Music Director/Composer/Teaching Artist

The Play Group Theatre
White Plains, NY 10601


Jill Abusch

Job Details



The Play Group Theatre, a Westchester based company dedicated to providing theatre making and diverse performance opportunities to children and teenagers, is seeking music directors/composers for our upcoming summer program.  PGT Summer Theatre is a six week daytime theatre intensive in July and August, in White Plains, NY.

We are seeking applicants who possess imagination, flexibility, and the desire to work with children and teenagers of varied ages in a creatively charged and artistically demanding, yet nurturing environment. Applicants must be prepared to work as a member of a strong creative team and to lead students in creative work that is moving towards a quality end goal, while still giving focus to the artistic process.  

Applicants should be proficient on piano and should possess: 
-A BFA/BA/BM or equivalent
-Minimum 2-4 years teaching experience and a desire to work with children and teens, ages 4-17
-Composing experience
-Excellent time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once
-Grace and a sense of humor under pressure
-The qualities necessary to be a positive role model for children and teenagers
-The ability to apply the “yes AND” rule of improv to the workplace and to life in general
-Experience being bombarded with children and all their stuff and a good deal of noise – and thrive in that setting

Responsibilities include: teaching and rehearsing all musical numbers, collaborating with the director, and playing piano for all rehearsals and performances, accompanying musical theatre classes, and contributing talents and energy campwide.

Several projects each summer include original music, primarily our Teen Conservatory, in which the students write a one-act musical under the guidance of the Director and Music Director. The ideal candidate will have not only composing experience but also the ability to guide and inspire students through the composing process.

PGT Summer Theatre is a seven week commitment, including one staff week and six weeks of camp. Camp is held Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm at The Play Group Theatre’s beautiful facility in White Plains, NY.

The Play Group Theatre has a core value of inclusion and is actively seeking to diversify our staff. We believe that a truly diverse arts community is necessary to serve all students, make meaningful art, and reflect the broad range of cultures within our wider community.                      

The Play Group Theatre is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, age, or sexual orientation.

Salary is competitive.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Jill Abusch, Artistic Director:


June 25, 2019 – August 16, 2019



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