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Theater Instructor

Dog Tag Inc. | Washington, DC | Contract

Job Description

Dog Tag empowers our veterans with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and caregivers to find renewed purpose and community through an unexpected combination of a bakery and a classroom. Our innovative approach consists of a five-month fellowship program that combines equal parts classroom, bakery, community, and well being. Dog Tag fellows earn a certificate of business administration in our classroom space; bring their coursework to life by learning the ins and outs of running a successful business in the Bakery; build community with each other; and enhance their well being by committing time to introspection and personal growth. 

Our resilience-focused, high resource-commitment program contributes to long-term improvements in well being and prepares fellows to achieve their definition of success. With improved overall resilience, those we serve are better equipped to find, pursue, achieve, and sustain their future.  Learn more at our website: www.dogtaginc.org

Dog Tag is currently looking for a theater instructor to lead our fellows in a theater/storytelling course called “Finding Your Voice.”  This position is ideal for an experienced actor, director, or drama teacher who is interested in teaching and supporting curriculum development for a unique course.  This opportunity would require one three hour session per week, every other week from January 2021 until June 2021. This would also include time to learn the course materials and prepare for the kickoff in late January 2021.  

Finding Your Voice Course Description:

Like the stage in the center of Dog Tag Bakery, “Finding Your Voice” was at the core of our co-founder Father Richard Curry’s vision for the Dog Tag Fellowship.  “Finding Your Voice” is a communication course built on the rehearsal disciplines practiced by actors. As a theater actor and director, Curry understood the elements of the actor’s craft that strengthened self-awareness, self-assurance, and compassion.  

This course enables DTI fellows to learn about theater and the energy it derives from the imagination and our own human experience. Fellows turn their own stories into powerful expressions of self and are able to modify that story appropriately for each audience.

In each session of “Finding Your Voice,” fellows spend time on their feet, using rehearsal disciplines to hone their ability to speak with confidence and authenticity.  At the conclusion of the fellowship, each fellow shares their story on Dog Tag’s stage with an audience of friends, family, Dog Tag staff, board, and alumni.  It’s a special rite of passage, and a privilege for those in the room.

Responsibilities

We value the ability to serve individuals from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to our learning community. Dog Tag seeks instructors who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping those we serve achieve their goals. 

Additionally, faculty are expected to:

  1. Be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to our fellows.

  2. Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies, and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions

  3. Participate in curriculum development for the course

  4. Teach scheduled classes (on average a total of 10 sessions, meeting once every other week)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior theater arts teaching experience, particularly working with adults

  • Knowledge of and comfort with the use of instructional technologies; experience teaching classes both in-person and remotely 

  • Familiarity with adult education principles and needs

  • Familiarity with military-connected populations and/or populations in transition

  • Sensitivity to individuals who have experienced trauma

  • Excellent interpersonal skills 

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Well organized and timely

  • Comfortable speaking with diverse audiences; an excellent communicator

  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of tact and discretion to maintain confidential/sensitive information


Time commitment: January 2021 - June 2021; One three-hour session every other week

Stipend: $5,000 (as a 1099 contractor)