Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Crystal Springs Uplands School is a 6-12 co-educational independent day school that spans two distinct campuses and has a deeply connected culture and community that celebrates scholarship, strives for balance, and fosters inclusion. Motivated learners who bring a multitude of diverse and unique backgrounds to our community, Crystal students lead with humility, seek growth challenges, and embrace authenticity. Crystal adults are experienced, collaborative educators who are committed to effective teaching and professional growth, love working with students inside and outside of the classroom, and engage in their work with dedication and humor. Crystal embodies its core values through robust professional growth and leadership opportunities, intentional relationship-building, innovative curriculum and rich co-curricular programs, and a continual commitment to creating a diverse, equitable school community.
Crystal Springs Uplands School is looking for a Middle School Technical Theater Director/Teacher to come in and work with our fine arts staff to help instruct, build, and run the technical needs for the Middle School Fall Play production of Animal Farm, adapted by Ian Wooldridge. If you love working with middle school students and collaborating with other theater educators and adult volunteers to make theater magic happen in an adaptive space, please join us.
Our TD is a stipend position. This person will work once a week after school with our Middle School crew for about eight sessions to work on building the sets and props for the show, work with parent volunteers who will be helping build the major portions of our set, directing the student crew during tech week, and setting up and running the lighting the weekend prior to and the week of the show. Please read below for more specifics.
Responsibilities of the Technical Theater Director include:
Working with our US technical theater teacher, our students, and parent volunteers to build the sets and props for our fall production of Animal Farm.
Ordering and installing lighting rentals and programming the lighting board for the final performance.
Working with student crew members once a week starting in September to work with the students to generate the prop, set, and lighting needs of the play.
Attending production meetings that will be scheduled once a week based on the availability of the technical theater director, costume designer, and faculty staff starting in September 2019.
Obtaining and organize building materials needed for sets, props, and lighting creation.
September 2nd – November 8th = 1hr production meetings once a week/days & times TBD.
September 11th-13th = Attend auditions 3:30-5:00 and assist with casting (if schedule permits and you are interested.)
September 23rd-November 7th = work once a week from 3:30-5:30 teaching technical theater skills and building props and sets with the student crew/day of week based on your availability and the availability of space..
October 1st-November 7th = work with parent volunteers to build the sets that the students are not able to generate.
November 7th = Completion of Set Construction.
November 9th = Lighting is set up and focussed, LQs set.
November 11th – 15th = Show week (with performances on November 14th at 7:00 pm and an in-school performance on November 15th at 2:00.)
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your resume, and a list of references to Michelle Berti, Middle School Fine Arts Co-Lead, by email: email@example.com, or by mail: Crystal Springs Uplands School, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002.
Requirements of the Technical Theater Director:
Significant theater experience.
Experience in set, lighting, and prop design.
Desire to work in a school setting.
Experience working in a theater and understanding “safe practices” with students and volunteers.
Passion for creating theatrical magic for and with young aspiring artists.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Exhibit a passion for content knowledge and a range of effective pedagogical approaches.
Demonstrate commitment to equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices.
Cultivate an inclusive, collaborative, and challenging learning environment that reflects Crystal’s core values and allows our diverse student body to grow and thrive.
About Crystal Springs Uplands Middle School
Crystal Springs Uplands School is a coeducational independent day school with an Upper School campus in Hillsborough, California and a Middle School campus in Belmont, California. Located on the Bay Area Peninsula and serving 566 students in grades 6-12 CSUS is an institution committed to diversity that encourages minority candidates to apply.