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Job Title:
Director, Fall Production

Organization: The Alden, Youth Theatre Programs

Job Type: Contract Position

Description: The Alden Theatre, a part of the McLean Community Center (agency of Fairfax County), is seeking a Director for its fall youth production. The contract period will be two evenings per week (mid September-mid November) 6-8 p.m. with a tech week and performances November 18-19. Full schedule provided by request.

This production will serve as an introduction to acting and performance for up to 12 children between the ages of 8-9. The production, either one 30-minute (maximum) performance or two, one-act performances, have not yet been selected, and director candidates may suggest pieces of interest to them. One stage manager will be on staff for all rehearsals and productions. This production will be produced with set, lighting, sound and costumes, but will be considerably scaled back due to the community center’s renovation and space requirements.

Duties of the Director include:
• Provide intro to acting instruction, mock auditions, casting and all staging directions appropriate for children age 8-9.
• Attend scheduled production meetings and collaborate with technical staff to bring the performance vision to life with limited resources. Production budget will be provided, and all direction should be made with the budget in mind.
• Communicate ideas for production and any changes with producer, tech director and designers; meet scheduled deadlines for providing tech information to producer and tech director.
• Adhere to the regulations and rules for the Alden Theatre and/or the rehearsal and performance spaces during all activities.
• Ensure that actors understand and adhere to regulations and rules for the Alden Theatre and/or the rehearsal and performance spaces. Safety is the number one priority.
• Attend all rehearsals, tech rehearsals and performances.
• Other duties deemed necessary by the Producer.

The director of the fall production often serves as “the face” of the program to the students and their parents or guardians. Thus, is expected to maintain a professional environment as well as a high level of professionalism in their language, clothing and attitude. Using any type of illegal/banned substances, alcohol, foul language and/or harassment—sexual or otherwise—during the execution of the contract terms will not be tolerated and will result in necessary consequences, including removal from the program. All associated scripts and material will maintain this level of professionalism as well.

Experience: Ideal candidate has professional experience as a director with children age 8-9. Theatre, education or related degree preferred.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Danielle Van Hook. This is a paid position based on contract. Selected candidate will need to be fingerprinted and background-checked prior to start date.

Salary: $2,500 for all contracted duties.

Alden logo and taglineJob Title: Director, (the) Unruly Improv

Organization: The Alden, Youth Theatre Programs

Job Type: Contract Position

Description: The Alden Theatre, a part of the McLean Community Center (an agency of Fairfax County Government), is seeking a Director for its new (the) Unruly Improv.

The Unruly Theatre Project is a professional teen acting company dedicated to bringing comedic productions to the community and to fostering the professional development skills of creative youth.

The company is divided into two parts:

(the) Unruly Theatre Company
• Made up of 8-10 company members, audition-based.
• For 9th-12th graders who want to pursue a creative career.
• Paid to perform in and for local venues, art galleries, scout groups, cafes and other locations.
• Committed to attending standard rehearsals/events and to working independently on their company job. Each rehearsal will include time to discuss the business of working in the arts.
• Company jobs include: social media, photography, marketing design, video production, bookings, etc.
• Can attend (the) Unruly Improv rehearsals.

Unruly Company Auditions: September 25-27
Unruly Company Rehearsals: Begin October 3 (Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 p.m.)

(the) Unruly Improv
• Up to 30 members; not audition-based; pay a one-time fee.
• For 9th-12th graders who want to express their creativity through improv.
• Perform in (the) Unruly Theatre Project Jams and can act as fill-ins for (the) Unruly Theatre Company's shows.
• Not committed to standard rehearsal times and have no outside time commitments.

Unruly Improv Registration Opens: September 4 (registration is rolling)
Unruly Improv Rehearsals: Begin the week of October 2 (either Monday or Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.)

As Director of (the) Unruly Theatre Improv

Devise a seven-month program (October 2017-April 2018)
• Seven months is inclusive of rehearsals and special events.
• Program activities should focus on a mixture of theatre games to build a group ritual as well as short-form improv. Long-form improv can be added as the overall group progresses.
• Provide necessary instruction appropriate for high-school age youth.
• Adhere to the regulations and rules for the Alden Theatre and/or the rehearsal and performance spaces during all activities.
• Ensure that actors understand and adhere to regulations and rules for the Alden Theatre and/or the rehearsal and performance spaces. Safety is the number one priority.

Work with the Producer to Manage the Company:
• Schedule one hour per week to call Producer and discuss how the program is progressing.
• When necessary, assist the Producer in communicating program details to the Company Members (upcoming events, following set rules, etc.).
• Provide Producer with at least two weeks' notice if supplies are needed for the program.
• Respond and adapt to program changes throughout the season.
• Perform other duties deemed necessary by the Producer.

