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Technical Teaching Artist (RP)

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 733551BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Theatrical Group Date posted Dec. 19, 2019

Job Summary:

Disney Theatrical Group (DTG) is seeking a Technical Theater Teaching Artist (TA) to join its Education & Audience Engagement team. DTG TAs are professional theater artists and educators who facilitate workshops, residencies, and professional development seminars for students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The DTG Technical Theater TA role would apply their skills in partnership with DTG’s existing educational programming, specifically Disney Musicals in Schools (a program designed to build sustainable musicals theater programs in public elementary schools). Candidates should be well-versed in elements of technical theater, especially sound and lighting. The successful candidate will be comfortable working in schools with a range of resources and equipment, ranging from little to modest technical theater equipment, to outdated equipment, to current technologies. They should be excellent problem solvers and outside-the-box thinkers, experience working with public schools and teachers is a plus.

This is a part-time, freelance position. Work fluctuates based on season and availability, with a current need for someone with availability on occasional weekdays in the spring.


Technical Theater TA responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • Supporting the Disney Musicals in Schools program by:
    • Connecting with participating public elementary schools and evaluating their technical theater goals and needs.
    • Visit participating schools multiple times, providing guidance and training on technical theater elements (including creative solutions and future planning in the areas of lighting and sound).
    • Creating action plans for schools to help them meet short term and long term goals.
  • Collaborating with DTG team to craft (and potentially facilitate) technical theater related content for teaching artist professional development.
  • Providing guidance and expertise in the creation of technical theater trainings, webinars, and educational materials for artists and educators.
  • Providing additional support to DTG Education and Audience Engagement projects in the areas of technical theater and stage management as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Demonstrates skills and experience in technical theater, including sound design, lighting design, and stage management.
  • Experience setting up and running sound and lighting elements for a musical theater production.
  • Excellent collaboration skills; willing and able to collaborate and problem-solve with DTG education team and participating teachers.
  • Experience teaching or sharing technical skills with others.
  • Experience working in a variety of theatrical (and unconventional) spaces (gymnasium, school auditorium, cafeteria, amphitheater, etc.).
  • Strong time-management skills and dedication to established work commitments.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel to schools across NYC, including all boroughs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates should provide:
  • A cover letter explaining what draws you to the field of technical theater and your interest in sharing these skills with others.
  • A resume detailing your experience as a technician and educator.
  • Optional: A work sample that best encapsulates your skills as an artist and technician. This work does not have to be with/for children; it should represent your own work. This can be through video (links or attachment), photos, literary documents, etc.

Please submit your resume and optional artistic work sample as one document.

Additional Information:

DTG is committed to providing the highest quality opportunities for the widest, most diverse group of talented professionals throughout their career trajectory. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented in the field of theater, inclusive of race, ethnicity, class, gender identity or expression, ability, and sexual orientation.

About Disney Theatrical Group:

The Disney Theatrical Group, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, producing and licensing live entertainment productions and events around the globe. Its nine Broadway titles, including the current Broadway productions of The Lion King, Aladdin and this year’s Frozen, have been seen by over 160 million theatergoers worldwide. The division also delivers live shows through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live. Additionally, the division licenses full-length and junior and kids adapted titles for regional, school and community theatre productions.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Buena Vista Theatrical Group Ltd., which is part of a business segment we call Disney Theatrical Group.

Buena Vista Theatrical Group Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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