Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) is a national charity that fuels the future of American theater by supporting the writers who create it. DGF fosters playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters at all stages of their careers. We sponsor educational programs; provide awards, grants, and stipends; offer free space to create new works; and give emergency aid to writers in need. By supporting and nurturing the creators of today, we protect the stories of tomorrow.

Each year, the Dramatists Guild Foundation receives hundreds of applications from brilliant and profound Dramatists seeking opportunities to advance their careers and increase their access to learning. 

 Reviewers should be experienced in analyzing, critiquing, and reviewing plays and musical theater. Additionally, reviewers should demonstrate a deliberate understanding and practice of cultural competence.
 

The Dramatists Guild Foundation invites seasoned and discerning theater professionals to join our community of application reviewers for our upcoming programs supporting playwrights and musical theater writers. As a distinguished professional in the theater industry, your expertise is crucial in shaping the next generation of theatrical voices.

Our fellowship programs aim to provide dramatists with unparalleled opportunities to hone their craft and advance their skills. By participating in our programming, these often emerging artists gain invaluable insights, mentorship, and resources to excel in the competitive world of theater.

Role of the Reviewers

  1. Review and Score Submissions: Evaluate and provide constructive feedback on the works submitted by dramatists applying to our fellowship programs. Your insights will play a pivotal role in guiding these dramatists towards excellence.
  2. Participate in the Reviewer Community: Opportunities to engage in thoughtful and collaborative discussions with fellow reviewers may occur to ensure a comprehensive and diverse assessment of the submitted works. Your active participation will contribute to the robustness of our selection process.
  3. Demonstrate Cultural Competence: Reviewers are provided resources to remain up to date with the most promising practices of cultural competence to ensure that they are able to complete and thrive in reviewing an array of genres, styles, voices, and perspectives.

Qualifications:

To be eligible to become a reviewer, you should:

  • Be a professional theater maker with substantial experience in playwriting, musical theater writing, dramaturgy, or related fields.
  • Possess experience in analyzing, critiquing, and reviewing plays and musical theater.
  • Demonstrate a deliberate understanding and practice of cultural competence, recognizing and respecting diverse perspectives and experiences.

About the Program 

The Dramatists Guild Foundation invites dramatists, theater institutions, and organizations to participate in our Roe Green Visiting Voices program (Formerly Roe Green Traveling Masters). After successfully connecting and working with dramatists, theater institutions, and organizations across the nation, DGF has reimagined this program to continue to facilitate this process. 

The purpose of this program is to amplify voices in the theater community that would otherwise not receive the opportunity to share their work, either due to lack of funding or lack of representation in the industry, and to connect those voices to institutions and organizations that have a strong interest in educating others in their community. 

This year we are focusing on the voice of the "Southern Dramatists" and the places they call home. We are seeking theater institutions and organizations that have a strong interest in educating others in their community and are interested in hosting a dramatist whose project focuses on underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.
 

For Theaters(Hosts)

We are seeking theater institutions and organizations that are located in the Southern and Southwestern regions of America that have a strong interest in educating others in their community and are interested in hosting a dramatist whose project focuses on underrepresented and/or marginalized groups. 

The host theater institution/organization will be paired with a dramatist (called an Ambassador). The Ambassador and host theater institution/organization will work together to curate two or more events that would fall under one or more of the following categories: 

We believe that it is important to recognize your contribution to the field while also providing an opportunity for your theater or organization to amplify voices that would otherwise not receive the opportunity either due to lack of funding or lack or representation in the industry.


For Dramatists (Ambassadors)

We are seeking dramatists who have a connection, history, or interest in the American South and Southwest and who have a strong interest in educating others about their projects, particularly if those projects focus on or pertain to underrepresented and/or marginalized groups. 

Through this program, theatre makers will receive funding to cover travel and other expenses to share, present, or review their intended work or project. Dramatists will also participate in two or more events hosted by the theatre.

  • Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be professional Dramatists and fully complete and submit their application for consideration.  Organizations and Individuals located in these locations are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • Alabama 
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas 
  • Delaware 
  • Florida
  • Georgia 
  • Kentucky 
  • Louisiana 
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi 
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia 
  • West Virginia


Responsibilities

Organizations and Individuals chosen will organize or participate in at least two activities listed below facilitated  by the hosting institution/theatre:

  1. Community Conversation
  2. Dramatist Development Workshop
  3. Theatre Educator's workshop
  4. Talkback
  5. Pre-Production meeting with cast and crew of their one of their works


Budget/Pay: 

Ambassadors are compensated $2000 for their participation and all travel and accommodations are covered within the program guidelines by The Dramatists Guild Foundation.

The Dramatists Guild Foundation is thrilled to announce the opening of submissions for the Indigenous Theater-maker Award, a prestigious grant of $20,000 dedicated to honoring and supporting the outstanding work and unwavering commitment of Indigenous theater-makers in New York State and Connecticut.


About the Award

The Indigenous Theater-maker Award is a testament to DGF's long-term commitment as allies, advocates, and investors in the inclusion and celebration of the voices of dramatists from Indigenous communities. This award specifically recognizes and uplifts the contributions of Indigenous theater-makers and theaters, acknowledging their stellar work and dedication to the preservation of Indigenous storytelling in the realm of theater.


Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be Indigenous theater-makers based in New York State (not including New York City) or Connecticut, demonstrating excellence in their craft and a commitment to advancing the representation of Indigenous voices in the theatrical landscape.


Award Details

Grant Amount: $20,000


How to Apply:

Please submit your application materials by February Friday, February 16th. Late submissions will not be considered.


Contact Information

For any inquiries or additional information, please contact Community Engagement & Impact Manager, Jacquie Jordan at jacquie@dgf.org


The Indigenous Theater-maker Award is made possible through funding from the Lucille Lortell Foundation and is a crucial step in our ongoing efforts to foster a more inclusive and representative theatrical community. We encourage all eligible Indigenous theater-makers to submit their applications and join us in this celebration of diverse voices and stories.


Thank you for your commitment to the arts, and we look forward to receiving your submissions.


While we at DGF hope to reach as many dramatists as possible with our own programs, we also recognize that there are organizations that historically excelled at serving specific communities. We applaud and want to further support their work and organization. This initiative is built to identify and support organizations that have aligned missions of empowering and resourcing historically under-resourced or underrepresented communities of dramatists through the Dramatists Guild Foundation's community partnership initiative.
 

This initiative invites small organizations to become our community partner for a complete year. In this yearly partnership, our resources will be extended to support some of your organization's most urgent needs (space, funding, access to funders) and costs.  Through a year-long incubation program with DGF, each organization is invited to schedule the free rehearsal room space at DGF and is also offered access to our staff-only spaces of the conference room and terrace for their organizational needs. We are also offering the organization to host any public readings in our space as well (pending availability).


Finally, as a foundation ourselves, we understand and recognize the financial weight of operating a non-profit or community-based organization. We want to support the fiscal health and sustainability of these smaller organizations as well. Their participation in the community partnership initiative also includes a one-time award to help support with the cost of running their organization of $2,500. 


 

This form is for dramatists (playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists) to apply for emergency financial assistance from the Dramatists Guild Foundation. 

Please note: DGF's eligibility restrictions have recently changed. If you have previously received a DGF Emergency Grant in FY23  or hold a minimum of $15,000 in your combined bank accounts, we kindly ask that you refrain from re-applying at this time. 

DGF serves all dramatists based in the United States, regardless of their immigration status. 

This form is for dramatists (playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists) who wish to apply for a Bridge Grant from the Dramatists Guild Foundation.
Please note: DGF's eligibility restrictions have recently changed. If you hold $10,000 in your combined bank accounts, we kindly ask that you refrain from re-applying at this time. Dramatists who have previously received a COVID-19 Emergency Grant or Housing Assistance Grant are eligible to apply. DGF serves all dramatists based in the United States, regardless of their immigration status. 

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ABOUT DRAMATISTS GUILD FOUNDATION

Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) is a national charity that fuels the future of American theater by supporting the writers who create it. DGF fosters playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists at all stages of their careers. We sponsor educational programs; provide awards, grants, and stipends; offer free space to create new works; and give emergency aid to writers in need. By supporting and nurturing the creators of today, we protect the stories of tomorrow.

At DGF, we are committed to the safety of our employees and their families. While COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to the health and well-being of all individuals, vaccinations can significantly reduce that threat and help protect our workplace as well as our community.

