Come and join the ACTion Team!

ACTion Youth Theatre is looking for a new ACTion Co-ordinator for 2011.

Elise Elmer, ACTion Manager for the last 5 years, will be stepping down from her role at the end of 2010.  Current coordinator Patt Ryan will be stepping into her role as Manager, so we need someone to fill the vacant position left by Patt.

ACTion Youth Theatre was established in 1994 as a youth theatre program run in conjunction with Altona City Theatre every Saturday morning.  The goal of the program is teach young people about different areas of stagecraft, including acting, singing, choreography, performance skills, lighting and sound.  Through the first semester, classes are divided into age groups; Juniors (aged approx 7 -10 yrs old), Intermediates (approx 11 – 13yrs old) and Seniors (approx 14-18 yrs old).  In the second semester, ACTion focuses on putting on a full scale musical, with rehearsals running throughout the semester until a performance season in October.  An end of year showcase is also held in December.

We are now taking applications for the role of ACTion Coordinator.  This is a 12 month role, with the possibility of renewal after review. Following is a list of roles and responsibilities involved with the role:

  • Responsible for the safety and wellbeing of students at all times.  This includes such activities as being present whenever students are at the theatre, being with students at all times during excursions and managing risks associated with activities.
  • Ensure the safety and security of any venue or its contents occupied by ACTion for classes or functions.
  • Assist with appropriate communication with students and parents.
  • Work collaboratively for generation of written curriculum for the year, and describing the components of that curriculum, including appropriate excursions and/or performances.
  • Provide assistance with organising people and equipment to present that curriculum.
  • Contribute to the preparation and presentation of each class.
  • Render assistance in the organisation and/or overseeing of all aspects of performances, including use of volunteers.  Special emphasis on musical and performance values.
  • Ensure the opportunity exists for advancement of all students’ theatrical knowledge and skills as well as the development of healthy character traits through theatrical experiences.

Applicants must possess a passion for the theatrical arts.  Specialised talents in the area of musical theatre are an advantage, but not a necessity (such as Dance training, or ability to teach Music).

Successful applicants will be required to have a current working with children check or be prepared to undergo one at no cost.

Nominal working hours are 8.45 – 14.15 Saturday mornings and classes are run only through the school term.  After the commencement of rehearsals for the show in September/October weeknight rehearsals may be added to the schedule.  As the successful applicant will be required to hold a position on the Production team of the show, they will have a commitment to attend meetings, as well as assist with other backstage preparations to put on the show.

Please note, that although this position is considered voluntary, a successful applicant will be paid a weekly reimbursement allowance in cash to cover expenses involved in attending classes.  Additional expenses claims will be reimbursed on an as-needed basis.

If you are interested in applying for this position, or for further information about the role, please email James Morgan at no later than 5.00pm August 31st.

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