Monday, March 2, 2015

Seeking Teaching Artists for the Summer 2015 Children's Circus of Middletown

CIRCUS TEACHING ARTISTS for the Children’s Circus of Middletown

The Children’s Circus of Middletown seeks Circus Teaching Artists for our 27th 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 5-min circus acts that will be featured 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 delegate tasks and mentor these young staff towards being positive role models to the kids and future teachers themselves.

See below for specific disciplines and requirements. All candidates must complete a background check as a condition of employment. Salary commensurate with experience. Housing may be provided.
Please submit resume, cover letter and any work samples to:

Program/Training Dates: June 24 - August 3, Weekdays from 8:30am-4:30pm
Mandatory Daily Staff/Artist Meetings 3pm - 4:30pm
Performance Date: Friday, July 31, Rain Date Saturday August. 1.

- 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
* Interested candidates must have prior 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.

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