Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) seeks several highly qualified and experienced Teaching Artists to lead in-school pre-show preparatory workshops, residencies, public workshops, and after-school programs for Pre-K-12 participants during the 2017-18 academic year.
BAM is the United States’ oldest continually operating performing arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both local and global communities—by providing world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, and film. Over the years BAM has showcased the work of emerging artists and icons such as Robert Wilson, Peter Brook, Pina Bausch, Robert Lepage, Merce Cunningham, and Philip Glass. BAM’s annual Next Wave Festival has grown to be the largest festival in North America dedicated to the contemporary performing arts. BAM Education strives to provide every student access to BAM’s live performances and film offerings while engaging them with high impact arts learning experiences and educational resources.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Facilitate a one-time or a sequential series (ie. residency) of in-person or virtual workshops within BAM Education programs
- Participate in multi-day curriculum development meetings at BAM with fellow BAM teaching artists to develop step-by-step lesson plans per BAM’s template(s)
- Participate in reflection meetings with BAM staff and school partners
- Communicate with school administrators/teachers to determine workshop scheduling
- Participate in planning/reflection meetings with BAM staff and school partners
- Attend relevant BAM performances
- Submit online post-workshop reflection form to BAM following workshop(s)
- Support program assessment and evaluation procedures
- Support the planning and coordination of student culminating events
- Attend BAM TA staff meetings, professional development, reflection and curriculum development meetings
- Submit work hours on a weekly basis each Friday via online timesheet system
Work will occur in traditional (ie. public school classroom) and non-traditional learning environments. Meetings and professional development generally occur at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
College degree (BA/BFA required, MA/MFA preferred) or professional equivalence
Proven artistic and educational expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: theater (particular interest in TAs who specialize in Directing, Playwriting, Shakespeare, Arts for Social Justice), digital arts, film (particular interest in TAs who specialize in documentary film and animation), dance (particular interest in TAs who specialize in Contemporary and African dance styles) and spoken word poetry.
Strong interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and customer service skills (both in person and over the phone).
Ability to build positive, collaborative working relationships with BAM staff, school teachers, administrators and diverse range of young people. Teaching experience in the arts (previous work in New York City preferred) Curriculum development experience Familiarity with the NYC Blueprint for the Teaching and Learning in the Arts, and the Common Core State Standards Willingness to work collaboratively with BAM Education staff and BAM Teaching Artists to develop curriculum Experience working with diverse youth populations. Experience working with English Language Learners, students with individual learning plans, and students with disabilities a plus Awareness of youth developmental stages and current youth issues Ability to work during school and/or after-school hours Commitment to ongoing growth and refinement of teaching artist skills by participating in appropriate meetings and BAM professional development
Application Instructions - must apply online, no phone calls or walk ins please. A complete application includes: A Cover Letter that succinctly communicates in one page how your educational and artistic background aligns with the arts education mission and services of BAM. A Teaching Resume that outlines all completed educational training and relevant teaching experience. An Artistic Resume that outlines all completed artistic training and relevant artistic experience. Include any relevant work samples, including webpages and video links. A Pre-Show Lesson Plan Activity designed to engage a class of 25-30 students for 10-15 minutes that prepares them for one of the shows/films from BAM Education’s 2016-17 season (a complete list of shows located at: http://www.bam.org/education). Submitted lesson plan should include: student learning objective(s), set-up instructions, step-by-step facilitation directions for activity, and post-activity reflection questions. The activity should be developed with a particular age/grade range of students in mind. For information about BAM Education’s past season go to www.bam.org/education Three References with contact information who can speak to your past experience, particularly your facilitation skills and ability to engaging young people through the arts. Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 13th. Auditions will be scheduled June 26, 27, and 28. Qualified applicants will be notified and invited for an interview/audition in mid-June. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.