So you think you have what it takes to run theater at camp?
Good, because it takes a truly unique individual to handle all of the amazing opportunities camp has to offer!
An ideal candidate possesses the following traits:
- They are a theater student at university, recent graduate or a professional working in theater education.
- They love kids and have experience working in the realm of children's theater (preferably within a camp setting).
- They are confident administering a curriculum and communicating to reach goals.
- They are goal driven, take initiative, and know how to successfully negotiate "drama" both onstage and off.
- They have a strong moral compass and take pride in their reputation.
- They are talented and excited to spend the summer in a scenic rustic setting.
- They work well independently and as part of a community.
- They have a creative teaching style and innovative problem solving skills.
Camp staff have the following responsibilities:
- Teach theater one to four hours daily as part of selective and daily programming for children spanning in ages from 3-16.
- Direct and produce 1-2 major musicals or shows during the summer.
- Collaborate positively with music, art and dance specialists.
- Serve as a bunk counselor with an assigned age group.
- Provide feedback and suggestions for curriculum modification.
- Serve as an employee of the camp in which you are placed and follow the rules and guidelines that those camps have established.
- Commit for the entire duration of the contract (June- August). Click here to see other logisitics of working at camp.
Camp contracts are typically 8 weeks in length and include salary and room/board for the duration of the contract in addition to plenty of other perks of working at camp. Teaching artists and Theater Directors are also provided continuing support such as curriculum, scripts, costumes, props, and backdrops.
Flexibility is key to success at camp. If you have open expectations and a willingness to try new experiences, you will find yourself in line for a worthwhile opportunity. We offer summer camp opportunities at locations across the United States. Click here to see available job opportunities.
Camp Position Types
Below is a quick overview of the criteria for the camp Teaching Artist Positions which we frequently hire:
Theater Specialist: Teachers who are willing and interested in leading a Children's Theater Program. Have attended camp as staff or camper or other relevant experience in childcare.
Theater Director: Teachers with extensive experience in educational theater programming in recreational settings including supervision of theater staff.
Specialty Instructor: Artists with personal/professional background in Dance, Set/Prop Making, Costume Design, Tech/AV, or Visual Arts. Musicians with ability to accompany musicals on piano or lead songs on a guitar.
Perks & Benefits
No matter the role you find yourself in with mainstages, there are great perks that everyone can enjoy!
• Expand your network of professional educators, actors, directors and designers.
• Gain access to hundreds of games, lesson plans, show ideas, original scripts and professional development.
• Become a lead artist and help us expand with budding opportunities.
• Help lead the way in innovative education and making a difference in tomorrow's world.