The Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), an innovative organization located on the Fox River in the heart of historic Aurora, Illinois (one hour from downtown Chicago), is seeking Teaching Artists.  The organization operates three venues: the 6,000-person RiverEdge Park, the 1,843-seat landmark Paramount Theatre, and the 173-seat Copley Theatre.  ACCA produces and presents over 300 performances each year, including star-studded touring productions and a self-produced Broadway Series of musicals, which has amassed over 41,000 series subscribers and has the second-largest musical theatre subscription based in the United States.  ACCA proudly celebrated the grand opening of its new Paramount School of the Arts on June 1, 2019 in the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, right next door to Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora.

DEPARTMENT – Education and Community Engagement

DIRECT REPORTING – Education Management

WORKS CLOSELY WITH: Entire Education Department

POSITION STATUS & SCHEDULE – Part-time, per class; hours vary and include evenings and weekends and are class dependent


COMPENSATION –Paid per class session, varies based on experience and education

HIRE DATE –August 2019


The Paramount School of the Arts will be home to over 90 fall courses teaching all aspects of the performing and visual arts. We are looking for dynamic teachers who can deliver engaging lesson plans and develop positive relationships with students while sharing their passion for the arts. Please find below the positions that are currently open:


Creative Arts Camp Teaching Artists (Need well-rounded artists that can expose kids to theater, dance, music, and visual arts)


Musical Theater Teaching Artists (Classes: Broadway, Here I Come!; Heroes and Villains; Broadway Bound!; Teen Cabaret Company; Adult Cabaret Company; Beauty and the Beast Broadway Intensive)


Theater Teacher Artists (Classes: Kids Take the Stage; Beginning Acting; Scene Study; Little, but Fierce: Shakespeare Experience; Shakespeare in Action; Acting for Singers/Dancers; Intro to Improv; Improve Your Improv, Adult Improvisation for Beginners; Creative Dramatics)


Technical Theater Teaching Artists (Classes: Technical Theater Projects; Beginning Sewing; Make-Up Special Effects)


Dance: (Classes: Pre-Ballet/Tap Combo Class; Messy Movers Ballet 1-4; Jazz 1-2; Lyrical 1-2; Modern 1, Improv for Dance, Adult Tap, Musical Theater Dance; Dance with Me!)


Music (Classes: Group Piano, Group Guitar, Group Ukulele, Rock 101, Singing for Actors/Dancers; How to Belt Your Face Off (Safely!); Singer/Songwriter)


Visual Arts (Classes: Time Travel Through Art 1-2; Drawing Foundations 1; Design Foundations 1; Abstract Painting for Adults)



Teaching Artists interested in teaching one or more of our fall courses should look for full descriptions on our website of all classes at www.paramountschool.com Classes are typically held Monday-Friday starting at 4pm and ending by 9:30pm, Saturdays from 9am-4pm. Fall courses begin August 20th. A one-day training seminar is required for all teaching artists.



In addition to the duties listed above, ACCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to ACCA’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets productivity standards; participates in ACCA events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS and ABILITIES – We are seeking to employ teaching artists in all areas of the arts. A teaching certification is not required, though teaching experience is preferred.


ACCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  ACCA encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who are eager to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Instructions to Apply:

TO APPLY – To apply, please submit a resume and/or CV as well as 3 references to school@paramountarts.com. Physical copies can be mailed/delivered to the following address: Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave. Aurora, IL 60506.

Pay Range: TBD