The Play Group Theatre
Category: Composer/Lyricist, Music Assistant, Music Director, Music Supervisor, Teacher
|Location||White Plains, NY|
|Start||July 1, 2023|
The Play Group Theatre (PGT), a Westchester based non-profit educational theatre organization dedicated to providing diverse theatre making experiences and performance opportunities to children and teenagers, is seeking Music Directors/Composers for our upcoming summer program. Camp PGT is a daytime theatre intensive program, which includes multi-discipline sessions in July/early August, and takes place in PGT’s state-of-the-art facility in White Plains, NY, easily accessible by Metro North or car.
We are seeking artists who possess imagination, flexibility and the desire to work with children and teenagers of varied ages in a creatively charged and artistically demanding, yet nurturing environment. Our teachers must be prepared to work as a member of a strong creative team, and to help our students achieve quality performances, while still giving focus to the artistic process.
The ideal candidate holds a BFA/BA/BM (/MFA/MA/M.Mus preferred) and can teach a variety of ages in various contexts. Our programs include Little Theatre (ages 4-6) through Teen Conservatory (ages 13-17) and programs such as Sketch Comedy, On Camera, Playwriting and more for ages 7-17. The focus of several Camp PGT programs is on the development of new works; composing experience and/or experiencing working with students on original compositions is a plus.
Each summer program includes a final showcase of the students’ work. We seek Teaching Artists who have experience in an educational theatre setting in which they have successfully balanced a sound creative process with a quality product.
Responsibilities include: Teaching and rehearsing all musical numbers; Collaborating with the director and the rest of the production team; Playing piano for all rehearsals and performances; Collaborating with the teaching team on the camp-wide curriculum.
Applicants should possess:
- Minimum 3-5 years teaching and/or music directing experience
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once
- A desire to practice collaboration
- Grace and a sense of humor under pressure
- A sense of playfulness balanced with a fierce work ethic
- The qualities necessary to be a positive role model for children and teenagers
- The ability to apply the “yes AND” rule of improv to the workplace
- Experience being bombarded with children and all their stuff and a good deal of noise, and thrive in that setting
Camp PGT includes daily classes and rehearsals, with showcases, performances, visiting artists, and several camp-wide creative activities throughout the summer. The full camp season is a five week commitment, including one staff week and four weeks of camp. Camp is held Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm at The Play Group Theatre’s facility in downtown White Plains, NY.
PGT’s Core Values
The Play Group Theatre has a core value of inclusion among students, staff, and audience alike. We recognize the true value that diversity serves in making our society thrive, and believe that only with a diverse arts community can we fully engage students and audiences, make meaningful art, and reflect the broad range of cultures in our wider community, both on stage and off. The Play Group Theatre is committed to building an anti-racist, gender-inclusive community. We are committed to sustaining an inclusive and equitable space unlimited by race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation. ethnicity, national origin, or ability. We are committed to building a stronger theatre by ensuring that all voices have an opportunity to be heard, and that The Play Group Theatre remains a safe and brave environment to share ideas.