Hiring SOS for Youth Artistic Director

SOS for Youth Program Director Wanted

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SOS for Youth is a pull-no-punches, peer-to-peer Boal-style education program with over 20 years of history. Professionals in differing fields are brought in to teach our teen company members about a wide array of subjects ranging including bullying, racism, addiction, abuse, eating disorders, suicide, GLBTQ issues, etc. Then the teens work with the program director to create original plays based on the themes and perform them at high schools, middle schools, community centers, places of worship, etc. The company has an enormous library of award-winning plays to pull from. 

Merrill Community Arts Center of Woodbury is seeking a new Program Director for our SOS for Youth Program. We are seeking a dynamic theatre education professional interested in this unflinching program, working with teens who are focused on making a real difference in the world. The Program Director will be responsible for:

  • Recruiting teen actors
  • Holding 2-3 rehearsals per week (Sunday through Thursdays) and directing the plays
  • Booking shows with appropriate venues
  • Taking charge of shows for performances, including organizing parent volunteers for transportation, set up, strike, and returning materials to the Arts Center
  • Working with teens to create original shows
  • Participating in shaping the future of the SOS Program by participating in the Board-driven Strategic Planning Process in 2019.
  • Maintaining appropriate script and administrative archives in an organized, usable format.


Essential Functions

·       Execute all operational aspects of SOS for Youth programming

·       Coordinate performances by booking shows, organizing transportation with parent volunteers, and taking charge of set up and strike of props, and sound

·       Develop and maintain supportive, genuine relationships with teens, families, school staff, and theater staff

·       Work with the Arts Center staff to create and target marketing materials and collateral

·       Work a non-traditional work schedule including evenings/weekends

·       Have excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and detail-oriented work habits

·       Strong ability to work independently, as a collaborative team member, and dynamic youth leader

·       Ability to adapt and problem solve in the moment


·       Part-time - 40 Hours Per Month

·       Varying Shifts (depending upon show schedule) Including Evenings and Weekends

·       $18 an Hour



·       Resume  

·       3 References  

·       Cover Letter  

·       Where you heard about us  

Merrill Community Arts Center is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. POC/LGBTQ+/Non-binary artists are welcome and encouraged to apply.


EMAIL: Barbe@MerrillArtsCenter.org   

ADDRESS TO: Barbe Marshall Hansen, Executive Director

Contact information

Merrill Community Arts Center
Barbe Marshall Hansen
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Posted September 5