Teaching Positions (non-pastor)
Middle/High School Theater Director
Denver Christian Drama Director
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
- Valid Colorado Teaching Certificate in Speech or Theatre (preferred)
- 3-5 years of Directing Experience
- Demonstrates expertise in knowledge and teaching of dramatics.
- Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
- Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may deem appropriate or acceptable.
- Strong communication, public relation, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to write reports and correspondence consistent with the duties of this position.
- 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.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret information.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions, inquiries, and/or complaints.
- Displays courtesy, tact, and respect when dealing with others.
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.
- 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.
- Sponsors the high school drama club and chapter of the International Thespian Society.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oversees proper organization and storage of stock theatrical units and school-owned equipment and material.
- Organizes, plans, and directs the respective play including being responsible for:
- All publicity and programs
- Costume and properties rental and purchase
- Lighting and sound design and application
- Set design and construction
- Securing ushers
- Organizing and managing ticket sales
- Developing a rehearsal schedule that co-exists with Athletics to the best of our ability
- Any other duty necessary to the success of a production.
- 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. .
- 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
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