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Children's Director, CTWS

The award-winning Children’s Theatre of Western Springs (CTWS) is a well-rounded theatrical education program offering a wide variety of classes, camps, productions, and theatrical educational opportunities for children ages 3-18. Part of the Theatre of Western Springs (TWS), The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs is located in the Theatre of Western Springs building in Western Springs, Illinois, which houses two theatre spaces, classrooms, and administrative offices.

Job Summary: The CTWS Children’s Director (CD) oversees and manages all aspects of the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs programming including classes, camps, and productions. The Children’s Director manages a Children’s Theatre Assistant and a number of part-time faculty, and reports to the TWS Executive Artistic Director. During the school year, the schedule for this position regularly requires working after-school through early evening hours and regular weekends. During the summer, hours shift to early mornings-afternoons Monday through Friday.

This is a full-time exempt salaried position with benefits including paid vacation, health insurance, and life insurance. The salary range for this position is $45K- $55K/year.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two references to ead@theatrewesternsprings.com.

Required Qualifications:

  • A belief in the mission of CTWS: to enrich the lives of children & families through the art of live theatre
  • Experience developing/creating youth programming for students of a variety of ages
  • Experience directly teaching/coaching students of a variety of ages in a traditional educational setting or theatre, drama, speech or other related disciplines
  • Strong supervisory/managerial experience
  • Stamina, empathy, and a sense of humor
  • Ability to interact effectively with different people and personality types
  • The ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple responsibilities and timelines
  • Experience sticking to timelines and resources allotted

Preferred Qualifications

  • A degree in Theatre, Theatre Education, Acting, or a related field OR equivalent professional experience
  • Experience in marketing and promotions
  • Experience working in TYA/Youth performed production or directing
  • Desire to be inventive and develop new programming
  • Experience interacting with parents and managing volunteers
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

CLASSES

- Developing and planning course offerings including creating class schedules & writing marketing blurbs

- Hiring, scheduling, managing, and reviewing faculty including teaching artists and directors

- Supporting teachers and students as needed

- Substituting/covering for sick, absent, or late part-time faculty

- Communicating with parents including answering parent questions via email and phone calls, semester parent meetings, written packet information, and regular email communication

CAMPS

- Developing and planning summer camp programming

- Hiring, scheduling, managing, and training  faculty including camp coordinator, teaching artists, and teen interns

- Developing pre-production materials including script preparation, character breakdowns, casting materials, prop/scenery lists, daily teaching schedules

- Ensuring staff has support items: props, classroom tools, snacks, camper photos, camp documents, etc.

- Assisting with pre-camp set-up, such as group lists, camper info, parent meetings, regular communication, etc

- Supporting teachers and students as needed

- Substituting/covering for sick, absent, or late part-time faculty

- Engaging directly with problems or issues with campers, parents, staff or production

PRODUCTIONS

- Producing all CTWS productions

- Directing one CTWS mainstage show per season

- Choosing, securing licenses for and casting all CTWS productions (4 per year)

- Hiring all artistic teams

- Ensuring that the audition process goes smoothly and assisting with casting

- Helping to keep production teams on schedule with technical elements and meetings

- Being involved in key dates such as set design, paper tech, parent meetings, tech/dress week, and performances

ADMINISTRATIVE /  PROMOTIONAL

- Communicating with parents and students with empathy, tact, and professionalism

- Managing space reservations and allocations

- Updating class listings/closings on the TWS website

- Assisting with enrollment database (Arts People)

- Contracting all faculty, production professionals, and interns

- Promoting CTWS in the local and surrounding communities through print marketing, social media, and emails

VOLUNTEERS/TRAINING

- Supporting and managing parent and student volunteers for a variety of production and promotional tasks

- Attending Children’s Theatre Advisory Board meetings (monthly)

- Attending TWS board of governor meetings (monthly), TWS annual meeting, and TWS annual strategic meeting

- Training volunteers and staff one-on-one as needed

- Scheduling re-occurring staff support such as faculty meetings, CPR training, and other needed training and development

 

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