Theatre Teaching Artist
The Theatre Teaching Artist reports directly to the Theatre Programs Coordinator. This is a contracted teaching position during the 2019-2020 school year, excluding certain holidays and session breaks (extension into summer of 2020 possible but not guaranteed). Each of the following sessions are 10 weeks in duration.
- Fall Session - 2 hrs/wk; limited focus on pre-production (devising and planning)
- Winter Session - 6 hrs/wk
- Spring Session - 6 hrs/wk
Job Summary: The Theatre Teaching Artist will work collaboratively with the Theatre Programs Coordinator. Directors and experienced devisors are encouraged to apply. S/he is responsible for co-teaching theatre to a group of teens in the ensemble-based theatre program, ¡Acción! Community Theatre (ACT!). S/he is present during specific program hours and is available during occasional performances and events. Additional planning hours are flexible. The Theatre Teaching Artist will work towards accomplishing the goals for the ¡Acción! Community Theatre Team:
- Foster a cohesive ensemble of youth ambassadors of Afro-Latin arts in Boston’s Latin Quarter and beyond.
- Cultivate young people’s theatrical & performance skills.
- Expose youth to Afro-Latin theatre styles, traditions, and plays/playwrights.
- Co-develop age-appropriate theatre curriculum with a focus on Afro-Latin culture in any number of the following areas: acting, improvisation, playwriting, voice work, devising, directing, musical theatre, spoken word, physical theatre, and technical theatre skills.
- Teach in an engaging manner that reflects Hyde Square Task Force’s culture during out-of-school time.
- Work with the Theatre Programs Coordinator to develop youth performances promoting Afro-Latin arts in Boston’s Latin Quarter and across Greater Boston.
- Aid in finding performance opportunities and partnerships for the ensemble.
- Support the Theatre Programs Coordinator to meet artistic program benchmarks and grant requirements.
- Attend select organization-wide events, performances, meetings, and training as needed.
- Communicate consistently (in person, phone, email) about issues or progress towards program goals.
- Submit invoices in a timely manner.
The above is not an exhaustive list of every duty and responsibility required. Other duties may be assigned.
- 2 years minimum experience with teaching theatre to urban youth.
- Preferred Theatre or Theatre Education degree or equivalent experience in the field.
- Energetic teaching style.
- Strong classroom-management skills.
- Ability to work weekdays (typically between 3:30 and 6:30 pm) and occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
- Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
- Successfully pass CORI and SORI background checks.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully work and communicate effectively and respectfully with youth and adults of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Must be flexible, organized, reliable, responsible, collaborative, and creative.
How To Apply:
Interested candidates must be authorized to work legally in the United States. Candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and a work sample (video clip of performance or class instruction, curriculum/lesson sample, etc.) to theatreteachingartist@HydeSquare.org. No walk-ins or phone calls.
Hyde Square Task Force is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We value having a diverse staff who are representatives of the community we serve and bring to our organization a variety of traditions, experiences, and points of view. Individuals of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
August 27, 2019
Hourly wage of $35/hr. No benefits.
About this Organization:
At Hyde Square Task Force, youth are at the heart of what we do. We believe youth have immense potential, yet at the same time research tells us that they face many obstacles.
When HSTF was founded in the late 1980s, a coalition of neighbors and community leaders felt a sense of urgency to address the violence and economic and social challenges facing the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Today the neighborhood is known as Boston’s Latin Quarter, and while in some ways our community has transformed, many challenges persist.
HSTF now engages over 800 youth ages 6–25 in college and career preparation, Afro-Latin arts and cultural enrichment, and community-building initiatives. In doing so, we ensure that youth have the arts and educational opportunities they need and deserve in order to be successful, and that their voices and cultures are valued and celebrated in Boston’s Latin Quarter and beyond.
Our work is guided by our mission: to amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.