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Paramount Story Wranglers seeking Music Director/Accompanist

The Paramount Story Wranglers are a group of actors, improvisers and musicians that adapt stories written by local 3rd grade students and transform them from page to stage in an off-the-wall, creative, touching and hilarious musical comedy variety show. Something like this.

The Story Wranglers are seeking music directors for their upcoming season. Duties include writing original songs based on students’ stories, adapting songs to fit the needs of the show/cast, providing incidental music and sound effects, enriching sketches with musical moments and accompanying the performance.

Piano is preferred, but other instruments are welcome to apply. Experience in musical theatre and experience working with children are preferred but not required.

We have four shows open this semester. The schedule is the same for each. Rehearsals take place Sundays 12-5 and Mondays-Thursdays 6:30-10:30. Shows occur Friday afternoons between 12-3. The dates for each show process are as follows:

  • Oct 25-30
  • Nov 1-6
  • Nov 8-13
  • Nov 15-20
  • Nov 29-Dec 4

You may apply for one or all of the shows. Pay starts at $250 per show but varies on availability and experience with the opportunity for growth and expansion within the organization.

To apply, please contact Mitch Harris with a resume and which show(s) you’re interested in to set up an interview time.



Grant Writer

Full-Time                  Department: Development
Supervisor: ED of Development

Summary: The grant writer’s job is to make the best case possible to appropriate funding organizations. He/she will work diligently to create an annual schedule of funding cycles to optimize the organization’s ability to be considered for funding.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Through interviews, online research and other means, gather information that will easily allow him/her to grasp the concept of a project or program for which funding is sought
  • Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of the organization, and use that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which grants will be sought and to recommend the seeking of grants
  • Research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs
  • Compile, write, and edit all grant applications exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar, spelling and budgets
  • Review and understand program budgets for which funding is sought and make recommendations to track and follow for reports
  • Develop individual grant proposals in accordance with each grant-making organization’s preferences and follow exactly each grant-making organization’s guidelines
  • Keep in contact with grant-making organizations during their review of a submitted grant application in order to be able to supply additional supportive material
  • Manage the process of supplying progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program

Additional Duties: Assist other development and organizational staff as needed.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to climb stairs safely, sit at a desk/computer/etc. for much of the day, and able to lift 20 pounds.

Education & Experience: The ideal candidate must possess B.A., (M.A. preferred) at least 3 years’ experience in grant writing or equivalent experience in related fields; strong organizational skills; excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills; detail oriented and must be deadline driven, excellent facility with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, (Tessitura software a plus). Occasional evening and weekend work required. Willing to adjust to a demanding and changing environment where different hats are worn each day and committed to and be enthusiastic about ATA’s mission and programs.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and references to Maica Jordan at or fax to 512-472-5824.

Organizational Background

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has served Austin for nearly a century now. It stands next door to the State Theatre, constructed in 1935. Together, as the Austin Theatre Alliance, these spaces are acoustically more intimate, visually more appealing, and historically more significant than just about any other theatre in the region. Both are contributing structures to the Congress Avenue National Historic District, and the Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Theatres continue to serve as anchors in the downtown area for performing arts events, film screenings, and our education and outreach programs. Artists like Harry Houdini, Katherine Hepburn, and Helen Hays graced the Paramount stage in its early days. The venues continue to remain relevant to the community with a contemporary line-up of stars such as Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, and Dr. Maya Angelou. Each year, more than 200,000 people pass through our doors to take in first-rate performing arts events and films.

Our Mission: Inspired by the power of the arts to change lives, the Austin Theatre Alliance strives to engage all Central Texans through extraordinary live performances and films, to ignite the intellect and imagination of our youths, and to ensure the preservation of the historic Paramount & Stateside Theatres; the crown jewels of downtown Austin.

To this end, the Austin Theatre Alliance has maintained its longstanding commitment to provide access to the arts for all Central Texans. Through our Education & Outreach programming, formally organized in 2008, we impact more than 18,000 children annually, seventy-five percent of the students are from the low-income, Title I schools most in need of our support. Our programs give students the thrill of attending a live performance at our historic venues, engage them in their classrooms, and provide an important resource for teachers wishing to incorporate creative learning techniques into their pedagogy. In a time of steep budget cuts, there is no more cost-effective way for students to reap the benefits of a comprehensive, integrated arts education than through the collaboration between schools and our education and outreach programs.

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