YOUTH THEATRE- TEACHING POSITION
The Mount Players Youth Theatre
The Mountview Theatre
56 Smith Street, Macedon
Position: Drama Coach/Teacher
About The Mount Players Youth Theatre:
The Mount Players Youth Theatre (MPYT) is a community theatre program for children and young adults aged from 10 to 19 years old. Begun in 2007, MPYT has gained a reputation in the Macedon Ranges as a highly regarded place for young people to learn and create in a welcoming and inclusive theatrical space. While participants enrol for a year, many attend for several years, developing their abilities, knowledge and friendships. Age-based Workshops of 1.5 hours are run on Mondays and Wednesdays after school and into the evening during school terms, during which participants are taught a wide range of onstage and offstage theatrical skills and knowledge. Classes are for ages 10-12, 13-15 and 16+, with a maximum of 20 per class. An end-of-year production is performed each year, usually bringing the different age groups together to perform one or two full-length productions, rehearsals for which begin in third term.
At The Mount Players we offer a safe, inclusive and welcoming space, for students to grow in confidence and explore their creativity. A place where they can be themselves, surrounded by like-minded peers who share their passion for drama and theatre. We celebrate every student’s unique talent and challenge them to become their best self through the power of performance.
We are looking for two vibrant teachers to plan, lead and run our Youth Theatre Program. We are seeking people who are passionate about theatre and sharing the gift of performing with young actors. Our students are extremely energetic and dedicated and we are looking for those qualities in our educators. We believe in supporting, nurturing and challenging all our students to become confident and outstanding performers who also have a sound knowledge of backstage roles.
What is required:
● Must be available on Mondays and Wednesdays after school during term time for teaching weekly classes
● Ability to inspire young performers aged 10-19 in all aspects of theatre craft, including backstage
● Plan in advance the content of the classes, preparing lessons that reflect accommodations for differences in student learning styles
● Run voice and focus warmups
● Run short and long form improv and character work sessions
● Find suitable play/s for the end-of-year performance which have enough roles for all students
● Plan towards holding auditions for roles in the end-of-year performance/s at the end of Term 2.
● Prepare children for theatrical performances
● Ability to teach and lead script analysis sessions to help students understand the story and develop their characters
● Ability to work collaboratively with the other teacher in planning and running the classes
● Communicate regularly with The Mount Players General Committee
To be successful in this role:
● A true passion for working with young people and inspiring them to develop into confident performers
● Experience working with and teaching young people
● Positive energy that is infectious and will lead to an energetic and fun class environment.
● Respect for all students and promote a culture of respect.
● Desire to make an impact on the student’s lives and create a safe space where all students are treated with equal enthusiasm. Aiding them to become their own version of extraordinary and celebrating their unique awesomeness.
● Professionalism and Organisational skills.
● Punctuality, so you are set up and ready to welcome students each week before class.
● Communication skills, to deliver the program with enthusiasm, energy and clarity. Plus, communicating with The Mount Players on class progress.
● Experience teaching acting and directing
● Working with Children’s Check or willingness to obtain one
● Police Check or willingness to obtain one
● First aid certificate, or willing to obtain one
● 2 References
● A current driver's licence and access to a car
● Availability for weekly classes commencing in Term 3, 2023 (10th July).
● Have an ABN or willing to obtain one
● Payment $50-$60 per hour depending on level of experience
● Eight (8) hours per week:
One 1.5 hour workshop run on a Monday afternoon/evening, plus 15 mins before and 15 mins after to set up and close theatre.
Two 1.5 hour workshops run consecutively on Wednesday afternoon/evening plus 15 mins before and after to set up and close theatre, and a 15 minute interval between classes.
Two hours 15mins preparation/administration weekly
● Note that 2 classes could be held on a Monday and one on a Wednesday instead if this is agreed by both successful applicants
● Invoice monthly or fortnightly
Please send your CV & Cover Letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org