Theatre Director-in-Residence

Last edited by Bloxham School on 28 February 2024
Salary / Fee: 
£28,000 (pro-rata £5,833 for 10 weeks)
Closing Date: 
Monday, 4 March, 2024

THE VACANCY

Bloxham School is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Theatre Director-in-Residence to join our vibrant Drama Department for the fixed-term of the summer term 2024 (April – end June ) with a possibility of becoming a permanent role.
In this role, you will play a key part in supporting co-curricular provisions within the department. Your expertise in a variety of theatrical styles and activities will be essential, as you inspire and develop the skills of our students at all levels.
Candidates specialising in all aspects of drama and theatre are strongly encouraged to apply. The position offers the opportunity to contribute to teaching and directing pupils, with a preference for candidates possessing experience in working with students and engaging in professional theatre acting/directing. An interest in curriculum drama, including key practitioners, is advantageous.
An Undergraduate Degree in Drama and Theatre, or equivalent professional experience, is essential.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Director-in-Residence will, working with the Head of Drama, have oversight of all dramatic activities across the Summer term and will ensure that all pupils have access to and an appreciation of the dramatic arts.
The dramatic season of work at Bloxham School encompasses; the Main School Production - which takes place in the Michaelmas term, the Third Form Production – entered into the National Theatre Connections competition, and the Lower School Shakespeare Festival – built into the academic drama curriculum.
This year’s main school production was “Shrek the Musical” and previous years have seen successful productions of both scripted and devised theatre.
The Director-in-Residence will be responsible for all aspects of the planning, preparation, and delivery of the First Form Shakespeare Festival. Working as a team-member and team-builder you will need to work closely with others and liaise and communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals throughout the school community.

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Academic

• Teach two lessons of Lower School Drama each week, following the department Scheme of Learning.
• Oversee the practical devised work of a Fourth Form GCSE group ahead of their examination performance (3rd May 2024).
• Attending and supporting exam performances through technical and rehearsal engagement.
• Support the Public Speaking area of study through individual 1:1 tutoring and guidance.
• Administrate the delivery and examination of the departments LAMDA provision.
Co-curricular

• Direct and produce our First Form Shakespeare Festival which will be performed as part of Founderstide, end of year event. (22nd June 2024)
• Design and deliver the House Drama Competition alongside other members of the drama department.
• Take responsibility for the delivery of the drama curriculum to a number of KS3 classes.
• Be integral in the development and establishment of the Summer term drama activity provision.
• Provide support for external audition opportunities for pupils.

Other duties

• To work with the School Wardrobe Mistress and others involved in dramatic productions.
• To co-operate with others concerned with the broader creative arts in school to develop opportunities for all pupils; performances to include backstage, tech crew, Front of House etc.
• To oversee the productions budget.
• To complete administrative duties in relation to school productions including all risk assessments.
• To offer a platform for a positive marketing of the school in the area of Drama.
• To develop broader performance skills in areas such as public speaking and debating.
• To contribute to the development of the department in alignment with the development plan.
• To identify opportunities to stretch, challenge and develop the drama scholars in the school.

KEY INFORMATION

Start Date: April 2024
Accountable to: Head of Drama
Working Hours: Full Time
Salary: Bloxham salary scale, dependent on experience
Closing Date: 9am on Friday 1st March 2024
Fixed Term Contract: Ending at the end of June 2024

BENEFITS

• Enrolment in the Teacher's Pension Scheme (Currently undergoing Governors’ consultation with potential change to pension provision for September 2024)
• Tea, coffee and lunch provided during working hours
• Free parking on site
• Access at no charge to the School's sporting, swimming and fitness facilities, including gym and tennis courts
• Strong, supportive staff community with a school councillor available
• Opportunities for continuous professional development.

HOW TO APPLY

Closing Date: 9am on Friday 1st March 2024
Interview Date: to be confirmed.
To apply for this role please complete the Bloxham School teaching staff application form.
Applications will be assessed upon receipt, and we reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date.
Therefore, an early application is strongly
advised.
For further information please visit the Bloxham School website.
If you have any queries, please contact the HR Department on 01295 232160 or at recruitment@bloxhamschool.com.
We look forward to receiving your application.

SAFEGUARDING

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The School may carry out online searches on shortlisted applicants and all applicants will be required to provide details of their
online profile, including social media account names/handles, as part of their application.

The safeguarding responsibilities of the post include:
The post holder’s responsibility will include promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/ he comes into contact.
The post holder will be required to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy at all
times.
If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks tothe safety or welfare of children in the School, s/he must report any concerns to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
The School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions on a self- declaration form in advance of attending an interview (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with
children

Contact Details: 

If you have any queries, please contact the HR Department on 01295 724379 or at recruitment@bloxhamschool.com.

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