The Blake School seeks to hire a creative, dynamic and inspirational Middle School theater director to oversee a flourishing curricular and co-curricular program. This is a full-time position beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
Applicants must complete the online job application, provide links to recordings of recent classes or productions led by the applicant and provide digital copies of programs from recent productions directed by the applicant.
Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes a community strong and empowers students to engage across differences. Blake offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package, as well as significant support for local and national professional development opportunities.
Application review will begin immediately. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Create, develop and sustain innovative and thoughtful course curricula in accordance with current best practices in the field and with the school’s mission and values
Collaborate with Middle School arts faculty to sustain a cohesive program in visual and performing arts
Collaborate closely with the technical director, musical director, videographer and choreographer as appropriate to produce the fall play and spring musical
Maintain and organize the school’s inventory of props and costumes
Communicate with families regarding updated production information
Oversee and manage the Middle School theater budget
Collaborate with Upper School and Lower School theater arts instructors to develop curriculum and foster cross-divisional communication and coherence
As a full-time Middle School teacher, serve as an advisor to a group of approximately 10 students and assist with supervision during recess, lunch and passing times
Demonstrated excellence as an actor, director and theater arts professional
Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts in acting, directing, theatre arts, theater education or a related field; Master of Arts/Fine Arts preferred
Ability to differentiate instruction for students of varying abilities
Demonstrated experience directing theater productions for middle school-age students
Demonstrated knowledge of both traditional and contemporary theater repertoire, including works by diverse playwrights and cultural traditions
Ability to teach a variety of acting skills including expressive movement, healthy and expressive vocal technique, improvisation, character development and script work as well as other current acting techniques
Ability to envision, manage and direct theatrical performances for young actors
Familiarity with theatrical styles and productions from a variety of cultures
Excellent interpersonal skills and strong organizational ability
Respect for and interest in mentoring young actors
Creative, joyful approach to learning and teaching
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated and continuing interest in professional development related to the discipline as well as adolescent growth and development, education and pedagogy and intercultural competence
About The Blake School
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.