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First Act Theatre Arts needs talented individuals to fill both artistic and administrative roles and help us encourage excellence in the theatrical arts and foster character and community building. We hope you will apply to join the team!

Technical Director

First Act Theatre Arts seeks a part-time Technical Director to join our team beginning in the 2023-2024 season. Looking for detail-oriented, flexible, experienced individual with a strong knowledge of technical and design theatre.

The Technical Director is primarily responsible for supervision and implementation of all production elements (lighting, sound, set design and construction, etc.) of all First Act Theatre Arts productions. The Technical Director ensures safe-working practices, provides guidance and support for design, build, and implementation practices, and partners with the Artistic Director to streamline production processes and strengthen efficiencies. The Technical Director also serves as the Resident Lighting Designer for all First Act Theatre Arts Productions. This position requires a strong work ethic centered on excellent organizational skills. Requires the ability to develop and maintain positive, collaborative relationships and communications with all artistic parties, as well as administrative staff, board members, students, and volunteers. 

Teachers

POSITION: Teacher
REPORTS TO: Education Director and/or Studio Director
JOB TYPE: Seasonal Employment
SALARY RANGE: $25-40 per contact hour based on class type.
JOB OVERVIEW
First Act KC is always seeking qualified instructors to teach classes in acting, dance, voice, technical theatre, and other theatre disciplines. Teachers are contracted by session to teach weekly at locations across the metro area. Teachers may be hired to teach multiple classes.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Follow course objectives supplied by the Education Director and bring fun and innovative lessons to each class.
  • Arrive at class at least 15 minutes early each week; do not leave class until all students have left.
  • Instruct students in a designated discipline, as contracted.
  • Maintain communication with the Education Director or Studio Director.
  • Encourage students’ participation in First Act Theatre Arts activities, such as productions, workshops, and special events.
  • Always be a positive role model for students.
  • Treat ALL students with respect and dignity.
 QUALIFICATIONS
  • Complete necessary training from the Education Director or Studio Director.
  • Experience working with students ages 5-18.
  • Educational and/or professional experience in the performing arts.
  • Be effective in appropriate methods of classroom management.
  • Good at communicating with adults and children.
  • Able to make changes quickly in a creative classroom setting.
  • Provide a safe and orderly place for students to feel free to create.
  • Be a trustworthy leader who inspires confidence.
  • Comprehend and follow the First Act Theatre Arts Mission Statement as well as the Values and Objectives.
  • Bring enthusiasm to each scheduled class.
CLASS TYPES AND SEASON SCHEDULE
  • Fall Trimester (8-weeks) August-October: Monday and/or Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Winter Trimester (6-weeks) December-January: Monday and/or Thursday from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Spring Trimester (8-weeks) March-April: Monday and/or Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Fall Semester Dance Studio/Private Acting Studio/ Private Voice Studio (14-weeks) August-November: Various Days and Times
  • Spring Semester Dance Studio/Private Acting Studio/ Private Voice Studio (14-weeks) January-April: Various Days and Times
 
Applications for Teaching Artists are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Teachers

First Act is always seeking qualified instructors to teach classes in acting, dance, voice, technical theatre and other theatre disciplines. Teachers are contracted by semester to teach weekly at locations across the metro area.

To apply, please submit a theatre and work resume and a cover letter to Gina Milbourn, artistic director, at artisticdirector@firstactkc.org.

Teachers at First Act Theatre Arts receive the satisfaction of cultivating a love for the craft of theatre arts in students. Teachers get to build teamwork, challenge students to flourish creatively, and see them blossom socially and academically.  

In order to qualify, teachers must:

  • Have extensive theatre education pertaining to the class being taught.
  • Be effective in appropriate methods of classroom management.
  • Provide a safe and orderly place for students to feel free to create.
  • Be a trustworthy leader who inspires confidence.
  • Comprehend and follow the First Act Theatre Arts Mission Statement as well as the  Values and Objectives.
  • Plan a syllabus for the class and submit by email to the Artistic Director and Studio Director within 2 weeks after being hired.
  • Bring enthusiasm to each scheduled class.
  • Arrive at class at least 15 minutes early each week; do not leave class until all students have left
  • Instruct students in a designated discipline, as contracted.
  • Maintain weekly email communication with the class coordinator about the students’ accomplishments as well as plans for the next class.
  • Encourage students’ participation in First Act Theatre Arts activities, such as ticket contests and fundraisers.
  • Be a positive role model for students at all times.
  • Treat ALL students with respect and dignity.

