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​ArtCorps Student Worker Program (Fall 2022)

Black Theatre Troupe
Community Programs Assistant

  • Departments: Community Engagement, Programming, Outreach
  • Art Forms: Theatre, Performing Arts
  • Communities: African American, Black
  • Work Mode: Hybrid
  • Address: ​1333 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
  • Supervisor: ​David Hemphill, Executive Director


Please note:
all ArtCorps student worker positions receive $16/hr before taxes and work 400 hours over the course of the semester (around 20 - 25 hours a week). To apply, you must be a current or recently graduated undergraduate student attending an institution in Phoenix or living in Phoenix yourself.

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About this position

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What you'll do

The Community Programs Assistant will assist the Black Theatre Troupe in coordinating and facilitating community arts relationships in the Eastlake Park community from their office in the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center in downtown Phoenix. This position plays an important role in the implementation of classes, workshops, and initiatives that impact the company and their relationship to the community by assisting our Community Relations workers. The person will be working with and learning from Black Theatre Troupe staff, instructors, and volunteers. Duties also include assisting in scheduling revenue-generating activities, maintaining records and managing supplies as related to Black Theatre Troup. Most importantly, the aide will assist the instructors and administrators of our youth related activities and programs. This position plays an important role in community driven initiatives, neighborhood activations, school residencies and managing performing arts contracts, training and supporting event staff and volunteers, preparing marketing materials, and supporting programming that is inclusive, accessible, and engaging for all ages and abilities.  

Desired qualifications

Successful applicants will be willing to work in an exciting and fast-paced environment. BIPOC applicants are strongly encouraged. Successful applicants will have a background in the arts & culture, but theatre is not a requirement. The student will have a desire to not only learn the workings of the engine that drives an arts business, but to make a career in the industry, and to contribute ideas, knowledge, expertise and creativity so the position is a two-way learning street. The job description describes the importance of the applicant’s willingness to engage with community.

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To apply for this position, email your resume and cover letter to Executive Director David Hemphill at david.hemphill@blacktheatretroupe.org.

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Meet the supervisor

Executive Director David Hemphill

David J. Hemphill has been a member of the Phoenix business and arts community for over 40 years. David has served as Executive Director of the Black Theatre Troupe since 1995. His credits as a performer include many regional and touring productions. Locally he has performed with Phoenix Theatre and Actors Theatre. His favorite role is that of Executive Director at BTT, where he oversaw tremendous growth and saw the company through its first capital renovations, followed by its move into its current beautiful home in downtown Phoenix. David makes all programming choices, in conjunction with a complex network of community industry professionals. He frequently directs BTT productions. In 2020, Hemphill was recognized for his service to Black Theatre Troupe at the inaugural celebration of Black Theatre Troupe’s Legacy Leadership Society. Under Hemphill’s leadership, Black Theatre Troupe was named an awardee for the Large Organization category for the 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards.​

About this organization

Black Theatre Troupe

As the oldest African American theater in the Southwestern United States, the 2021-2022 season will mark The Black Theatre Troupe’s 51st season. The company has provided training, employment and performance opportunities for multiethnic and underserved artists since 1970 and makes significant contributions toward fostering the arts within the State of Arizona. It enhances the cultural and artistic awareness of the community by providing productions that illuminate the Black experience and culture. Our mission is to educate, enlighten, and entertain a diverse audience by using local, regional and national talent with the emphasis on providing exposure to black culture and ideology. To learn more about The Black Theatre Troupe, visit their website at http://www.blacktheatretroupe.org​.

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About the program

The Phoenix ArtCorps​​

The Phoenix ArtCorps is a student employment program from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture  that seeks to provide students with​ the comprehensive skills, mentorship, and experience ​they need to launch their arts and culture careers. Over the course of a semester, each student works 400 hours for $16/hr (around 20 to 25 hours a week), with additional stipends and professional development opportunities. To apply, students must be current or recently graduated undergraduate students at a community college, university, or other institution of higher education based in Phoenix (or live in Phoenix themselves). Applicants must be at least 18 years old. There are no other enrollment requirements. Students do not need to be majoring in the arts or similar fields to apply. To learn more about the program and browse positions, visit our website at http://phoenix.gov/arts/artcorps​. ​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

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