Blackboard seeks Digital Associate Intern

Since 2008, Blackboard Reading Series has been incubated by Nancy Manocerhian’s the cell and featured a new Black playwright each month.

20120605-203510.jpgOur series is devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.

Nov 13-15 copy

Blackboard Community Night November 2008

We are active on social media and beginning a podcast as an extension of this blog, “Playwright Conversations”.

Blackboard seeks an Intern to assist as a Digital Associate


College Graduate


Current college student – potential college credit for Juniors and Seniors
Primary Internship responsibilities:

  • Assist with website upgrade.
  • Assist with weekly newsletter creation through iContact.
  • Assist with projects that may require social media presence and brand management.
  • Assist at monthly reading series -2nd Monday of every Month
  • Assist in grant research and donor management


  • MUST be Tech Savvy: iPhone, iPad, Macbook, iCloud, iPhoto, PhotoStream, Dropbox. not required that you have these things, but please be comfortable with them.
  • MUST be proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Mail.
  • Proficiency with Pages, and Adobe Photoshop a plus.
  • Social Media proficient: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Should be forward-thinking and a problem solver.
  • Must maintain a very positive attitude

Part Time Flexible Hours 10-12 per week

4 month internship

1 day in Harrison, NY (Westchester County / Metro North)

Other work virtual from home on assigned tasks if necessary through the rest of the week.

The intern must be reliable, computer proficient and feel comfortable working independently.

As an intern with us you will:
-Become familiar with branding and marketing in the entertainment industry.
– Gain exposure and familiarity to many within New York’s Black Theatre Community.
-Have a passion for a grassroots/start-up company and be able to devote your professional life to its growth Responsibilities.

Social Media Blogging, Social Media Communications, Event Marketing Strategy,

Job Type: Part-time

Required experience:

  • Social Media Marketing: 2 years

Required education:

  • Associate

Payment: NYC Subway monthly and Round Trip Metro North Fare

Please send Brief Cover Letter and Resume to:



About blackboardplays

Familiar with the collectives for poets and other Black writers that had been created over the years and slightly envious of that sense of community, I became curious about a similar place for playwrights. I wanted to see Black playwrights, actors and directors excited over each others work and supporting each other. I was longing for a “home” as a Black playwright and wanted to see other Black artists in that home, not to be exclusive, but because there was a void. I was also eager to find other Black playwrights who shared a passion for the craft of storytelling. The stories of the Black community are diverse and are often hidden behind the blockbuster stereotyped versions. The non-artistic Black community, not involved in the writing of these stories, is yearning to see themselves in our stories and it is apart of my life’s work to ensure that happens. the cell is any artists’ dream: a new space that supports you as you grow, committed to new work and the art. This allows the writer to focus on the craft - to focus on their story. Nancy Manocherian and Kira Simring welcomed this idea with open arms and instantly became apart of what we later called “Blackboard Reading Series”. Every reading will conclude a twenty minute talk-back with the audience. Dialogue with the community is essential to what we want to do with the series. As we grow, there may be more readings a month, play festivals and of course productions. We want to nurture and develop new black playwrights for this generation! Thank You! Garlia Cornelia Jones Founder, Blackboard Reading Series
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