The Unruly Improv Director serves as “the face” of the program to the students in the Company as well as their parents or guardians. Thus, is expected to maintain a professional environment as well as a high level of professionalism in their language, clothing and attitude. Using any type of illegal/banned substance, alcohol, foul language and/or harassment—sexual or otherwise—during the execution of the contract terms will not be tolerated and will result in necessary consequences, including removal from the program. All selected script material will maintain this level of professionalism as well.

Experience: Ideal candidate has professional experience as a Director of high school age youth and considerable professional improv performance or teaching experience. Theatre or related degree preferred.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Danielle Van Hook. This is a paid position based on contract. Selected candidate will need to be fingerprinted and background-checked prior to start date.

Salary: $3,500 for all contracted duties.

County of Fairfax, Virginia

The Robert Ames Alden Theatre

at the McLean Community Center

1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101

www.aldentheatre.org

 


Media Contact:
Sabrina Anwah

Director of Communications

703-790-0123/TTY: 711

sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, March 9, 2017

017-029

 

 

NYC’s Acclaimed Aquila Theatre Co. Joins Forces with Former Military to Perform D.C. Premiere of “The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus”
Single Performance on Saturday, April 1, at The Alden in McLean

 

McLean, Va.—The Alden in McLean presents the famed Aquila Theatre in the D.C.-area premiere of “The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus.” This unique production features American combat veterans, who will perform alongside Aquila company members for a single performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Tickets are $35, $25 for veterans and current military and $20 for McLean Community Center tax district residents. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

 

Classic myths of ancient Greece and Rome are set against the compelling narratives of modern war. “The Trojan War” incorporates Aquila’s distinctive theatrical style of combining superb acting with expert movement, original music, innovative design and groundbreaking direction. Gripping stories of modern war will be woven into the narrative of the ancient myths in a multimedia format that uses live action, film, bold projections and thrilling music.

 

The Warrior Chorus is a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded program that brings together men and women who have served in the United States military and trains them to the highest level in the performing arts and humanities. Critical social issues including war, conflict, comradeship, home and family are addressed, as are timely and compelling questions on modern democracy. What does democracy mean? What kind of democracy do we want to live in? How do we preserve and protect the democracy we have? Never have the classic spoken more strongly to modern audiences.

The New York Times called Aquila “...a classically trained, modernly hip troupe.” The New Yorker said, “The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.”

Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

About The Alden

Built in 1975, the 383-seat Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.

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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden Theatre is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.

County of Fairfax, Virginia

The McLean Community Center

1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101

Effective 4/3/17: Temporary Office Address: 6631 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA 22101

www.mcleancenter.org

Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah

Director of Communications

703-790-0123/TTY: 711

sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, April 3, 2017

017-031

 

Twelve District Residents Have Qualified to Run for Seats on
McLean Community Center’s 2017-2018 Governing Board

Three Adult, Two Teen Positions Available

 

 

McLean, VA McLean Community Center (MCC) has certified 12 Dranesville Small District 1A residents, six adults and six teens, to run for seats on the MCC 2017–2018 Governing Board. The board sets policy and provides general oversight for all facilities and programs of the Center, including the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Teen Center. MCC’s Ingleside Ave. facility is currently under renovation. Administrative Offices are temporarily located at 6631 Old Dominion Dr.

 

Residents of Dranesville Small District 1A are eligible to vote during the election.  Voting for Governing Board members will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the McLean Day 2017 festival at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Residents also may vote by absentee ballot from Monday, April 10, through Wednesday, May 17.

 

Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The adult candidates who receive the three-highest vote counts will serve three-year (3) terms. Youth candidates, one from the McLean High School boundary area and one from the Langley High School boundary area, will serve one-year (1) terms. Youth candidates do not have to attend these schools to serve on the board.

 

Adult Candidate Personal Statements:

 


Cecilia Duran

One of the truly remarkable things about getting together with my old friends, no matter what directions our lives have taken us, is that we can agree that we loved growing up in McLean. There may have been hardships and challenges—growing up is like that—but McLean, and all its resources, made it culturally rich, invigorating and nurturing. The McLean Community Center, through its classes, events and sponsored programs, draws those attributes together and offers them to all of us. Aren’t we lucky?


Elizabeth John

I am a mother of three children under the age of five, who moved to McLean years ago so my family could be part of this incredible community and school system. I know firsthand the value MCC has brought to this community, and I’d like to play a central role in its advancement by strengthening and varying its programs for children and adults, and helping deliver the upcoming renovation. I’d love to use my experiences—as McLean resident, mother, engineer, buyer and management consultant—to pay it forward for all of us.


Raj Mehra

I am running for a seat on the McLean Community Center board because I care deeply about the community. My family has been residents of McLean since 2003 and my wife and daughters grew up in McLean. We are supporters of the McLean Project for the Arts, I have served for the last five years on the board of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and when my children were younger, I was a coach for McLean Youth Soccer and McLean basketball. The charm of McLean is what I treasure most, and I want to help preserve this.


