Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, a national center for the production, presentation, development, and study of the American Theater, seeks professional and experienced candidates for its Publicist position.
The Publicist is a dynamic and ambitious individual who contributes to Arena Stage’s media relations efforts. The Publicist will play an important role in garnering media attention for the theater. S/he aggressively seeks out and develops story ideas with the Director of Media Relations for placement in local, regional and national stories in print, radio, television and online press outlets.
Draft and distribute press releases
Assist in the development of media plans
Pitch story ideas and earn coverage for Arena’s mainstage productions, special events and community engagement programs
Research and maintain press contact database
Assemble materials for media
Set up and facilitate interviews with artists and staff (transporting interviewees throughout D.C. area when necessary)
Assist in conceptualizing and planning advanced and production photo shoots
Assist with video shoots, including institutional and production-related interviews, and provide b-roll for media outlets
Manage the media archives
Respond to miscellaneous press requests.
Bachelor’s degree (degree in Public Relations, Journalism and/or Communications preferred); 3-5 years previous press/publicity experience; demonstrated success in gaining media placement.
Send cover letter, resume and references to Jay Chiang, Human Resources Associate, Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. Fax to 202-488-4056 or e-mail to the email relay link subject line – Publicist Application. No calls please. Arena Stage values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith, Arena Stage has become the largest theater in the country dedicated to American Voices. Founded in 1950 by Zelda Fichandler, Thomas Fichandler and Edward Mangum, Arena Stage was one of the nation’s original resident theaters, and has a distinguished record of leadership and innovation in the field. With the opening of the new Mead Center for A...merican Theater, Arena Stage has become a national center for the production, presentation, development and study of the American theater. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 200,000. Washington Drama Society, D.B.A. Arena Stage, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
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