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Qualifications | Job Goal | Performance Responsibilities | Terms | Evaluation | How to Apply

At George Street Playhouse, teaching artists play a critical role in the success of GSP educational programming and take on a variety of roles including facilitator, actor, mentor, coach, and teacher. Typically, teaching Artists are practicing professional artists who have dual careers as educators and possess equal commitment to the arts and education. They have backgrounds in a wide range of theatre arts practices including music, movement and dance, acting, directing, playwriting, scenic and costume design — and work in a variety of settings (both in person and in a virtual setting) including Theatre Academy classes, residency partnerships with schools and community programs with diverse populations. Teaching artists demonstrate a commitment to culturally responsive teaching coupled with experience in theatre arts disciplines and are passionate about teaching diverse school-aged children across grade levels in public school settings. They are committed to on-going professional development as an arts practitioner and culturally responsive educator.

Qualifications:       

  1. At least 3 years of working experience in a similar role, preferably in diverse settings with culturally, racially and linguistically diverse students. 
  2. English/Spanish bilingual with high fluency in both languages.
  3. Degree (BA, BFA, BS, etc.) in related fields required. Specific teaching certificates and advanced degrees in education preferred. 
  4. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to engaging in culturally responsive teaching practices and a successful record of working with diverse students, residents, and community-based organizations.  
  5. Highly skilled in and with practical knowledge of one or all of the following theatre arts disciplines; acting, improvisation, playwriting, movement, vocal production, devised theatre, theatre design or technical theatre production.
  6. Skilled in music, dance and/or theater traditions rooted in Afro-Latino traditions (including Afro-Brazilian, Samba, Samba Reggae, Afro Cuban, West African, Hip Hop, Afro Haitian, Salsa, Merengue.) 
  7. Experience utilizing arts education programming as a tool for healthy social-emotional development, leadership development, and community building.
  8. Experience in K-12 schools as traditional music teacher, dance teacher, and drama teacher, or in colleges/universities as professor preferred.
  9. Special training as early childhood educators, adaptive arts educators, or dance, drama, or music therapists preferred. 
  10. Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities.
  11. Work well in a team-oriented environment and maintain harmonious relationships.
  12. Effective and engaging public speaking skill; experience in preparing presentations.
  13. Time and classroom management.
  14. Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft Suite and Google Suite of applications.
  15. Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills.
  16. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the GSP Managing Director may find appropriate and acceptable.

Reports to: 

GSP Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming  

Job Goal

Must have the ability to convert their artistic experiences into professional and educational approaches, infusing their teaching with authenticity, practicality, and depth.  Develop curricula, lesson plans, and instructional methodologies aligned with NJ Student Learning Standards for students in K-12 school settings. Interact with school administrators and teachers and are responsible for all daily program goals. 

Performance Responsibilities:

  1. Create developmentally-appropriate and culturally relevant, transdisciplinary-focused curriculum, units, and lessons aligned with NJ Student Learning Standards. Lesson design and lesson development includes SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) goals and learning outcomes; research-based instructional strategies, formative and summative assessment, and culturally responsive teaching practices. 
  2. Implement arts integrated curriculum to support academic learning and/or social and emotional development through culturally responsive theatre arts instruction.
  3. Plan and establish a safe learning environment for all participants and artists to foster inclusion, pro-social development, modeling positive behavior, and supporting participant accomplishments.
  4. Participate in pre-plan and post-planning meetings with co-teaching artists, staff, and or collaborators.
  5. Encourage all students to “share out” what they have learned and reflect on their learning at each session.
  6. Experience in guiding students to full-scale culminating presentations.
  7. Document workshop agenda and successes and challenges for each session and share with administrative staff.
  8. Report any workshop concerns including lessons, learning, attendance, and facility issues.
  9. When appropriate, submit participant attendance and sign in sheets, and other documents in a timely manner in accordance with the Administrative deadlines.
  10. Adhere to policies of the organization and contracted sites (school districts, community. organizations), reporting any incidents or problems to leadership and school administrators and GSP Administrative staff.
  11. Be a positive role model to students, school staff and fellow Teaching Artists.
  12. Performs such other job related tasks as assigned.

Terms of Employment:    

As per signed contractual agreement upon hiring.

  • May be part-time, seasonal, or short-term (e.g. a residency, teaching series, or workshop). 
  • People of color, bilingual, multilingual, and LGBTQQI candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Reference and Background check required.   
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Access to a computer is highly preferred along with reliable and strong internet as well as quality video and audio capabilities

Evaluation

Performance of this position will be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy of evaluation of GSP professional personnel.

To apply:

Please send your resume, references and cover letter including an introduction to your artistic and teaching practice, detailing preferred age groups, specific topics or skills you are prepared to teach, and any relevant notes about your availability or preferred scheduling. You are welcome to include sample lesson plans and/or a video excerpt, no longer than five minutes in length, that illustrates your relevant qualifications and experiences.  

Please send your materials to gspjobs@georgestplayhouse.org by December 2, 2020.  

George Street Playhouse is dedicated to building a racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse, inclusive and equitable environment. Applicants from historically underrepresented populations in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. George Street Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic.