Theater Teacher

Faculty / Full-Time

The Fessenden School, Newton, MA

About Us

The Fessenden School is an all-boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade in West Newton, MA.  The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.  For more than 100 years, The Fessenden School has offered state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum, and programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of boys.

Position Summary

The Fessenden School seeks a full-time Middle and Upper School Theater teacher. The teacher will be a member of the Arts Department, teaching semester-long introductory theater courses for grades 5 and 6, and semester-long elective courses for grades 7-9. Current elective offerings include Theater Tech, Shakespeare and Stage Combat, a fall play production, and a spring musical production. The teacher will be responsible for assessing students throughout the school year, crafting narrative comments and assigning effort grades each semester. In addition to teaching duties, the Theater teacher will maintain the Class of 1985 Auditorium and provide technical support for all performances in the venue, including Lower School grade level productions, Winter and Spring Music Concerts, and various community events. 

Essential Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Teach and stay current with curriculum and 21st-century learning
  • Incorporate project-based learning, educational technology, differentiated learning, and cultural competency into teaching and learning
  • Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including honesty, compassion, and respect 
  • Maintain all documentation connected with the curriculum and students
  • Collaborate with the Director of Arts and Music faculty to provide technical support for theatrical performances in the Class of 1985 Auditorium
  • Attend faculty meetings; typically on Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
  • Attend professional development meetings; three 8:30am to 4:00pm and three 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance
  • Maintain current CPR/AED & first aid certification and child abuse prevention training
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Orientation: August 21st and 22nd
  • School Year: August 28th to June 11th
  • Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Theater or Education 
  • Two years of experience in instructing children in an academic program
  • Ability to maintain and operate theatrical lighting and sound equipment
  • Ability to develop and provide differentiated instruction to meet the learning needs of a range of students
  • Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills to manage and control a classroom
  • Ability to perform critical thinking, organization, prioritization, and problem-solving with minimal supervision
  • Ability to serve in a diverse community of colleagues, students, and parents
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity, and equity
  • A commitment to boys and boys’ education
  • Successful criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in Theater or Education 
  • Professional theater experience 
  • Teaching certification 

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows: 

  • Frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear 
  • Regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment, and the noise level in the environment is usually moderate.

To Apply

Submit an application through Fessenden’s Career Site.  A cover letter, resume and contact information for three references are required. 

The Fessenden School encourages applications from candidates with diverse or minority backgrounds.

The Fessenden School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, conditions, and privileges of employment.

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

The Fessenden School

Newton, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Day, Boarding