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Education Director 

Theatre for a New Audience, an award-winning Off-Broadway classical theatre company, is seeking a talented, dynamic, and visionary individual to direct its Arts in Education initiatives and manage a two-person department. The Theatre operates one of the largest programs in the New York City Public Schools to introduce Shakespeare and classic drama. Since the program was launched in 1984, the Theatre has served nearly 130,000 New York City Public School students. The Education Director also manages an annual NEH Summer Institute for 25 middle- and high-school teachers nationwide (contingent upon annual funding).

The Education Director reports to the Artistic Director on all artistic and programmatic matters, and to the Managing Director on all operations and financial matters.

Theatre for a New Audience does not create productions for or censor work for students in its education programs. Students see the same quality of work as do general audiences. Candidates for Education Director should be sensitive to championing the artistic point of view of a production to the Public Schools.

Requirements:
• A minimum of five years’ experience in teaching and administering arts in education programs of comparable scope to Theatre for a New Audience’s programs;
• Extensive knowledge and understanding of the plays of Shakespeare;
• Experience with marketing programs to the public schools and cultivating partnerships;
• Strong relationships with the New York City Department of Education, individual Public Schools, teaching artists, and scholars;
• Experience working with the NYC DOE Division of Contracts and Purchasing.
• Extensive curriculum writing experience;
• Superior writing and presentation skills; experience with grant proposals a plus;
• Experience with budgeting and tracking of expense and income;
• Proven track record in leadership and mentorship of staff and teaching artists;
• Comprehensive knowledge of the arts education field;
• Experience developing and facilitating professional development workshops for teachers a plus.

Responsibilities:
• Plan, oversee and sustain all residencies for the World Theatre Project (in-school residencies to introduce Shakespeare to New York City Public School students grades 5 –12) and the New Voices Project (in-school residencies to introduce playwriting to New York City public school students grades 4 – 12).
• Hire and oversee teaching artists for World Theatre Project and New Voices Project.
• Plan and implement training and curriculum development workshops with teaching artists.
• Write curriculum guide each year for both programs.
• Plan and oversee with the NYC Department of Education the high school theatre studio of its Summer Arts Institute.
• Represent TFANA at workshops and conferences.
• Write reports on the TFANA Education programs for all Board Meetings; give verbal presentations at Board Meetings on occasion.
• Represent TFANA and its education programs in meetings with current and prospective funders.
• Create and oversee budget for Education Department.
• Oversee all residency scheduling and invoicing, including securing payment from the Department of Education.
• Lead talkbacks following student matinees.
• Work with Development Department to create grant proposals and reports.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Theatre for a New Audience is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

To Apply:
Submit resume, cover letter describing qualifications and salary history, and samples of curriculum or study guide writing to:
Dorothy Ryan
Managing Director
Theatre for a New Audience
Submit by email to dryan@tfana.org with “Education Director” in subject line.

 

 

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 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.