10 Jun 2012
Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe
26 Jun 2012
The Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe is seeking an artistic director/teacher/conductor to lead its community-based, non-profit youth performing arts experience in Thomasville, Georgia.
Founded in 1972 by Fred and Winnie Allen as a positive, disciplined-based, confidence-building and educational performing arts experience for the young people of southwest Georgia, Troupe seeks to teach not only vocal techniques, song interpretation, group movement, choreography and other aspects of musical theatre performance, but also important life-skills such as enhanced confidence before an audience, self-discipline and the value of teamwork toward a group goal. Working with a school-year based calendar running mid-August through mid-May, Troupe showcases its student performers in two revue-style concert productions for the community annually in December and May. Although Troupe respects the audition process, the organization is inclusive rather than exclusive, and its student members - seventh through twelfth graders in public, private and home-schooled settings from multiple area communities - come to Troupe with a wide range of talent levels, musical training and performance experience.
The Troupe Director is the primary paid staff member, assisted by a part-time music educator/outreach coordinator and part-time choreographer.
Director of Troupe is expected to:
· Provide strategic leadership and direction for the artistic support staff and/or volunteers to ensure a quality, robust artistic program to expose students to the performing arts.
· Plan and lead Troupe rehearsals and workshops throughout the performance year.
· Plan and coordinate all aspects of Troupe productions.
· Audition, coordinate and rehearse ensembles, small groups and solos.
Director of Troupe:
- Has primary and ultimate responsibility for the day-to-day artistic operations of the Troupe organization.
- Has primary and ultimate responsibility for designing, building and producing two Troupe shows per year.
- Has primary and ultimate responsibility for communicating with the board, administrative and artistic staff and/or volunteers related to the artistic program, its goals and its needs.
- Assures all necessary music, material and supply needs are clearly identified and obtained.
- Coordinates with the board, artistic support staff and/or volunteers to set the artistic tone and focus for the Troupe program.
- Assists in recruitment, public awareness and fundraising efforts, particularly as these require the involvement of student performers.
- Operates the Troupe’s artistic program in a manner that encourages member retention, program growth, community support and alumni loyalty.
- Puts Troupe as a top personal and professional priority.
The ideal candidate would have:
- Experience teaching, directing and conducting a choral group of diverse talent, experience and training levels using sound, proven and healthy vocal techniques.
- Experience on the professional stage as a performer, director or conductor in the field of music or musical theatre.
- Strong organizational skills necessary to operate a well planned and executed artistic program.
- Good keyboard skills, sufficient to teach parts and serve as rehearsal (and preferably performance) accompanist.
- An advanced degree in music, vocal performance or musical theatre or the equivalent advanced education degree in a related field.
- Enthusiasm for arts education and motivation toward the development of each individual student performer to his or her maximum potential.
- The emotional maturity and collaborative work ethic necessary for working with diverse personalities among student performers, volunteers and artistic support staff, while serving as an inspiration and role model – professionally, artistically and personally – to Troupe’s student members.
The Troupe Director can expect:
- A reasonable salary and benefits package appropriate for the required work hours and responsibilities and in line with his or her training and experience.
- A professional and safe working environment, conducive to the operation of a meaningful artistic program for student performers.
- The necessary music, supplies, facilities and equipment for the artistic direction and management of the Troupe.
- A supportive group of board members, volunteers and artistic support staff who are willing to work toward the success of the Troupe program in a manner consistent with its charitable mission.
- The active involvement of the board of directors or committee of the board to help devise and enforce the necessary attendance, participation and discipline policies to ensure a conducive teaching environment for the director and artistic staff and/or volunteers and a productive learning environment for student members.
This is an immediate opening. Interested applicants should send cover letter explaining their interest, salary requirements and qualifications, along with resume/CV and three professional references to Carolyn Betters, President & Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe, Inc.
P.O. Box 284
Thomasville, GA 31799
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