Student Employment - Theater & Dance
Theater & Dance Department Assistant
Student employees will assist with and manage aspects of department productions and administration. Duties may include coordinating audience services and publicity for all productions, supervising student volunteer box office staff and ushers, and assisting faculty and staff with administrative tasks.
Qualified candidates should be able to demonstrate: critical and flexible thinking on a daily basis, communication and interpersonal skills in a friendly and courteous manner with faculty, staff, artists and patrons, and be able to both follow directions and take independent initiative without direct supervision.
Students work with a focus on supporting the Theatre & Dance Department’s productions specifically in the areas of Technical Production, as required by a specific production’s particular needs.
Although previous experience in theatre, dance, and/or a scene or wood/machine shop is NOT required for employment consideration, the qualified student should have at least a basic understanding of the technical production process and will demonstrate a distinct willingness to learn in addition to them. They will also be able to demonstrate: critical & flexible thinking on a daily basis, communication & interpersonal skills in a friendly & courteous manner with faculty & staff as well as a variety of artistic & professional personalities, and be able to both follow directions & take independent initiative without direct supervision.
The Performing Arts are not 9am-5pm and, as such, some evening & weekend hours WILL be required, with as much prior notice as is reasonable. Hours may vary, but will typically average between 10 to 20 hours per week. Daily timeliness is of the utmost importance; when not able to work – whether as scheduled or as an added work call – Technical P.A.s will notify their supervisor(s) as soon as possible.
The Performing Arts are also rarely the same twice so interested students can count on learning a large variety of skills over the course of even a single semester. Duties can, and often do, include Scenic Carpentry & Metalworking, Scenic Painting Techniques, Stage Lighting & Audio Support, Theatrical Rigging, and scheduled maintenance & organization of shop & theatre gear & equipment, as needed. Work is done primarily in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Scene Shop and on the Lenfest Proscenium Theatre and flexible Black Box performance spaces, under the direct supervision of the Technical Director.