CASTSummer is a fun filled six week, full day performing arts camp for incoming 5th through 8th graders. Under the guidance of professional artists, performance art is used to teach, mentor and empower students. CASTSummer serves as a kind of laboratory for the arts. The camp is held at Julian Middle School in Oak Park. Camp runs Monday through Friday. Students have the option of selecting either “Performance” or “Stage Crew.” For the first four weeks, mornings are spent in a series of three different classes, Movement, Acting and Stagecraft. In the afternoons, students who select to be in “Performance” will go to their specific rehearsals. “Stage Crew” students will spend the afternoons in the shop, building and working on sets for the shows. During the final two weeks, the performers and crew work together to integrate all technical elements of the show.
Educational Theater Technical Director/Instructor (Full Time Summer/Part Time School Year)
The Educational Theater Technical Director/Instructor will split their time between teaching stagecraft classes to elementary/middle school-aged, overseeing the construction of sets, and production planning which includes time and material estimating, developing build and load-in schedules, project coordination, supervision of scene shop students/staff and general shop operations.
Under guidance of the Program Director the Educational Theater Technical Director/Instructor instructor will design and teach a four week, hands-on class to cover:
Elements of theatrical design
Proper and safe use of scene shop tools and safety practices
Basic scenic construction (flats, platforms, painting and etc.)
Rigging system operation.
In addition to classes the Educational Theater Technical Director/Instructor will:
- Determine the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.
- Advise the program director on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show, and supervise the implementation of approved technical designs.
- Assist in recruiting and training volunteer and paid technical staff for individual shows.
- Collaborate with show directors and shop foreman to realize each production’s design on-time and within budget
- Supervise and assist with set and stage construction and management.
- Assist with the preparation and control of production budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies.
- Operate, maintain and safeguard the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
- Technical design and engineering of scenery and automated effects (including but not limited to winch driven, hydraulic, and pneumatic effects)
- Attending technical week rehearsals and shows in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of mounting the show.
- Work with the Program Manager in tracking and reconciling purchases and expenses
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