Director of Brooklyn Youth Company

MCC Theater, the award-winning off-Broadway company that that has recently produced School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Hand to God, Punk Rock, among others over its 30+ years, seeks a highly motivated and skilled arts educator to be Director of our Brooklyn Youth Company (BKYC). Now approaching its sixth season, BKYC is the after-school satellite branch of the MCC Theater Youth Company.  The program students from The High School for Public Service, located in East Flatbush, Brooklyn where the program is led throughout the fall semester (September – December 2019). BKYC actors develop their performance skills through weekly workshops in improvisation, scene-study, movement, and voice. Over 11 weeks the BKYC Director will facilitate workshops that develop students’ artistic voices to write monologues, scenes, songs and choreograph movement pieces, culminating in the creation of the annual December production of BKYC UNCENSORED. The show is created by the BKYC and performed on-site for their school community, friends and family.

The MCC Theater Education Department mission is to help young people develop their artistic voices as well as the desire to speak out and the courage to be heard. Since 1999, MCC has used the power of theater to inspire imaginations, excite minds, and foster a collaborative and creative community.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Drive curriculum development in collaboration with MCC education and HSPS staff focusing on building ensemble, creative writing and performance training
  • Lead BKYC actors in active, weekly workshop-based writing, developing their artistic voice and performance skills
  • Intentionally compile the culminating script from student written work over the course of the first half of the semester
  • Communicate with high school age students to create a safer space for them share their work
  • Participate in training and staff development activities
  • Participate in Youth Company events
  • Collaborate and communicate with MCC Education staff, school partners, and funders to ensure the health of the partnership
  • Lead ensemble cast to direct and co-produce the culmination productions

 

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Background in arts education and teaching artistry, ideally with NYC DOE schools
  • Experience working with NYC teens as a teaching artist, facilitator and/or mentor
  • Experience in curriculum development and teaching rooted in student writing and performance etc. A working knowledge of the NYC DOE Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts is a plus.
  • Innovative classroom management skills, organizational and time-management skills
  • Experience working with students with NYC DOE Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Demonstrated experience in a team-based work environment
  • Knowledge of and deep investment in anti-racist work and an understanding of how your intersectional identity impacts the way you show up as an educator
  • Knowledge of, and ability to ground teaching in social emotional learning
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Background in vocal coaching
  • Flexibility to work occasional evening and weekend hours
  • Experience working with Caribbean American populations is a plus

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MCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, citizenship status or veteran status. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected] (Subject line: BKYC DIRECTOR search) NO CALLS.  

 

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