Girls Preparatory School inspires each girl to lead a life of integrity and purpose by engaging her mind, cultivating her strengths, and nurturing her self-confidence and respect for others.
Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education, GPS has proudly graduated almost 6000 young women since 1906. Currently, 131 faculty and staff serve over 600 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts and STEM courses and co-curricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts and community engagement.
The Drama Teacher/Theater Director will teach courses in drama and the arts and will direct all Upper School theater productions including one spring Upper School Musical. The role will be primarily with girls and will have crossover contact with boys from The McCallie School during stage productions. Over 175 students participate in the extracurricular arts programs each year. Approximately five to ten percent of graduating actors will pursue majors and careers related to the theatrical arts.
Teaching Position Summary:
The candidate for this position will be expected to design and maintain a class environment favorable to girls’ academic, artistic, and personal growth and to establish effective rapport with students while maintaining proper classroom management. Daily instructional plans should implement 21st-century pedagogical approaches. The teacher will work effectively with technology, use interdisciplinary approaches in the classroom, and show knowledge of project-based instruction related to the arts. They will work within a team setting of shared ideas and constructive feedback in a collaborative manner.
Major Responsibilities & Duties:
Teach introductory Middle School and elective Upper School drama courses including, but not limited to, technical theater and public speaking;
Direct the fall Upper School play and co-direct the spring Upper School Musical (both in conjunction with boys from The McCallie School). Oversee the production of student/faculty written 10-minute plays. All productions require afterschool and weekend rehearsals;
Serve as theater manager for 2 theaters (220 seat Evans Theater and 750 seat Frierson Theater). Responsibilities require daily attention in each of these venues for assemblies and special programs. This is not a Technical Director position, yet requires a strong functional knowledge of technical theater;
Instruct and develop a crew of students to assist in running daily operations, including all-school assemblies, and all theater productions (alongside the Technical Theater Director);
Create a classroom environment that actively engages students and is developmentally appropriate for the age, maturity, and interests of the students;
Employ a variety of instructional and assessment strategies, including, but not limited to, direct instruction, guided practice, demonstrations, discussions, and learning activities to facilitate knowledge and skill development;
Plan, develop, and execute lessons that reflect the course curriculum;
Establish and maintain standards of student behavior;
Serve as an advisor within the school’s advisory program;
Know emergency plans and evacuation routes for the classrooms assigned;
Know and follow school procedures and regulations;
Perform other related duties as directed by the Head of School or Upper or Middle School Division Heads.
Qualifications or Experience Expected:
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in theater or arts related field.
Proven experience directing excellent theater productions with adolescents and young adults.
Extraordinary verbal and written communication skills required
Exceptional organizational skills that allow one to balance competing interests for time, space and other resources.
Ability to manage theater budgetary expectations.
Willingness to work in a positive and creative way with parent volunteers
Collegial and eager to collaborate with other faculty members in a cross-disciplinary fashion
Some heavy lifting and manual labor is involved.
The Arts in Chattanooga:
The Chattanooga Arts landscape is a vibrant and exciting environment that is growing exponentially each year. Chattanooga has a long track record of supporting both the historic arts organizations, such as the Hunter Museum or the Tivoli Theatre, as well as 21st Century approaches to both performing and visual arts. The new Southside of Chattanooga serves the arts community alongside the established Bluff View Arts District. Artists hold open studio nights, musicians are performing somewhere every day of the week and theatre and dance opportunities abound. The arts play a central role in a city dedicated to incubating ideas and honoring the beauty of our environment. Chattanooga provides an array of opportunities for artists to find their special voice as part of the greater community.
Please click here to apply and apply no later than March 9, 2018. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 19. 2018
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