Actor Educator, Historic Programs - Short-Term Contract Positionparks And Culture

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Position Overview:

A unique role in a timeless setting! This non-union position creates and performs theatrical programming based on 19th century Canadian history for a wide variety of audiences. Actor Educators research, write, and deliver a range of programs including: first-person monologues, educational workshops, interactive public programs, scenes, and short plays. Through drama, acting, and historical knowledge, they bring 1860s Canada to life and encourage visitors to connect with real people from the past. This position provides excellent customer and client service. Occupational health and safety is a major responsibility of this position. This is a part-time position that includes work on weekends, evenings and holidays.

NOTE:  Hiring at TRCA is contingent to the clearance of the Vulnerable Sector Screening. Candidates will be asked for a screening only where they have been selected as the leading candidate.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Creative Writing, or other arts, formal training in Theatre, or equivalent performance experience.
  • Strong acting/performance skills, including: versatility in character portrayal and styles of performance; strong script memorization skills; strong vocal and projection skills; good instincts and sense of timing, blocking and pace in performance; improvisation skills; adaptability to variable performance environments and audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Canadian history – specifically 19th century Canada – and interest in ongoing, in-depth study.
  • Demonstrated experience with historical research, especially primary sources, preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative within a set of guidelines and procedures, and also to take direction and notes when given.
  • Ability to think critically regarding education, museum theatre, and improving performance.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays.
  • Willingness to wear historically accurate and complete 19th century clothing and hairstyles.
  • Additional theatrical skills preferred, including playwriting, directing, storytelling, singing.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Create, rehearse, self-direct, and perform/deliver a variety of plays, monologues, and interactive theatre-in-education programs in a variety of settings, including historic buildings and outdoors.
  • Ability to adapt to quickly-changing situations. Improvisation is an asset.
  • Work with other colleagues and departments to create/obtain performance-specific props and pieces, and keep props and costumes in state of good repair.
  • Present programs and interact directly with visitors daily, including set up and take down of sets and props, gathering audiences and conducting post performance discussions.
  • Adapt to and work with visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
  • Be personable, welcoming and demonstrate a sense of play. Regularly and proactively engage with visitors.
  • Deliver non-theatrical educational programs, as required.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources to gain an extensive, in-depth knowledge and understanding of the time period and the specific subjects and people being portrayed.
  • Using original research, write and develop monologues, a variety of styles of plays and interactive theatre-in-education programs for the public.
  • Research and synthesize information to create meaningful and relevant dramatic programs on an ongoing basis.
  • TRCA is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require accessibility related accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

    Division: 
    Parks and Culture
    Type: 
    Part-time contract
    Salary range: 
    $19.93 per hour
    Location: 
    Black Creek Pioneer Village - 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto , Ontario
    Closing date: 
    Aug 31, 2018
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