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Middle/High School Theater Director

Denver Christian School
Posted: 07/20/2022
Salary/Range: $10,000 - $14,000 (stipend)
Location
Lakewood, CO
Description:

Denver Christian Drama Director

 

OBJECTIVE

MS/HS Drama Director needed for three main stage productions at Denver Christian School. 

 

REPORTS TO: Principal and Performing Arts Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION: Certified preferably, or equivalent experience

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Stipend based on experience 

EVALUATION: Performance of this position will be evaluated by the Performing Arts Coordinator and the Middle/High School Principal

 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND/OR CERTIFICATION 

  1. Valid Colorado Teaching Certificate in Speech or Theatre (preferred) 
  2. 3-5 years of Directing Experience
  3. Demonstrates expertise in knowledge and teaching of dramatics. 
  4. Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. 
  5. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may deem appropriate or acceptable. 

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 

  1. Strong communication, public relation, and interpersonal skills. 
  2. Ability to write reports and correspondence consistent with the duties of this position. 
  3. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form using a variety of communication techniques and tools to ensure the appropriate flow of information, collaborative efforts, and feedback. 
  4. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret information.
  5. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions, inquiries, and/or complaints. 
  6. Displays courtesy, tact, and respect when dealing with others.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The middle/high school theater director will be in charge of developing and implementing the theatre program for Denver Christian School. He/she will produce and/or direct two to three main stage productions per year, which may include a musical and one-act plays. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations will be made, if necessary, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

  1. Promote the theatre program to students and our school community.
  • Develop/implement recruitment/outreach programs to attract new theatre participants.
  • Promote the upcoming events/productions to the students and school community. 
  • Work with development to build donors/patrons for the theatre program. 
  1. Sponsors the high school drama club and chapter of the International Thespian Society. 
  2. Communicates with students and parents in a professional, timely manner about all theater expectations and rehearsal/production schedules/details.
  • Develops and maintains a theater student handbook, approved by Performing Arts Coordinator.  
  • Establishes performance requirements, enforces academic requirements, and verifies each student’s eligibility to participate in theatre activities
  • Ensures the safety of students by adhering to both stage safety while on stage and general school rules and regulations while on the Denver Christian premises and traveling.
  1. Conducts auditions / rehearsals from a learning perspective and in an organized and efficient manner respecting the time of the students and families.
  • Auditions students to select cast and assign parts with equitable systems provided.
  • Creates an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students
  • Regularly incorporates and integrates faith into the rehearsal through prayer, devotions, discussion of all aspects of the theatrical arts from a Christian perspective.
  • Teaches acting principles and techniques to individuals and groups and conducts readings to evaluate student’s talent. 
  • Teaches enunciation, diction, voice development, and dialects, using voice exercises, speech drills, explanation, lectures, and improvisation. 
  • Discusses and demonstrates vocal and body expression to teach acting styles, character development, and personality projection. 
  • Rehearses and drills students to ensure they master parts.
  • Plans and uses appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned. 
  • Prepares lessons that reflect accommodations for individual student differences.
  1. Produces and directs plays for school and public performances. 
  • Selects script for production with approval from the Performing Arts Coordinator and building principal
  • Secures and reserves rehearsal and performance facilities with building administration.
  1. Manages a budget with the Performing Arts Coordinator and building principal
  • Submits budget needs annually to the principal in accordance with established timelines and guidelines.
  • Sees that all royalties, rental fees, and other fees/bills associated with a production are paid and maintains an accurate record of all expenses and receipts.
  1. Assigns non-performing students to backstage production tasks, such as constructing, painting, moving scenery; managing properties and costuming; operating stage lighting and sound equipment; and operating the stage counter-weight system.
  2. Works with the Performing Arts Coordinator the scheduling of high school, district, and community activities in the high school theatre dept. 
  • Organizes and implements theatre trips in accordance with school policy and regulations as well as student interest and ability. Arranges transportation, lodging, and meals for out-of-town events. This could include the Thespian Conference in Denver.
  1. Oversees proper organization and storage of stock theatrical units and school-owned equipment and material. 
  2. Organizes, plans, and directs the respective play including being responsible for: 
  3. All publicity and programs
  4. Costume and properties rental and purchase 
  5. Lighting and sound design and application 
  6. Set design and construction 
  7. Securing ushers 
  8. Organizing and managing ticket sales
  9. Developing a rehearsal schedule that co-exists with Athletics to the best of our ability
  10. Any other duty necessary to the success of a production.
  11. Meets regularly with Principal and Performing Arts Coordinator
  • Set and review goals for the theatre department productions. 
  • Submits to Principal and Performing Arts Coordinator a year-end report including:
    •  List of participants 
    • Awards and honors received 
    • Summary of activities 
    • Recommendations for improvements. . 
  1. Other duties as assigned by the principal or other administrative staff.

 

DRAMA SEASON BREAK DOWN

  • Fall Play
    • Auditions in Sept.
    • Performance in November
  • Winter One Acts 
    • Auditions in November
    • Performance in February
  • Spring Musical
    • Auditions in February
    • Performance in April/May
    • The musical is produced in conjunction with Music Director

 

To Apply: humanresources@denverchristian.org