Encore Stage & Studio seeks energetic, imaginative, and organized Teaching Artists to teach after-school and Saturday dance classes for elementary school children. Applicants should have a college degree and previous teaching experience.
Desired skills include strong interpersonal skills, excellent classroom management, creativity, flexibility, and a passion for working with children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Dance Teachers must be responsible individuals committed to fostering creative expression in students. Successful applicants will have experience in designing and implementing age-appropriate lesson plans around a provided class theme. A background in choreography for musical theatre is helpful. Teaching Artists with experience in tap and jazz are particularly encouraged to apply.
Please indicate your current availability in your cover letter. Encore offers competitive pay. Teaching Artists will be required to submit to a background check before beginning employment with Encore.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Caroline Schreiber, Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Dance Teacher application.”[tab title="Opportunities for High School Students"]
The Stage Manager is an essential link for the cast and crew from the rehearsal process through the final performance. While the Stage Manager assists all production staff, his/her primary responsibility is to the Director and Technical Director of the show. The Stage Manager is involved in keeping the show running in an efficient, organized way from the first day of auditions all the way through Strike.
Responsibilities include: assisting the production staff at all audition and callback sessions including the pre-audition workshop, arriving early and staying late to set up and clean up the rehearsal room, keeping blocking notes and recording cues in an organized fashion, working with the technical staff to ensure a smooth transition from rehearsal room to the stage, attending all production meetings, and participating in Strike. The Stage Manager is also responsible for helping to create and maintain a positive and professional environment for the cast and crew.
Applicants must be in high school and at least 14 years old by the audition week of the production for which they are selected. Preference may be given to older students, or to students with more experience.
A successful applicant will have worked at least four shows on Encore’s crew. This includes work in the following positions:
• One show as the Light or Sound Board Operator
• One show as an Assistant Stage Manager
For the purposes of this application, positions such as Production Assistant may also count towards the four-show requirement.
Stage Managers are leaders, and are expected to serve as role models for their peers. Encore considers each student’s maturity, initiative, and ability to see the project through to completion when selecting Stage Manager candidates. In addition to carefully reviewing each student’s application, the Technical Director, Artistic Director, and Producer will be aided in their decision by observing the student in a production setting.
Stage Managers should be respectful and responsible, and capable of working in an independent fashion without parental involvement. They enjoy and are invested in the work of producing a show, and are able to establish camaraderie with the cast, crew, and production staff. They are able to exercise discretion when discussing matters related to the show, or to individuals working on the cast, crew, or staff.
How to Apply
Students should plan to submit an application during the season before they would like to serve as a Stage Manager (i.e. if you wish to work as an SM during the 2015-16 season, please submit your application during the 2014-15 season.) It is also strongly suggested that interested students speak with the Artistic Director, Technical Director, or Producer to express their interest prior to applying.
Completed applications should be emailed to Encore’s Producer, Rebecca Pfeil, at email@example.com
Stage Managers are chosen by the Encore staff, and will be notified by the Technical Director, Producer, or Artistic Director when selected. Whenever possible, Encore tries to identify all Stage Managers for the upcoming season no later than early September of that season. Stage Managers are paid a stipend for their work.
The staff bases their decision on a number of factors, including the quality of each student’s previous work with Encore, the applicant’s general demeanor and ability to interact in a friendly and professional way with both their peers and with staff members, and the student’s personal schedule as related to the production schedule for the season.
If you have any additional questions about stage managing with Encore, please contact Rebecca Pfeil at firstname.lastname@example.org
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