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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Guthrie Theater - Communications Manager

Key Result Areas
  •  Serve as press representative for productions at the Theater.
  • Collaborate with department staff and other departments to obtain background information about productions.
  • Collaborate with visiting artists, companies and other department staff to obtain background information and develop strategies for press coverage.
  • Write and distribute all production press releases and media alerts.
  • Build positive working relationships with local journalists.
  • Develop and maintain list of press contacts using CisionPoint.
  • Collaborate with other department staff to develop long-range strategies for press coverage, including the press strategy for each production.
  • Contact reporters to pitch story ideas.
  • Arrange for and oversee production-related interviews and photo shoots with actors, directors, designers and staff.
  • Serve as press agent for visiting productions, programs and events.
  • Contact reporters to pitch story ideas.
  • Prepare for press performances.
  • Manage photography, video and multimedia content.
  • Lead planning, production and distribution of all multimedia content.
  • Serve as primary contact for all external photo and video requests.
  • Post timely news, updates and alerts to Guthrie blog.
  • Assist Marketing department with photography and video projects.
  • Assist Marketing department in developing content for social networking sites.
  • Manage the department interns.


A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in journalism, public relations or communications or equivalent professional experience. A new incumbent in this position must possess at least four years of public relations experience; Arts/Entertainment public relations experience is strongly preferred.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
•     Knowledge of local and national media in order to know where to place stories.
•     Knowledge of journalistic practices and procedures to be able to work with various media outlets in placing stories.
•     Knowledge of theater history and current theater world in order to write and talk about the work with journalists.
•     Skill in use of computer database systems to maintain press contacts.
•     Skill in use of copier.
•     Skill in keying 50 WPM to meet deadlines for press releases.
•     Skill in use of email and internet systems for distribution and receipt of press materials.
•     Skill in use of photo, video and audio editing software, including Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Premiere, FinalCut and/or ProTools.
•     Ability to effectively communicate story ideas to reporters.
•     Ability to coordinate multiple projects and approaches to reporters in order to meet conflicting deadlines.
•     Ability to write compelling, factually and grammatically correct press releases to promote productions and events.
•     Ability to coordinate projects with other departments to provide press coverage for numerous institutional events.

How To Apply:

To Apply: 
Applications will be considered as they are received. Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements by September 30, 2011 to:
Guthrie Theater      
Human Resources
818 South 2nd St.                                                    
Minneapolis,  MN 55415