Monthly Archives: July 2019

Chasing the Dragon

Cooper Grodin’s one man musical show for one night only!

You love him as Sam in MAMMA MIA! now come and enjoy his beautiful voice and hear fascinating stories in a brand new cabaret.

On Tuesday, July 23rd at 7pm for one night only, Cooper Grodin’s one man show, Chasing the Dragon will premiere at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Be the first audience to experience his new show!  Cooper will also be leading a 10 minute talkback after the show.

Chasing the Dragon tells the unusual, true story of one little boy’s quest to find what makes him run. By chasing happiness on a journey that includes trading oil at the World Trade Centre to center stage with Phantom of the Opera, with a few hits from The Beatles, Elvis, Billy Joel, and some sidesteps along the way, we just may return to what made us run in the first place. What’s your dragon?

Cooper was the title role in the National Tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, an original cast member of the new production of LES MISERABLES, and has been seen in Shakespeare in the Park. Cooper is currently playing Sam Carmichael in MAMMA MIA at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Tickets are $10 for all ages and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or purchase online.

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Posted Monday, July 1, 2019

Position Description Summary:
Our organization is currently seeking its first full time Development Director to develop and manage successful fundraising initiatives and donor relations programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing our fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a stronger volunteer and staff development team. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns. If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development, we encourage you to apply.

Effect on the Organization:
Income from fund raising and special events will grow in dollars and percentage of total operational budget of the Playhouse members and endowment will grow.

Reports to: Managing Director


Development Responsibilities:

• Create and execute strategic and annual Development Plans in concert with the priorities of the theatre, our strategic plan and operational needs. This includes identifying and soliciting viable donors, sponsors, grant-makers, in-kind supporters, and partners, as well as assisting in the execution of fundraising events

• Seek out, identify and cultivate existing and new relationships for donors that generate increased contributed income as part of Ivoryton Playhouse’s overall $2M operating budget

• Serve as the lead point person on ongoing capital campaigns and Planned Giving/Ovation Society

• Assist with the planning and execution of fundraising events annually in consultation with any committee established, including sponsorship and auction item solicitation, guest list management, etc.

• Identify, compile, and submit grants, proposals, and reports in a complete, timely, accurate, and compelling fashion

• Keep meticulous donor profiles and ensure institutional memory of donor relationships

• Identify when VIPs will be present at Ivoryton Playhouse and greet them, or alert appropriate
Directors/Board to greet them and participate in the cultivation/stewardship process

• Secure new corporate sponsors and fulfill sponsor benefits throughout the season

• Participate in and provide strategic guidance on the annual membership campaign and fulfill donor benefits throughout the season

• Work with and aid the Board on methodologies, resources, and tools for the Board’s own fundraising efforts, particularly on capital and special projects

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, non-profit management, communication, or related field preferred

• Minimum three years of development or related experience in nonprofit fundraising preferred

• Proven success at meeting and exceeding revenue goals. Grant writing experience is preferred, however, candidate should have experience securing individual major gifts, donations and sponsorships

• Ability to work directly with donors, engaging them in different ways

• Proven successful interactions with Boards and a diverse array of community stakeholders

• Solid writing, editing and proofreading skills

• Provide friendly, donor-centered customer service and represent the theatre and our mission in a professional and positive manner

• Excellent computer/technology skills, especially with Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms. Experience using database software preferred

• Excellent organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail

• Ability to take initiative and lead projects, as well as able to be a strong team player

• Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion

Personal Attributes:

• A collaborative spirit with ability to interact and/or lead others

• Self-starter with ability to work independently

• Strong organizational, communication/presentation and customer service skills

• Must be flexible including working evenings and weekend hours

• Possess a positive, can-do attitude, a spirit of curiosity and tenacity to “get the job done”

We prefer to receive applications (PDF files) by email to:

Or send cover letter and resume to:

Krista May
Managing Director
Ivoryton Playhouse
PO Box 458
Ivoryton, CT 06442

Deadline for submitting an application is August 9, 2019.

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