Barrie Middle & Upper School

Barrie School is a progressive independent school that inspires excellence, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility through innovation in learning. Serving a diverse and inclusive student body, our intentional educational throughline—from Montessori (12 months to Grade 5) to Project-Based Learning (Grade 6 to Grade 12)—cultivates learning that lasts. Our challenging educational experiences unlock intrinsic motivation and innovation in both students and faculty. And our community fosters a deep sense of belonging and honors student voice and responsibility. All of this comes together to create engaged citizens with diverse and inclusive worldviews who are confident to be and advocate for themselves.

Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, Barrie School provides an extraordinary learning environment integrating local, national and global educational opportunities. Our 45-acre campus is home to the world-renowned Barrie Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies—one of the largest school-based teacher training programs in the country—and Barrie Camp, a Washington, D.C. area tradition since the 1950s.

To empower individuals to expand their intellectual abilities, develop creative talents, and discover their passions to make a positive impact in a rapidly changing world.

Founded:  1932 Headquartered:  Silver Spring, MD
Performing Arts Director

Location: 13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
United States of America
Years of Experience: 2-5 Years
Department: Grades 6-12 Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree
Full/Part Time: Full Time


Barrie School seeks candidates for the position of Middle & Upper School Performing Arts Director with employment beginning on August 20, 2021.



Barrie School seeks a Performing Arts Director for the 2021-2022 academic year. The qualified candidate must possess a deep appreciation for the potential of students and bring with them a creative spirit, sense of humor, and passion for collaboration. Exceptional flexibility, teamwork, communication, and organizational skills are essential. Ability and interest in technical theater is highly desirable but not required. The candidate should anticipate working some nontraditional hours as performance and rehearsal schedules demand. There is a possibility of serving as Arts Department Chair.

We have a wonderful Black Box Theater and a group of talented students. We are a progressive learning community that embraces a constructivist approach to teaching, one where student voice and authenticity are cherished.


  • Administer and manage production budgets each year.

  • Teach three to four middle school drama classes (one trimester each).

  • Teach five performing arts trimester electives to upper school students each year.

  • Serve as an advisor to seven to ten students in middle or upper school.

  • Lead an Extended Study Week (ESW) experience for middle or upper school students.

  • Plan and attend after school events, including one Arts Night each trimester and two productions.

  • Participation in admissions related events.


The position has the following qualifications:

  • Two to three years teaching experience, or working with young people, in music and drama.

  • Experience directing theatre and musical theatre productions.

  • Experience as a practicing artist.

  • Demonstration of cross-cultural competence, empathy, and anti-racist pedagogies.

  • Experience supporting an intentionally diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

  • Experience with differentiation, providing supports for students across the academic and social emotional spectrum.

  • Excellent communication skills, detail-oriented, and ability to connect with diverse and wide-ranging constituencies, including but not limited to, students, parents, and faculty.

  •  Flexibility, a creative spirit, a desire to collaborate, a sense of humor, and a commitment to building rapport with colleagues are essential.

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