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Drama Conservatory Teacher/Director - Summer Program

The Drama Studio, Inc.
41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA 01108
From $750 a week - Temporary, Full-time


41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA 01108

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Drama Conservatory Teachers - Summer Program

The Drama Studio is seeking teachers for improv programs, production intensives, and Stories-on-Stage (literacy outreach production intensive) for our summer programs.

What is The Drama Studio? Why you should work here:

The Drama Studio is an exciting, challenging, and deeply enriching conservatory for young artists. Many students think of the Studio as their second home. Our teaching artists have the opportunity to work with passionate and dedicated youth at introductory through advanced levels. The work is creative, thought provoking, and rewarding. Join us, and help young actors find their voices and discover their passions!

The Drama Studio's Mission:

Our mission is to enrich and validate the youth experience in our diverse community via excellence in a conservatory-style acting training program. As part of this mission, we seek to increase reading and writing proficiency rates among local elementary school students through unique and innovative literacy-focused outreach initiatives.

Summer Schedule

Summer programs run from 9:00-3:00 M-F for one and two week sessions throughout July and August.

Responsibilities include:

  • Daily teaching, set/up, clean/up, meeting with other staff (8:00 AM - 4:00PM)
  • Curriculum and lesson plan development in collaboration with other staff
  • Collaboration with production staff for final performances, including at least one evening tech rehearsal per session
  • Supervision of volunteer teen staff for younger aged programs
  • Serve as head director for a 2 week teen session. This includes designing a curriculum and selecting material for a specific theme. Previous themes have included sketch comedy, Shakespeare, devised theatre, commedia dell'arte, and one-act play festivals.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications and can be discussed during interviews:

Minimum $750 per week program


The ideal candidate has experience with theater education and curriculum development for youth, enjoys working creatively with kids and teens, and is capable of and comfortable finding material suitable for young actors as well as working with students on the development of original work.

  • A BA or higher in theatre, education, related discipline, and/or special education
  • Experience working with students on collaboratively written original material
  • Experience working with a diverse student population drawn from a broad range of cultural, religious, socioeconomic, gender identifying, and political backgrounds
  • Experience working with neurodivergent students
  • Experience finding and selecting plays that highlight the experiences of young characters and provide fulfilling and challenging opportunities for our student actors (previous productions have included contemporary plays such as The Wolves and She Kills Monsters, classical plays such as Antigone, Metamorphoses, and Romeo & Juliet, and children’s classics like Pinocchio and The Secret Garden)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish / Vietnamese) an advantage
  • Experience with community collaboration and family engagement
  • Experience with technical elements of theatre, such as lighting design and a familiarity with QLab

The Drama Studio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all candidates. The Drama Studio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, socioeconomic status, or disability unrelated to performance of the position. We are LGBTQ+ friendly, and we actively explore ways that we can grow as an anti-racist organization.

What is a Theatre Conservatory?

The Drama Studio was founded in 1987 as an institution where youth could study acting as seriously as they could study music, supported by a carefully designed curriculum, productions of quality scripts, and a strong scholarship program to ensure opportunity for all. The term “conservatory-style” was used to describe a two-part process: first, a series of acting classes, offered sequentially from introductory to advanced levels, that would permit acting students to grow in their craft over a period of years, and second, a series of production opportunities that would allow students to audition, rehearse and perform at the same level of quality operating in the classroom. Additionally, our outreach programs bring our conservatory approach to foster literacy in our Springfield Public School partnerships.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary


  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Briefly describe your teaching philosophy.
  • Please submit a cover letter or statement on why you would be a good match with Drama Studio.
  • Do you have any experience with devised theatre and if so please describe.
  • In what field is your bachelors degree?

Work Location: In person