Teaching Artists and In-person and Virtual Performers

Teaching Artists and In-person and Virtual Performers

CATEGORY: Performer

Mainstages
Queens, NY 11105
US

CONTACT NAME

Jo'Lisa Jones

Job Details

DESCRIPTION

CALL FOR IN-PERSON AFTER SCHOOL THEATRE TEACHING ARTISTS AND IN-PERSON/VIRTUAL PERFORMERS 

mainstages, an educational theater company for children, is seeking passionate, joyful, fun-loving and diverse Afterschool Teaching Artists and Performers with theatre backgrounds for immediately available virtual performers and in person opportunities in Queens and Long Island! 

 

Does this sound like you? Learn more below!
 
ABOUT THE COMPANY 

Mainstages, LLC is an educational theater company for children located in Astoria, Queens. Wherever there is an opportunity to foster our core values of Connection, Character, Improvisation and Imagination in kids, we're there. 


There are two chief components to the work that we do; programming, where adult Teaching Artists teach kids and kids perform, and performances where adult performers travel across the country performing shows with children as the audience. No matter what we do, our content is always highly interactive and engaging, with a focus on the core values that are most important to children. Mainstages strives to create a safe, equitable and inclusive environment for both our staff and kids so everyone feels empowered to explore, play and be their authentic selves. We aim to “drop the mic” in our work; using entertainment to frame important life lessons for children grades pre-k through high school.  

TEACHING ARTISTS ABOUT THE JOB:

Teaching artists in mainstages after school programs are passionate about bringing theater to diverse communities of children at both public and private schools throughout Queens and Long Island, by teaching workshop classes, as well as facilitating and directing devised showcase productions and musical productions. Our teaching artists bring an unparalleled level of joy, fun and excitement to the classroom or rehearsal room every single time they show up, and have a unique ability to teach theatre technique while incorporating important life lessons and values. 

Time Commitment:

After School programs are typically held one day per week on weekday afternoons. Depending upon availability, you may be offered one or more afterschool programs on multiple weekdays.

  • Ideal Candidates:

  • Have experience directing youth theatre productions or teaching youth theatre classes in an afterschool and/or summer camp setting.

  • Has strong leadership skills

  • Have a lot of energy, and an ability to keep a fun vibe going even when children are tired

  • Are comfortable managing large groups of children

  • Are confident in their time management skills

  • Are organized and detail-oriented

  • Enjoy working as part of a team

  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Are able to effectively communicate with families of the children they teach


Applicants should be able to self-report to Astoria, Queens for vehicle and supplies pickup, and those with access to a vehicle are also strongly encouraged to apply.

PAY: 

$75-175 per session depending on length. All teaching artists are considered independent contractors.

We offer flexible scheduling, high per diem rates, and other growth opportunities. 

IN PERSON PERFORMER ABOUT THE JOB:

In-Person Performers in mainstages interactive shows are passionate about bringing theater to diverse communities of children. We are looking for performers who are dynamic character actors with a contagious personality and innate ability to connect with children. Our performers bring an abundant amount of energy and excitement to every performance and facilitate a safe and inclusive space for all participants.

Time Commitment:

In-person performances are held typically on weekday and weekend mornings and afternoons with the occasional evening performance. 



  • Ideal Candidates:

  • You enjoy highly interactive theater and have previous experience performing in youth theater, improv or hosting game shows.

  • You are able to greet and interact with audiences of all ages in a professional manner.

  • You are comfortable with set-up and breakdown of audio, visual and display equipment.

  • You have a lot of energy, and an ability to excite and engage children no matter their mood.

  • You are comfortable managing large groups of children.

  • You are confident in your time management skills.

  • You are organized and detail-oriented.

  • You enjoy working as part of a team.


PAY: 

$100-200 per session depending on the number of performances. All performers are considered independent contractors.

We offer flexible scheduling, high per diem rates, and other growth opportunities. 

VIRTUAL PERFORMER ABOUT THE JOB:

Virtual Performers in mainstages interactive shows are passionate about bringing theater to diverse communities of children. We are looking for performers who are able to fully embrace the virtual medium and implement customized setlists composed of games designed to be played over Zoom. While many of the activities and techniques stay largely the same from show to show, we are looking for performers who can make these shows feel customized and special for the participants. Our performers bring an abundant amount of energy and excitement to every performance and facilitate a safe and inclusive space for all participants.

Time Commitment:

Virtual performances are typically held on weekend morning, afternoon and evenings; occasionally we will have weekday performances as well. 


  • Ideal Candidates:

  • You can easily master Zoom technology (i.e. monitoring the chat, spotlighting participants, virtual backgrounds, launching polls, sharing media elements, etc.)

  • You are an expert improviser, able to see something being performed and instantly copy the energy, vibe, and style.

  • You are committed to communication - responding to emails in a timely manner, promptness, reviewing materials prior to the show.

  • You are able to modify on the fly to ensure a quality experience for the client. You adapt or switch things up based on feedback from the audience.

  • You are a team player - able to establish an easy rapport with your co-host and the participants. You love to share the spotlight.

  • Bonus points if you are adept in puppetry and/or character-work!


PAY: 

$30-40 per session depending on length (maximum 75 mins). All performers are considered independent contractors.

We offer flexible scheduling, high per diem rates, and other growth opportunities. 

MAINSTAGES’ STATEMENT ON EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION and JUSTICE:

mainstages is committed to creating a network of staff that reflect the diversity of New York and strongly encourage people of color, all genders and identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or medical condition.
 

MAINSTAGES’ STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC and WORKING IN-PERSON:

Mainstages is committed to keeping you safe while working in-person. Click here to learn more about mainstages’ COVID Safety Plan.

TO APPLY:

Visit us at www.mainstages.com/jobs/available-now for more information about this opportunity and to apply online! We look forward to hearing from you!

DURATION

November 1, 2021 - June 24, 2022

SALARY

$30-200

HOW TO APPLY

APPLY ONLINE

https://www.mainstages.com/jobs/online-application