Teaching Artists

  • Contract / Stipend
  • Chicago
  • October 31, 2023

Website chi_danztheatre Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

“one voice, one story, one person at a time”

CDE is expanding our programming this year and we need people who are interested in learning how to teach, have fun, learn other art disciplines, and of course, make a difference in a kid’s life!

We are seeking artists of all backgrounds (music, theater, dance, visual art) to join our part-time contracted Teaching Artists staff for our in-school and after-school programs.  This is an excellent opportunity for creative people who know that teaching the arts is more than just dance steps and memorizing lines but truly makes an impact in a child’s life.

For our “Books Alive”- Early Childhood (PreK-2nd), we are looking for artists who can teach and learn our curriculum that combines creative movement, music, and art and based on books and art integration.  Our curriculum is a guide that you can use to then create your own.  We are there to support you in the classroom with ongoing training. Teachers with musical theater, dance, theater, and music are all encouraged to apply.  Our program is adaptable; most important thing is to be creative and have a passion for kids in grades PRK-2nd.

After-school dance, theater, and visual art programming for 3-4th grade.  We have a guide for our curriculum for you to use, training, and more.

BIPOC and Spanish-speaking individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.


$38-$50 depending on classes, program, and experience.  $20-25 hourly rate for camp and supervising aftercare.

*For those in school or without experience, we may start you as an assistant and as we train you, move you to a lead teaching position.

Additional Compensation:

$200 yearly professional development stipend.

$50-150 monthly planning and meeting fee.

Initial training is paid as well depending on experience.  We begin all of our teachers with co-teaching to help teach our programming.

We invest in you, so you can help invest in the Chicago commUNITY. 

Teaching Artists are an integral part of all residencies’ curriculum planning and documentation, and will meet with classroom teachers/program coordinators prior to and throughout each residency.   We are looking for a diverse group of artists who would like to expand upon their main discipline incorporating other art forms into their classes and who can link literacy and social/emotional learning.

Other Artistic Opportunities:

Many of CDE teaching artists have been working with us 2-8 years and we have been working with many of our partnerships within schools for 2-18 years.  We believe in long-term relationship building in order to make a change in the commUNITY.  We are looking for artists interested in performing, creating and making art with us on stage and in our art exhibitions.

Location and population served: Classes are for students in Chicago in grades Pre-K–4th as well as at social service organizations. The majority of our population is with at risk school age, youth and young adults.


Attend all Teaching Artist professional development workshops
Develop, teach, and document an arts-integrated curriculum that focuses on the creative process, social-emotional learning, and literacy.
Implement assessment tools embedded within the programming
Collaborate with classroom teachers/program directors and colleagues to create innovative residency experiences for students.

About us:

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble challenges, engages and inspires audiences both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling in the genre of Tanztheatre, which unites all art media and to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind. As an Ensemble, we collaboratively create thought-provoking arts performances and educational outreach programs incorporating elements of theatre, music, movement, visual arts and literary text.  We are dedicated to “performance with a purpose.”

Arts Educational Programs Mission: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble arts educational programs teach math, science and literacy through the visual and performing arts with a progressive education teaching model that emphasizes social/emotional learning.

Equity Statement

CDE strives to create an equitable and empowering space for our artists, administrators, teachers, audiences, and for children of all backgrounds. We aim to build a platform for the voices of the diverse communities we serve. All are welcome.

Teaching Philosophy:

CDE teaching artists carefully plan lessons through a fully developed progressive education curriculum and pedagogy that explore a particular theme through music, dance, art, and drama.

By emphasizing the creative process, students can express their thoughts and opinions through the arts, thereby nurturing teamwork, discipline, constructive criticism, and the ability to see projects through to completion. This type of education enables CDE to provide students with skills that better prepare them for high school and college. This teaching methodology has evolved to encourage students’ social-emotional growth and artistic competency. CDE instructors are trained to positively reinforce good behaviors, teamwork, and creative risk-taking rather than creating an authoritarian environment. As a result, students discover holistic development to better empower their educational and creative prowess.

Instructions to Apply:

Skills & Qualifications:
• Minimum 1-year experience working with kids in some way; however, if you are interested, please still apply and explain why you are interested even if you don't have experience.
• BA or BFA required *teaching assistants can be enrolled in a program.
• Experience with arts integration/multidisciplinary arts learning
• Spanish language skills a plus
• Must be able to improvise/be flexible
• Demonstrate experience advocating for equality, diversity, and inclusion and understand social/emotional learning
• Professional demeanor when interacting with students, partner teachers, and staff
Must be able to collaborate/ work well with administrative staff and classroom teachers
Ability to travel to various locations and schools in the Chicago area.
Must be patient and skilled in childhood and youth development
Minimum 1-year commitment
Fingerprinted background check is required.

Application Procedure: Email the following information to Ellyzabeth Adler, Executive Director, Ellyzabeth@danztheatre.org, with “Teaching Artist Application” in the subject heading
no phone calls
Resume with childcare experience & three references
A brief explanation of why you are interested in this position.
State whether or not you have a car & availability.

To apply for this job email your details to ellyzabeth@danztheatre.org

Pay Rate/Range*: $38-50 plus planing and training
Organization Contact Name: Ellyzabeth Adler
Organization Email Contact: Ellyzabeth@danztheatre.org