ARTISTIC MANAGER | LEAD TEACHING ARTIST
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About the Changing Voices (CV) program.
CV is a 30-hour per week, eight-month long supported employment program composed primarily of emerging black and brown adults in the justice system who are 18-24 years of age and from the west and south sides of Chicago. The program uses story-writing, musical theatre performances, job/life skills training, and case management support to empower these youth to meet their personal goals.
The Artistic Manager of the Changing Voices Ensemble supervises a creative process of partnering with young people to write their real-life stories and express their voice through musical theatre. Through strong relationships and trust, they empower young people to see themselves as strong resilient people with agency and adaptability. The Artistic Manager works with other team members to create a platform for their voices in the Chicago community and enable the youth to advocate for themselves.
The Artistic Manager is a key leader within Storycatchers: a strategist, a youth mentor and confidant, and an advocate for personal growth. The Artistic Manager manages five part-time teaching artists and is charged with developing a skillful and confident artistic staff.
Lastly, they are a team member, working closely with a full-time case manager and full-time program manager, who together establish a safe, caring and enriching program experience. It’s a team that is accountable to specific program outcomes and thus works collaboratively with administration to grow the impact of the program.
Primary Job expectations.
- Develop the trust and respect of the program youth while providing strong emotional support within the boundaries defined by the company’s policies and trauma-informed practices.
- Learn and use Storycatchers Theatre’s artistic process and methodology.
- Create and implement a well-structured curriculum that respects the need for both trauma-informed care and youth accountability to personal and program goals.
- Supervise the process of turning youth narratives into compelling musical theatre scripts.
- Direct community tour productions.
- Be a lead teaching artist and a manager for other teaching artists:
- Be the lead teaching artist on weekly community/ensemble workshops and tours.
- Lead creative workshops and life-skills sessions, individually or collaboratively.
- Be accountable for the quality of creative work and lead staff to develop goal-oriented workshops, warm-ups, and other exercises.
- Create performance reviews for all teaching artists.
- Create training and/or development plans for CV teaching artists.
- Assist the Program Manager in administering program policies and procedures.
- Provide emotional support to youth and be a role-model for professional demeanor.
- Be a strong collaborator in creating a safe and enriching program environment where youth are excited to work.
- Continuously strive to innovate and improve the Changing Voices program by recommending changes, confronting challenges with solutions and being a vocal and communicative member of the Storycatchers team.
What you’ll need to be a great candidate.
- Experience working with communities with trauma, particularly, black and brown youth from disinvested neighborhoods – shared experience with their barriers to success is preferred.
- Demonstrated commitment to the value of diversity and collective liberation.
- Creative writing experience, preferably in the musical theatre genre.
- Experience working as a professional theatre artist and/or educator.
- Demonstrated success leading and managing a team.
- Detail-oriented, organized with strong time-management skills.
- Be able to think strategically, frequently.
- Strong belief in self-care practices, both in individualized and group settings.
- A belief that the youth are the experts in their own lives.
General required availability.
- Average 45 hours per week. Monday through Thursday 8:30am-5pm, flexible Fridays and occasional nights and weekends.
- Program location is currently located in Chicago at 100 N. Western (near Western and Washington)
- 100% paid enrollment in company health plan
- Paid federal holidays, paid holiday break and 12 days of additional PTO.
- 20 days of additional PTO after one year of employment.
- Starting Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000.
About Storycatchers Theatre.
For 34 years, Storycatchers Theatre has been empowering court-involved youth to craft and perform musical theatre from their own personal stories of growing up in Illinois’ underserved neighborhoods. Using an award-winning and transformational writing methodology, these youths develop the skills needed to successfully re-enter society and move beyond their histories to become peer mentors, civic influencers and agents of change in our community.