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Performing Arts Coordinator

Company: Developmental Disabilities Institute Inc
Location: Smithtown
Posted on: November 27, 2022

Job Description:

DDI's Performing Arts Coordinator will work to further develop the artisitic talents of the people that we support. Our ideal candidate will implement a range of arts-based therapies that will allow our participants to develop their individual and collective talents. The position will augment our existing arts-based programs and help provide another avenue to allow our individuals to flourish.

Responsibilities
Perform assessments to evaluate and make decisions about therapeutic options for participants taking into account a range of factors including personal circumstances and history, as well as different therapeutic models.
Plan and implement group and individual drama therapy activities as part of educational or interdisciplinary teams.
Encourage and support participants in creative drama and theatre work using techniques such as improvisation, storytelling, play, role play, masks, myth, ritual and script work.
Encourage self-awareness, exploration and reflection and feelings and relationships.
Initiate spontaneous exploration of personal issues.
Enable individuals to experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving.
Use appropriate equipment, materials and therapeutic props.
Engage in a collaborative relationship with a local community theatre organization.
Collaborate with local community theatre organization directors to present performances resulting from working with the groups. These performances ideally will be inclusive productions with performers from DDI and the community theatre.
Take referrals from, and liaise with, other professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers and other therapist staff.
Monitor and evaluate individual's progress, writing reports on their progress and the activities that you've undertaken with them.
Attend and contribute to team and multidisciplinary meetings where appropriate
Advise on drama therapy development within a department.
Carry out related administrative tasks.
Attend regular supervision sessions.
Other duties as assigned.
Skills
Thorough knowledge of drama, theatre and dance
Strong performance Skills
Ability to adapt to different participants or group members, locations and situations
Emotional strength and the ability to deal with challenging situations
Commitment to participants' wellbeing and to continually improve professional practice
Excellent communication & analytical skills with the ability to use judgement to make clear and effective decisions.
Excellent time management and organization skills with the ability to prioritize workload.
Self-awareness and an understanding of the significance of personal therapy
Tact and discretion
Administrative and report writing skills with general IT skills.
Active commitment to ongoing professional development.
Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts/Drama Therapy, Performing Arts or related field
Evidence of current and sustained engagement in drama, for example through practical involvement in movement, theatre and performance.
Experience working in community theater venues
Ability to travel to multiple sites
Desire and ability to work with the ID/DD population
Essential Physical Demands
Must be able to modify the area to secure the safety of the adults i.e. move/push tables and other heavy objects up to 20 lbs.
Must be able to lift, bend, twist and carry a minimum of 35 lbs.
Must be able to run after an individual or to a program in need up to 500 feet.
Must be able to kneel, twist and bend.
Must be able to perform all physical SCIP techniques.%6329845%

Keywords: Developmental Disabilities Institute Inc, Westport , Performing Arts Coordinator, Other , Smithtown, Connecticut

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