Employment

Employment

traveling players faculty and staff

Traveling Players Ensemble, Inc. has a camp in Washington, DC for dedicated teens (ages 8-18) to perform classical texts in outdoor amphitheaters. Selected as a “Summer School in the Arts” by the NEA, Traveling Players Ensemble’s camp provides intensive theatre training to small troupes of actors, culminating in backpacking trips to perform their show, giving teens and pre-teens the experience of wandering entertainers who carry dinner, tent and props all in their trusty pack.  TPE has performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Wolf Trap’s International Children’s Festivaland Colonial Williamsburg.

  • Camp dates are June 24 to August 16, Monday through Friday, with overnight campouts every Thursday. Orientation runs June 17 to June 21 (including a Thursday overnight) and strike is on August 17 (both are mandatory). We work late on Three Fridays for Festivals: July 19, August 9 and August 16. Traveling Troupe runs until August 10; Commedia Troupe runs until August 23.
  • TPE is in residence at The Madeira School in McLean, VA. Transportation is provided from DC-metro area (space permitting). Staff housing is not included or provided by TPE.
  • Staff training includes: Community First Aid & CPR, Safe Boundaries for students and staff (including appropriate language and touch, social media, risk management, and comprehensive mandated reporter laws), Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, and teaching strategies.  Plus we’ll do pitching tents, fire building, learning styles, low ropes and ensemble building/training. 
  • See individual position descriptions below for details.
  • TPE can supervise your work for internship or college credit.

To apply for any position, email cover letter and resume to jeharrison@travelingplayers.org

Summer Positions

Works closely with the Founder/Producing Artistic Director to plan, implement, market and manage our vibrant educational programming, including our summer camp and year-round classes. Primary duties include:

  • Building and maintaining relationships (with partnering organizations, students, families, performance venues);
  • Marketing programs – implementing strategy via print, social media. E-blasts, and grassroots;
  • Scheduling and coordinating (performance tours, festivals, classes);
  • Manage database, website and various lists for registration, fundraising, marketing;
  • Assist on grant applications;
  • Managing transportation system (oversee bus maintenance, daily route schedule). Traveling Players owns six school buses used for daily pick up and drop-off routes during summer camp as well as touring and other activities;
  • Bus driving. Candidate must have or be willing to obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license) for back-up driving responsibilities;
  • Supervising summer staff (assisting in hiring, training, orientation, communication);
  • Assisting with interviewing and processing scholarship applications.

Ideal candidate will have MA in Arts Management, 1-2 years experience in camp management, and the following skills and characteristics:

  • Exceptionally organized and a fast learner
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize, initiate, and collaborate;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience marketing via social media;
  • Experience supervising a staff;
  • Relish working outdoors;
  • Clean driving record and reliable vehicle;
  • Optimistic spirit, energetic, good sense of humor, flexible and creative problem-solver and ability to maintain a level head in crisis situations;
  • Bonus points for: knowledge of diesel mechanics, facility with databases (we use UltraCamp), experience with Mailchimp and WordPress, experience with backpacking, working with teens, and theatre.

$500-$800/week base salary. This position begins in May and is a full-time year-round position with benefits.

Directs either the High School Ensemble’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, or the Middle School Ensemble’s production of The Doctor in Spite of Himself by Molière.

A director serves as the most senior faculty member of a small ensemble of 13 performers, supported by professional designers and two assistants. Each session ends with a short three-day performance tour.

Ideal candidate will have a graduate degree, training in Shakespeare/Commedia dell’Arte, experience directing students (ages 10-13 or 13-17), a strong belief in the power of the ensemble, and a relish for working outdoors.

$400-$550/week base salary. Two openings available.

Teaches theatre skills to elementary school students in a series of one-week sampler camps.

The lead teacher serves as the most senior faculty member of a small ensemble of 13 performers, supported by two assistants. Each session ends with a small showcase for parents and other campers.

Ideal candidate will have a graduate degree, training in Shakespeare, improvisation, stage combat, Commedia dell’Arte, experience teaching students (ages 8 – 11), a strong belief in the power of the ensemble, and a relish for working outdoors. $400-$500/week base salary.

DATES: There are four sampler weeks during the summer:

  • June 2428
  • July 15 – 19
  • July 22 – 26
  • August 12 – 16

There is no Thursday overnight for these sessions, but the instructor is required to stay until 7:00 pm on Thursdays.

