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Brownell Talbot, founded in 1863, is a Nebraska state-approved preschool through grade 12 school. We are a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and are accredited by AdvancED. Brownell Talbot is an exciting environment for professionals who like to be part of a supportive team of dedicated individuals who thrive on the challenges and rewards of working with an active community. Brownell Talbot fosters an educational environment that is inclusive and accepting of diverse individuals and viewpoints.
BT Fine Arts Department Philosophy
The Fine Arts Department enables students to understand, appreciate, and create exemplary works of art. Through authentic, innovative experiences across multiple disciplines, we foster resilient artists who collaborate, communicate, create, and think critically.
Fine Arts Department Statement
The Fine Arts Department is looking for a dynamic, active, and outgoing theatre teacher who is excited about students making theatre in an established environment of high standards and strong financial support and parent engagement. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in theatrical production, technical theatre, and directing. We have a dynamic and engaged collaborative Fine Arts Department that collaborates throughout the year to develop engaging programming to enhance the curriculum. Brownell Talbot Theatre is a student-drive program providing leadership opportunities for all levels of students. Our curriculum fosters authentic and real-world skills that connect and foster community relationships. This is a theatre-focused position. It allows the theatre to develop projects and curriculum rooted in the national standards. The Fine Arts Department curriculum offers standards-based scaffolded general instruction in the four artistic processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting that allow students the opportunity to achieve at or above standard as articulated in the 2014 Core Theatre Standards. It is a well-funded program in a school with high standards for student behavior and teacher freedom, autonomy, and support.
Swanson Auditorium is a well-situated performance space. The auditorium includes a stage with ample wing space, an active scene shop, a backstage office, dressing rooms, and a control booth.
Desired Skills & Qualifications The department is looking for someone who is dynamic, a recruiter of students, a promoter of student leadership, engaging, an innovator, a team player, outgoing, a self-starter, a good communicator, organized, connected, a logistical thinker, active and has the ability to inspire students and establish relationships, and has experience in theatrical production.
Theatre teacher duties and responsibilities include:
Preparation and implementation of daily lessons, delivery of assignments, and timely evaluation of all relevant class work and student progress.
Teach Middle School intro to theatre courses and Upper School courses in acting, stagecraft, play production, and other elements of theatre.
Design and implementation of appropriate, authentic assessments and support of individual student learning styles.
Timely and proactive communication with parents about student progress.
Produce mainstage productions, which include a fall musical, spring play, in-class productions, collaborative Middle School productions, and Rally for the Arts (BT’s student talent showcase).
Support Lower School enrichment productions.
Maintain auditorium space and theatrical equipment, including audio, lighting, painting, and construction equipment, as well as costume, prop, and makeup storage.
Support other events in the auditorium and provide technical support for major campus events.
Maintain the Swanson Auditorium calendar, coordinating all events in the space.
Foster and develop relationships with community arts organizations such as the Rose Theater and Resonance vocal ensemble.
Sponsor the school’s thespian troupes.
Coordinate purchasing with the Business Office and Activities Director for all productions.
Collaborate with communications and marketing and events personnel to ensure successful public performances.
Organize and manage ticket sales.
Ensure the safety of students by following theatre safety guidelines and providing training for students.
Serve as an advisor or class sponsor.
Collaborate with members of the faculty, administration, and staff on experiential, interdisciplinary, and community-based opportunities that add to the school community.
Actively participate in all faculty and staff meetings.
Communicate effectively and in a timely manner with varied school constituencies in person, through email, and through voicemail.
Support divisional and school-wide initiatives through committee work, where appropriate.
Supervise and/or participate in occasional non-academic activities, including lunch, study hall, and carpool arrival and dismissal.
The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and be eligible for a Nebraska teaching certificate in drama/theatre for grades 7-12. A minimum of five years of teaching experience at the high school level is preferred. The successful candidate will also possess a positive attitude, excellent written and verbal skills, strong organizational skills, and proven success within a work setting that requires collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality. The candidate must possess or acquire and maintain a State of Nebraska-issued teaching certificate.
Application process: Interested candidates are invited to visit brownell.edu/careers to obtain an application. Please submit the completed application, resume, and cover letter to email@example.com.
About Brownell Talbot School
Brownell Talbot School is Nebraska's only private independent, college preparatory day school enrolling 450 students in grades preschool through 12.