Opportunities at Barter Theatre
Barter Theatre (founded 1933) is a full-time, year-round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists, a founding member of LORT and located in historic Abingdon, Virginia. Bartertheatre.com.
Project REAL Teaching Artisit
Barter Theatre’s award winning Project REAL stands for Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning. The program is currently hiring for a full time teaching artist. A description of the program as well as specifics about the open position are posted below.
Description of Program: Project REAL is designed to collaborate with educators, community leaders, social workers, or any organizations to use theatre tools to teach any curriculum or material. Most of the work takes place in the classroom.
Deeply rooted in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and Paulo Freire’s ideas of education, Project REAL combines physical theatre activities with the open expression of ideas. This combination transforms the traditional classroom environment into one that promotes implicit learning, differentiated thinking, a thorough exploration of academic content, and the ability of students to take responsibility for their own learning.
Position Available: Teaching Artist.
Barter Theatre teaching artists are hired on a full time basis. The teaching artist will be assigned to one of the many high schools the program serves. Though most of our work is done at the high school level, the teaching artist may be asked to work with students of varying ages, learning levels and behaviors.
The teaching artist is an active member of both the school he/she is assigned to, as well as the community in which the teaching artist lives. In order for the teaching artist to help a community learn and grow, it is vital to listen, challenge the imagination, and guide with questions.
Teaching Artist’s Responsibilities include the following:
- Create lesson plans using theatre arts to support the curriculum within the specific classroom.
- Connect the students personally to the curriculum.
- Collaborate with the classroom teacher.
- Follow classroom and school procedures.
- Create a safe learning environment for the teachers and students.
- Schedule classes by communicating clearly and consistently with all teachers and administrators.
- Service the needs of the school community to which you are assigned.
- Document lesson planning and measuring students’ progress.
- Provide professional development for the teachers and administrators.
- Direct the after school program, “The Dream Catchers”.
- Communicate with the onsite coordinator and program director on a regular basis.
- Any other responsibilities the program director delegates to the Teaching Artist.
Requirements: Candidates should have experience in theatre arts—Bachelor’s degree, MFA, or related training preferred. Experience working with school aged children is also preferred. The teaching artist should be comfortable working with school administration and teachers. To be able to communicate effectively and work with a team is imperative. The candidate must participate in professional development in the arts and/or education as well.
Please submit all résumés and cover letters to Megan Atkinson at email@example.com.
Barter Youth Academy Instructor Position Available
Barter Youth Academy is seeking energetic, passionate, and skilled instructors for our growing programs in Abingdon, Virginia; Bristol, Tennessee; Kingsport, Tennessee; and Elizabethton, Tennessee! Qualified candidates should have two or more years of teaching experience with K-12 students and working knowledge of theater.
Being a BYA instructor involves teaching students fundamental and intermediate acting and stage skills. All instruction and orientation hours take place in the evening or on weekends. Classes and curriculums are divided by age level into Pre-Academy (ages 5-7), Elementary (ages 8-11), Middle School (ages 12-14) and High School (ages 14-18). In some cases Middle and High School students may be grouped together based on enrollment.
Instructors usually teach one to three hours each week for eight weeks per workshop period. Instructors also help put together a final “demonstration” performance at the end of the course which will include minimal light, sound, costume, props, and set design. This demonstration is designed to showcase what students have learned during the course of the workshop. Some community outreach is included with job duties. Professional development and training is available and an initial six-hour initial training and orientation session is required. The next instructor orientation day will take place on September 12.
Successful candidates must be self-reliant, motivated, adaptable, and willing to receive input from the Artistic Director and Associate Director of BYA. Strong class-management skills are imperative. Reliable transportation and willingness to commute a must. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Apprenticeships and Internships
Acting apprenticeships and The Barter Players
Katy Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Internships: Camille Davis email@example.com
Marketing Internships: Kalonn Gentry Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Advancement Internships: Katherine Foreman email@example.com
Barter depends on its amazing group of volunteers! There are many ways to help support Barter with your time.
Volunteer ushers assist patrons, take tickets, answer questions, sell concessions and ensure the safety and comfort of all of our guests. For more information about ushering, contact: Kenny Davis, House Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Advancement Office counts on dedicated volunteers to help with mailings, events and special projects. It’s a great way to make new friends and make a difference at Barter. To sign up, contact: email@example.com.
Guidelines for the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)
The usually takes place in July and August, and play submissions are accepted through March. The next AFPP deadline will be in March 2016. Click here for more information on the AFPP.
Plays may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mailed to
Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212-0867
Guidelines for Barter’s Shaping of America Initiative
America began as an idea. Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get there? “The Shaping of America”: The stories you won’t find in history books. What’s your idea? Submit a proposal for Barter Theatre’s “Shaping of America” Series. Existing full-length scripts are not accepted.
Submissions may be emailed to email@example.com
Or mailed to
Shaping of America
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867
Guidelines for other play submissions
Barter also accepts new play proposals that do not fit in to either of the above programs. Please note: Barter does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Barter does not generally produce one-act plays nor plays with extremely urban themes. Barter does produce plays for Young Audiences, whether one-acts or full length. Plays with an Appalachian theme or by an Appalachian playwright are encouraged to submit via Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. To submit your play for consideration, please use the following guidelines.
Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mailed to
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867
Emory & Henry College Theatre Department Partnership
Committed to the education and training of future generations, Barter Theatre, a professional LORT D Equity company, aids in the operation of the Emory & Henry College Theatre Department, in Emory, Va., 10 minutes from Barter Theatre. This association offers theatre majors opportunities for professional internships, mentoring, workshops, and master classes throughout their college career. Barter staff members and artists often serve as adjunct faculty and guest artists in the Theatre Department.
In addition, E&H theatre majors have the opportunity to attend professional rehearsals, participate in “talk backs” with the actors and crew after Barter performances, and serve as understudies in Barter Theatre productions. With this partnership, Emory & Henry Theatre Department offers students the combined strengths of a small liberal arts college and the type of pre-professional experiences often found only in large conservatories.
To learning more about the Emory & Henry Theatre Department and the educational offers available, visit ehc.edu or theatre.ehc.edu.