JumpStart Theatre Program Mentor Sought by Educational Theatre Association

EdTA_logoJob Title: JumpStart Theatre Program Mentor

Department: Chapters and Communities

Supervisor: Community Manager

FLSA Status: Contract engagement

Prepared By: Director of Human Resources

Prepared Date:  6/28/2017

Approved By: Director of Chapters and Communities

Approved Date: 7/13/2017

Organizational Overview
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a professional organization for theatre education with more than 100,000 members nationwide. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by:  Honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; Supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and Influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills. EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than 2 million theatre students since its founding in 1929.

EdTA, in collaboration with New York City-based companies iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI), has created JumpStart Theatre, a three-year scalable pilot program designed to bring musical theatre into schools that currently do not have performing arts programs. JumpStart is modeled after the successful Broadway Junior Musical Theatre Program founded by the Shubert Foundation, iTheatrics and MTI in 2005 in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education.

From September thru December, the Program Mentor will coach and train teachers from (up to) three Cincinnati-area schools in all aspects of their preparation to produce a musical production with their students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

From September thru December:  Meet with teachers from up to three Cincinnati-area schools 1-2 times per month to check in on progress, assist with audition workshops, or provide guidance leading up to their auditions.

From January thru March:  Visit each school once a month for approximately 2 hours at a time during their rehearsals. Observe, offer guidance and support to teachers, as needed, on topics including directing, acting, blocking, time management, lighting, sound, costumes, props, etc.

Provide consistent, accurate, and timely communication.

On a weekly basis, provide detailed, written reports, with simple photo/video support, including program strengths and weaknesses for each school. Reports will be submitted electronically.

Attend and support 3 daylong boot camps each school year (9:00am-4:00pm on September 29, 2017, November 3, 2017, and January 19, 2018).

Attend at least one performance at each school (March-April 2018).

Assist with 1-2 rehearsals at each school in the month of April 2018 to prepare for the Showcase, polishing 1-2 songs from each school’s selected show.

Attend JumpStart Showcase in May 2018; serve as support staff, offering assistance as needed for backstage or front-of-house responsibilities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Degree in theatre/theatre education, or comparable field, preferred.
  • At least one year of experience teaching both adults and children (ages 10-14).
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Reliable transportation

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to HRManager@schooltheatre.orgReference EdTA JumpStart Theatre Program Mentor in subject line.

No calls, please.

First consideration will be given to applications received by July 28.


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