Voice and Text Coach- The Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/01/2018

Address

425 Lafayette Street
New York
New York
10003
United States

Description

The Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble program is a collaboration between The Shakespeare Society and the Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC). This yearlong educational initiative works with a group of fifty 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from the South Bronx to explore, research, and perform a single Shakespearean play. Students explore the plays through a variety of disciplines throughout the year, including acting, singing, dancing, combat, clowning, and design. Three fully produced performances allow the students to share their work with the community. Past productions have included A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.


The Voice and Text Coach of the HPCSE plays a critical role in the students’ experience of the program over the course of the school year, and in the development and quality of the final production each May. The Voice and Text Coach is chiefly responsible for supporting the vocal production of the young ensemble and assisting the directors to teach the young actors the conveying of meaning through speech. The Voice and Text Coach will work with the full ensemble and one on one with individual performers as needed.


The Voice and Text Coach is an important part of the entire HPCSE Teaching Artist team and must bring not only creativity and enthusiasm to his/her duties, but also a supportive and collaborative spirit.


Additional information about this program and videos from past productions can be found at: https://www.publictheater.org/Public-Theater-Season/Public-Shakespeare-Initiative-2018/


Responsibilities:

•      Deliver vocal workshops, including basic voice production, care of the voice and vocal characterization 

•      Support table work and comprehension workshops

•      Deliver vocal warm ups for each Tuesday and Sunday rehearsal

•      Work closely with Dramaturg in supporting ensemble comprehension both in groups and one on one

•      One on one support of ensemble members for vocal confidence and comprehension / acting techniques

•      Keep a short journal record of each ensemble members vocal progress through the rehearsal process

•      Make recommendations to the co-directors regarding exercises and support methods for individual performers throughout rehearsal 

•      Manage classroom behavior; collaborate with HPAC staff to enforce high expectations

•      Perform additional duties as required


Requirements:

•      Experience of teaching and of working with Children & Youth Theater performance

•      Experience of vocal workshop delivery, actor training and professional theater production 

•      Deep knowledge of Shakespeare and youth Shakespeare

•      Advanced knowledge of vocal anatomy, voice production techniques and workshop delivery  

•      Advanced understanding of the voice and the ability to identify limits of individual performers

•      An ability to ensure proper vocal health performance and technique  

•      Extensive vocal training

 

Position Type:            Non-Exempt, Hourly

Location:                  425 Lafayette St, New York, NY, 10003

                                 *Classes take place in Hunts Point, Bronx, NY 

Commitment:            Late August 2018 – May 2019

Must be Available:    Fridays 3:00 – 6:00pm (Oct – Dec)

Fridays 3:00 – 6:00pm & Sundays 12:00 – 4:00pm (Jan – May)

May Production Week

*Additional planning and production meetings as required  


 

Please email a brief cover letter, resume with two professional references, and a sample 45-minute vocal technique lesson plan for fifth and sixth grade students to rmcclelland@publictheater.org. Please structure the lesson with a warm-up, the teaching of a new skill or technique and a wrap-up with meaningful reflection. No phone calls, but please do not hesitate to email any questions about submitting materials. 

 

The Public is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email a brief cover letter, resume with two professional references, and a sample 45-minute vocal technique lesson plan for fifth and sixth grade students to rmcclelland@publictheater.org. Please structure the lesson with a warm-up, the teaching of a new skill or technique and a wrap-up with meaningful reflection. No phone calls, but please do not hesitate to email any questions about submitting materials.  


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