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Children's Museum Seeks Actors/Interpreters

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Children's Museum Seeks Actors/Interpreters


DATE:                       August 2016
REPORTS TO:         Lilly Theater Manager

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The part-time Actor Interpreter works predominantly in the Lilly Theater at The Children’s Museum as a key member of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ world class Interpretation department’s performance team. The incumbent engages in presentations and performances by providing the highest quality immersive and interactive experiences for children and families.  The A/I performs a full range of interpretive programs including: first- and third- person characters, costumed characters, storytellers, and educational/musical dramatic presentations.  He/she consistently supports and cooperates with colleagues.


  • Plays an integral role in the establishment of a resident interpretive troupe exemplifying the best performance standards in the fields of theater, Museum Theater and interpretation. Performs in Lilly Theater productions and presentations.
  • Studies, rehearses and is be able to perform consistently to the standards of excellence in interpretation.  Attends on-going interpretive training sessions. Is physically and vocally prepared for all rehearsals and performances.
  • Prepares for the presentation of programs by researching subject matter, memorizing scripts and honing presentation techniques and skills.  Consistently learns and presents interpretive programs by researching, memorization, and honing presentation techniques.
  • Presents programs and interact directly with visitors, including set up and take down of sets, props and seating, gathering audiences and conducting post performance discussions.
  • Portrays specific characters and makes every reasonable effort by means of makeup and hair style to resemble character being portrayed.
  • Engages in on-going theatre training including: movement, dance, and voice; as needed participates in research and information collection to assist in maintaining current scripts and to facilitate post show discussions.
  • Maintains cleanliness of costumes and uniforms by proper treatment, storage and handling including props.
  • Notifies Costumer when repairs or concerns are identified.
  • Conscientiously adheres to schedule, Prioritizes museum commitments and informs manager of any known conflicting outside commitments to rehearsals or performances well in advance.
  • Assists, as necessary, with set construction, painting, sound and light installation, board operations, and running the front-of-house for events and performances.

The Children’s Museum is open six to seven days per week.  Actor/Interpreters are required to work a flexible and varying schedule, which may include 2-3 evenings a month for special events.


  • A bachelor’s degree in Theater, formal training in Theater arts, or equivalent performance experience. Two years presentation or interpretation experience strongly preferred.
  • One year of experience working with children and youth in formal and informal environments.
  • Strong performance skills, a demonstrated commitment to educational Theater.
  • Availability and commitment to work a flexible weekday, weekend, evening and some holiday’s schedule, including 2-3 evenings per month.
  • Ability to interact with visitors and co-workers in a supportive, positive, and friendly manner.
  • Works collegially with diverse coworkers and visitors alike. Maintain professional behavior, acceptable to co-workers and the general museum culture.


  • Must be able to perform extensive work in indoor environments, to perceive space, to read documents and diagrams and to view computer monitor.
  • Must be able to verbally communicate through projecting voice; ability to vary tone.  Team and group dialog required for communication of plans and concepts.
  • Must be able to endure sitting or standing for long periods of time frequently in costume or uniform.  Must be able to negotiate pedestrian travel throughout the Museum physical plant and campus without issue.
  • Must be able to safely use props and materials.
  •  Must be able to lift objects up to 30 pounds of weight.