High School Technical Theatre Teacher, starting Fall 2016: McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Austin
MCCALLUM FINE ARTS ACADEMY in Austin ISD is seeking a Technical Theatre teacher with a specialty in Scenic Design & Construction, and Technical Direction (with lighting expertise a plus) to join the Fine Arts Academy faculty in Fall 2016.
McCallum Fine Arts Academy is the school of choice magnet program at McCallum High School. The program is open to any talented student from the Austin area who meets eligibility and audition requirements. Each student is enrolled in a major - voice, dance, theatre, technical theatre, musical theatre performance certificate, cinematic arts, band, orchestra, classical guitar, piano, and visual arts. A large number of students "double major" and take classes in two areas. Students study in their major concentration area for two class periods each day totaling 3 hours. They are required to remain in the program every semester of their high school careers. Students are actively involved in extracurricular performances and are given the opportunity to work with top professionals in the arts from the Austin area and throughout the United States.
• Emphasis is placed on an academic approach to the arts, and training received during the school day is strictly classical.
• Auditions are held each spring for rising 9th graders, and at any time during the year for students wishing to transfer.
Graduates of McCallum are currently attending major colleges, universities, and conservatories throughout the United States, including: Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Julliard, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin, Princeton, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute of NY, Rhode Island School of Design, Tulane, Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, Swarthmore, University of Colorado, Penn State, UCLA, Savannah College of Arts and Design, Washington University, University of Southern California, Berklee School of Music, Emerson College in Boston, Bishops University in Canada, The Conservatory of Art in Florence, Italy, University of Texas, Rice University and other fine schools across Texas, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Elon College, The Florida State University, Indiana University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, Point Park College, Shenandoah Conservatory, The University of the Arts, The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, The University of Michigan, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Southern California, and Wright State University.
McCallum was awarded the 2015 Central Texas Excellence In Theatre Award for Outstanding Academic Theatre eclipsing the undergraduate theatre programs in the area.
McCallum is the The 2015 National GRAMMY Signature School naming it the top high school in the US for music education.
After a national search MacTheatre was chosen by the Roundabout Theatre Co. for National World Premiere of the Prospect High: Brooklyn and named by Playbill as one "of the boldest high school theatre departments [in] the country."
Group classes and coaching in all aspects of the performing arts culminate in various productions each semester at McCallum’s 525-seat proscenium theatre built to touring house specifications and in McCallum’s 325 seat proscenium theatre used primarily for straight plays and student-directed works.
• Teach all aspects of Technical Theatre in a scaffolded curriculum format: Technical Theatre I, II, III, IV
• Construct 4 fully produced productions per academic year
• *Five production events per year are estimated – two in the fall, two in the spring, and a one act play for competition
Estimate budgets for a short-list of show options, for consideration.
Set high-level design parameters.
Manage production timelines, including schedules and logistics.
Co-manage production budgets.
Offer, negotiate, and manage artistic, and technical contracts.
Participate in strategic planning, events planning, and artistic education planning.
Keep record and inventory of MacTheatre’s on-site materials.
Manage sound design and lighting design contractors as needed.
Manage and coordinate the facilities’ general maintenance and repair.
Manage the in-house reservation calendar for McCallum’s Theatre spaces.
Assist to consolidate communications and emails to Technical Theatre Major students and parents admitted to the Theatre major.
BA in Theatre Arts, BFA in Design and Production (Set, Costume, Lighting), Technical Theatre, or Technical Direction, MFA preferred.
• Valid TX Teaching Certification or willingness to be certified through an alternative certification program if not already certified.
3+ years of classroom teaching in Technical Theatre preferred.
3+ years of theatre production experience at the high school, college, or professional level.
Experience with Theatrical special systems, lighting and sound design and technical direction, and stage management.
Experience with union crews, set designers, set builders, costumers, and technical contractors.
Required Skills and Abilities:
Must possess the ability to interact and work productively with a wide variety of personalities and temperaments. Recognizing appropriate behavior and vocabulary when working and interacting with children and parents.
Must exhibit the ability to maintain the highest level of production quality while working under steady pressure.
Must possess the physical ability to lift heavy objects and work at heights.
Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, good time management and organization abilities, manage a budget, negotiate contracts, and manage contract/part-time personnel.
Must be academically oriented, a team player, and possess the ability to work collaboratively within the team.
The salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Position reports to the Principal and works in tandem with the Theatre and Musical Theatre faculty, the Fine Arts Chair, and Fine Arts Coordinator.
• This position comes with a Stipend for coordination of the McCallum Arts Center calendar and after-school construction hours.
Full Time Position.
Typical classroom hours and nights and weekends as rehearsal and performance schedules dictate.
To apply please send cover letter addressing qualifications and experience, artistic resume and employment resume. Include in your submission at least three references.
If selected for interview please be prepared to present a portfolio of your significant artistic work.