Who are the Starcatchers?
The Starcatchers is NTPA’s Therapeutic Arts program designed specifically for children and adults with disabilities. In this program, students are given opportunities to shine through drama, music, dance, and visual art. These opportunities range from large theatre productions to intimate art classes and include people of all ages. The Starcatchers believe that the future of the performing arts is accessible to all.
Not only can a student’s involvement in the arts strongly impact multiple areas of their life, but it can also have an impact on the community. What makes the Starcatchers program unique is not just the work with children and adults with disabilities, but its relational approach to the work. Our Performance Partners support our actors in specific areas, such as learning lines, learning stage cues, prompting during performances, facilitating small group activities, and other support needs as specified on an individual basis. Through this partnership, Starcatcher students are able to advocate for themselves and their needs and build connections with their community.
North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA)- Starcatchers troupe is seeking responsible, eager, and creative individuals to become part-time creative staff for our Creative Arts Summer Camps. Hours will vary between 0-12 per week over 4 non consecutive weeks. Teaching experience in the arts and experience working with people with various disabilities is recommended. Must be creative and have a lot of energy. Students pursuing degrees in psychology, SPED, therapy, speech/language pathology, and theatre education are prefered but not required. Position offers the opportunity to promote to part-time year round position, based on performance and recommendation of Managing Director.
Summer camp dates are as follows: Monday – Thursday, 9am-12pm on the following dates-
May 31- June 3
June 28-July 1
July 12-July 15
August 2-August 5
Candidates interested in this opportunity should submit a resume and cover letter. The most qualified candidates will be granted an interview.
• Teach summer camps at Plano, Fairview, Frisco, and Dallas locations. Summer camp teacher responsibilities include:
- Follow all location policies and procedures and staff code of conduct
- Attend two day paid training sessions before summer camps begin
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to camp attendees arriving for set up
- Stay 15 minutes after camp attendees leave for clean up
- Submit camp outline to Managing Director at least one week prior to camp beginning
- Foster a creative and supportive environment for campers in a manner congruent with their specific needs, accommodations, and interests
- Instruct Performance Partners on their role during the camp activities
- Guide campers through the creation of an original script, set piece, and musical number
- Direct campers through a showcase of their original work on the final day of camp
- Work closely with the Managing Director who will be available for consultation on all artistic and administration matters
- Devote best energies toward the engagement of the summer camp students, in a manner congruent with the standards of NTPA- Starcatchers troupe, as defined by NTPA- Starcatchers
Minimum Job Requirements
- Minimum age 18
- Solid time management, organization and prioritization skills
- Strong people skills
- High level communication skills
- Adaptable to business and team needs and changes
- Attention to detail, strong organizational ability; ability to work under pressure
- Knowledge of disabilities and accessibility needs
- Creative problem solving and ‘out of the box’ thinking
- Passion for creative arts and a desire to create more inclusive and accessible arts spaces
- Students currently pursuing psychology, therapy, SPED, or creative arts related degrees preferred but not required