Artistic Team

POSITION: Production Artistic Team

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

JOB TYPE: Seasonal Employment

SALARY RANGE: Varied based on position and production.

JOB OVERVIEW

First Act Theatre Arts brings together numerous artistic team members for each show. Each artistic team works together to lead the show’s production from conception to completion. It is essential that a strong Artistic Team is put together to ensure a quality show, a show that the parents, students, and staff will be proud of and – most importantly – brings glory to God. Therefore, it is important to find the best people to serve on the Artistic Team.

The Artistic Team consists of the Director, the Musical Director, the Choreographer, and the Assistant Director/Stage Manager. Other important team members may include the Fight Choreographer, the Rehearsal Accompanist, and a Lighting/Sound Designer. These key people will be working closely with each other as a TEAM over the course of the rehearsals and performances.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Director must know and love theatre and know the various aspects of mounting a major production. Each director must know how to motivate actors, create stage pictures, inspire cast and crew and lead the entire company to reach their vision. Directors must have a Godly attitude at the forefront of every aspect of production.
  • The Music Director must know how to read music (and play the piano to some extent) as well as teach rhythm, melodies, and harmonies.
  • The Choreographer must know and love to teach various styles of dance and be able to tell a story and create stage pictures with movement and dance.
  • The Accompanist must be proficient at the keyboard and be able to assist in musical and dance rehearsals as well as performances when needed.
  • The Assistant Director/Stage Manager must be organized with direction from the Director regarding rehearsal notes (including blocking) and details for the Sets, Props, Costumes, and Backstage Committees. Stage Managers must help with moving into the theatre venue and call the show.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Artistic Team Members must have proficiency, passion, and past experience in their expertise.
  • Enjoy working with children and fostering artistic growth in the lives of all children, not just the leads.
  • Be enthusiastic and encouraging role models who welcome and lead ALL students to understand that they are important, valued and created by God.
  • Focus on sharing positive feedback by using words that build up – not tear down.
  • Raise the bar by inspiring cast members to give 100% in their roles. 
  • Be a team player and be excited and willing to work with other people on the artistic team and production crews. 
  • Submissive to authority and have a teachable spirit. Each person on the Artistic Team must be willing to submit to the guidelines of First Act Theatre Arts.  
  • Follow the Staff Code of Conduct. (Additional information included)

Click Here to Learn More About our 2024/25 Season.

Applications for Production Artistic Team members are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Artistic Team

First Act Theatre Arts brings together numerous artistic team members for each show. Each artistic team works together to lead the show’s production from conception to completion.

To apply, please submit a work and theatre resume and cover letter to Gina Milbourn, Artistic Director, at artisticdirector@firstactkc.org.

It is essential that a strong Artistic Team is put together to insure a quality show, a show that the parents, students and staff will be proud of and – most importantly – brings glory to God. Therefore, it is important to find the best people to serve on the Artistic Team.

The Artistic Team consists of the Director, the Musical Director, the Choreographer and the Assistant Director/Stage Manager. Other important team members may include the Fight Choreographer, the Rehearsal Accompanist and a Lighting/Sound Designer. These key people will be working closely with each other as a TEAM over the course of the rehearsals and performances.

A survey is sent to potential artistic team members in order to help “cast” the Artistic Teams for the season. Results of this survey are considered by the Artistic Director with input from the Executive Director. Many times, Directors may have suggestions of people with whom they would like to work. Since First Act looks for quality individuals who are talented and work well with children, the Artistic Director welcomes these suggestions for artistic team members. The ultimate decision of who will serve on the Artistic Team is made by the Artistic Director who acts as the Producer of the show and oversees the overall production.

