Glove Theatre interviewing candidates for manager

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For the first time in more than a decade, the Glove Theatre is interviewing candidates to hire as a full-time paid employee to manage the day-to-day operations of the nonprofit theater.

James Hannahs, president of the Glove Theatre’s Board of Directors, said an increasing number of ongoing programming events at the Glove Theatre in recent months has led to the need for the organization to bring on a general manager.

“We are amping up our programming to be more consistent,” Hannahs said. “That paired with the fact that we’re doing some large capital improvements in the coming months is why we’re creating this general manager position.”

The Glove Theatre is currently seeking about $2 million in funds from Gloversville’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant to do some restoration work inside the theater, including the purchase of an HVAC system and some restoration work for its walls.

On the programming side, in recent months the Glove Theatre has showed stage productions of “Daddy Long Legs” and “The Whoopie Cushion: A Vaudeville Variety Show,” as well as the free “Blackmon Film Series” shown every Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

“In March, we were open four days a week,” Hannahs said. “I don’t remember the last time we were open four days in one week, with multiple productions going on. So that, we hope, as we invest in this general manager position it’s going to help us convey that to the public even more, and that’s going to show them that we are doing things at the theater; it’s alive, active and bringing people in for a variety of programs, while also showing local talent and creative thinkers that this is a place that you can express yourself in a safe environment.”

According to the job posting at the theglovetheatre.com the manager position will pay $30,000 annually, via a 1099 tax form for independent contractors. The nonprofit would prefer to hire someone with two years of general manager experience with a theater background. The job listing also includes the possibility of relocation assistance as part of the compensation.

During the first decade of the 21st century, which is when the Glove Theatre was reopened following a period of dormancy, the organization employed several theater directors, including Roberta Esposito, Ovi Vargas and Emily Grant who were each tasked with putting on stage shows, among other duties.

Hannahs said he wasn’t involved with the Glove Theatre during those years, but the new general manager position will be different from the old theater director job in that the manager will not be in charge of the creative direction of the theater, but will be mostly tasked with making certain the theater is clean, the concessions are filled, the operation is staffed with volunteers, and will act as the point of first contact for people interested in the productions at the venue.

“The Board is very much still driving the boat when it comes to the coordination of the operation,” he said. “This is very much about maintaining the operations of the theater while also being the liaison for upcoming productions as well.”

Hannahs said the Glove Theatre currently has three candidates it is interviewing for the position.

By Jason Subik

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