Education Director

Theatre of Youth / Buffalo, NY

Theatre of Youth (TOY) – WNY’s only professional theatre company dedicated exclusively to children and
families – seeks an Education Director.

Along with the Artistic and Managing Directors, the Education Director will conceive and develop theatre and drama programming for occasional, continuing, and committed students.

Given TOY’s commitment to serving all children in WNY, the Education Director will be expected to advance the theatre’s diversity initiatives, paying particular attention to programming for underserved and under-resourced populations in the immediate Buffalo area. Submissions are being accepted immediately, with rolling review beginning May 11.

Description

Theatre of Youth’s education programming nurtures creativity and creative confidence through theatre and drama process, practice, and performance. Under the general direction and supervision of the Artistic Director, the Education Director will expand existing programs and develop/implement educational outreach, workshop, and youth performance opportunities. The Education Director will also provide leadership in prospective collaborations, emerging partnerships, and innovative opportunities with Greater Buffalo area institutions.

Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

 Design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, sequential curriculum of theatre workshops.
 Develop and lead in-school interactions of artists and students around TOY productions.
 Develop materials for each production that tie TOY performances to NYS Next Generation ELA Standards and the new NYS Learning Standards in Theater Arts
 Recruit, select, orient, train, supervise, and evaluate theatre workshop instructors.
 Interview and select, in consultation with the Artistic Director, TOY education staff.
 Generate publicity and promotional materials for education programming with TOY’s Marketing Director.
 Establish and build effective working relations with area theatres, public groups, agencies, school officials, media, and other stakeholders across the City of Buffalo, Erie County, and Western New York.
 Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Drama, or a related field. The ability to cultivate relationships through appropriate communication, orally and in writing. Familiarity with the methods, techniques, and principles used in the development of a variety of arts-in-education programs. Experience with program planning and implementation, arts education delivery and management, and information dissemination and publicity techniques.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree and previous arts-in-education experience. Demonstrable ability to utilize creative thinking models in class design. Knowledge of NYS Next Generation ELA Standards. A proven track record of recruiting, coordinating, training, and evaluating a team of instructors. Artistic experience – any combination of acting, directing, or devising – in TYA or related settings (circus, puppets, devised work, etc.).

Compensation/Benefits
This position is full time with competitive pay, health, and dental benefits. EEO employer.

 

Applicants should submit resume and interest letter to me at kleary@theatreofyouth.org