the script will be transcribed and shared with the finalist author if the author is not present.
  • Finalist authors will be encouraged to attend these readings and talkbacks, but the contest cannot cover any expenses they might incur to do so.

For clarifications about anything in the above material, or questions about topics not covered, please contact director@chandler-arts.org

Aug 242014
 

Jim Lowe’s Aug 24, 2014 editorial, Lowe Down: Why can’t we be more like Randolph talks about Chandler’s success coming from community.

Times Argus Article Applauds Chandler’s Sense of Community

At the opening concert of Randolph’s Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the usual attendance of 150 to 200 people had diminished to about 100. Anywhere else, that would be the mark of doom.

But not in this community — Randolph wants its chamber music and it will have it.

In a state awash with high – quality arts, one tiny community stands as a beacon. Randolph, with a population nearing just 5,000 with no significant suburbs to augment it, has an extravagance of arts activities — even when not considered on a per – capita basis.

Attendance w on’t be a problem next weekend when more than 1,500 are expected to attend Randolph’s New World Festival on Sunday. The Celtic and Quebecois traditional music festival and the chamber music festival are both celebrating their 22nd year in Randolph.

They have another thing in common — Chandler Music Hall.

The New World Festival is under the auspices of the Chandler Center for the Arts, the parent organization of the music hall. And while the chamber music festival has its own board, it is hosted by the Chandler and receives its support from largely the same people.

For, in Randolph, when it comes to the arts, the attitude is, “We’re all in this together.”

That’s because Chandler is all – inclusive. Not only did “Fiddler on the Roof,” its annual large – scale summer musical, draw its 100 – plus, high school – age cast and technicians from throughout the region, its annual Vermont Pride Summer Theater Festival presented three different productions celebrating the state’s gay and lesbian communities.

Chandler is also one of the state’s biggest supporters of classical music. Not only was it one of the first concert halls to install its own Steinway 9 – foot concert grand piano, it maintains a high performance level, attracting the likes of violinist Midori and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, with whom the Chandler has forged a special relationship.

More unusually, Janet Watton, Chandler’s president, has created the annual “Next Generation,” inspired by National Pubic Radio’s “From the Top.” Each year, Vermont high school classical musicians — selected by audition — strut their stuff before an appreciative audience.

It’s not just classical music. The coming season not only promises traditional stars like fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and husband Donnell Leahy, among othe rs, it offers intimate concerts in its upper gallery.

Visual arts are also important at the Chandler. It hosts exhibits by a variety of artists, largely Vermont and Vermont – based, in a main gallery and a downstairs gallery.

Chandler’s success comes from its community — Randolph.

Chandler Music Hall itself was a donation of summer resident Albert P. Chandler. After about 25 years as an arts hub, it lay fallow until the 1980s, when Martha Ostland and the Friends of Chandler Music Hall initiated substantial new activity.

Today, Chandler Music Hall is one of the most attractive and acoustically reverberant theaters in Vermont. Thanks to the recent $3.7 million renovation — paid in full by the community — the building has all the latest professio nal amenities.

Chandler is currently mourning the death last December of its first professional executive director, Laura Morris, and now the departure of Becky McMeekin, its longtime second one. Kurt Thoma, her lucky successor, takes over the reins in September.

“It was precisely the type of town we were looking for,” Thoma told M.D. Drysdale of the Herald of Randolph.

He became even more excited when, traveling here and there around town, he found that “everybody I talked to had some association with Chandler.”