Waterwell, a civic-minded theater and education company seeks a Movement Teaching Artist to join the Waterwell Drama Program, the company’s growing arts education wing.
Founded in 2002, Waterwell is a non-profit, civic-minded theater and education company. Waterwell strives to prove itself a vital presence in the lives of its audience by remaining always responsive: responsive to the events affecting the world at large, responsive to changing modes of expression, and responsive to the individuals attending each performance. Through entertainment and arts education, Waterwell hopes to inspire audiences and students to change their lives and the world in which they live.
Waterwell believes strongly in the power of the arts in youth development as a way to achieve its mission of inspiration and change. Since 2010, the company’s robust educational arm, the Waterwell Drama Program (WDP), has delivered top-quality, year-round, in-school theater training to over 200 NYC public school students each year through a partnership with the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). Partnerships with Manhattan Youth, the New School, and others provide rich, civically-engaged art-making experiences to dozens of additional students each year. WDP programs are for students in middle school, high school and college.
Waterwell is committed to providing a radically inclusive community of mutual respect where anti-racist and anti-oppresion principles guide our decision-making, and we are working through a process of evaluating and aligning our institutional practices with those goals. We believe that having a staff comprised of artists, teaching artists, and administrators with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences is essential to fulfilling our mission. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national social or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, age, physical mental or sensory disability, veteran status, and family or parental status.
Waterwell Drama Program (WDP) is seeking a passionate teaching artist dedicated to inspiring creativity, discipline, and collaboration to join the faculty as a Movement Teacher at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). Partnering with PPAS, WDP provides 6th-12th grade students with comprehensive, conservatory-style Drama training during in-class hours, 5 days per week. Strong classroom management skills and experience working with youth required. Classes meet for the full school year, September 2019–June 2020.
The movement curriculum is a core part of the drama curriculum for our students. The scaffolded curriculum provides students the opportunity to learn how to use their bodies as a storytelling and character-building tool. The curriculum seeks to give an overview of different movement techniques including, but not limited to, Viewpoints, Lecoq, Mime and Clown, and devised theater methodologies. The entire program’s curriculum also includes a thread called Artist as Citizen: a focus on civic-minded arts practice for our students to begin to understand how their theater training relates to larger issues facing society.
We currently have an open position in:
- Movement for the Actor for high school. Experience with Neutral Masks, Lecoq, Clown, Combat, Devising, Commedia and Period Dance preferred. There will also be an opportunity for the right candidate to come on as our Head of Movement, who will oversee the faculty of the movement department. This person will oversee curriculum, grading, and teacher evaluation. Along with the previously mentioned skills, the Head of Movement should also be well-versed in Viewpoints, mime, and a broad range of physical theater techniques.
- Teach rigorous curriculum for a public magnet school
- Develop class curriculum, lesson plans, papers and projects
- Collaborate with staff on best practices
- Participate in professional development and planning meetings
- Grade students
- Supervise students in the classroom
- Significant teaching experience required, prior work in urban public schools a plus
- Exemplary classroom management skills
- Experience writing curricula and clear, active learning goals
- Dedication to assessing student growth
Seasonal salary based on $50/hour plus paid time off for holidays.
Please send resume, cover letter and a sample lesson plan to email@example.com by July 10, 2019. In your cover letter, please be sure to address why you are interested in the Watewell Drama Program and the aspects of the curriculum that interest you most. In the subject of your e-mail, please indicate “Teaching Artist Application – Movement.”