Acting Teachers – Playwrights Horizons Theater School
Playwrights Horizons is a 50-year-old award winning off-Broadway theater company that includes a Theater School that operates in conjunction with NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Playwrights Horizons Theater School offers students a one-of-a-kind, project-based training program. As the only studio at Tisch training actors, directors, designers, playwrights and creators of devised work in a single setting, Playwrights Horizons offers students an unparalleled opportunity for the cross-fertilization of skills, a commitment to the collaborative nature of theater, and a dedication to the principle that each student is a whole artist to be nurtured, challenged and celebrated. Rigorous training with our diverse faculty of professional artists working in both the traditions of western theater and global contemporary performance styles challenges each student to discover and bring forth the artist within.
Basic Job Function
We are expanding our current roster of potential acting teachers. We are looking for acting teachers who have developed their own approach to communicating foundational principles of performance, rather than teaching one specific technique or methodology. Our mission as a school is rooted in helping young artists develop their own unique processes, rather than asking them to adhere to the processes of their teachers. Other core values of our performance curriculum include:
- Asking students to bring the whole of who they are to the art they’re making and rooms they inhabit
- Building skill sets for physically and emotionally sustainable careers.
- Understanding actors as core collaborators and generative artists
- Rearing artists who can enter the field with versatility, empathy, and agency
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
We are in the process of assessing and reshaping our curriculum, and searching for teachers who want to be active collaborators in building the future of our acting training. Teaching opportunities exist in both introductory and advanced classes. Individual classes are usually 2hrs in length and there are opportunities to teach as many as 6 classes a week. Schedules will vary according to training level and enrollment and some flexibility exists to work around teachers’ availability.
A terminal degree is not required. Extensive performance work is essential. Teaching experience is preferred.
Cultural Competence: A sophisticated understanding of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression principles and practices, and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
Relentless Curiosity: The ability to productively question the status quo and the underlying assumptions contained therein. Process-oriented, creative thinking is a must.
Communication: The ability to communicate transparently and effectively across mediums.
Relationship Management: Excellent social skills with an emphasis on building and maintaining meaningful internal relationships.
Timeline and Compensation
Interviews will begin on July 15th.
Interviews will be done on a rolling basis and will start in July. Compensation range will be disclosed before the first interview.
Please email: resume, statement of teaching philosophy (written, video, or audio) and 3 references to PHTSjobs@PHnyc.org with Acting Teacher in the subject line.
At Playwrights Horizons, we believe that a broad spectrum of voices enriches the quality and vitality of our work. Playwrights Horizons is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in its staffing and to equitable and inclusive practices. The organization is interested in receiving applications from people of all races, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, classes, religions, and people with disabilities.
The facilities at Playwrights Horizons are fully accessible and ADA compliant.
Playwrights Horizons has made a statement of commitment to Black Lives Matter. Read the statement and commitments here.