Brooks School seeks candidates for the position of Theater Director. This is a full-time position effective July 1, 2019.
The mission of Brooks School is to provide the most meaningful educational experience to our students. To successfully do that, teachers at Brooks must be fully engaged in all aspects of students life, both in and out of the classroom. Brooks teachers are expected to teach, advise, supervise, care about the students, work in partnership with parents, advocate and promote the school, work collegially with administrators and fellow faculty, and grow professionally. A full-time teaching position includes teaching four sections, coaching two sports/activities, residential and community responsibilities.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL:
Teach theater classes as well as direct our fall play and winter musical.
Assist in growing the theater arts program by providing the vision, skills and knowledge to instruct students in all facets of theater production.
Be a highly effective teacher who fosters a passion for the arts and lifelong learning, while making live theater relevant in today’s learning environment.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Teach acting, playwriting, directing or other theater-related classes to students in grades 9-12.
Provide instruction appropriate for individual student differences and learning styles. Create a learning environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social and emotional development of students and aligned with the stated mission of the school.
Direct two plays, as well as a fall and a winter musical. Work as consultant/advisor to a student production in the spring production.
Oversee production budget.
Establish rehearsal, production-meeting and production-week schedules.
Audition and cast students for a fall play in the second week of our school year.
Provide an information session for our spring musical in mid-November.
Audition and cast in collaboration with a production team.
Lead direction, which takes place weekdays and some Saturdays for approximately eight to 10 weeks, including Production Week. (There are two dress rehearsals for each production, with the second dress rehearsal open to faculty and staff in the fall and faculty, staff, alumnae and parents of alumnae in the spring). In the course of direction, the theater director is expected to teach acting principles, techniques, styles, script analysis, character development, etc, as well as conduct exercises in voice and speech, movement for the actors, improvisation skills and additional warm-up or specialty exercises as needed for performance.
Invite consultants and specialists from within the faculty or the theater community as necessary for the productions.
Collaborate with technical director on set design, prop accumulation, sound, lights, box office technology and seating configuration for the fall play.
Collaborate with music director, choreographer and technical director for the musical.
Hire and collaborate with costume designer.
Collaborate with students to create poster and program art.
Arrange for dispersal of posters.
Arrange for on-campus publicity.
Create performance program.
Create a production assistant schedule.
Guide and oversee student production assistants during the rehearsal period in activities that include assistant direction, stage management and production protocol.
Guide and oversee student production assistants during Production Week in activities that include house management, box office and concessions.
Establish communication with families about schedules, ticket purchase, volunteer opportunities.
Coordinate parent volunteers.
Establish communication with Admissions & Development (Communications, Alumni) departments to release publicity, offer complimentary tickets, etc.
Communicate with Facilities and Security regarding Production Week schedules and set-up needs.
Arrange for a “lobby board” of photographs and photography display.
Provide rehearsal and performance schedules for school’s master calendar committee.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of five years of related professional experience teaching acting, directing and producing theater plays and musicals.
Bachelor’s degree in related field required; Master’s degree, preferred.
Experience working with high school students, preferred.