July 17, 2014

SUMMER SHAKESPEARE (Wellington) 2015:  Timon of Athens  

Marketing and Publicity Manager 

Position Title:  Marketing and Publicity Manager
Salary:  To be negotiated
Starting date:  To be negotiated
Rehearsal dates:  Late October 2014 – February 2015
Season dates:  13th – 28th February 2015 (Wellington Botanic Gardens) 


Summer Shakespeare in Wellington is a tradition that extends back more than three decades.  The first Summer Shakespeare was in 1983, when Adrian Kiernander’s memorable A Midsummer Night’s Dream took over the University quadrangle.  Since then, the annual Summer Shakespeare has become known for its energetic, large-cast productions and festive approach to the plays.  They have been performed in a variety of locations to large and appreciative audiences, from theatres to rugby fields, Civic Square to the Dell in the Wellington Botanical Gardens.  Over the years, the Summer Shakespeare Trust has retained a commitment to celebrating Shakespeare in live performance, and providing young people with the opportunity to experience Shakespeare, as audience, cast and crew.

The 2015 production is Timon of Athens, to bedirected by Brett Adam.

Purpose and Scope of Role 

The primary responsibility of the role is to create and carry out a marketing and publicity plan and timeline for the 2015 production. The Summer Shakespeare must be the Marketing and Publicity Manager’s professional priority during the key promotional period (January – February 2015). This job will suit someone with energy and the requisite skills, who is eager for experience and an impressive addition to their CV.

  • Key responsibilities include:
  • Advertising – print and radio media
  • Social media campaign
  • Banners and displays
  • Print production and distribution (posters, flyers etc)
  • Liaison with designers
  • Maintaining an up to date and attractive production record on the website
  • Press releases
  • Direct marketing to specific groups such as schools
  • Organising photo-shoots/interviews
  • Organising publicity stunts
  • Liaising with the Administrator/Producer regarding opening night celebrations,
  • Depositing relevant material at the Victoria University archive after the season.

The Marketing/Publicity Manager will also be required to attend production meetings and report fully on progress to date.

The Marketing and Publicity Manager reports to the Trust Administrator and will be required to present a report to the Summer Shakespeare Trust at the end of the production period.

Key Competencies 

  • Efficient
  • Organised
  • Personable
  • Creative
  • Self-motivated and self-governing
  • Communicative
  • Knowledgeable of the Wellington arts community
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Keenly interested in the arts

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5pm Friday 1st August

Late applications will not be considered. 

Send applications, or for further information please contact:
Sally Thorburn (Producer/Administrator, Summer Shakespeare Trust)
Summer Shakespeare Trust 
P.O. Box 9925 
Marion Square 

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