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FORCE! an opera in 3 acts | dark blue stitches hand made
FORCE! an opera in 3 acts | dark blue stitches hand made

seeking to build
the constellation

FORCE! an opera in 3 acts is seeking a 

FORCE! an opera in 3 acts | dark blue stitches hand made
FORCE! an opera in 3 acts | dark blue stitches hand made
FORCE! an opera in 3 acts | dark blue stitches hand made

ABOUT
FORCE! an opera in 3 acts

FORCE! an opera in three acts follows a group of Black women and femmes as they wait to enter a prison and escape a memory-erasing mold. Exploring the interiority and shared dream-spaces of characters with names like Down’N Batter’d, Rage-a Tha World, and The Blinding Light, this project explores what kind of relationships bloom in the shadow of the prison, imagining a strange sisterhood with the power to disintegrate walls. FORCE! is a sprawling surrealist opera blending the sounds of gospel, folk, pop, and contemporary experimental jazz, and is made with a majority Black, femme, and queer cast. Making experimental performance work about the feminist potential of the ante-prison with such a cast is not only critical, but powerfully healing. By exploring sound, movement, and dreams with one other we (those who are most impacted by these interlocking forces of oppression that the prison industrial complex runs on) put into practice the free world we have dreamt of.

Throughout 2022-23, FORCE! will participate in several rehearsal residencies which will take place both in Chicago and elsewhere. Beginning in late 2023, FORCE! will premiere live and continue to tour through 2025.

FORCE! an opera in three acts
is seeking a Production Assistant!

The Job:

Throughout 2022-23, FORCE! will participate in several rehearsal residencies which will take place both in Chicago and elsewhere. Beginning in late 2023, FORCE! will premiere live and continue to tour through 2025. This role is broken up into three parts: administrative assistant, booking manager, and wrangler. The priorities of this job are to:

  • stay in email and occasional phone communication with constellation members prior to and during rehearsal residencies/performance opportunities;

  • make sure all members of the constellation are ready for rehearsal residencies by providing them with and following up on schedules, contracts, IDs/passports, flights and accommodations, etc;

  • make sure each rehearsal residency or performance venue is contractually secured and technically supported;

  • communicate with presentation/development partners and occasionally serve as a liaison between partners and co-directors (Anna Martine Whitehead and Ayanna Woods);

  • make sure all constellation members (including the Anna Martine Whitehead, the creator of FORCE!) get paid on time and get their corresponding IRS paperwork;

  • occasionally attend rehearsals, and, as much as possible, attend performance premieres;

  • be familiar with budgets, and occasionally help review grants and budgets;

  • occasionally sit in on meetings with presentation/development partners;

  • keep correspondence with donors and granters up-to-date.


 

You Are:

  • a Black femme person, Black woman, or a Black queer person, or a Black person from another gender planet;

  • deeply committed to community, especially Black feminist and Black queer community;

  • intimately tied to the criminal legal system (systems impacted, or in close relation to those impacted by these systems); interested in or committed to re-thinking prison culture, our criminal legal system; and/or are interested in or identify with prison and police abolition;

  • able to advocate for Black women and Black queer artists;

  • organized, self-directed, and punctual;

  • somewhat to very familiar with budget management;

  • responsive to emails;

  • able to occasionally travel (you will sometimes need to be in Chicago or outside of the state of Illinois);

  • a lover of artistic experimentation (dance, music, or otherwise), with a demonstrated commitment to supporting liberatory artistic play;

  • flexible enough in your own schedule that you can take on heavier or lighter workloads at times.

 

Commitments

Fee: The PA role will function as an independent contractor. While this means PTO and sick-leave are not generally available, accommodations will be made as much as possible for unforeseen circumstances that may require a short leave. FORCE! operates on a grant-to-grant budget and members of the constellation are paid per development residencies/performances. While the pay for this role is not hourly – the PA will be paid an overall fee for the residency/performance – fees will generally break down to about $20/hour. This means that the fee will be greater for more intensive rehearsal residencies, lesser for shorter performance-based opportunities. A small amount of additional support will be available in terms of administrative fees (such as internet access, printing costs, etc.).

