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TEACHING ARTIST

Theatre for a New Audience is currently seeking experienced and dynamic teaching artists well versed in Shakespeare and the classics and/or playwriting to support the implementation of our in-school residencies: World Theatre Project and New Voices Project (see descriptions below). Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of experience working as a teaching artist in New York City public schools.

 

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and teaching artist resume to education@tfana.org. Select applicants will be invited to audition on Thursday, September 7th or Friday, September 8th from 10:30am – 1:00pm.

Program Descriptions for 2017-2018:

New Voices Project, Grades 4 – 12

Fall Semester (some Spring Semester)

The New Voices Project is a 13-week program in which students develop the skills that enable them to write original plays for the empowerment of their own voices. The program includes classroom visits taught by a Theatre for a New Audience-trained teaching artist to teach the elements of playwriting and professional readings of student plays by actors. The program can be tailored to meet specific school needs. Program components include:

  • Pre-Planning session with participating classroom teachers
  • 11 weekly classroom workshops with a TFANA trained-teaching artist
  • Professional Development for participating classroom teachers
  • Student workshop with professional actors
  • Culminating staged reading of student plays by professional actors
  • Reflection Session

 

World Theatre Project, Grades 5 – 12

Spring Semester (approximately January – June, 2018)

Play: The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, directed by Arin Arbus

The World Theatre Project combines the experience of seeing a Shakespeare or other classical play with in-depth classroom work for students and professional development for teachers. The World Theatre Project uses a holistic approach to developing listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students see a professional production and learn to interpret the story through their own voices, culminating in the creation of a performance of classical and original text.

 

Program components include:

  • Pre-Planning session with participating classroom teachers
  • 10 weekly classroom workshops with a TFANA-trained teaching artist
  • Professional Development for participating classroom teachers
  • 1 student matinee of The Winter’s Tale at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Downtown Brooklyn
  • Culminating Event
  • Reflection Session

For more information on Theatre for a New Audience and our Education Programs, please visit www.tfana.org.

 

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), an award-winning LORT-C theatre producing Shakespeare alongside classical and contemporary plays, seeks an experienced Technical Director for its new, state-of-the-art theater that is uniquely flexible for the city of New York. Located in Brooklyn, adjacent to BAM, the the Polonsky Shakespeare Center opened in 2013 with Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The technical director will be a part of the theater’s producing team, reporting to the Associate Producer and directly managing one full-time Production Coordinator. The ideal candidate is skilled in all aspects of scenic construction, experienced in complex rigging and automation, and knowledgeable about all areas of technical design, including lighting, sound, and projection.

TFANA is an equal opportunity employer committed to being an inclusive workplace and strongly believes in the importance of having a diverse group of individuals represented both onstage and off.

Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of technical theater, including all types of scenic construction, rigging, automation, as well as lighting, sound and projection components.
  • Skilled in using AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks
  • Strong organizational, communication, and crew management skills
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple complex projects at once
  • Ability to work within a budget
  • Must work non-traditional hours, including frequent nights and weekends

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise theatrical activity within the theater and its ancillary spaces and facilities
  • Maintain, inspect, and repair all theatrical systems and supplies, including all rigging, soft-goods, lighting, sound, and video equipment, and SteelDeck components.
  • Evaluate and communicate costs and feasibility of designs to producers, including technical and engineering information.
  • Reporting to the Associate Producer the Technical Supervisor will work to providepractical solutions for mounting projects of all scales successfully.
  • Manage Load-in, work calls, and show crews
  • Oversee production calendar and maintain scenic and rigging load-in schedule
  • Prepare bid packages for scene shops
  • Prepare build drawings as needed
  • Maintain policies to ensure and enforce safe work practices in all backstage and on-stage areas.

Experience/Requirements:

  • 3 or more years of technical direction experience preferably in the NYC performing arts market.
  • The ideal candidate will have a collaborative spirit and excel at working in teams.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.  Benefits package available.

To apply for this position please send letter of interest, resume, and a list of three references to jobs@tfana.org.  No phone calls please.

 

INTERNSHIPS

Theatre for a New Audience offers internships for college students, graduate students, and students between terms. We are currently seeking applications for 2017 Fall internships in Theatre for a New Audience’s Education and Development Departments. Please see below for a description.

To apply for an internship, please fill out an INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FORM and send with a professional resume (rather than an actor resume) and a cover letter. Email materials to education@tfana.org with the subject line “Internship” and specify the department for which you are applying. 

TFANA interns receive a modest reimbursement for transportation. Any student interning at TFANA is eligible to earn school credit.

 

DEVELOPMENT/CAPITAL CAMPAIGN INTERNSHIP

Materials required: Application form, professional resume, cover letter, and a writing sample (preferably a fundraising related letter or proposal). 

 

Interns in the Development/Capital Department receive well rounded, hands-on experience in raising contributions for a not-for-profit theatre. Interns report to the Capital Campaign Associate but have direct access and regular contact with the Development Associate and the Director of Institutional Advancement. 

Possible projects include: 

  • Prepare research on individual and foundation prospects
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of special events
  • Prepare proposal and report packets
  • Assist with the fall membership appeal, helping to raise more than $20,000
  • Write and distribute solicitation letters
  • Design and implement email solicitation
  • Write and distribute acknowledgement letters for membership gifts
  • Filing, data entry, and assistance with mailings as needed
  • Write and prepare a LOI to a foundation new to the organization
  • Draft and plan social media content for fall appeal
  • Create prospect briefing books for special events

Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge, Constant Contact and WealthEngine preferred but not required.

12 hrs per week

September-December/January

 

EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

Materials required: Application form, professional resume, cover letter, and two references.

Theatre for a New Audience’s Education Department provides a challenging and rigorous educational experience designed to support and advance students’ learning grades 5-12, in both English Language Arts and Theatre. We offer the largest in-depth programs in the New York City Public Schools to introduce Shakespeare and other classics. Since 1984 our programs have served over 128,000 students, ages 9 through 18, in New York City Public Schools city-wide. The Education Department seeks an energetic, self-motivated individual, with interest in theatre education administration. This position will be 10-15 hours a week in the fall with the possibility to continue and/or increase hours in the spring. Tasks include:

  • Support in program implementation, including school recruitment, research, scheduling, and school site visits.
  • Support in World Theatre Project and New Voices Project and program development.
  • Assist with Shakespeare residency Teaching Artists Training.
  • Proof read World Theatre Project curriculum guide.
  • Prepare materials for summer teacher training institute.
  • Assist with student matinees.
  • Various other administrative duties.

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, proficiency with computers, a strong interest in education, and attention to detail. The position may require attending meetings and/or observing Teaching Artists in classrooms around New York City, and therefore candidates should feel comfortable navigating public transit. The candidate will gain valuable hands-on experience in the arts education world, and it is an ideal position for individuals pursuing careers in arts education as administrators. Previous administrative experience preferred.

by Milton Glaser

 

Pictured above: Kathryn Hunter and cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, photo by Joan Marcus.