Located in the midst of beautiful redwood forest 40 minutes south of San Francisco, PVTC boasts a robust Children’s & Youth Conservatory as well as an intimate MainStage experience. We are always on the hunt for excellent artists who value quality, education, collaboration, and community. Whether you are a designer, director, choreographer, stage manager, teaching artist, or have another area of expertise, we would love to hear from you!

Still in high school? Check out our internship program.


Mission & Values







Children's & Youth Conservatory Director



We pride ourselves in producing high quality shows while also teaching students about the collaborative aspects of theatre and working as an ensemble to reach our goals.


Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume to PVTC. The letter should outline how their goals as artist align with PVTC’s philosophy, state their area(s) of interest for staff positions, and illuminate relevant experience listed on their resume. Letters and resumes should be submitted to



Type of work: Full-time or Part-time

Competitive compensation is offered, but we unfortunately do not have housing.



  • Foster a sense of passion and joy for the arts that includes all children and engages their imaginations through exploration

  • Work with staff to select themes and curriculum for after school classes and camps that align with PVTC’s mission and, when appropriate, tie into themes being explored on the MainStage

  • Secure material for after school programming and camps. This could include writing scripts, hiring others to write scripts, or finding scripts for class or camp use and securing the rights.

  • Teach a significant number of classes in our after school Conservatory and in our summer camp programming. The Youth Conservatory Director may wear different hats in different summer sessions, including, but not limited to: director, choreographer, music director, designer, or acting instructor.

  • Work with administrative staff to prepare for classes and camps, including identifying audition materials, communicating numbers of students eligible for each program, preparing pertinent information for parents about programming, creating schedules and calendars

  • Foster long-term relationships with students and families and keep up strong communication with families. This includes sending emails about class content, performances, and performance goals; meeting with parents to discuss student growth as-needed; and keeping the priorities of PVTC families in mind while planning programming

  • Strive to showcase each student in a way that will challenge them to reach new heights as artists 

  • With the help of artistic and administrative staff, hire and evaluate teaching artists for afterschool and summer camp programming

  • Support PVTC’s high school internship program

  • Discover new ways to continue to carry out PVTC’s mission by exposing students to artistic works, taking them on field trips, offering a variety of classes, and reinventing the program as needed.

  • Supporting PVTC’s fundraising efforts, including but not limited to: annual appeals; special events; engaging with and speaking to potential donors.



  • The Youth Conservatory Director must be an independent leader with clear vision who also values collaboration 

  • Must believe in the potential of young people and always seek to challenge rather than to coddle

  • Must have excellent and timely communication skills

  • Must have a strong youth directing background in both plays and musicals

  • Must have the ability to teach a variety of theatre skills and techniques, which could include acting, improvisation, dance, voice, clowning, design of any type, etc. and/or a willingness to learn new skills

  • Must have an overall understanding of each department’s role in putting on a production and the ability to unite a production through collaboration with designers, technicians, and actors


Training & Experience

  • A BA, MFA, or similar certificate in the areas of Theatre Education, Acting, or Directing

  • Applicants must have experience directing students and/or teaching theatre, preferably ranging in age from Pre K through high schoo



Available shows: Various

Type of work: Various

Competitive compensation is offered, but we unfortunately do not have housing.


Expectations: PVTC is always looking for passionate designers to collaborate closely with the director and other members of the design team to create a cohesive and functional design concept for each camp in the show. Camp designers often spend their days working directly with campers and interns to execute their visions, and working through tech to ensure their design area is ready for opening. Additionally, designers oversee projects engaging students in hands-on co-curricular projects that might appear in a lobby display, be used on stage, or help further a student’s understanding of the story through a variety of mediums. Whether you are looking for full or part-time work, consider PVTC for your summer projects.


Ideal candidates will have experience in their area(s) of interest, have a passion for creating theatre with youth, and bring a collaborative spirit to the process.


We consider applicants with MFAs, BAs, those still working towards a degree in theatre, and those who have dedicated a significant portion of their careers to theatre arts.



Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory

945 Portola Road

Portola Valley, CA 94028

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