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Guest Teaching Artist / Director (Much Ado About Nothing)

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Theatre Aspen is hiring a Guest Teaching Artist/Director for our summer Education team. Join us in directing students from 9th to 12th grade in our 4th annual Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing.

We are seeking a teaching artist who is equally adept at teaching high school students and managing the line of communication between the Much Ado production team and Education staff. The ideal candidate has experience both as a teacher in the rehearsal room and a passion for directing students in text-work and acting technique. This Guest Teaching Artist role will offer high school students valuable industry experience and networking opportunities.

Theatre Aspen Education focuses on building the whole student, with skills for theatre and tools for life. We welcome all students and strive to be purposefully inclusive in regard to race, gender, socio-economic status, orientation, creed, religion, age, and ability. We hold that the process of creation is as important – if not more so – than the product. Accessibility is key to our program as is demonstrated through our unconditional scholarship policy – we have never turned a student away due to financial circumstances.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
● Teach Middle School ½ day summer program: Beginner Bards (June 10th-14th)
● Serve as Director for High School production of Much Ado About Nothing (June 10th-29th), including teaching text analysis & Shakespeare monologue class components to training program + directing production.
● Provide support and collaborate with Education apprentices, creative / production teams, and Theatre Aspen summer staff
● Assist in the administration of resources and classroom/rehearsal supplies
● Execute prop design for Much Ado About Nothing with assistance from Education team
● Attend virtual summer camp training in advance of arrival, attend virtual production meetings in advance of arrival as scheduled

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
● A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
● Classroom experience as a lead teacher of 5th-12th grade students
● Production experience with Shakespeare
● A commitment to/prior experience in community outreach initiatives
● Strong writing, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to prioritize multiple projects
● Proficient in Google suite as production documents are housed virtually there
● A collaborative attitude
● Exhibit appropriate behavior for an intergenerational and cross-cultural space
● Communicate effectively with parents and students through email and personal greetings at the beginning and end of rehearsals
● Exhibit dedication to promoting and advocating Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) in our education and outreach programs
● Preference will be given to candidates who have a driver’s license and access to a car

Job Type: Guest Teaching Artist/Director
Contract Dates / Schedule: Arrival June 8th or 9th, departure afternoon/evening of June 29th. Some weekend and evening hours are required.
Fee: $2,000 + housing provided.
Travel: We are seeking candidates within driving distance as the Guest Teaching Artist/Director will be required to provide their own transportation to Aspen. Local commuting from provided housing to job site can be done easily by car or local bus system.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter explaining interest and relevant experience to education@theatreaspen.org with the subject “Guest Teaching Artist & Director.”

All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.
Theatre Aspen understands that the work to create equitable theatre on and offstage is never done and we pledge to continually pursue equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in our hiring, casting, education, and performance practices

To apply for this job email your details to education@theatreaspen.org

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