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Theatrical Director (residential)

This is a paid summer position at a full-schedule, 501(c)(3) non-profit residential arts program!

*We enthusiastically invite people from historically marginalized communities, such as BIPOC, LGBTQ folx, and people with disabilities, to apply for all positions at every level of staff experience in the summer.*

Buck's Rock Camp is hiring a wide variety of Camp Counselors and support staff for its upcoming season in 2023. All staff arrive in late June, a week before campers, and reside on-site through late August. They spend these two months working with kids and teens ages 10-17, while immersed in a thriving community of nearly 500 artists of all ages and from all walks of life and enjoying access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for the furthering of their own art practice . "Revolutionary" and "life-changing" are some of the words that our alumni have used to describe this unique experience.

In particular, Buck's Rock is seeking Theatrical Directors. Theatrical Directors–of whom there are typically three, each assigned to 2-3 productions per summer–are responsible for auditioning and casting actors, assembling and overseeing the production team, providing design directives, leading rehearsals, and managing the production schedule of the project, ensuring that all the moving parts of a play at Buck's Rock connect. They are lodged on-camp, a short walking distance away from all amenities, in bunks with up to 3 other staff members. Their responsibilities and daily routines include...

  • Coordinating with the camp Production Manager at the beginning of the season to select and schedule 8-10 on-stage play performances for summer audiences
  • Developing with fellow staff a program and schedule that sufficiently satisfies the demand, education, and interest of campers
  • Overseeing the management and smooth production of 2-3 assigned/selected play performances
  • Working with related shops/staff (eg. Lighting, Sound, Set, Costume) to help supplement the vision, build, and eventual load-in of assigned/selected play performances
  • Helping to maintain the Theater facilities, equipment, and materials
  • Attending regular production meetings to coordinate with fellow area staff ongoing throughout the summer
  • Attending dress and tech rehearsals, often between the hours of 6 PM - 10:30 PM, and communicating notes to actors
  • Collaborating with dozens of other instructional staff working in a variety of disciplines across Buck's Rock's 30+ shops, spanning both creative/visual and performing arts
  • Cultivating feelings of joy, belonging, and purpose in young creative minds!

Ideally, qualified applicants...

  • Have at least 3 years of experience in a professional theater environment
  • Have meaningful experience teaching their craft to teenage learners - or are hoping for more experience in that regard
  • Work well in collaboration with others, and can thrive in a busy communal living environment
  • Are comfortable spending long periods of time on foot and in the heat, as summers in the Housatonic Valley can be very hot and most camp facilities lack air-conditioning
  • Have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

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