Artistic Director position: Stagecoach Performing Arts School
Stagecoach Performing Arts was founded in the UK in 1988 and continues to grow globally as one of the world’s largest networks of extra-curricular performing arts schools for children. With over 46,000 students enrolled in our weekly classes our goal is to inspire our students through the performing arts by teaching Creative Courage For Life®. We will be opening our first school in Bedford in September on Saturday mornings for the 2019/20 School Year (September-June) with additional opportunities for March Break and Summer Camps throughout the year. Summary The Artistic Director / School Manager reports to the Principal of Stagecoach Halifax and is responsible for Stagecoach Halifax’s artistic vision as well as the onsite management of the Bedford school. This person works with our teachers to create and develop our curriculum program; is responsible for artistic operations; and plays an integral role in helping us achieve our growth strategy over the next few years. This position will be 4-5 hours/week to start (Saturday mornings 9:00am – 1:00 pm) and can grow to 8-10 hours/week as the schools grow.
Our Ideal Candidate Will
- Love working with children. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive environment for children of all ages and abilities.
- Be willing to capture and embrace the spirit of Stagecoach and cultivate that energy with the kids. ● Have relevant experience with facilitating and motivating groups of kids and staff. ● Have solid leadership skills, including the vision, resilience, and decision making to ensure that Stagecoach Halifax’s needs are met.
- Have strong knowledge of the fundamentals of musical theatre in order to incorporate educational opportunities into all aspects of the organization (i.e., rehearsals, workshops).
- Have a completed and recent (no more than 6 months) Vulnerable Sector Police Check (or be able to complete one)
- Liaise between parents and Principal delivering feedback, identifying and resolving any issues that may arise
- Collaborate with the Principal to plan for future terms, review teachers, students and customer Help to plan Stagecoach Halifax’s 2019/2020 season: 2-3 shows/showcases per year (September - June); March Break and Summer camps.
- Ensure teachers deliver quality curriculum based around the Stagecoach Educational Framework
- Ensure compliance standards are met at all times ● Enforce the strict guidelines around the Stagecoach Safeguarding policies and best practice
- Working closely in tandem with the Principal and teachers to deliver quality performances
- Review learnings from previous terms and provide suggestions and ideas for improvements
- Share creative ideas
- Cash handling & banking as needed
- Complete necessary weekly administrative duties, providing support to the Principal and teachers
- Attend regular telephone calls/meetings with the Principal to ensure all key business updates are shared and acted upon where required.
- Liaise with the Principal, teachers and students to deliver the best possible customer experience at all times
Productions Responsibilities Include:
- Plan Stagecoach Halifax’s 2019/2020 season: 2-3 shows/showcases per year (September - June); March Break and Summer camps
- Plan and execute workshops to enhance the curriculum]
- Direct 1-2 shows/year
- Hire key technical personnel, including light & sound technician as needed
- Contract with area venues to secure performance space for shows if needed
- Help maintain an active social media presence
- Expand Stagecoach Halifax’s community outreach within and beyond Bedford
- Represents Stagecoach Halifax at community events
- Minimum 2 years theatre arts education experience (voice, dance, drama instruction)
- Ability to gain the respect and support of the artistic community.
- Ability to lead multiple long-term and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all related deadlines.
- Ability to work well under pressure: a can-do, flexible attitude to problem-solving
- Ability to work in a hands-on environment with limited resources.
- Excellent written/verbal communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities.
- Regular user of standard Office software and general comfort with computer-based work.
- Some flexibility in terms of working hours - e.g., non-standard hours during show weeks.
- Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts (preferred)
We provide an encouraging, fun and supportive working environment, with strong core values, opportunity to grow, exciting teaching workshops and a good hourly wage.This is predominantly a weekend position with some evening work required during the school year. Interested applicants should email a note of interest, highlighting your qualifications as they relate to this position and your resume to: Kristi Wenaus Halifax@StagecoachSchools.ca
Please visit us at https://www.stagecoachschools.ca/halifax-ca