Tara Cheyenne Performance
TCP is a dance-meets-theatre company based in Vancouver. Under the artistic direction of Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, TCP creates highly physical, character-driven performances that blend movement, text, dance, and theatre to speak to people about our shared tragic-comic experiences. You can find video samples of Goggles, Porno Death Cult, Highgate or other recent pieces at taracheyenne.com
Volunteer Opportunity Description:
What is the role of the board of directors?
The TCP board is mainly concerned with policy, which means we provide strategic direction as well as oversight of the company’s finances and management. The operations of the company are handled by our general manager on behalf of New Works, an artistic management company. The board also supports TCP through fundraising efforts, such as email drives and annual fundraising events such as the annual Vancouver Arts Lip Sync Battle in the spring of each year.
Who is on the board?
We generally keep a board of between six and twelve members. We look for a mix of experience in arts management, legal services, business and marketing strategy, and other skills helpful to an arts organization. For example, recent board members have included organizational fundraisers, professional editors, festival marketing specialists, arts administrators, gallery managers, and others. Those who have skills in any of the above areas are invited to submit their resume for consideration.
What is the expected commitment?
The board of directors meets as a group three times annually, plus periodical special board meetings or strategic planning sessions and one annual fundraising event. On top of that, members of subcommittees will meet two or three additional times per year for planning or other duties.
Board members may also be asked to help with special tasks, for example, giving grant proposals a second look, writing thank-you notes to funders, or recruiting new board members. Each board member is also encouraged to make a small (or big, if you can afford it!) annual donations, help source prizes for fundraising events, and help with the costs of occasional wine-and-cheese parties for VIPs.
Why should I get involved?
Volunteering on a board—particularly with a small organization like ours—is great way to get insight and experience in non-profits, art management, administration, grant writing, strategic planning, and so many other aspects of the arts industry. And beyond bolstering your own skills and resume, you are putting your time and your spirit into the work of culture building—effort that is critical to sustaining and expanding this city’s arts community.
How to Apply:
Submit your resume in an email to Laura Benoit, President, Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org with a note explaining your interest in volunteering with Tara Cheyenne Performance.