Upper School Theater Director

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-714741
    • Job Location: Minneapolis, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 10, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: August 19, 2020
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Job Description:

The Blake School seeks to hire a creative, dynamic and inspirational Upper School Theater Director for the 2020-21 school year. The Theater Director is responsible for teaching two theater classes each semester, staging a fall play and spring musical, facilitating and coaching directors for the student-directed plays, and supervising and rehearsing end-of-semester performances for each class. Current theater courses include Improvisation and Acting, Advanced Acting, Advanced Theater Production, Musical Theater, and Playwriting. Upper School faculty typically lead a small advisory, supervise a study hall and perform chaperoning duties as assigned.

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 packages, as well as significant support for local and national professional development opportunities.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.


Experience and Skills:

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 closely with the Technical Director and hire/supervise light, costume and set designers for the fall play
  • Collaborate closely with the Technical Director, Instrumental Music Director and Choral Music Director and hire/supervise Light, Costume, and Set designers and Choreographer for the spring musical
  • Maintain and organize the school’s inventory of furniture, props and costumes
  • Maintain the theater website with updated production information for parents and students
  • Oversee and manage the Upper School theater budget
  • Organize, train and supervise parent volunteers who support the theater program
  • Collaborate with Middle School and Lower School theater arts instructors to develop curriculum and foster cross-divisional communication and coherence.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence as an actor, director and theater arts professional
  • Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts in Acting, Directing, Theater 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 high-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 warm-ups, healthy vocal technique and improvisation, as well as current acting techniques for both contemporary and classical styles
  • 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 

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,367 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses (Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata) each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. The mission of the school is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values.

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success. EOE