Established in Montreal in 1960, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is the leading professional training institution for theatre artists in Canada.
We are a place of learning, offering programs of the highest quality in English and French to actors, directors, designers, production specialists and playwrights.
NTS — a hub of intense and flourishing creative and practical activity — is providing its carefully selected students with access to a wide range of approaches, work methods and expertise. We have developed our hard-earned reputation by promoting pedagogical practices that embrace tradition while also championing invention, that place equal value on both performance and creation, and that are constantly questioned and adjusted.
Working from a position of impressive stability, over the next few years, NTS is looking to renew its sense of purpose. With over 50 years of experience to guide us, we are striving to redefine the conservatory model we originated in Canada to meet the needs of our rapidly changing world. The new NTS will be more open, more inclusive, more diverse and more agile, while continuing to offer programs and experiences of great depth.
We are determined to always look to the horizon, to understand the context and challenges our students will face as they begin their professional lives. We are constantly seeking new partnerships, innovations and outreach opportunities to increase our influence and contribute substantially to the advancement of the theatre arts. We celebrate our unique position as a national, bilingual School in Canada, and recognise our civic footprint in Montreal as one of our greatest tools for building engagement. We take great pride in our ownership of the Monument-National, which as it approaches 125 years of operation, is being reimagined as a centre for learning and creation that better reflects the values of our School.
Duties and responsibilities
The position of Voice Teacher is a senior faculty position, reporting directly to the Artistic Director. The Voice Teacher is responsible for teaching all aspects of voice, speech, dialect, and Shakespearean text – language (history of English, word use, grammar), rhetoric, argument and verse structure to first and second year acting students. The Voice Teacher teaches principles of voice work for the actor (body work, breath work, and voice production), anatomy, phonetics, speech work, dialects and the principles of a vocal warm-up to first, second and third year students. The Voice Teacher serves as voice coach, coaching voice, speech, dialect and text work in the second and third year students' performances. This coaching work entails attendance at rehearsals when required, monitoring of previews and some performances and tutorial sessions with actors as required by the production. The Voice Teacher works closely with singing teacher in coordinating work between vocal disciplines, as well as coordinating training with faculty in movement and providing pedagogical support to visiting project teachers and directors. The Voice Teacher attends weekly faculty meetings and student evaluation sessions, and participates in curriculum development and scheduling meetings as well as auditions and callbacks.
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic team player who is committed to supporting artistic and pedagogical initiatives. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. Candidates should have a deep knowledge of several voice pedagogies, be able to teach the Phonetic Alphabet, be experienced in coaching or teaching dialects, and have a comprehensive knowledge of Shakespeare, including scansion, image and rhetorical structure. Ideally, candidates will have at least five years teaching experience and/or professional coaching experience. The schedule is extremely flexible, with rehearsals sometimes taking place evenings and weekends. Most classes are scheduled mornings and coaching in the afternoons.
Although the position is primarily English-speaking, a working knowledge of the French language would be an asset.
This position is full time, based in Montreal, with full availability between August 15 and June 15. Ideally, the successful candidate will be named to the position by July 1, 2016.
Please send a detailed letter of intent with your résumé by April 8th, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: Voice Teacher.