Professional Training Company

Learning & Creative Engagement Apprenticeship

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About the Apprenticeship


Learning & Creative Engagement Apprentices gain hundreds of hours of classroom experience, developing the skills to design and implement lesson plans and provide students with constructive feedback. Our region provides the opportunity to teach in public and private schools in rural and urban environments. Learning & Creative Engagement apprentices use dramaturgical and applied theatre methods to develop lesson plans for pre-show workshops and resource materials for student matinees. They read and provide feedback to student-written plays submitted for the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, help plan and support events for the Teen Council, and help organize, host and produce the Humana Festival College Days Weekend. Candidates must have experience teaching and/or working with youth.

Ideal For

Someone who loves getting other people excited about theatre, who likes to delve into scripts and figure out what audiences might need to fully engage with the play, someone who’s excited to say yes to young playwrights and help them craft their work. Ideal candidate likes to work as a team, but can also problem solve and take initiative on their own.  

Learning Goals

Develop an understanding of the quality of work and skills needed to work in an Learning & Creative Engagement Department and as a Professional Teaching Artist

Learn and apply skills to create greater audience access to productions and theatre events.  

Learn and apply skills to develop and teach original lesson plans 

Learn to teach and adapt lessons that have already been created

Learn and apply classroom management strategies

Deepen understanding of organizational and administrative skills

Learn and develop the skills to communicate and collaborate in a variety of contexts

Ideal Candidate Possesses 

Knowledge of theatre production and industry

Teaching or work with youth experience required

A reliable car is required

Strong communication skills – both written and verbal

A creative and pleasant personality who thrives on working with young people, teachers, and the general public

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing situations

Ability to work individually and on a team

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Knowledge of computers and applications, including Microsoft Office Suite

Learning Strategies

Teach preshow workshops in elementary through high school classrooms for students attending student matinees at Actors Theatre

Collaboratively write and develop lesson plans for pre-show workshops and articles for play guides

Observe, and potentially teach, playwriting residencies in 5th grade through high school classrooms

Support Share Days, the final day of high school playwriting residencies, by doing cold readings and providing feedback to playwrights

Read and evaluate submissions for the New Voices Young Playwrights Contest

Facilitate the arrival and dismissal of students attending student matinees

Attend meetings with other departments at Actors Theatre, our Teacher Advisory Committee meetings, and New Voices Festival meetings

Assist in planning and executing College Days Weekend, the largest invited weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, and potentially serve on panels and talkbacks

Have the opportunity to direct or dramaturg a ten-minute play in the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, attend play development workshops, and host the Festival

Network with local arts education professionals, classroom teachers, and visiting artists at Actors Theatre

Assist with marketing the education programs and participate in mass mailings

Represent Learning & Creative Engagement at community events as needed

Other administrative duties as assigned

Alumni Include

Education Directors, Teaching Artists, High School and Middle School Drama Teachers, Actors, Directors and Playwrights.


Primarily Monday-Friday, some evenings and weekends. Daily schedule varies depending on class and student matinee responsibilities can include early mornings

To Apply


Cover letter outlining your goals for the apprenticeship
Lesson plan (Ideally introducing the themes or content of a play to middle/high school students.)
Writing sample (Your writing sample can be critical or journalistic. We’re interested in your ability to communicate original ideas in a clear way.)
Two letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your teaching experience or experience working with young people.

Actors Theatre is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of staff and apprentices. Individuals from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.

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