 

Time: Over the next 12-15 months, FORCE! will be in development, followed by 1-2 years of touring. This means there will be periods of little to no work lasting anywhere from 1-4 months, followed by intensive periods of work organized around grant applications, residencies, and live shows. The expected average work week during these periods could range from 5-15 hours in a week. The ideal PA can commit to a term of one year in this role with the possibility of renewal.

 

FORCE! an opera in three acts
is seeking a lighting designer

The Job:

Throughout 2022-23, FORCE! will participate in several rehearsal residencies which will take place both in Chicago and elsewhere. Beginning in late 2023, FORCE! will premiere live and continue to tour through 2025. This role is broken up into three parts: administrative assistant, booking manager, and wrangler. The priorities of this job are to:

  • stay in email and occasional phone communication with constellation members prior to and during rehearsal residencies/performance opportunities;

  • make sure all members of the constellation are ready for rehearsal residencies by providing them with and following up on schedules, contracts, IDs/passports, flights and accommodations, etc;

  • make sure each rehearsal residency or performance venue is contractually secured and technically supported;

  • communicate with presentation/development partners and occasionally serve as a liaison between partners and co-directors (Anna Martine Whitehead and Ayanna Woods);

  • make sure all constellation members (including the Anna Martine Whitehead, the creator of FORCE!) get paid on time and get their corresponding IRS paperwork;

  • occasionally attend rehearsals, and, as much as possible, attend performance premieres;

  • be familiar with budgets, and occasionally help review grants and budgets;

  • occasionally sit in on meetings with presentation/development partners.


 

You Are:

  • a Black femme person, Black woman, or a Black queer person, or a Black person from another gender planet;

  • deeply committed to community, especially Black feminist and Black queer community;

  • intimately tied to the criminal legal system (systems impacted, or in close relation to those impacted by these systems); interested in or committed to re-thinking prison culture, our criminal legal system; and/or are interested in or identify with prison and police abolition;

  • able to advocate for Black women and Black queer artists;

  • organized, self-directed, and punctual;

  • somewhat to very familiar with budget management;

  • responsive to emails;

  • able to occasionally travel (you will sometimes need to be in Chicago or outside of the state of Illinois);

  • a lover of artistic experimentation (dance, music, or otherwise), with a demonstrated commitment to supporting liberatory artistic play;

  • flexible enough in your own schedule that you can take on heavier or lighter workloads at times.

 

Commitments

Fee: The PA role will function as an independent contractor. While this means PTO and sick-leave are not generally available, accommodations will be made as much as possible for unforeseen circumstances that may require a short leave. FORCE! operates on a grant-to-grant budget and members of the constellation are paid per development residencies/performances. While the pay for this role is not hourly – the PA will be paid an overall fee for the residency/performance – fees will generally break down to about $20/hour. This means that the fee will be greater for more intensive rehearsal residencies, lesser for shorter performance-based opportunities. A small amount of additional support will be available in terms of administrative fees (such as internet access, printing costs, etc.).

 

Time: Over the next 12-15 months, FORCE! will be in development, followed by 1-2 years of touring. This means there will be periods of little to no work lasting anywhere from 1-4 months, followed by intensive periods of work organized around grant applications, residencies, and live shows. The expected average work week during these periods could range from 5-15 hours in a week. The ideal PA can commit to a term of one year in this role with the possibility of renewal.

 

FORCE! an opera in three acts
is seeking a media manager

The Job:

The Media Manager will be responsible for populating our social feed (at this point, only Instagram) with about 10% news (shows, constellation members’ birthdays, project awards), about 10% inspiration (artists we stan, important passings, etc), and most importantly –  80% documentation. 

 

Documentation includes: 

short performance/rehearsal video, photographs from rehearsals/performances, notes and ephemera from rehearsal, scores, text from the libretto, clips of songs, etc.:  literally all forms of media. 

 

The Media Manager will be responsible for creating captions and alt text for pre-existing documentation and posting on a regular schedule of about once weekly.

 

You Are:

  • a Black, Indigenous, or person of color. Femme, queer, and/or trans;

  • deeply committed to community, especially Black feminist and Black queer community;

  • familiar with, interested in, or committed to conversations around re-thinking prison culture, our criminal legal system; and/or are interested in or identify with prison and police abolition;

  • have an artistic eye for media, and an ongoing interest in archives;

  • very organized and self-guided (this role will have very little oversight);

  • responsive to emails.