Echo Theater Company – Teaching Artists

Deadline March 01, 2024

Position: Teaching Artist – Echo Theater Company
Portland Public School Sites, Echo West, Echo Theater, with possibility to expand to Reynolds School District, Beaverton, and beyond!
School day and after school residencies
Monthly teaching artist cohort check-ins and opportunities for paid professional development
Programs work with all ages, kindergarten through adults, however most programs focus on youth K-8
Classes range from 6-10 students per 1 instructor
Working collaboratively with other teaching artists and educators.
Echo Theater Company is hiring Teaching Artists for after-school, school-day and community based residencies who can teach in a variety of performing arts disciplines including beginner ground circus skills (juggling, acrobatics, stilt-walking, flexibility, etc.,), Clowning, Theatre, Expressive Movement, and/or Dance.
Job Type: Part time, non-exempt, at will, seasonal, hourly employee
Compensation: $20 – 32/hr direct services (DOE), $20/hr admin/lesson planning, $16/hr training/meetings, 1hr of peripheral admin time added to every paycheck.
Term: 5-9 months and seasonal, 4-18 hrs/week
Hiring Timeline: Positions start Spring Term: late March/early April

About Echo Theater Company
The Mission of Echo Theater Company is to create space for collaboration, empowerment and the joyful celebration of community using movement and ensemble theater traditions, imaginative play, and circus arts to help people of all abilities discover their potential, encourage perseverance and embrace their humanity.

The ETC School encourages physical confidence, freedom, and grace in a creative, non-competitive atmosphere. Students of all ages and abilities develop strength, balance, flexibility, and creativity while working with others to explore the intersection of circus, movement, and storytelling. We support a faculty of teaching artists, who cultivate their students’ abilities, model through performance and are life-long learners themselves. The ETC outreach program prioritizes partnerships with public Title 1A schools where 33% or more of students receive support services from the state, as well as local social service nonprofits (Latino Network, p:ear, Impact NW, and more). We currently have programs in 6 Portland Public Schools, 1 Private School, and 1 Special Education Center, as well as drop-in classes for homeless youth.
About the Teaching Artist Position

ETC Teaching Artists work in partnership with other artists and educators at Portland Public Schools, local non-profits, nearby school districts and community based sites as needed. The Teaching Artists’ main objective is to deliver a comprehensive circus and theater arts curriculum rooted in exploration, collaboration and creating original work. This curriculum is informed by principles of youth development, while building supportive relationships, and centering students in proud and powerful ways. The daily relational and creative process is prioritized over a final product, while also holding high expectations of our students and themselves.

March – June, Possible summer work. September-December
Two – five afternoons per week, 1.5 – 3 hour shifts & bi-weekly staff meetings
Occasional weekends

● Be in alignment with, and integrate ETC’s mission, vision, culture and practices
● Provide engaging curriculum in circus arts skill building, theater arts, cross cultural understanding, and peer to peer learning
● Oversee and assist with creating performances
● Coordinate production needs including music, costuming, props, and scheduling
● Attend staff meetings and trainings
● Take attendance, management enrollment, and family communications with support from the Outreach Manager and site specific leadership
● Work with Outreach Manager to develop relationships with partner organizations
● Work with Outreach Manager to complete program reflections
● A background in and/or currently practicing/teaching one or more performing arts’ disciplines
● 2+ years of experience teaching youth in any setting – including the ability to engage students and teach in less-structured environments
● Demonstrated experience and success working in multicultural settings
● Ability to create and collaborate on lesson plans for 2-8 month programs
● Ability to communicate effectively and consistently with ETC staff, families, youth, and partners and in a timely manner through email, phone, and in person
● Multilingual, BIPOC, and LGBTQI+ candidates are encouraged to apply

How to Apply
Send a letter of interest, resume, and, if possible, work sample links (personal and/or students) to:
Josie Mae, Outreach Coordinator, Echo Theater Company
Email:, subject line: Teaching Artist
Upon hire, individuals must be able to provide
Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
Fingerprint clearance (FBI and DOJ background check)
First Aid and CPR certified (can complete or renew upon hire)
Some sites require proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and/or TB Test clearance

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Echo Theater Company does not deny benefits to or discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or sexual orientation and values the unique abilities of each. The Echo Theater Company complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act laws and regulations in the areas of hiring, compensation, benefits, and promotion.

Final Notes
We understand that great candidates can bring skills, experience and knowledge to our students that we haven’t thought of just yet, and who won’t fit everything we’ve described above. If this is you, please don’t hesitate to apply and/or contact us. Tell us what experiences you have and what unique contributions you can bring!

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