Local News: The Ensemble Theatre is Hiring Summer Youth Performing Arts Instructors

Posted by: Ensembleon 2009/3/2 6:05:03 1645 reads

The Ensemble Theatre seeks to hire music, dance, and theatre instructors for its summer 2009 Young Performers Program. Resumes must be submitted by March 6, 2009...



There are two summer sessions offering classes in theatre performance, acting theory, dance techniques, and music. Both sessions will culminate in a live theatrical performance the youth will produce themselves. All instructors are responsible for the development and execution of the productions.

The music instructor will teach vocal and musical accompaniment in addition to composing and/ or selecting the music and playing for the performances. The dance instructor will teach dance and movement techniques, and choreograph all parts for the performances. The theatre instructor will be responsible for teaching acting theory and techniques and direct the performances.

There are available positions associated with production related areas to meet the needs of the program including: costume design, light technician, maintenance, and set design.

Applicants may submit a resume and references to The Ensemble Theatre, Attn: YP 2009 Program 3535 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 or via fax to the attention of YP 2009 Program at: 713-520-1269. Call The Ensemble Theatre at 713-520-0055 for additional information.

The Young Performers Program (YPP) is for young people ages (7–17) who desire to explore their creative and artistic talents. Each summer session is four weeks long. Summer Session One is June 1 – 27, 2009; and Summer Session Two is July 6 – August 1, 2009. The sessions are Monday thru Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Artistic Director Eileen Morris, along with Audrey Lawson, President Emeritus, was instrumental in initiating the Young Performers’ program — an educational training program for youth ages 7 to 17 that address the collaboration of art and life skills. This program has now reached over 4,000 youth who have gone on to have careers on Broadway, and in other areas such as law, medical, education, community and politics, allowing them to use their early learned theatre techniques in their suggested fields.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. The theatre is known as the only professional theatre in its region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African-American experience. In addition to being the oldest and largest professional African-American theatre in the Southwest, it also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African-American theatres that owns and operates its facility with an in-house production team. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble’s $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997.

The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre’s Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, Artist-in-Residence experiences and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre. Through its varied programs, The Ensemble Theatre benefits an audience and artistic constituency of approximately 65,000 people annually.

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