Teaching Artist

Website Writers Theatre

ABOUT WRITERS THEATRE

Writers Theatre (WT) is a nationally-recognized, award-winning theatre company located on the North Shore of Chicago with an annual, pre-pandemic operating budget of approximately $6.5 million. Known for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its productions, WT is focused on the power of the written word and dedicated to the artists who bring that word to life. The company has produced over 120 productions—everything from inventive interpretations of classics to groundbreaking new work. In February 2016, WT opened a new, state-of-the-art theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects. Now celebrating its 30th season, WT annually welcomes more than 60,000 patrons, engages an average of 10,000 students through its Education programs, and has helped establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.

SUMMARY

Writers Theatre’s Education Department is seeking two experienced Teaching Artists to join our cohort for the 2021/22 school year. Candidates should have prior experience working with young people in the classroom or community settings on theatre or literary programs. Artists of all theatrical disciplines are encouraged to apply. Both Teaching Artists will have the freedom to shape their curriculum and collaborate with Education staff.

We are specifically seeking two teaching artists to teach long-term, in-person Write On! residencies in an after-school program on the North Shore. Please do not apply if you are not available for at least one of the residencies or cannot commute to Highwood, IL. Additional teaching opportunities may be available at a later date.

WRITE ON! pairs students and teachers with WT teaching artists to create customizable residencies in classrooms, after-school programs, and community-based organizations. This highly-tailored approach provides dynamic opportunities to explore theatre and text with a focus on creating transformative experiences and on encouraging young people to find their creative voices.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Residency 1 

  • Elementary Students: An ongoing program that integrates theatre into the study of literature and develops social/emotional skills through connection to culture and artmaking.
  • Monday-Thursday from 4:20-5:25pm
  • Beginning in October or November, as availability allows, and ending on May 12th.
  • 40 students, divided into two 30-minute sections.

Residency 2

  • Middle School Students: Seven one-hour workshops focused on building self-esteem, confidence, and emotional expression through active exploration of theatre.
  • 4:30-5:30pm, mostly on Tuesdays.
  • 11/9/21, 12/13/21 (Monday), 1/25/22, 2/8/22, 3/15/22, 4/5/22, 5/3/22
  • 30 students

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Transportation to Highwood, IL. Accessible by car or UP-N Metra.
  • Experience working with students, in theatre, and/or in arts education.
  • Ability to create innovative curriculum and work with classroom partners on arts-integrated approaches.
  • Facility with handling and teaching text and writing as well as theatre-based skills.
  • Ability to be self-directed, meet deadlines and possess superb/timely communication skills.
  • Possesses a positive attitude, flexibility, patience, confidence, and a sense of humor.
  • Must be able to comply with organizational COVID safety policies and procedures.
  • A commitment to ethical conduct in all aspects of the work environment.
  • A commitment to creating a just, equitable and inclusive work environment.

COVID SAFETY

Writers Theatre requires proof of vaccination and face coverings for all employees. Our partner organization requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated and masked at all times. Their safety protocols include daily health screenings, an up-to-date ventilation system, and regular deep cleaning.

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION 

WT is deeply committed to creating and sustaining an organizational culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as promoting a safe, supportive and collaborative work environment conducive to professional and personal growth. A successful candidate will share these values.

WT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.
Additional information about WT’s commitment to providing a safe and supportive workplace can be found at writerstheatre.org/working-at-wt

Instructions to Apply:

Please send a resume plus an expression of interest (video, audio, written) that speak to interests, skills, accomplishments, and characteristics that distinguish yourself to Interim Education Manager Kristin Hammargren at khammargren@writerstheatre.org. Please specify which residencies you are available for.

Please include in the subject line of the email “TA Position 21”. No phone calls please.

To apply for this job email your details to khammargren@writerstheatre.org

Pay Rate/Range*: $57.75/hr for teaching and $30/hr for planning