THEATRE ALBERTA’S ARTSTREK 2024 PROGRAM IS SEEKING INSTRUCTOR APPLICATIONS
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 29, 2023
Artstrek – Theatre Alberta’s summer school/camp for teens – is seeking dedicated, passionate instructors for its 2024 program. The team of ten instructors is led by Curriculum Director Linette Smith, with additional guidance from Program Director Jenna Rodgers and Theatre Alberta staff members. Artstrek instructors are contracted to develop curriculum and teach students in the areas of acting, text analysis, music, design, voice, movement, and directing, with a focus on a specific, pre-selected theatre script. Artstrek 2024 will explore a musical.
Artstrek instructors play a key role in welcoming young artists from across the province into the Albertan theatre community, fostering their artistic development, and showing them that they belong. If you are excited about the future of theatre and the youth who will make new and exciting things happen, then Artstrek is the place for you! Each year, Artstrek’s creative instructors gather to help make camp rigorous and joyful for students from across the province of Alberta.
- Artstrek runs for two weeks each July at Red Deer Polytechnic, with younger students attending the first week and older students attending the second week.
- Instructors arrive one week before the students to prepare the curriculum together, and are at RDP for a total of three weeks.
- Student acceptance is based on commitment, enthusiasm, and a recommendation from a teacher or community member – we don’t hold auditions.
- Artstrek aims to develop students’ theatre skills and theatre appreciation, as well as life competency skills like problem-solving, leadership, self-esteem, and teamwork.
- Artstrek is an immersive theatre experience, and all contractors should expect to be engaged full time for the duration of the contract.
- The program has been running in the province of Alberta for more than 60 years. For more information on Artstrek, click here.
ABOUT THE POSITION
- Artstrek instructors are contracted to be at Red Deer Polytechnic for 3 weeks in July 2024 (the exact dates are TBD) to develop curriculum and provide instruction. Instructors should also be prepared to attend one or two short, online training meetings in June.
- Instructors are provided shared accommodation and daily meals on campus at Red Deer Polytechnic.
- All subjects at Artstrek are team-taught. Instructors work in pairs to develop and deliver classes in their area of expertise.
- Artstrek 2024 is divided into two separate weeks of instruction (“Explorations”) for different age groups.
- Exploration I (July, 2024): This six-day program is for enthusiastic theatre lovers who are 12 to 15 years old.
- Exploration II (July, 2024): This seven-day program is for 16 to 18 year olds with a keen interest in theatre and a dedication to increasing their knowledge and skill level.
- Instructors teach four 70-minute classes each day (typically 16-20 students per class), as well as participate in daily warm-up activities, group singing, regular meetings, and some evening activities.
- Anticipated honourarium of $4,000, pending confirmation of funding.
- Artstrek Supervisors are former Artstrek students. They assist with administrative tasks and the day-to-day operations of the program, provide support and supervision for students outside of class time, and work as part of the Artstrek team and collaborate with the instructors on lessons, workshops, and the overall camp experience.
APPLICATION PACKAGES SHOULD INCLUDE:
- A work resume that outlines experience particularly pertinent to working with teenagers.
- A theatre resume that demonstrates your experience, performance-based or otherwise.
- A cover letter that outlines your area(s) of artistic practice, why you are interested in teaching at Artstrek, and what skills/experience you would bring to a collaborative teaching team.
Artstrek is seeking instructors who are teaching artists, as well as junior and senior high school educators and/or post-secondary educators.
Theatre Alberta is committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. Artstrek is a safe space that welcomes and fosters diversity, both in our staff and our students.
As Artstrek contracts a new team of instructors around a new script each year, we encourage applications from a broad range of artistic backgrounds. If your area of expertise does not necessarily line up with this year’s play selection, we will keep your resume on file for future opportunities.
If you are interested in being considered as an instructor for Artstrek 2024, please submit your application package in PDF format to Theatre Alberta Program Coordinator Andrew Ritchie at firstname.lastname@example.org.