Theatre Director and Instructor of Dramatic Arts

Academic Department Published: March 20, 2019


Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9–12. The School is the fourth oldest girls’ boarding and day school in the country.  The School is located on a beautiful 23-acre campus which is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions of downtown Raleigh.  Raleigh-Durham, NC is ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States by US News & World Report.

 Saint Mary’s School invites interested applicants to apply for a three-quarter time Theatre Director and Instructor of Dramatic Arts position. The successful candidate will be adept at designing for learning and bring the mission of the school to life, creating classrooms that embody and nurture intellectual engagement and facilitate the Saint Mary’s key competencies. This three-quarter time position reports to the Dean of Teaching and Learning through the Visual and Performing Arts Academic Team Leader. The Theatre Director and Instructor of Dramatic Arts will be responsible for all aspects of the classes taught and will be responsible for designing, producing, and directing up to three drama productions per year, including at least one full-scale mainstage production. With the recent emphasis on updating and retrofitting technology in the historic Pitman Auditorium and the opportunities this provides, the successful candidate must have a technical theatre background and comfort with the use of technologies as they relate to theatre arts. The successful candidate will be a strong collaborator who works well as part of a team and across disciplines; and will be both experienced and knowledgeable in the dramatic and technical aspects of 21st-century theatre arts programs.

This benefited position offers the potential for campus housing provided by the School where you can participate in a vibrant campus life with other families and students and enjoy meals in the dining hall.


  • Develop, coordinate, and administer an effective high school theater program through designing learning to engage students, school clubs, and oversight of all theater productions.
  • Teach theatre and technical theatre courses.
  • Support theater education and build a cohesive and dynamic program.
  • Act as leader and visionary for theater arts.
  • Provide expertise in the re-visioning of the Pitman Auditorium technical equipment redesign and be inspired to utilize the power of the 21st-century state-of-the-art equipment to be retrofitted into this historic building.
  • Under the leadership of the Visual and Performing Arts Academic Team Leader and in collaboration with the Director of Visual Arts and Director of Music, participate in the development of the overall arts program.
  • Serve as the producer and director for all school-wide theatrical performances.
  • Coordinate all theater audition processes on campus.
  • Oversee the development of the theater season and manage the production process of the events to include budgeting, marketing, and selling of tickets.
  • Oversee and manage the school’s membership in the International Thespian Society.
  • Recruit and develop parent volunteers to support theater productions.
  • Encourage and foster relationships with local and national professional theater organizations, as well as post-secondary institutions
  • Coordinate all competitions/trips for the theater program.
  • Using formative and summative assessment, report on students’ progress regularly. Teach theatre arts classes and serve as an advisor, with a focus on developing the Saint Mary’s competencies across academic disciplines.
  • Provide differentiated instruction for all students and students who require it.
  • Write recommendations for college applications and for awards, scholarships, and honors.
  • Help with co-curricular programs.
  • Aspire to continuous professional growth by engaging in regular professional learning opportunities. This may include activities for licensing and for maintaining accreditation.
  • Engage with academic leadership to a mindset of continuous improvement which includes feedback, and self-evaluation.
  • Perform other duties as necessary or assigned during the day and/or weekend and night to support the life of the residential community and the academic program as required by your position or requested by your manager/supervisor.


  • Master’s degree, preferably a Master of Fine Arts and a minimum of three (3) years of theater teaching, preferably in a school environment or any appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • A solid foundation in drama and theatre production.
  • High school (9-12) directing experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in girl’s education.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to establish priorities.
  • Experience and adeptness in the use of technology.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for collaboration with colleagues and academic leaders.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including composing and proofreading.
  • Ability to use applicable computer programs including audio/visual equipment, as required for state-of-the-art learning.
  • Qualifications that meet SACS/SAIS requirements or willingness to acquire them in a specified time.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Saint Mary’s School is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive compensation and excellent benefit package.  We cannot respond to every applicant regarding the status of his or her application.  Only those whose qualifications most closely meet our requirements will be contacted.

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