Internship posted by: Unified Theater®
Posted on: September 19, 2013
To date, Unified Theater has empowered over 1,000 student leaders, let creativity rule on stages in over fifty schools, and put the Spotlight on Ability® for over 6,000 participants. We're looking for creative, inclusive, and energetic college students to expand on that success by serving as Unified Theater Program Incubators in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and Southern California. These are all target growth areas where we have existing Spotlight Schools and are looking to develop even more (that's what we call the schools who put on Unified Theater Productions).
As college students you have access to middle and high schools near your campus and offices even better than we do! And, middle and high school students think you're even more awesome than we are!
We want to work with you as a Program Incubator to help bring Unified Theater into middle and high schools in your area. You'll help us connect to the schools and support (and cheer on) the students as they put together their Unified Theater shows. You can put the Spotlight on Ability in your community and make Unified Theater available to new groups of students.
Unified Theater develops and supports youth-led performing arts groups in middle, high schools, and colleges that are fully inclusive of students with and without disabilities.
At Unified Theater, typical barriers between youth dissolve through transformative arts experiences. Student leaders develop skills and learn to make their communities inclusive across all boundaries. We teach students to respect, value, and embrace all people regardless of ability, interest, background, or lifestyle - a perspective they carry into adulthood that helps them bridge differences throughout their lives.
To date, Unified Theater has served 6,000 students in over 50 middle and high schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, New York, and California. School districts across 18 states have asked for support in bringing Unified Theater to their community. Watch our students in action on TODAY Show and CNN. Check out videos like this one on our Vimeo and YouTube and Tumblr.
For more info check out www.unifiedtheater.org.
You'll help connect Unified Theater with a middle or high school in your community to develop a brand new Unified Theater Spotlight School. You'll start with outreach - getting in touch with a teacher, administrator, parent, or student group to get them introduced to (and excited about!) Unified Theater. You'll tell them how great Unified Theater is and what we're all about!
When the school decides they're on board to become a Spotlight School the Unified Theater Program Staff will step in. We'll support you as you... Help find a faculty advisor and a team of five or more student leaders in the school to lead the Unified Theater group. Get that team signed up for a Spotlight Summit in their area to receive the training they need to lead a production. Come to the Spotlight Summit and help leadsessions, activities, and our 'Get Going Games'.
After the Spotlight Summit Unified Theater continues tosupport the Spotlight School through implementation. We provide a pre-production meeting and two rehearsal workshops. We help rally the community the Unified Theater group, support fundraising, and make sure the whole process runs smoothly. As a team member you only have to commit to the outreach portion by connecting us to a school. But, ifyou desire (and we think you'll want to!), you can continue to work with us to support that Spotlight School throughout the entire production implementation.
And, the best part, you'll sit in the audience during their Unified Theater show and realize you helped make it all possible!
(In case you're concerned, don't worry. We have step-by-stepguides, tools, and templates for each step of the Unified Theater outreach, development, and implementation process!)
You can help incubate one Spotlight School or keep going and get a whole bunch started. Two students from one community/campus can also work together on supporting one or more Spotlight Schools together.
Nope! Just a passion for mentoring youth leaders, a love of all things inclusive, a positive attitude, and a willingness to commit the time. If you have a theater or arts background, this is definitely a fun opportunity to share your creative skills. But no prior experience or expertise is required.
Times of day are flexible based on your schedule. Meetings can happen during the school day or before or after school, rehearsals take place either in the afternoon (3 or 4PM) or in the evening (6 or 7PM). Planning and other work can also take place on the weekends. All of these hours are done spread out over a 10 month period (not weekly!).
The best time to work on new Spotlight School outreach is from September through January with a production to launch in the spring semester. You can also do outreach later in the year with productions launching the following fall. The time commitment includes...
Outreach (5-8 hours.) Reach out the a middle or high school(s), share info about Unified Theater, get schools psyched about becoming a Unified Theater Spotlight School!
Intro Meeting (2-4 Hours.) Facilitate an introduction meeting between Unified Theater Program Development Staff and the school(s).
Spotlight Summits (9-11 hours) Once you have a school lined up, the next step is to help the school find an advisor and a team of at least 5 Student Leaders. Once this team is in place, you'll all attend a Spotlight Summit training.
Student Leader and Faculty Advisor Selection (3-5 hours.) With support from Unified Theater Program Development Staff.
Spotlight Summit (6 hours.) Attend the Spotlight Summit training with your local Spotlight School (it's a super awesome fun day!). (Summits are led by Unified Theater Staff)
Now the fun really begins! You'll help guide the school through its first production. At the end, you'll get to have a seat in the auditorium on opening night and cheer on the great students you've worked with!
Pre-Production Meeting (1 hour.) Meet with the production team 1-2 weeks before their first rehearsal to help them get started off right!
Rehearsal Workshops (Two 2 hour workshops) We have step by step guides for what these workshops include! They involve working directly with student leaders and participants on scenes, songs, sets, and other production elements.
General Support (5-10 hours.) Rally community support for their production. Take photos for their slideshow. Share strategies for using social media. Help with fundraising needs. Send encouraging notes or emails to student leaders. Nominate the team or production for an award or recognition, Share stories and ideas from your experiences with Unified Theater.
Outside of direct work with schools, team members commit to one annual in person meeting and video chats once a month to connect with team members across the country. You can also connect with Unified Theater staff members outside these meetings as needed. Our first Team Training is scheduled for October 26-27 in Hartford, CT. Travel and accomodations provided.
Fill out the application form here. Applications will be selected on a rolling basis, so get yours in early! And there are no trick questions or signing up for anything required...so get going! We look forward to hearing from you soon.