Brittany R. Oates

I am excited by the prospect of giving back to our beautiful community and serving on MCC’s Board of Directors. I hope to both maintain and improve the Center’s diverse activities, events and programs. As the very heart of our neighborhood, the Center inspires all of our families. For our three children, it’s made McLean a marvelous place to grow up, explore and spread their wings. I want to continue to support its tradition of excellence and ensure that the MCC remains a beacon of our community that serves all of our residents. I respectfully ask for your vote!

 

Alicia Plerhoples

I am an educator, nonprofit lawyer, wife and mother. My family regularly visits the McLean Community Center, where my daughters take dance classes and we attend performances at The Alden. I would like to contribute my legal expertise to the Governing Board. I am law professor at Georgetown Law, where I teach an experiential course. My students and I represent small businesses and nonprofits (including arts and community nonprofits) on legal issues, such as contracts, financing, leasing, employment law, licensing and permitting. If elected, I will use my expertise to steward the successful completion of the Community Center renovation.


Julie Waters

As a board member, I’ll work hard to continue growing our community. I am an attorney, and served in the active Army for 12 years. When I left active service, my husband and I were thrilled to find McLean and make it our long-term home. In the Army, I gained experience in leadership, criminal and administrative law and working with a team. I now stay home with our two children during the day, and serve in the Army Reserve. I would love to give back by representing the citizens of McLean in making MCC an even better resource for everyone.


Youth Candidate Personal Statements:

 

Langley High School Boundary Area Candidates

 

 

Alex Camus
I am running for the Board because I care about this community. I have spent the last seven years in McLean, and I am convinced of our area’s responsibility to reach out to and provide for our residents. I serve on a leadership team at my church, and try to lead by example when I run for track or play in the band at Langley. My hope as a candidate for the MCC Governing Board is that I can improve upon the opportunities brought forth to McLean residents in any way possible.

 


Brian Kim

Hello, my name is Brian and I am a student at Langley High School. I am running for a position on the Governing Board to become an active member of my community. I have had previous experiences as a campaign organizer at the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and as an intern and advisor for the medical board at Sejong Geriatric Hospital. At Langley, I am a member of the Debate Team and Varsity Golf Team. Overall, I am not only interested in working with professionals and other students but also eager to participate in the administration of McLean.


McLean High School Boundary Area Candidates

 

Caroline Brunner

I’m a junior attending McLean High School and am proud to live in this community. I’m a student leader in marching and symphonic band, a track and field runner and a Girl Scout completing my Gold Award. I’d like to serve on the board to provide a youth perspective on the policies the board sets, keeping McLean and Langley kids’ best interests in mind. I’ve used the community center for classes, acted in plays at The Alden and attended events at MCC. Vote for me and I will help to make it a better place for McLean kids and teens!

 

Nolan Fitzsimmons

My desire to serve on the MCC Board comes from wanting to help our community as much as possible. My community involvement includes volunteering for three years to help run Chess Clubs at Colvin Run Elementary School and Kent Garden ES; volunteering for Chesterbrook Assisted Living Home; and starting/running the McLean HS Chess Club. I earned the Presidential Gold Medal for Volunteering and am pursing The Congressional Award. I’m a MHS Cross Country member and have a black belt in Taekwondo. Using the skills/experience I gained at starting the MHS Chess Club, I hope to start new MCC programs.

 

Nikhil Jivan

I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to serve on the Governing Board for McLean. I was born in Virginia and have lived in McLean since 2004. I currently go to Mclean High School and I've attended Franklin Sherman Elementary, Haycock Elementary and Longfellow Middle School. I read that the McLean Community Center sets policies, approves budgets and provides general oversight for Center programs and facilities. I am truly interested in learning how all that is done and developing my leadership skills. I assure you that I will prove a sincere, honest and reliable team member if selected.

 

Emily Simons

I have had the pleasure of growing up in this wonderfully supportive and friendly community, and have been a beneficiary of the shows, events and exhibitions that the McLean Community Center has so generously provided. Now, I feel that it is my time to give back. As a musician, I know firsthand the positive effects that the arts have on our community. I want to make sure that throughout the Ingleside renovation, the McLean Community Center institution will continue to educate, entertain and inspire us. It would be an honor to provide a youth perspective on the Board.

 

Write-in Candidates are allowed. Write-in candidates must receive at least 10 votes from 10 residents of the Center’s tax district in order to have their votes counted. For youth write-in candidates, the 10 votes must come from teens who live within the same high school boundary area as the candidate.

 

 

Absentee ballots will be available beginning Monday, April 10. A resident may request an absentee ballot package by phone (703-744-9348, TTY: 711) or email (elections@mcleancenter.org), or may pick one up at three of MCC's sites: Administrative Offices, at 6631 Old Dominion Dr.; Class Program/Registration Office, at 6645 Old Dominion Dr.; or The Old Firehouse Teen Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. Completed absentee voting affidavits and ballots must be received at one of the three sites by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

For more information on the MCC Governing Board Elections, call the Center at 703-790-0123/TTY: 711 or visit:http://ow.ly/PWtI30arqDG.


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The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.

To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.

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