New England Youth Theatre (NEYT)
Education Director Job Description
Mission: The New England Youth Theatre (NEYT) educates the hearts, minds, bodies and voices of youth of all abilities through the dramatic arts.
NEYT is a place where theater professionals partner with students in the creative work of storytelling. NEYT is the proud owner of a 12,000 sq. ft. building, with a 170-seat theater, lighting booth, four classrooms, green room, costume and set shops, lobby, and box office. NEYT offers theater training for students ages 7-19 through 20 annual productions, classes and apprenticeships. NEYT is ultimately a life school, using theater as a platform for developing a sense of self and community.
For more information and a full description of our programs, visit www.neyt.org
Job title: Education Director
Job classification: Full Time September-May, flexible hours
Reports to: Executive Director
Job Summary: Manage and administer the NEYT’s Town Schools Theatre, in-school residencies, and educational outreach programs.
TOWN SCHOOLS THEATRE
- coordinate rehearsal/performance schedules with the public schools
- negotiate and uphold a Memorandum of Understanding with the three school principals
- maintain positive relationships with the schools and the district
- hire, oversee, and manage a staff of assistant directors
- create and implement assessment models that will fulfill the program’s RBA requirements
- expand the TST program to all of WSESU
TOWN SCHOOLS THEATRE
- teach introductory theater technique to 4th-6th graders (ages 9-12)
- direct a show that results in a weekend of performances
- individualize learning goals/methods for each child and make the program truly accessible
- universally design lessons/exercises that scaffold individual as well as group growth
- facilitate the development of a positive and supportive troupe
- delegate directing/teaching duties to assistant directors with their professional development in mind, and plan/debrief with them throughout also to this end
- select—or write, or adapt—a play to specifically fit the needs of the program and the population
OUTREACH & RESIDENCIES
- Manage and expand the Winter Sports program for area schools
-Organize and chaperone travelling troupe performances throughout the region (schools, senior homes, community centers)
- Offer in-school residencies
- Facilitate the 10 minute play festival
- Support fundraising efforts for TST & outreach programs
- Implement evaluation methods for theater to ensure future programmatic growth (surveys, RBA, anecdotal archive)
The Education Director will be thoroughly committed to NEYT’s mission. The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator with an instinct for how children learn and ability to both organize and deliver programming. This person is comfortable and committed to working with school age children. Desirable experience and qualifications include:
- Degree in theatre, arts education, or related field
- At least 5 years of experience in theater education or directing
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with a diverse group of people
- Compassionate and collaborative approach to working with students, families, and staff.
- Ability to work some flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.