Education 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. Education 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.
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.
Develop an understanding of the quality of work and skills needed to work in an Education 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
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
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 Actors Education at community events as needed
Other administrative duties as assigned
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
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.