Artistic Team Members must have proficiency, passion and past experience in their expertise:

  • The Director must know and love theatre and know the various aspects of mounting a major production. Each director must know how to motivate actors, create stage pictures, inspire cast and crew and lead the entire company to reach their vision. Directors must have a Godly attitude at the forefront of every aspect of the production.
  • The Music Director must know how to read music (and play the piano to some extent) as well as teach rhythm, melodies and harmonies.
  • The Choreographer must know and love to teach various styles of dance and be able to tell a story and create stage pictures with movement and dance.
  • The Accompanist must be proficient at the keyboard and be able to assist in musical and dance rehearsals as well as performances when needed.
  • The Assistant Director/Stage Manager must be organized with direction from the Director regarding rehearsal notes (including blocking) and details for the Sets, Props, Costumes, and Backstage Committees. Stage Managers must help with moving into the theatre venue and call the show.
  • Enjoy working with children and fostering artistic growth in the lives of all children, not just the leads.
  • Be enthusiastic and encouraging role models who welcome and lead ALL students to understand that they are important, valued and created by God.
  • Focus on sharing positive feedback by using words that build up – not tear down.
  • Raise the bar by inspiring cast members to give 100% in their roles. 
  • Be a team player and be excited and willing to work with other people on the artistic team and production crews. 
  • Submissive to authority and have a teachable spirit. Each person on the Artistic Team must be willing to submit to the guidelines of First Act Theatre Arts.  
  • Follow the Staff Code of Conduct. (Additional information included)

Production Coordinator

POSITION: Production Coordinator

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

JOB TYPE: Seasonal Employment

SALARY RANGE: Varied based on production.

JOB OVERVIEW

In addition to artistic staff, First Act KC productions need managerial leadership to ensure that everything runs smoothly. These coordinators work alongside the artistic teams to supervise students, communicate with families and more.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide management, on-site supervision, and communications with area production related venues.
  • Serves as a liaison between the families, artistic teams, office staff and venues.
  • Provide support for the artistic teams and production crew.
  • Responsible for organization and oversight for all production related activities including pre-production, auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, show week and strike. 
  • The production coordinator will also maintain close contact with the Executive Director and office staff.
  • Overseeing cleanup of venues after each rehearsal or performance.
  • Administer basic First Aid needs during rehearsals and shows.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Understands and follows the First Act Theatre Arts mission and values.
  • Leads with inspiration and a positive attitude.
  • Must be a team player that communicates with energy and creativity.
  • Organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Dependable and reliable.
  • Flexible with hours (must be able to work evenings and weekends).
  • Skills with Microsoft Office or Google Workspace is a plus.

Click Here to Learn More About our 2024/25 Season.

Applications for Production Coordinators are accepted on an ongoing basis.

 

Production Coordinator

In addition to artistic staff, First Act productions need managerial leadership to ensure that everything runs smoothly. These coordinators work alongside the artistic teams to supervise students, communicate with families and more.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Gina Milbourn, Artistic Director, at artisticdirector@firstactkc.org.

  • Provide management, on-site supervision and communications with area production related venues.
  • Serves as a liaison between the families, artistic teams, office staff and venues.
  • Provide support for the artistic teams and production crew.
  • Responsible for organization and oversight for all production related activities including pre-production, auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, show week and strike. 
  • The production coordinator will also maintain close contact with the artistic director and office staff.
  • Overseeing cleanup of venues after each rehearsal or performance.
  • Understands and follows the First Act Theatre Arts mission and values.
  • Leads with inspiration and a positive attitude.
  • Must be a team player that communicates with energy and creativity.
  • Organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Dependable and reliable
  • Flexible with hours (must be able to work evenings and weekends)
  • Skill with Microsoft Office or Google Workspace is a plus

