Storycatchers Theatre is looking for a Teaching Artist who will perform supporting roles and coach justice-involved youth (ages 13-18) in the rehearsal and performance of an original piece of musical theatre crafted from their personal stories.

This person will perform onstage inside a youth justice facility as well as be responsible for helping youth through the acting and singing process, often through one-on-one conversations about the script, character development, motivations, emotions, movement and developing a stage presence.

We’re looking for a person to play various African American female roles. This role is hired through an interview process – not an audition. However, we may ask for performance samples or other proof of performance experience.

The required dates of program attendance: Sept. 25th – Nov. 17th, 2019

Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-10pm, Sunday 12-5pm.

Daytime performances: November 13, 14, 16, 17

We may be able to be flexible around some conflicts.



  • Perform onstage in a singing and acting role.
    Provide participants with individual acting and movement coaching, character development and script coaching as needed.
  • Support participants onstage as an ensemble leader; manage onstage entrances and exits as needed.
  • Provide emotional support to participants as needed; model professional rehearsal demeanor
  • Work with other Teaching Artists to create and maintain a safe, positive program environment for all participants.


Additional expectations.

  • Act as a role-model for participants by being on time to all rehearsal calls and touring calls as
    well as maintaining a mature, respectful and patient demeanor.
  • Be on time to all program sessions, meetings and teaching artist trainings.
  • Be proactive about maintaining a working rehearsal space, including participation in setup and breakdown of rehearsal elements.


Essential skills and qualifications.

  • Able to act and sing in a musical theatre style at a professional level.
  • Experience using techniques and processes that can help youth perform onstage.
  • Experience working with youth between the ages of 13-18.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.


About Storycatchers Theatre.

For 34 years, Storycatchers Theatre has been empowering court-involved youth to craft and perform musical theatre from their own personal stories of growing up in Illinois’ underserved neighborhoods. Using an award-winning and transformational writing methodology, these youth develop the skills needed to successfully re-enter society and move beyond their histories to become peer mentors, civic influencers and agents of change in our community.

Instructions to Apply:

Please email brief cover letter and resume to jarmstrong@storycatcherstheatre.org

To apply for this job email your details to jarmstrong@storycatcherstheatre.org

Pay Range: $18-23/hour (prep and contact time)