Job posting: 2022-23 Shakespeare & Violence Prevention K-12 Workshop Facilitator (CSF)

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) seeks current CU students to facilitate classroom workshops in elementary, middle, and high schools. Workshop facilitators will support the Shakespeare & Violence Prevention project, a collaboration between CSF and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, in which Shakespeare’s plays are used to address violence prevention in schools. We use theatre to educate young people about violence because it puts into practice some of the key concepts central to violence reduction: teamwork, empathy, and the possibility of change. Connectedness can help bring about a kinder, safer, healthier school community—and theatre, likewise, is an art form rooted in empathy and connectedness. This project’s curriculum centers on the role of the “upstander”—the person who witnesses mistreatment and makes a choice to help; in the real world, upstanders make a significant difference in reducing harm; and in post-show workshops, students practice upstander behavior with the actors.

Now entering its 12th year, this program has reached almost 120,000 Colorado K-12 students. More info about the project here, in this Upstander video, or these trailers from last year’s touring shows (“Twelfth Night” | “Julius Caesar”).

Relevant Dates

  • August 29-Sept 26, 2022: workshop trainings on CU Boulder campus (M-F daytime, approx.. 20-30 hours of training)
  • Sept. 27-December 14, 2022: Troupe tours schools, typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (alternate days will be cleared in advance with troupe)—extra facilitators will lead workshops as needed
  • No tour dates the week of November 21-25, 2022
  • January 10-11, 2023: Brushup Rehearsals
  • January 17-April 19, 2023: Touring schools, typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (alternate days will in advance with troupe)
  • No tours the week of March 27-31, 2023

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching Shakespeare in the classroom (Grades 3 through 12).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to handle conflict in the classroom.
  • Reliable transportation
  • Background check required.

Compensation:

$15-20/hour for all trainings and workshop facilitations

If you are interested and available to being considered, please send a recent resume to Amanda.giguere@colorado.edu

VALUE STATEMENT: CSF shares CU Boulder’s commitment to build an inclusive, diverse, and equitable community and strives to create an environment in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and ability to contribute.

 

More About the Shakespeare & Violence Prevention Project

VISION

To cultivate empathy, teamwork, and upstander behavior through Shakespeare’s plays

MISSION

To enhance, enrich, and expand Colorado students’ understanding of Shakespeare and violence prevention through live performance and interactive roleplaying activities. Guided by the most recent research and creative work available, we strive to share relevant findings in a fun, active, and dynamic way.

VALUES

  • Empathy: we step into the shoes of others (in Shakespeare’s plays, in workshop activities) to better understand someone else’s perspective.
  • Teamwork: we work together (both in the theatre and in violence prevention) to explore new ideas.
  • Active Learning: we work “on our feet” rather than “in our seat.” Shakespeare is best approached through performance, and by watching humans interact, we learn about our own behavior. Likewise, we encourage roleplaying in the post-show workshops as a way of learning about human behavior.
  • Diversity: We live in a vibrant, eclectic world, and we value differing viewpoints, cultures, languages, and people. We strive to represent the diversity of our world in the way we produce Shakespeare, and in the way we facilitate related activities.
  • Creative Problem Solving and Student-Centered Learning: We believe in encouraging students to generate their own solutions, and we provide the space for them to test out their own ideas.
  • Connectedness: Being connected to others is a protective factor and can help reduce violence in a community. Being connected is also vital in the theatre as we build connections to our scene partner, to (and within) the text, and to the audience members.