Class Coordinator

POSITION: Class Coordinator

REPORTS TO: Education Director

JOB TYPE: Seasonal Employment

SALARY RANGE: $20-22 per contact hour

JOB OVERVIEW

First Act KC classes are overseen by an on-site class coordinator who supervises each class night. These coordinators are the on-site point of contact for families and teachers and help make sure that each class session runs safely and smoothly.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide management and on-site supervision at our off-site locations.
  • Serves as a liaison between the families, teachers, office staff and venues during each class.
  • Provide support for the teachers if needed.
  • Provide any basic First Aid needs during the class time.
  • Report any incidents, whether injury or behavior, directly to the Education Director.
  • Overseeing cleanup of the venue after classes end each week.
  • Present for each class night. This position does not have any duties outside of the run of the class night, but each Class Coordinator must be present at least 20 minutes before the first class and must not leave until each student has been picked up.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Understands and follows the First Act Theatre Arts mission and values.
  • Leads with inspiration and a positive attitude.
  • Must be a team player that communicates with energy and creativity.
  • Organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Dependable and reliable


CLASS TYPES AND SEASON SCHEDULE

  • Fall Trimester (8-weeks) August-October: Monday and/or Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Winter Trimester (6-weeks) December-January: Monday and/or Thursday from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Spring Trimester (8-weeks) March-April: Monday and/or Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 pm

Applications for Class Coordinators are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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Summer Camp Counselor

POSITION: Summer Camp Counselor

REPORTS TO: Education Director and Camp Coordinator

JOB TYPE: Seasonal Employment

SALARY RANGE: $250-$600 weekly based on position and camp type.

JOB OVERVIEW

Each summer First Act Theatre Arts hires a team of summer camp counselors to staff their many day camps around Kansas City. Each day camp hires teams of 3-4 counselors to teach acting, vocal, dance, and many other skills to children ages 5-14.

We seek energetic, knowledgeable, and responsible camp counselors to provide a safe and memorable experience for First Act summer camps. The camp counselor will be responsible for duties that include facilitating and participating in group activities, overseeing transitions to and from activities throughout the camp day, and monitoring carpooling. Camp Counselors will be hired to teach one of the disciplines of performing or technical theatre and serve as not only counselor but a member of the artistic team for that camp week.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Setting up and breaking down of classrooms and activities Leads with inspiration and a positive attitude.
  • Assisting with planned activities, facilitating as needed Organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Adhering to the daily schedule of activities and manage timely transitions Flexible with hours (must be able to work evenings and weekends).
  • Helping with morning and afternoon carpool.
  • Overseeing lunch and snack times.
  • Mediating any conflicts that may arise between students.
  • Monitoring bathroom breaks and proper hand washing/sanitization.
  • Reporting any notable concerns or incidents to Camp Director or Camp Coordinator.
  • Other responsibilities, as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS

  •  Passion for working with children ages 5-14.
  • Experience/Training in the Performing Arts.
  • Reliable transportation.
  •  Highly organized and able to multitask.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively with colleagues and students.

CAMP TYPES

  • Half Day Camps (Monday-Friday 9am-12pm)- Ages 5-7
  •  Full Day Camps (Monday-Friday 9am-3pm)- Ages 7-12
  • Curtain Up Camp (Monday-Friday 9am-3pm) – Ages 10-14
  • Xtreme Camps (Monday-Friday 9am-3pm)- Ages 10-18

Applications for Summer Camp Counselors are accepted September-April of each calendar year. First Act Summer Camps are held June through the beginning of August.

 

Class Coordinator

First Act classes are overseen by a class coordinator who handles communication, coordination, and supervision. These coordinators are the first point of contact for families to share information about absences, ask class-related questions, etc.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Gina Milbourn, Artistic Director, at artisticdirector@firstactkc.org.

  • Provide management, on-site supervision and communications with area class related venues.
  • Serves as a liaison between the families, teachers, office staff and venues.
  • Provide support for the teachers
  • Responsible for organization and oversight for all class related activities.
  • Overseeing clean up of venue after classes end each week.
  • Present for each class night.
  • Understands and follows the First Act Theatre Arts mission and values.
  • Leads with inspiration and a positive attitude.
  • Must be a team player that communicates with energy and creativity.
  • Organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Dependable and reliable
  • Flexible with hours (must be able to work evenings and weekends)
  • Skill with Microsoft Office or Google Workspace is a plus