In an effort to keep Washington D.C.’s theatre talent remaining in the area, theatreWashington, in tandem with Washington area theatre casting directors, has launched theatreWork.org, an online interactive database that will match professional theatre artists looking for work in the area with employment opportunities that meet their specific skills and ambitions.
“Washington area directors and managers didn’t have an appropriate way to connect with the magnitude of talent living right here in our midst,” Linda Levy, theatreWashington’s president and CEO, said in a press release announcing the project. “theatreWork will bring these professionals to their attention. The potential of creating new jobs for Washington theatre professionals is significant.”
The goal of theatreWork.org is to become a central, organized resource where directors, producers, and managers can locate and utilize the abundant theatrical talent living in the Washington area.
That means that Washington area theatre professionals will have their resumes and talents seen by the people making casting and hiring decisions, resulting in less of a need for theaters to bring in as many out of town professionals.
“I couldn’t be more pleased for this exciting new way to help us to connect to the stunning community of talent this region possesses,” Joseph Ritsch, Rep Stage’s co-producing artistic director, said.
According to the release, theatreWork.org will roll out in three carefully planned phases. Phase One will provide actors an opportunity to create online profiles, Phase Two will be aimed at directors, choreographers, musical directors, and designers, while Phase Three will highlight production and administrative personnel, from stage managers to publicists to company managers.
There are two levels of participation in theatreWork. theatreWashington is generously providing the basic profile at no charge. An upgraded premium service is also available. The upgrade is free until Summer, 2014, when the cost will be $29.99 per year.
“theatreWork is at the heart of theatreWashington’s mission,” Brad Watkins, theatreWashington’s director of theatre services and the site’s project manager, said in the release. “By creating a working database that allows these very talented individuals to be discovered by the people who’ve got the jobs to fill, we increase the level of artistry in our theatres and we increase the welfare of the professionals in our community.”
Phase One is open now, allowing actors to host their headshots, and resumes on the site.