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Summer Camp Teaching Artists and Counselors
Part-time/Full-time: PT
DEPT: Education & Outreach
COMPENSATION: Varies by role/experience
SUPERVISOR: Associate Director of E&O
DEADLINE: April 15, 2018

SUMMARY:
The Austin Theatre Alliance is seeking professional teaching artists and intern camp counselors for our 2018 Paramount Summer Camps. Paramount Academy for the Arts offers camps for students 1st grade through 10th grade focusing on creative drama, musical theatre, playwriting, acting, and design. We are looking to fill the following positions:

Musical Director:
The music director should be proficient on piano and must be able to cut and arrange sheet music for children’s voices and a 4-piece band. The music director will teach songs to campers, who will learn the music by memory over two weeks. The music director will perform with and lead the band for the final performance. Available session: July 9-20 in South Austin

Voice Teacher:
The voice teacher will support the musical director, teach campers how to sing the songs assigned to them, and lead sections of a music class. They may be asked by the musical director to arrange harmonies. Voice teachers should be comfortable facilitating for students grades 1 through 10. Available sessions: June 18-29 in Westlake and July 9-20 in South Austin

Choreographer/Dance Teacher:
The choreographer/dance teacher is responsible for designing choreography and teaching it to all 4 groups of campers, grades 1 through 10. They should be comfortable working with children and teaching them challenging but age appropriate dances. Available session: July 16-27 in Far West

Design/Tech Teacher:
The Design/Tech teacher will teach a class to all 4 groups of campers. In this class campers will design and create their own props and costumes utilized in the final camp performance. The ideal candidate is artistic, crafty, design oriented, and comfortable teaching a variety of age levels. Available session: June 11-22 in Central Austin

Intern Counselors:
Counselors will provide teaching and classroom management assistance to our professional teaching artists. This position will report directly to the Associate Director of Education & Outreach. The ideal candidates will have a vested interest in the performing arts and enjoy working with youth in 1st through 10th grade. Candidates who are rising college freshman and older will be given priority. At minimum candidates must be rising seniors in high school or 17 years old by June 4, 2018. We are looking to staff all camp sessions.

Please submit your resume and letter of interest by April 15, 2018, to Brian Fahey, Associate Director of Education & Outreach at: bfahey@austintheatre.org

DATES:

  • There are 6, two-week sessions during summer 2018. Sessions run June 4-15, June 11-22, June 18-29, July 9-20, July 16-27, and July 30-August 10. Camps are full day, 9am to 4pm.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Should be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Should be able to climb stairs.

Organizational Background

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has served Austin for more than a century now. It stands next door to the State Theatre, constructed in 1935. Together, as the Austin Theatre Alliance, these spaces are acoustically more intimate, visually more appealing, and historically more significant than just about any other theatre in the region. Both are contributing structures to the Congress Avenue National Historic District, and the Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Theatres continue to serve as anchors in the downtown area for performing arts events, film screenings, and our education and outreach programs. Artists like Harry Houdini, Katherine Hepburn, and Helen Hays graced the Paramount stage in its early days. The venues continue to remain relevant to the community with a contemporary line-up of stars such as Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, and Dr. Maya Angelou. Each year, more than 200,000 people pass through our doors to take in first-rate performing arts events and films.

Our Mission: Inspired by the power of the arts to change lives, the Austin Theatre Alliance strives to engage all Central Texans through extraordinary live performances and films, to ignite the intellect and imagination of our youths, and to ensure the preservation of the historic Paramount & Stateside Theatres; the crown jewels of downtown Austin.

To this end, the Austin Theatre Alliance has maintained its longstanding commitment to provide access to the arts for all Central Texans. Through our Education & Outreach programming, formally organized in 2008, we impact more than 18,000 children annually, seventy-five percent of the students are from the low-income, Title I schools most in need of our support. Our programs give students the thrill of attending a live performance at our historic venues, engage them in their classrooms, and provide an important resource for teachers wishing to incorporate creative learning techniques into their pedagogy. In a time of steep budget cuts, there is no more cost-effective way for students to reap the benefits of a comprehensive, integrated arts education than through the collaboration between schools and our education and outreach programs.

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