Part-Time Theatre Faculty: Stagecraft, Design and Advanced Production courses

Submitted by swesterman on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:57am

The Chicago High School for the Arts (www.chiarts.org) seeks dynamic part-time teaching artists for the 2017-18 school year in the Theatre Department to teach one or more of the following courses:

 

  • Theatrical Stagecraft for Freshman Acting majors (Fall semester – Monday and Wednesday 2-3:30 pm)

Theatrical Stagecraft will provide students with an overview of the theatrical production process with an emphasis on exploring the various components and responsibilities associated with production, theatrical organizations and the fundamental skills required for serving on a stage crew (sets, lights, costumes, sound, props and make-up).  

 

  • Theatrical Design for Sophomore Acting majors (Spring semester – Monday and Wednesday 2-3:30 pm)

A continuation of the work begun in Theatrical Stagecraft, the emphasis of this course is on the various design elements of production (scenery, costumes, lighting, sound and props) and the process of creating a design based on a theatrical text.

 

  • Theatrical Stagecraft for Junior Musical Theatre majors (Fall semester – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-5 pm)

Theatrical Stagecraft will provide students with an overview of the theatrical production process with an emphasis on exploring the various components and responsibilities associated with production, theatrical organizations and the fundamental skills required for serving on a stage crew (sets, lights, costumes, sound, props and make-up).  

 

  • Theatrical Design for Junior Musical Theatre majors (Fall semester – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-5 pm)

A continuation of the work begun in Theatrical Stagecraft, the emphasis of this course is on the various design elements of production (scenery, costumes, lighting, sound and props) and the process of creating a design based on a theatrical text.

 

  • Advanced Production for Senior Acting majors (Fall and Spring semesters – Tuesday, Thursday 2-3:30 pm)

The application of stagecraft and design techniques to the Acting majors’ Senior Project and other productions.

 

Ideally, one candidate would teach all these classes and his/her schedule would be:

Monday 2-3:30 pm, 4-5 pm

Tuesday 2-3:30 pm

Wednesday 2-3:30 pm, 4-5 pm

Thursday 2-3:30 pm

Friday 4-5 pm

 

There is the possibility for periodically picking up some additional hours and pay by designing or  assisting with productions.

 

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate will be a specialist in the field, have the passion and skills to create a learning environment that offers a rigorous pre-professional arts training challenging students to achieve at high levels, and is experienced in working with high school age students. Instructors at ChiArts will be required to differentiate instruction, design lesson and unit plans that properly assess student achievement, and encourage skill development and critical thinking.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Classroom and professional duties include, but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Embrace and promote the ChiArts vision, mission, educational approach, goals, and core values

  • Prepare structured lessons that encourage and foster skill development, critical thinking, applications, and ethics.

  • Instruct conservatory level courses, serving students with various learning styles, abilities and needs.

  • Submit course documentation including syllabus, unit plans, lesson plans, assignments, assessments and all materials used in classroom instruction on a timely basis.

  • Employ outstanding classroom management skills and implement the school code of conduct.

  • Regularly assess student achievement, skill mastery and career development skills.

  • Manage classroom administration and record keeping including: grades, attendance records, student progress and documentation of student work.

  • Regularly communicate with students, parents and other ChiArts staff to share artistic progress, encourage positive behavior, and resolve behavioral and artistic issues.

  • Attend and participate in faculty and administrative meetings, parent conferences, open house, other school functions, and in- service professional development sessions.

  • Collaborate with the staff to develop “best practices” tailored to the unique philosophy and instructional approach of ChiArts and to the needs of its student population.

  • Collaborate with other ChiArts artistic and academic faculty and the larger arts community.

  • Perform other duties as the needs of the school and needs of the students may demand (e.g., competitions, exhibits.)

  • Work with academic staff to ensure student’s overall success at ChiArts.

 

 

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five(5)  years of training in theatre

  • Minimum of seven (7) years professional experience in theatre or course-related field

  • Minimum of five (5) years previous teaching experience at a pre-professional or professional level.  Prior experience teaching high school students is strongly preferred.  Experience teaching related coursework is mandatory.

  • Illinois State Teacher Certification is preferred, but may not be required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent curriculum development and course documentation skills

  • Excellent classroom management ability

 

SALARY

  • Part- time position

  • Pay will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

Requirements