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Theater Director/English Teacher
Posted 01/10/2020 10:10AM

Job Title: Theater Director, High School 

Responsible to: Performing Arts Department Chair/English Department Chair

Theater studies are taught to students in both the Middle and High schools as part of their curriculum in-class lessons where they learn to appreciate a wide range of dramatic styles from classical to contemporary. 

The Department works very closely with various other departments within the school to produce a number of annual productions. These range from presentation assemblies, drama workshops, the Fall Play, Christmas celebrations, the Spring Musical through to the end of the year Arts Festival. Over recent years the Performing Arts Team has produced collaborative productions involving a high level of participation, blending music, dance, and theater. 

The Department is housed in the School’s Theater, The Palmer Cultural Center, which comprises a large performance space and a Drama teaching room, with adjacent dedicated office space. The Department is well resourced with a wide range of set pieces and props, upgraded excellent lighting and sound equipment together with a comprehensive costume wardrobe.

Expectations of the role 

To teach Speech and Drama, Stagecraft and general Theater studies and English classes (see below for English Department description). 

Course lessons are focused on instructing students to practice voice development, diction and vocal variety, expressiveness and volume projection. Inflections, articulations, speech rates, phrasing, breath, and vibration techniques are also explored in this class. Students spend time in the classroom and in the theater developing voice and diction skills by performing current and older works, including Shakespeare. Experience in differentiating to non-native English speakers and using theatrical text to improve pronunciation and articulation is a desirable skill, and one necessary to the training of many of our international students. Dialect and accent training may be introduced depending on the latter.

Identify and adopt the most effective teaching approaches for pupils and keep abreast of current educational perspectives. Monitor teaching and learning activities in the classroom and ensure that it remains a facility conducive to high-quality education.

To inspire and recruit students to the Theater program, together with promoting and encouraging high standards of stagecraft within the school. To assist the Performing Arts Department Chair in overseeing and promoting the teaching of speech and drama from 9th to 12thgrade, and to produce school productions working with other members of the Performing Arts Team. 

To produce two major annual High School productions, one per semester - the Fall Play, and the Spring Musical - (the latter in conjunction with the High School Music Director), and also contribute to the annual Spring Arts Festival performance schedule at the end of the year.

To stimulate and encourage students to a high standard of interest and achievement in the subject area. 

Provide assessment information and written reports as required, together with training and completion of relevant audition requirements for seniors applying to tertiary institutions. Exam entries for externally assessed drama exams (eg. LAMDA and Trinity Exams) encouraged where appropriate.

Promote the work of theater scholars to local partner schools.

Collaborate with the Performing Arts Department Chair to create relevant academic travel itineraries (one per semester).

Encourage pupils to be involved in regional cultural events and excursions.

Person Specification 

Selection Criteria

Essential

Desirable

Assessment

Qualifications

Qualified Theater Performance Degree

Qualified Teacher 

Professional performance record.

Application form/certificates

Experience

Experience in teaching Theater and Stagecraft to individuals and groups.

Directing and producing classical dramatic works including Shakespeare.

Experience in teaching a range of ability levels.

Professional theatrical acting experience. 

Dance/choreographic design an advantage;

Experience of differentiating to non-native English speakers.

Application form/interview/ references 

Skills and Knowledge

Excellent subject knowledge 

Can demonstrate a critical understanding of both theoretical and historical developments in the subject area. 

Can demonstrate mastery of relevant dramatic methods, devices, and techniques required for a wide variety of stage repertoire.

Understands and can demonstrate high standards of promoting literacy and the correct use of standard English within the relevant subject.

Can demonstrate consistently excellent classroom management that ensures students are involved, engaged and motivated. 

Sets high expectations that inspire, motivate and challenge pupils.

Knows and understands what constitutes outstanding learning in speech and drama.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to relate well to people on all levels with sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.

The ability to work under pressure, with attention to precise and effective time management, whilst maintaining a sense of perspective and humor.

An overall understanding and application of technical components of a production, such as set design, lighting and wardrobe management. 

Application form/ interview/ references

Repertoire list

Personal Qualities

A love of Theater and the desire to share this with students with flair, imagination, and enthusiasm.

Strong rapport with young people to be able to identify and bring out the best of their talents and potential.

Able to demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality at all times (on and off the School premises).

An enjoyment of working with and being in the company of young people.

Well presented with dress standards and appearance appropriate to the role. 

   

Job Title: English Teacher, High School 

Responsible to: English Department Chair/Performing Arts Department Chair

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree; master's degree preferred
  • English/Theater degree preferred
  • High School English teaching experience in a public or private school setting, including work with highly capable students
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning process
  • Excellent knowledge of subject matter
  • Ability to foster a love for literature and theater in students
  • Ability to nurture respectful relationships with students and parents; must be sensitive to the cultural needs of the population served
  • Demonstrated talent in the instruction of students with varied learning styles and levels of mastery
  • Demonstrated success in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach
  • Swiss criminal record report no more than six months old (TASIS arranges)
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with High School Academic Dean, English and Performing Arts Department Heads
  • Teach subject area according to curriculum guidelines set forth by the school
  • Further develop and refine a high-level, challenging curriculum in subject area
  • Collaborate with other faculty in the delivery of appropriate instructional approaches, working to serve the various learning styles and needs of students
  • Implement curriculum and instruction in a manner consistent with TASIS Mission Statement, including understanding, modeling, and fostering independent thinking skills, creative problem solving, and abstract reasoning
  • Assess student performance frequently and objectively
  • Promote ethical behavior to demonstrate responsible conduct by students and staff
  • Develop a cooperative partnership with parents and students based on mutual respect and objectivity

Compensation

  • Annual full-time contract
  • Salary commensurate with experience and education

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