The Performing Arts Connection

31 Union AvenueThe Performing Arts Connection
Sudbury, MA 01776
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Date Posted:
April 30, 2021

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Education/Instruction

Type:
Full-Time

Director of Theater (Full Time)

Description:
ABOUT THE COMPANY

The Performing Arts Connection is a dynamic, busy, and inclusive dance and performing arts studio for all ages that is proudly entering its 15th season. At TPAC, our team is made up of vibrant, positive and engaged staff members. We work in a collaborative, supportive and encouraging environment where we embrace a team mentality. Team members draw upon their natural friendliness and authentic warm selves to contribute to TPAC’s supportive culture and the result is that our studio families have an incredible experience every step of the way. Our motto is “everyone gets to be in the limelight” and building confidence in our students is of the highest priority. We seek candidates who are passionate about performing arts education and caring about relationships with students, families, and colleagues. If you want to be a part of an arts organization that makes an impact in the lives of students of all ages, then we want to hear from you.


ABOUT OUR TEAM AND WORK CULTURE

One thing is true about all of the adults on our team: our priority is in ensuring students’ safety, happiness, and success. Though we each have different ways of doing things (which is good!), we are always on the same page when it comes to our core values.

Our hiring process focuses on finding people with the right mindsets and the right fit. We’ve found our process to be very successful in building a studio culture where staff are positive, take risks, and are focused on improving yet also open about areas for growth.

All Staff at TPAC

-Love and nurture all of our students;

-Take personal responsibility and work collaboratively to ensure that all students learn and grow, understanding that the progress of our students is directly under our control;

-Hold themselves to the highest standards;

-Push and support themselves, their students, and their colleagues;

-Proactively seek and incorporate feedback;

-Are deeply passionate and committed to the work and our organizational values

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

As a full-service arts school, TPAC has actively worked to create an inclusive environment for all of our participants. We are aware of the injustice and ongoing racial violence happening in the world -- in particular against the Black community -- and we aim to be a part of the solution. We condemn all forms of racism and injustice. We stand with the Black community and we believe Black lives matter. As an organization, we have work to do. Through the arts and through our commitment to be a place where everyone gets to be in the limelight, TPAC will continue to be an inclusive organization and one that moves closer to equity and justice.


JOB DESCRIPTION

TPAC is seeking a full-time Director of Theater and experienced Teaching Artist to join its leadership team, alongside the Director of Dance and Executive Director. We are seeking someone with exceptional knowledge of children’s musical theater production and the ability to diplomatically manage and motivate people. This position is divided into two parts: teaching Musical Theater, Acting, and Directing ages 3 to adult (approximately 50%) and administrative/managerial duties (approximately 50%). The ideal candidate will lead with artistic vision, stay within budget, while also supporting and listening to staff, students, and parents. They have a positive attitude, ultimate patience, the ability to pivot gracefully under pressure, and an eagerness to learn and be part of a team. We are seeking to a hire career-minded, long-term employee with a stand-out work ethic and desire to learn and grow.

RESPONSIBILITIES:


Teaching, Directing Choreographing and Curriculum Planning (About 50%)

-September to June: Teach up to 20 hours week of Musical Theater and Acting classes, including Directing up to 3 musicals with multiple casts in our school year Youth Musical program. Students range from ages 3 to adult and from beginner to advanced. Most classes follow TPAC’s signature curriculum with room for creative license in choreography and content.

-Direct our April vacation musical

-June-August: Teach and Direct up to 40 hours per week in our Summer Theater Workshop program

-Serve as a resource and guide for programming staff members when it comes to assisting with choreography or making directorial decisions

-Occasionally fill in for directors or teachers to cover any staffing gaps, check on the progress of programs, and have facetime with students

-Learn content and skills as detailed in curriculum support materials (e.g. teacher guides) and TPAC framework for teaching

-Collaborate with Artistic Director in developing purposeful and engaging daily and long-term plans

-Submit necessary curriculum documents (e.g. lesson plans) as requested

-Maintain a productive, safe, and enthusiastic learning environment

-Maximize instruction time by keeping the flow of classroom activities moving smoothly and efficiently

-Uphold all studio policies within the classroom

-Infuse TPAC values, rigor, and joy into lessons

-Integrate feedback and goal-setting into lesson delivery

-Provide the differentiation and accommodations needed for the growth and success of all students; go above and beyond to ensure that all students are meeting appropriate standards

-Model strong written and verbal skills

-Supervise out of classroom settings such as arrival, transitions, lunch, and dismissal

-Invest time in knowing students and demonstrate an active interest in their well-being

Program Oversight and Management

Theater Program Scheduling

-Reach out to venues to schedule and confirm all tech and dress rehearsals and performances for all programs

-Based on confirmed dates at venue, work with Artistic Director and programming staff to create full rehearsal schedules for all programs

-Work with Leadership Team to confirm staffing for each program, including a Teaching Schedule By Day, which lists every day of the year and who is teaching what, at what time, on each day, and ensuring there is studio space available

-Coordinate all theater programming with Artistic Director

-Schedule and attend regular production meetings with production staff

-Help ensure programming staff stay within budget and programs are maintaining studio standards

-Learn and master the administrative systems that have contributed to our success, including weekly task lists for program coordination.

-Attend as many Rehearsals / Performances as schedule permits including voice and dance recitals, often on weekends, to provide support for staff and students and facetime with parents

-Attend last three sessions of all Workshop programs and give notes to creative staff

-Be available to attend and provide necessary support for all tech and dress rehearsals for all performing company programs (adult glee club, youth musicals, summer workshops, TPAC performance troupe), including load-in and load-out.


