May 7, 2008

Summer playwright gig in Vermont

Summer Job Opening: Playwriting Teacher

The Putney School Summer Programs, Putney, Vermont

Dates of employment: June 18 through August 2, 2008

Faculty positions with The Putney School Summer Programs are seasonal (summer) positions and carry responsibility for workshop instruction. Faculty teach morning and afternoon 3-hour workshops or in one full-day program. In addition, Faculty provide leadership for Independent Studio Time, Open Readings, student and faculty performances, presentations, discussions, class trips and collaborative endeavors with colleagues and guest artists.

Position calls for individuals who enjoy teenagers, who have 3 or more years experience teaching high-school age students and who are actively working in their respective medium. Faculty serve as one-on-one mentors for college-age apprentice teachers and supervise studio assistants.

For all positions, preference is given to applicants who:

•Enjoy working with teenagers and have prior teaching or leadership experience

•Are able to commit to a high level of participation for the duration of the program

•Have a college major or career interest in the visual or performing arts, creative writing, English as a Second Language, or education

•Have outdoor skills and an appreciation of the rural environment

•Are conscientious, willing to work hard, and are committed to the safety, well-being, and growth of others and of themselves

Applications and resumes for all positions are accepted and reviewed until staffing is complete.

The Putney School Summer Programs serve students age 14 through 17 who are seeking enrichment in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, writing, and ESOL. Intensive participation and involvement by faculty, staff and students best characterizes the nature of the commitment that successful participants bring to the programs.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please download the Employment Application as MS Word document or PDF file.

Candidates may be in touch by phone at 802-387-6297 or

Playwriting Workshop
The words and ideas of successful playwrights come to life when brought to the stage. Students are challenged to develop their understanding of this process and of the relationship between their ideas and their goal, which is to have their plays performed. This process entails considerable attention to re-writes as work progresses to the stage. Regular critique and feedback by faculty, peers, and, when possible, guest playwrights, offer students the opportunity to hone their craft and develop their writing. Staged read-through of student work and collaboration with Theater students offers additional support to the young playwright in the exploration, through trial and error, of what best communicates one’s intentions.

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