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26 Aug 2022


ICON Arts Academy Theater Arts Faculty

ICON Arts Academy  Iowa City, Iowa, United States

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Job Description

ICON Arts Academy Theater Arts Faculty Job Description


School information:

ICON Arts Academy is a performing arts boarding high school located in downtown Iowa City, Iowa.  Our mission is to provide students with a safe, interdisciplinary, and holistic arts education with a focus on designing a path specific to each learner’s personal artistic goals.   


Job Search:

We are building a team of innovative educators, artists, and leaders to guide our students’ daily learning.  


At ICON, we are seeking a Theater Arts faculty member to design and implement a progressive theater arts curriculum that centers around acting and musical theater.  This faculty member will design and teach a theater arts curriculum to students in grades 9-12, as well as facilitate/co-direct/co-write student-led productions.  


General Job Description:
We are looking for an experienced theater artist-pedagogue to develop and build our Theater Arts program.  In this role, you will curate a comprehensive curriculum that develops students’ skills in their chosen concentration: acting or musical theater.  At the most basic level, your work will consist of developing strong and trusting relationships with our students both within the classroom and in performance settings, guiding them to achieve their artistic goals.  More broadly, you will also innovate and collaborate with other artists as well as students across disciplines to support successful student-led productions.  


You will collaborate with the dance, music, and design and production faculty on the ICON Artistic Team (IAT), headed up by the Artistic Director (AD) and facilitated by the Curriculum and Instruction Director (CID).  This team will ensure students’ artistic curricular goals are being met and that the most effective and research-driven pedagogical practices are in place inside ICON classrooms.  You will serve as the first touchpoint for all theater arts students at ICON when they need guidance and curricular support.  You will communicate student progress with families as outlined by the IAT and be available to provide feedback to your students as they progress through the theater arts program.  


The Theater Arts Faculty position reports to the CID and is supported by the ICON Leadership Team (ILT).


Job Specifications:

  • Design and implement a progressive, creative, and collaborative theater arts curriculum that includes opportunities for acting and musical theater.
    • Maintain scope and sequence and unit plans for all courses taught, sharing curriculum as appropriate with the IAT.
    • Design, lead and instruct theater arts classes including cross curricular classes ie:  movement for actors, basic stagecraft, scene study, monologues, voice for the stage, diction, play analysis, directing, and literature
    • Align learning content with the current National Theater Arts Standards.
    • Plan differentiated activities for students to provide rigor for all unique learners, highlighting student assets and developing culturally responsive curriculum. 
  • Work closely with IAT to support strong collaboration across disciplines in the design of Project-Based Learning (PBL).
    • Work as a team member to visualize ICon mission statement and encourage and implement critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity through PBL.
    • Work closely with the AD and other IAT members to design, develop, and create performance opportunities for theater arts students.
    • Attend monthly meetings with the IAT.
  • Work with communications director to maintain social media presence and advertising.
  • Provide resources, support and guidance in creative expression and building confidence to all ICON students regardless of area of focus or current enrollment in theater arts classes.
  • Collaborate with other theaters within the Iowa City community for outreach and educational opportunities.
    • Find and supervise visiting artists for specialized classes, performances, or events.
  • Shape student theater arts audition requirements, attend audition tour, and help make admissions decisions.
  • Refer theater arts students as needed to Student Life Team for additional support and resources.
  • Report progress of theater arts students to families as outlined by the IAT.
  • Develop classroom expectations that are clear and consistent to build positive rapport with students and align classroom culture with ICon’s mission and values.  
  • Foster an inclusive and equitable school environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by AD or CID of ICON.


Required Training and Experience:

  • Experience teaching high school theater arts/drama or working with children ages 14-18 
  • College degree in theater arts
  • Expertise and experience in a professional theater arts field



  • Experience in a variety of theater settings: musical theater, acting, directing, production, etc.
  • Teaching experience/licensure in theater arts education
  • Leadership experience in an arts organization 


Combinations of related education and experience may be considered. 


Required Skills and Qualities: 

  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication ability 
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Works effectively with a broad range of diverse population, teenagers from 14-19 years old; demonstrates cultural competency
  • Interested in working with high school students in a boarding school environment
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates high integrity and the ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the necessary balance between student academic, artistic, and personal life
  • Compassionate and nurturing attitude toward all students
  • Team-oriented
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community and equitable community, with high responsivity to the needs of students, staff, and families
  • Commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work
  • Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles ICON Arts Academy
  • Must be available after hours for performances and productions


Job Nuts and Bolts:

Start Date: Fall 2022

Starting Salary for first year build (2022-23):  $42,500 + health and 401K benefit options; sick and vacation days package negotiated upon hire.  Salary increases commensurate with experience when school opens (2023-24). 


How to Apply:

If interested please send your cover letter and CV to


  As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.




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ICON Arts Academy Theater Arts Faculty
ICON Arts Academy
 Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: boarding school, high school, music education, and theatre. States: Iowa.

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