One opening available. This position will ideally be combined with the Short Term Director position, above, so the applicant can work for the full summer.

Functions as assistant director/acting coach for one show (Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Tartuffe, or Rumpelstiltskin) and teaches classes in area of specialty. Ideal candidate will have or be pursuing a BA or MFA, training in Shakespeare and/or Commedia dell’Arte, experience teaching acting to students (ages 10-14 or 13-18), a strong belief in the power of the ensemble, and a relish for working outdoors. Experience with ensemble-building, low ropes, or Leave No Trace camping skills a plus. $230-$450/week base salary. 5 openings available.

Acting Technique Teacher (1 opening): assists with the Traveling Troupe’s Twelfth Night. Experience with Shakespeare and acting technique a necessity; experience with camping and high school actors a plus. Please note: program ends August 10.

Voice Teacher (1 opening): assists with the High School Ensemble’s Much Ado About Nothing. Experience with Shakespeare and voice a necessity; experience with camping, voice, and high school actors a plus.

Stage Combat Teacher (1 opening): assists with the Middle School Ensemble’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Experience with stage combat a necessity; experience with classical theatre, and middle schoolers a plus.

Improv Teacher (1 opening): assists with the Middle School Ensemble’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Experience with dance, acrobatics and middle and/or high school actors a plus.

Physical Theatre Teacher (1 opening): assists with the Commedia Troupe’s Rumpelstiltskin, as well as Tartuffe. Experience with dance, acrobatics and middle and/or high school actors a plus. Please note: program ends August 23.

Designs for touring productions. Will design one or more of the following shows: Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Tartuffe, and Rumpelstiltskin.

Although this position is for a designer, you may want to construct some pieces yourself, and you may be asked to consult about construction. Ideal candidate will have MFA and teaching experience. Compensation: $250-$450 per show.

Designs for touring productions. Will design one or more of the following shows: Much Ado about Nothing, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Tartuffe, and Rumpelstiltskin.

Although this position is for a designer, you may want to construct some pieces yourself, and you may be asked to consult about construction. Ideal candidate will have MFA and teaching experience. Compensation: $225-$400 per show.

Works with professional designers to create costumes for touring productions of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Tartuffe, Pandora’s Fire, Perseus & the Rock Star, and Rumpelstiltskin, while training a small crew of students to assist you.

The Shop Head may also apply to design one or more plays. Good painting, construction and safety skills are essential; teaching, directing and counseling experience a plus.

$300-$450/week base salary for Head position; $230-$300/week base salary for Assistant.

Works with professional designers to create sets/props for touring productions of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Tartuffe, Pandora’s Fire, Perseus & the Rock Star, and Rumpelstiltskin, while training a small crew of students to assist you.

The Shop Head may also apply to design one or more plays. Good painting, construction and safety skills are essential; teaching, directing and counseling experience a plus.

$300-$500/week base salary for Head position; $230-$300/week base salary for Assistant.

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Transportation

TPE has a transportation system and performance tours, so some positions will require the employee to acquire a commercial driver’s license (CDL).  Training for CDL is provided.

Compensation for CDL drivers will increase pay by $150-225/week.

All applicants are eligible (above the age of 21). 

Internship Opportunities

Marketing Intern: assists artistic directors in re-writing program descriptions, revising website, placing ads, writing press releases and reviewing marketing plan and presenting recommendations.

Program Manager Intern: assists managing director and artistic director by serving as registrar for arts education programs, human resources for summer personnel and assisting in marketing program through by responding to inquires and attending publicity events.

Finance Intern: assists managing director and artistic director by submitting payroll, bookkeeping in QuickBooks, managing accounts payable, re-organizing list of accounts in QuickBooks to more seamlessly transfer into documents needed for most grants applications, analyzing fiscal health of organization and presenting recommendations.

Commitment: 2-3 days/week (24 hours max/week); occasional evening or weekend hours.  Ideal candidate will be an arts management student; detail-oriented, highly organized, able to multi-task, initiate and collaborate; possess strong communication skills; have some experience in specific field and have a reliable vehicle (no public transportation available).

Compensation: Unpaid; however, TPE can supervise your work for internship or college credit.  TPE is a growing organization and internships can lead to future employment (we’ve hired interns before!)