Summer Camp Teaching Artist

Deadline May 07, 2023

JOB TITLE: Summer Camp Teaching Artist
REPORTS TO: Education Director
PAY: $16.80-$26.25/an hour, dependent on experience for teaching; minimum wage for prep and meetings; full-time, seasonal, non-exempt
Northwest Children’s Theater and School (NWCT) seeks experienced and energetic teaching artists from
diverse backgrounds to lead in-person theater classes and camps. Applicants should have practical
experience teaching creative drama, acting, musical theater, devised theatre, and/or choreography to
youth ages 4-15 in camps, classrooms, theater schools, or after-school settings.
Lead Teaching Artists: 3+ years practical experience teaching theater to youth. Strong grasp of a
variety of classroom behavior techniques, implementing proactive group management. Experience
mentoring teens or leadership roles with peers.
Assistant Teaching Artists: 1-3 years of experience working with youth. Developing classroom
management skills. Emerging lesson plan development with most experience as a co-teacher or
implementing existing curriculum.
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
6-week commitment:
June 19-July 28, training week June 12-16
July 17-Aug 25, training week July 10-14
11-week commitment:
June 19-Aug 25, training week June 12-16
This position requires travel to locations in SE Portland, NE Portland, downtown Portland, and/or
Beaverton. Teaching Artists will be stationed at one location per week.
Priority given to candidates who can commit to the full 6-week or 11-week schedule. All candidates must
be available for 1 training week and a minimum of 2 consecutive weeks of summer camp. Minor
scheduling conflicts may be permitted.
• Lead creative drama (Explore) camps:
o Develop and implement thoughtful and flexible content for 10-20 students ages 4-9 based
on the theme of camp.
o Work with a co-teacher to develop creative adventures and imaginative world-building to
immerse students in the world of the camp.
o Develop content for an informal final demo on the last day of camp.
• Lead play/musical (Playlab) camps:
o Co-direct students (ages 7-11 or 10-14) in musical theater performances.
o Hold informal auditions, conceptualize and block production, teach music and basic
choreography, and run rehearsals with approximately 12-18 students.
• Lead skill-specific (Specialty) camps:
o Teach classes for 10-20 students (ages 10-14) in a variety of theater skills: Musical
theater, stage combat, improv, comedy styles, etc.
o Develop content for an informal final demo on the last day of camp.
• Inspire youth to create, play, develop confidence, and build a sense of community through
• Address the learning needs of diverse student populations.
• Instill in children a love of theater, an excitement for performance, and a willingness to
• Implement classroom management strategies to establish a welcoming learning environment
where students feel a sense of agency and belonging.
• Experience working with young people in camp, classroom, theater school, or after-school settings.
• Experience in theater performance (acting, musical theater, choreography, directing, etc) and/or creative
drama (devising, creative play, imaginative world-building, theater games, etc).
• Willingness to adapt to NWCT teaching techniques and approaches.
• Ability to anticipate solutions to problems and exercise good judgment in emergency situations.
• Flexibility to change approach or teaching methods to best fit the situation.
• Understanding of the developmental needs of youth.
• Works well in a team environment with minimal supervision.
• Background checks required.
• First Aid and CPR certification.
• English/Spanish bilingual.
• Passion for youth arts education and an understanding of the transformative role the performing
arts can play in youths’ lives.
• Dedication to empowering students to share their voice and perspectives.
• Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
• Engages in active listening and is sensitive to the needs of others.
• Works with a deep sense of play and celebrates joy within the process and product.
• Flexible, fun, responsible, patient, creative, and self-motivated.
• Able to lift 30 pounds. (Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities.)
• Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, nonprofit environment.
• Willing to use personal equipment such as a cell phone when working remotely.
• Reliable transportation or comfort navigating public transit to travel to locations in the Portland
metro area.
Deadline May 7, 2023. Submit a cover letter and resume to Submit
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