DGF is committed to sustaining an equitable and safe environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Access, equity, and authenticity are core values at DGF and we are dedicated to providing employees with a work environment that celebrates varied backgrounds and is free of discrimination and harassment. We encourage candidates of all ages who identity as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, disabled, trans, non-binary, and queer to apply. All applications will receive consideration for employment.


 

POSITION SUMMARY
Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) seeks a self-motivated and efficient professional to help provide support to our Finance department. Reporting to the Director of Operations and Finance, the Finance Manager will assume responsibility for financial reporting, non-profit bookkeeping, accounting services and other administrative responsibilities to support the Finance department.
 

REPORTS TO
Director of Operations and Finance

POSITION STATUS
Part-Time; Approx. 20 hours/week

START DATE
March 15, 2024

LOCATION
520 8th Ave, Suite 2401, New York, NY 10018. The DGF Office is ADA accessible.

ABILITY TO WORK REMOTELY:
DGF is a hybrid office. While we are flexible with remote work, presence in person will be necessary on specified dates.

SALARY
$32-38/hour
 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Enter Accounts payables and grants receivables with weekly reviews.
  • Provide weekly Accounts payable summary report to Director of Operations and Finance. 
  • Review and assessment of the Chart of the Accounts.
  • Recording of donations and check receipts. 
  • Enter deposits and payment of bills via check requests.
  • Process payroll; prepare all year- end payroll and vendor statements, including W-2’s and 1099s.
  • Assessing and submitting payroll on bi-weekly basis.
  • Reconcile all bank, investments and credit card accounts. All financial statements will be submitted to the Director of Operations and Finance for review and initialization.
  • Review the status of any temporarily restricted grants; prepare reports for funding sources, as necessary. Financial reports to funders will be submitted to Director of Operations and Finance and the Director of Development for review.
  • Assist in annual audit and work closely with outside CPA firms, including annual schedules.
  • Monthly budget review with reports to Director of Operations and Finance.
  • Individual quarterly budget review meetings with reports to all Department heads.
  • Attend staff meetings and board meetings as needed.
  • Create monthly reports (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow, Budget YTD, Transfer Summaries).
  • Filing, when necessary, on a monthly basis.
  • Add organizational budgets into the financial system to provide information on budget vs actual.
  • Reviewing bank transactions daily; supply donation documentation when necessary.
  • Overseeing bill payment and executing if necessary.
  • Managing credit card account and reviewing transactions for the organization, in addition to managing business card in your name and submitting receipts to Bookkeeper; protecting DGF against risk.
  • Monitoring cash flow.
  • Working with the Director of Operations and Finance to draft an organizational budget.


OTHER SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Collaborate with the DGF team through updates and communications in project management platform, Monday.com.
  • Maintain records in an organized fashion in Google Drive.


QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS REQUIRED: 

  • High proficiency in Quickbooks Online.
  • High-level knowledge of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Strong competency in the use of Microsoft office applications, including Word, Excel.
  • Knowledge of Xero, Google Drive, DonorPerfect and Monday.com – a plus.
  • Sharp attention to detail in all aspects of this role.
  • A proactive work style.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and use good judgment in making decisions.
  • Proven ability to work with little supervisor intervention and as a team member.
  • Experience with Google Drive and Monday.com a plus.
  • Experience in financial planning/budgeting or relevant work in a financial institution or finance department.
  • Experience with budget preparation and financial management as well as financial reporting and internal controls required.
  • Nonprofit experience.
  • Bookkeeping experience.


EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting, Master’s in Business Administration, Masters in Nonprofit Administration, or other relevant degree or certification.
  • CPA designation preferred.

 
BENEFITS AND PERKS:

  • 401K with 3% employer contributions.
  • Occasional free theater tickets and access to purchase house seats if available.
  • Eligibility for annual performance-based bonus of up to 7% of salary rate, prorated to start date. Bonus not guaranteed.


HOW TO APPLY:
Please create an account through Submittable to submit your application. A cover letter is not required, but please answer the questions in the application fully with attention to sentence structure, spelling, and grammar. We are unable to accept applications via email or mail due to tracking difficulty and capacity.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail info@dgf.org with “Finance Manager” in the subject line, or call 212-391-8384, and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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