HR and Communication

-Participate in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring for all artistic/programming full-time and part-time staff

-Supervise and manage theater programming staff as/if needed

-Work with Artistic Director to ensure that communication between admin staff and programming staff is open and transparent

-Help to create a supportive, positive culture amongst staff, students, and families

Fully embrace TPAC’s mission and values and promote them to students, parents, and colleagues

-Proactively seek assistance or advice when faced with challenging teaching situations;

-Maintain positive relationships with and support the learning of all staff members

-Appropriately give and receive feedback to/from students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration

-Provide feedback and guidance to classroom assistants


Registration and Strategic Planning

-Confirm all rehearsal dates, performance dates, class dates, program and class descriptions, and pricing information and send to Studio Manager, Executive Director and Artistic Director for registration building and website and marketing

-Make sure website and registrations include most up to date information

-Work with Leadership Team to develop, restructure, or cut programs as needed

-Meet weekly with Leadership and Management teams

-Work with Leadership Team to determine show titles for every program and classes and lessons each season

-Work with Leadership Team to explore potential community partnerships and outreach opportunities


Parent / Student Relations

-Student Recommendations

-Write college and program recommendations for students as requested

-New Parent Interest

-Answer phone calls and emails from potential new parents and participants; explain programs in detail

-Parent / Student Issues

-Step in if parents are unhappy with a situation or if a staff member is having difficulty with a parent or student. Most common issues are sensitivity around casting or if a child needs to be removed from a program for too many absences or behavior issues.

-Student Recruitment

-If registration numbers are low for any one program, reach out to past students, showcase participants, or young people in the community, and attempt to recruit

-Meet expectations including punctuality and professionalism in conversation and in writing; consistently meet deadlines and communicate frequently and appropriately on progress on projects and goals.

-Reflect on professional practice through self-analysis and engagement in informal and formal feedback processes


JOB DETAILS

Start Date: Between May 1-June 1

Salary: $45,000-$50,000

Benefits: Paid time off (vacation, sick, personal), health insurance, short-term disability, retirement matching, professional development reimbursement.

Schedule: Average 40 hours per week Monday-Friday (Saturdays Sept-Nov and Jan-April and occasional events). Some evenings and weekends will be required for attending rehearsals / performances and meetings that may extend beyond the typical 40 hours. Schedule of hours vary greatly depending on the season – applicants must have full availability.

COVID-19 Safety Procedures

This position is on-site. We have implemented many safety measures including closing our lobby to the general public, daily staff wellness checks, air purifiers, masks at all times, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and more.

TPAC does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.

Qualifications:

-Unwavering humility, patience, and kindness

-Professional demeanor with the ability to influence and facilitate decision-making among multiple, diverse parties

-Openness to work collaboratively to solve problems

-High sense of urgency, demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment, and ability to be self-directed and take initiative

-Organized and systems driven

-Fastidious and attentive to detail

-Basic principles of curriculum design

-Minimum 5 years children’s musical theater experience.

-The candidate must demonstrate skill, confidence, energy, vitality, and expertise in working with students.

-Confident communicator

-Preferred Degree in Theater and/or Education

-Experience directing musicals & working with young people

-Must be comfortable and skilled in working in a fast-paced environment

-An ability to listen deeply and foster strong relationships

-Focused and calm under pressure

-Reliable transportation to Sudbury (no commuter rail access)

-Makes theater accessible to performers of all levels and abilities through thoughtful teaching strategies and age- and level-appropriate lessons and rehearsals.

-Ability to collaborate with others

-Flexible, patient, and eager to learn and work hard

-Must have impeccable written and verbal communication skills

-Elements of effective classroom environment and management

-Ability to maintain confidentiality; exhibit tact and patience

How To Apply:

How To Apply:

Please email jobs@performingartsconnection.com with DIRECTOR OF THEATER in the Subject line along with the following:

1. Cover letter (please include why you want to work at our studio in an administrative and teaching capacity and what excites you most about the position)

2. Video introduction (60-90 seconds; no need to read from a script! Instead speak from your heart. We want to get to know YOU! Tell us three reasons why you believe you’d be a great fit for our team!)

3. Resume

4. Please fill out our application form: The Performing Arts Connection Employee Application (google.com)

-Only candidates with previous teaching experience will be considered.

-While we appreciate all submissions only those offered an interview will be contacted.

-Please note that incomplete submissions will be discarded.

-No phone calls, please. No emails to TPAC’s main Office email address, please.

-Candidates who are selected to move forward will be scheduled for a Zoom or phone interview with a member of our team. The next step, if a candidate is to move forward, would be either a follow-up phone call, or an in-person interview with one or more members of the TPAC team. Please note, all teaching candidates are asked to teach a lesson sample during the in-person interview stage of the selection process, so we can attain a sense of individual style and connection with the students.


Apply by:
April 30, 2021
Salary:
$45,000 - $50,000
About this Organization:
The Performing Arts Connection is a full service dance and performing arts school for children, teenagers, and adults. We believe that anyone who wants to pursue dance and the performing arts should have a fun, safe, supportive, and exciting environment in which to train. TPAC is committed to building confidence in each student no matter his or her goals as a performer. We are thrilled to train beginners as well as those pursuing a professional career in the arts. At TPAC, we help build confidence every step of the way--no matter which shoes you choose!