Middle School Theatre Arts Director/Instructor – The Mount Vernon School – Atlanta, GA
Company: The Mount Vernon School
Address: Atlanta, GA
The Mount Vernon School
Founded in 1972, The Mount Vernon School is a leading private school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.
At Mount Vernon, we are building something extraordinary. We are interested in solution seekers, ethical decision-makers, communicators, creative thinkers, collaborators and innovators. We are not interested in red-tape or blending in. As our Visual & Performing Arts Team seeks to reimagine arts education, we are looking for someone who is passionate and skilled in teaching drama, directing, designing productions, and building a theatre program. We are seeking someone who could help prepare students for the stage, backstage, and beyond the stage by helping students build skills in acting, playwriting, and producing theatre while exposing students to careers in the performing/technical arts. We are seeking someone who is interested in using audio/visual technology to enhance performing arts instruction. How can our students impact their world while learning foundational skills in theatre?
Role & Responsibilities
- To teach theatre arts skills (acting, playwriting, design, production) to students in Grade 6-8.
- To use project-based learning, real-world experiences, and collaborative opportunities to develop skills and meet professionals working in the industry.
- To develop interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary experiences by partnering with classroom teachers, staff, and external experts.
- To introduce production skills such as audio recording, video production & sound/lighting design at an introductory level.
- To design excellent performance experiences for our students to showcase their talent & skill.
- To manage all aspects of the MS theatre program (after school) including auditions, rehearsals, parent coordination, logistical coordination, set design, etc.
- To collaborate with our Visual & Performing Arts team to help produce all-school events.
- To build on an existing curriculum and continue to innovate by creating unique assets and experience. Support the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the School
- Build on and continue developing theatre arts curriculum/projects
- Collaborate with classroom teachers to develop interdisciplinary experiences
- Manage the MS theatre program and work with the Upper School Director of Theatre Arts to manage the MV Theatre Season
- Use various online platforms to design content/curriculum, give weekly feedback, and track student progress
- Attend school, division & department faculty meetings
- Fulfill non-classroom duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts/Theater and/or Education required, a Master’s Degree is preferred
- 3-5 years of stage and education experience preferred
- Solid working knowledge of the concepts, activities and techniques related to performing arts at the required level
- Strong foundation in classroom management
- Performing Artist. We are seeking to revolutionize the traditional theatre program by introducing students to real-world skills like puppetry, film, theatre for youth, immersive theatre, etc. The instructor’s abilities to lean on their own real-world experiences and connect students with professionals in the industry will be critical to this goal.
- Innovative Connector. In addition to teaching theatre-specific courses, we connect each Arts+Design teacher with homeroom teachers that they can work with to integrate the arts into other courses. Our teachers are excited to work with each other and create meaningful interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary learning opportunities.
- Opportunity Builder. What opportunities can we make available for students to demonstrate their artistic skills? How can we showcase students in a deep and meaningful way? We look for ways to let students inspire their peers & parents through excellent and meaningful productions that look different every year.
- Detailed Planner. Are you able to build student-driven lessons & experiences that are rich & unique? Can you program performances and events that are well-thought-out and excellently executed?
- Passionate Learner. Our teachers are always looking to improve their skills by learning new educational approaches, investing in their strengths, seeking out professional development opportunities and continually learning what emerging technologies & practices exist.
- Audio/Visual Creator. Do you have skills or interests in the field of audio or video production? Are you interested in exploring emerging technology and finding new ways to use technology in the performing arts by helping our students develop those skills?
- Student Champion. Our teachers come alive in the classroom. They are fueled by student success and invigorated when students develop a passion for learning.
The faculty and staff of The Mount Vernon School believes the fair and equitable treatment of employees is critical to fulfilling its mission and purpose. It is the policy of The Mount Vernon School is to conduct business and provide equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.