Literary Manager
Job Details
615 - Houston, TX
Full Time

Founded in 1947 by Nina Vance, the Alley Theatre is a pioneer of regional theatre, and one of the leading nonprofit theatre companies in the United States. The Alley has been awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award® and the Texas Medal of Arts Award. The Alley has transferred productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, major European Festivals, and to 40 American cities. Unique among regional theatres, the Alley is committed to maintaining a Resident Acting Company and providing them work year-round. Nationally recognized directors, actors, playwrights, and designers from across the country have regularly joined the Resident Acting Company.  

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director at the Alley, took over as artistic leader of the organization in 2019. His vision for the future of the Alley is both thrilling and ambitious as the Theatre nears its 75th anniversary in 2021-22. When the Theatre reopens, his strategic goals include upholding the Alley’s artistic excellence, keeping longtime Alley Theatre devotees eager to return each season, and creating productions and cultivating new audiences that are as diverse and vibrant as the city of Houston.

Rob Melrose, Managing Director Dean Gladden and the Alley’s leadership team are committed to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the Theatre’s programming and operations. We are conscious about fostering an environment where everyone is encouraged to bring their authentic selves. We embrace differences and strive to be inclusive of all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.


JOB START DATE:   7/1/2021

SALARY: 50,000 /YR Minimum


The Literary Manager works in close coordination with the Director of New Work to support each production in the season, manage the day-to-day operations of the literary office, scout new work and produce Alley All New events.



  • High-level script reading at a pace of one play read per day with a written report
  • Scout new work both locally and via travel to new play festivals
  • Meet with artists new to the Alley both in person and virtually as well as maintain relationships with artists, agents and other theater professionals on behalf of the Alley
  • Ensure that the Alley is scouting, reading, and seriously considering scripts from a diverse group of writers and paying particularly close attention to Houston and Texas-based writers
  • Engage in season planning process with artistic director, artistic staff and general management department – including both debating and discussing plays, making offers to artists and sorting out logistics with them
  • Oversee the journey of script submissions through the process of consideration and (as appropriate) rejection
  • Oversee the Alley’s script tracking system, currently online in Air Table
  • Manage the pool of freelance script readers
  • Join the Director of New Work in coordinating University of Houston MA student dramaturgs on Alley productions
  • Create program notes for all productions, or oversee the student dramaturgs in doing so as appropriate
  • Curate lobby displays for all productions with the Alley’s Marketing and ECE Departments
  • Oversee the drafting of dramaturgical materials for productions, workshops, and readings as needed and in collaboration with the UH student dramaturgs as appropriate
  • Attend Alley rehearsals, run-throughs and previews and give notes to the playwright and director as appropriate
  • Moderate pre and post-show Alley Chats in conjunction with productions, readings and workshops
  • Produce other audience engagement events and materials as they arise
  • Locate and distribute scripts as requested and maintain the shared season scripts folder used by the Alley staff
  • Organize and moderate  “Let’s Talk About It” play discussion sessions with Alley staff
  • Proof-read and edit programs, press releases and other marketing materials
  • With the Director of New Work, produce and curate the Alley All New Festival and Alley All New Reading Series. More specifically, producing the Alley All New Festival entails:
    • Acting as festival producer to oversee all elements of the festival weekends – not just what happens on stage
    • Organizing weekly internal meetings in the months leading up to the festival to ensure that all departments are communicating, coordinating and working efficiently towards the on-sale announcement and festival itself
    • Coordinating welcome packets and name badges for attendees
    • Coordinating artist ticketing with the box office
    • Coordinating festival volunteers
    • Frequent communication with artists in preparation for the festival regarding both logistics and dramaturgy.
    • Being the dramaturg and producing point person for half of the festival projects.
    • Meals/coffees/drinks with artists to build relationships and make sure their experience is great beyond just the rehearsal/workshop process alone.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

START DATE: July 2021

Candidates selected for interview will be required to submit a writing sample.



Must Have Skills:

  • 3-5 years of professional work experience
  • Deep knowledge of living playwrights
  • Deep knowledge of the American theater landscape
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills.  
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Ability to work long hours and to manage an irregular schedule, including weekends and holidays

Preferred Skills

  • Pre-existing connections to writers, agents and the staff of other theaters.
  • Maturity and understanding of the artistic process and excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills.
  • Capacity to solve problems and engage in creative thinking.
  • Excellent research skills and an eagerness to use them.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, energized and quickly changing environment.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills.
  • Ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Understanding of historical and institutional racism in the American theatre, or a commitment to learning, and to be a part of Alley Theatre’s efforts to be an anti-racist organization



  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid vacation, floating holiday and sick  time
  • 401(k) with matching, FSA, HRA (Alley paid deductible)
  • Free  and  discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
  • Free parking 
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Employee wellness program & EAP
  • Houston, TX is one of the most affordable cities in the nation with no state or city income tax.


Alley Theatre is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at


The Alley Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. Read more at Alley Theatre Official Website - Equity Diversity Inclusion