The Upper and Middle Schools seek a theater director to teach multiple sections of theater and public speaking classes in both divisions. The teaching load will include team teaching of Musical Theater Workshop and Tech Theater, as well as Actor’s Studio courses in the Upper School and Public Speaking course in the Middle School. In addition, the position includes the direction of the Upper School’s fall dramatic production, assistant direction of Upper School spring musical, assistant direction of Middle School fall musical, and assistant direction of the Lower School Musical. The position requires collaborating with the entire Performing Arts team, supporting our students’ artistic growth and endeavours, and contributing to the Ranney community as a whole. Ranney has award winning ensembles in orchestral music, choral music, and jazz as well, all of which may need to be supported by other members of the department. Candidates with experience, training or strong interest in choreography are welcome.
Candidates will ideally have advanced degrees and arts experiences in independent schools.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
All Ranney faculty teach five courses; this position requires teaching four sections during the school day; directing the fall play in the Upper School and assisting with the Upper and Middle and Lower school musicals will be considered one’s fifth “class.”
In collaboration with the choral director, serve as the sound/lighting coordinator for both theatrical spaces on campus.
Oversee the Ranney Chapter of International Thespian Society.
In addition to a full-time teaching schedule faculty serve as advisors, mentor students in co-curricular activities (coaching athletics, if possible), participate in division and department meetings, serve on school-wide committees and in various supervisory roles. Developing strong relationships with students and colleagues is critical for one’s success at Ranney and for the school’s successful accomplishment of its mission.
Key Skills and Qualities:
Strong foundation in the theatrical arts, acting, tech theatre, lighting, stage and set design, sound design, choreography/movement, and the like;
The ability to teach acting and drama to Upper School age students, and public speaking, drama, and/or theater to the Middle School age students;
Understanding and mastery of effective pedagogies for teaching theatrical arts;
Great respect for adolescents and pre-adolescents and keen interest in their growth and development;
A desire to achieve excellence in teaching and performance;
Positive and effective communication skills with students, colleagues, and parents; communicating positively, politely, and respectfully and with an eye toward positive reinforcement is critical; effectively coaching students on their weaknesses and growth opportunities is also critical
A keen interest in participating in the broader lives of students (i.e., occasionally attending their performances for other arts organizations, their athletic events, and other important events in their lives)
Collaboration with other colleagues in multiple divisions and departments; deep, effective collaboration with the performing arts team is critical to the department’s and the school’s success.
The ability to act as an ambassador for the theater program and Ranney’s performing arts in general and to serve as a bridge to the external arts community.
The encouragement and nurturing of students in outside competitions and performances, as well as assistance with the college counseling process for auditions and portfolio development.
About Ranney School
Ranney School is dedicated to engaging its students in an exemplary, well-rounded education, one that promotes the development of every child’s intellectual, personal, creative, and moral promise. By serving a diverse community that values a rigorous, wide-ranging program of study, Ranney students are inspired to reach their full potential. Guided by dedicated and compassionate professionals, the Ranney experience is distinguished by the heartfelt bond between student and teacher — the hallowed principle celebrating the unique nature of every child. In an environment with contemporary learning resources, students learn the value of contributing to their local and global communities through leadership and service. The school’s motto — Knowledge, Vision, Honor — is as much an inspiration as it is a social imperative, one that informs the thinking and actions of our students. Awakening students’ intellectual potential and encouraging them to communicate with confidence in their own unique voice remains fundamental to the Ranney experience. The ultimate success of our students is the result of a simple yet powerful mission-promise…every child will be known and valued.