Friday, March 21, 2014

ODDFELLOWS is Hiring for the Middletown Summer Children's Circus.

We are looking for Exceptional, Enthusiastic & Energized - 
  • Teaching Artists - Unicycling, Stilting & Acrobatics.
  • Assistant Technical Director
  • Costumer

Please read job descriptions and requirements and submit applications and inquiries to:

CIRCUS TEACHING ARTISTS for the Children’s Circus of Middletown

The Children’s Circus of Middletown seeks Circus Teaching Artists for our 26th annual summer circus program. Interested applicants should have experience working with kids, lesson planning and have a strong base of circus performance skills. Teaching Artists should be able to design safe, fun, and engaging curriculum that challenges, instructs, and inspires young people in a circus training and performing environment.

This five week program provides instruction in Circus Arts to over 200 children between the ages of 8 -15. The Children’s Circus of Middletown culminates in a huge outdoor performance with 200+ performers and over a thousand spectators annually. Teaching Artists must plan and implement a variety of 1-2 hour lessons, for 10-20 kids of mixed ages, throughout the program. Teaching Artists teach a basic intro class to all participants, plan and teach a 2-week training intensive for participants who select their discipline, and direct two 5min acts for the final performance.

Teaching Artists also work closely with the Circus Director, the Designer/Technical Director, Costume Designer and Band Director in the creation of their acts for the final performance. The Teaching Artists are the heart of the Children’s Circus and ultimately create and shape the circus performance under the guidance of the Circus Director and with the support of the design team.

Counselors are assigned to Teaching Artists as assistants in all the disciplines. It is the responsibility of the Teaching Artist to task delegate and mentor these young staff towards being positive role models to the kids and future teachers themselves.

See below for specific disciplines and requirements.

Program/Training Dates: June 25 - August 4, Weekdays from 8:30am-4:30pm
Mandatory Daily Staff/Artist Meetings 3pm - 4:40pm
Performance Date: Friday 8/1, Rain Date Saturday 8/2.

-Responsible for guiding students towards the mastery of stilting.
-  Demonstrates knowledge of stilting skills and tricks for beginner and advanced walkers.
-  Must maintain a high level of safety and precaution. First Aid and CPR certified a plus.
-  Responsible for, and has experience with, stilt repair and maintenance.
-Has experience performing and directing

-  Responsible for guiding students towards the mastery of unicycle riding.
-  Demonstrates knowledge of unicycling skills and tricks for beginner and advanced riders.
-  Must maintain a high level of safety and precaution. First Aid and CPR certified a plus.
-  Responsible for, and has experience with, unicycle repair and maintenance.
-  Has experience performing and directing.
-  Familiarity with the rolling globe a plus.
* Interested candidates should have experience working with children. *

-  Responsible for guiding students in basic, intermediate and advanced acrobatics tricks and choreographed routines.
-  Demonstrates knowledge and has background in acrobatics and/or gymnastics, partner acro, safety and spotting, and mini-tramp. Experience with jumping through a ring of fire a plus.
-  Responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of the school gym, mats and miscellaneous equipment
-  Must maintain a high level of safety and precaution. First Aid and CPR certified a plus.
-  Has experience performing and directing.
* Interested candidates should have experience working with children. *

All candidates must complete a background check as a condition of employment.

Please submit resume, cover letter and any work samples to:

Assistant Technical Director (ATD) of the Children's Circus of Middletown, Connecticut
The Children's Circus of Middletown seeks an assistant to the Technical Director (TD)/Designer to aid in designing, creating, moving, purchasing, repairing, setting up, breaking down and cleaning up all the technical needs for a large-scale children's summer circus program. Now in its 26th year, the Children's Circus of Middletown offers some 170 youths between the ages of 8-15, along with their families, the ability to participate in a fun and challenging, community wide spectacle. The program culminates in a fantastic outdoor circus performance attended by 1000+ people annually. The ATD is responsible for providing exceptional support to the TD and must demonstrate a willingness to work long days in the summer heat. It is fast paced, challenging and extremely rewarding job that requires a lot of time and commitment.
The position orbits around our thrice-weekly Tech Nights, during which children and their families along with staff and community volunteers help create the sets and props out of various recycled materials, papier-mâché, cardboard, foam and paint. The ATD is responsible for assisting the TD in the creation and assignment of art jobs to Tech Night volunteers. They are also responsible for maintaining a safe, fun and creative atmosphere where volunteer participants feel welcomed and supported. Additional responsibilities include the maintenance and upkeep of the tech workshop, attendance at weekly, on-site practice performances by the kids and open communication between the TD and the circus director. The ATD participates in conversations that allow for plenty of artistic and creative input.
This position requires a significant amount of working time throughout the 6 weeks in order to meet the demands and deadline of the show date.
  • 40+ hrs/wk availability June 23rd thru July 28th.
  • 50+ hrs/wk availability July 29th thru August 5th.
  • Experience working in artistic collaboration
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience creating 3D art objects
  • Impeccable time management
SKILLS + EXPERIENCE (preferred but not required):
  • Basic competence in carpentry
  • Experience with power tools
  • Experience with large-scale puppet building, papier-mâché
  • Comfort with leading an arts workshop of 40+ youth
  • Comfort multitasking in a managerial role
  • Commitment to, and extensive practice in, clear communication
  • Passion for the performing arts and technical theater
  • Completion of a Background Check
  • Driver's License
  • Your resume
  • A 1-page cover letter describing your interest in this position and your experience working in artistic collaboration
  • Some examples of your artistic work, if applicable
Send all materials to:
Housing available for out of town artists.


Program Dates: June 25th - August 4th 2014

Staff Training and Brainstorming:June 25th-June 27th

Circus Camp: June 30th - August 1st

PERFORMANCE: August 1st, 5pm(Raindate August 2nd, 5pm)

-Provide costumes and accessories for the 150+ youth performers and 40+ staff

-Design and create base costume tshirts for every participant, staff, band member and stage hand

-Manage a very strict budget

-Measure each participant for fittings

-Attend regular meetings with act directors and circus director

-Manage and supervise a costuming assistant

-Recruit, manage and supervise parent, kid and staff volunteers

-Attend weekly mini-performances on site during camp hours

-Demonstrate organization and time management skills

-Work effectively under time constraints and pressures

-Maintain safe, clean and welcoming workspace/costume shop

-Collaborate and communicate with teaching artists, designers and director

-Set up, maintain and supervise costume area during the performance

-Dress performers during the performance

-Clean-up of workspace at the conclusion of the program

-Return and organize all costumes in Oddfellows storage 

-Creativity a must

-Previous costuming experience required

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