Summer Arts Specialist
POSITION: Summer Arts Specialist
REPORTS TO: Director of Education
As one of the country’s largest ensemble theatres dedicated to the creation of new work, Lookingglass Theatre Company seeks to redefine the theatrical experience and to make theatre more exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all. Founded in 1988 by a group of Northwestern University theatre graduates, Lookingglass moved into its permanent home in the historic Water Tower Water Works on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in 2003. Now in its 34th Season, the Company is a respected source for story-centered theatrical work that is evocative, physical, and visually rich.
With a roster of 29 Ensemble Members and 22 Artistic Associates, Lookingglass productions are centered on ensemble with training in theatre, dance, music, and circus arts. Through its powerful, original theatre, the Company's goal is to fire the imagination with love, to celebrate the human capacity to taste and smell, weep, and laugh, create, and destroy, and wake up where we first fell—changed, charged, and empowered.
Lookingglass Theatre’s Summer Camp offers a four-week immersive experience in theatre, movement, music, and art, for young people in grades 3-8. The camp will continue its long running tradition of theatrical adaptation, combined with original ensemble-driven writing, to activate a youth- centered lens of multicultural storytelling, that focuses on the folklore, fables and “urban legends” of a particular geographical country, tribe or ethnic group. Along with organized recreational events that complement a core curriculum of daily scheduled activities, campers are also exposed to integrated elements from the cultural background of the selected stories to increase ownership and contextual knowledge. Camp participants are lead through a process of ensemble-generation, choice-making, scriptwriting, blocking and rehearsing, that culminates in a final performance for friends, family and invited guests that showcases their skills and artistry during the last week of camp.
A member of the Curiosity team and reporting to the Director of Education under the supervision of the Camp Director. Lead Specialist Teaching Artists’ will collaborate with Lookingglass staff, other camp staff, and hosting organization personnel to design and implement a summer camp experience that aligns with Lookingglass’ core values of collaboration, transformation, and invention. Overall, they are expected to work collaboratively to foster a positive camp environment and work with students in a way that considers the physical and mental well-being of each child, while being prepared and flexible to design and implement an experience of learning and discovery based in supportive, creative, empowering, anti-racist and inclusive practices, as informed by their respective areas of expertise (Theatre/Movement/Music/Visual Art).
In addition to being part of an educational team, each Lead (Specialist)Teaching Artist will also contribute and collaborate as part of an artistic team, under the guidance and vision of the Camp Director, to help actualize and execute the final camp performance and production.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
▪ Assist in the overall management (both at camp-site and off) of 30-40 camp participants as determined by schedule
▪ Adhere to all Lookingglass policies and camp values
▪ Ensure all Lookingglass policies and camp values are followed by campers
▪ Communicate daily needs to Camp Director and or Logan Center as needed
▪ Adhere to and participate in implementation of Lookingglass’ COVID protocols and possess a working understanding of COVID-19 transmissibility, symptoms, and virulence to mitigate its impact on camp
▪ Implement Lookingglass’ disciplinary and intervention steps for camp with integrity and consistency
▪ Report any disciplinary or behavioral concerns and issues to the Camp Director as soon as possible
▪ Participate in staff meetings including daily morning pre camp check ins and weekly All-Staff meetings
▪ Lead (as sole facilitator) two to three daily skill-based sessions in Theatre/Movement/Music/Visual Art) as agreed to with Camp Director and Director of Education
▪ Prepare and develop curriculum in area of expertise as assigned by Camp Director and Director of Education that integrates elements of identified cultural themes and explorations in the production in an informed manner
▪ Supervise and/or lead assigned recreational activities (ex. theatre games, outdoor sport, quiet room etc.) for camp participants
▪ Communicate daily needs (pedagogical, resources, technology etc.) proactively to Camp Director and or Logan Center as needed
▪ Model and embody pedagogical excellence and professionalism
▪ Lead Specialists are expected to be onsite for the full camp day 8:30am-3:30pm
Artistic Collaboration and Performance-Based Outcomes
▪ Assist in the direction of the summer camp performance (including but not limited to attending tech and dress rehearsals, facilitating “backstage” protocols, trouble-shooting and adapting choices as needed etc.)
▪ Collaborate under the direction of Camp Director to develop production script based on identified cultural themes and explorations in the production in an informed manner
▪ Prepare and develop personal artistry of each student in area of expertise as assigned by Camp Director and Director of Education that integrates elements of identified cultural themes and explorations in the production in an informed manner
▪ Fulfill artistic duties and provide deliverables according to field of expertise (i.e. choreography, music lyrics, props, costume pieces etc.) in support of camp performance/production as prioritized by Director of Education and Camp Director
▪ Communicate daily needs (artistic, pedagogical, resources, technology etc.) proactively to Camp Director, fellow Lead Teaching Artists and or Logan Center to ensure a successful and cohesive production
▪ Participate in staff meetings including daily morning pre camp check ins and weekly All-Staff meetings to identify artistic goals, outcomes and prioritize artistic tasks in area of expertise
▪ Model and embody artistic excellence and professionalism
● 3 years’ experience teaching arts related programs
● 1-2 years summer camp experience managing students
● Up-to-date background Lookingglass sponsored background check
● Up-to-date Mandated Reporter Certificate
● Ability to work remotely as needed
● Multilingual, multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply
● Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.
▪ Dates: June 27th - July 22nd (4 weeks)
▪ Times: Monday - Friday, 8:30-3:30pm (except for July 4 )
▪ Location: Logan Center, University of Chicago, Hyde Park
Lookingglass Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetics, or status as an individual with a disability. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE To be considered, please send your resume to Lee Peters, Director of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Summer Arts Specialist” in the subject line.