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Teaching Artist: Theatre for Social Justice
People's Theatre Project


People’s Theatre Project is seeking experienced teaching artists with a theatre background to join our passionate and growing family of artist-activist-educators. Bilingual Spanish/English speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

People’s Theatre Project cultivates ongoing artistic dialogue with young people in NYC’s neighborhoods of color to amplify their voices and grow local action. Through student-centered and culturally relevant arts-based programming, youth participants are immersed in experiential learning projects that deepen their sense of power, strengthen their connection to their communities and support the development of creative, collaborative and compassionate leaders with 21st century skills.

People’s Theatre Project is deeply invested in its home neighborhood of Washington Heights and Inwood in northern Manhattan, and strives to be an impactful part of the lives of the young people it serves there. Through long term partnerships with schools and community-based organizations, People’s Theatre Project engages K-12 youth in programming that explores social themes that are connected to their lives while teaching skills in both art making and organizing, serving as a welcome entry point for civic action in the social justice movement.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be an ambassador for People’s Theatre Project at our partnering schools
  • Facilitate assigned semester and/or school-year long residencies.
  • Prepare and facilitate group instruction in alignment with PTP curriculum.
  • Mentor a PTP Apprentice Artist upon requested.
  • Serve as an affirming role model and demonstrate professional behavior.
  • Safeguard the physical and emotional welfare of children in accordance with program and residency site procedures.
  • Engage with coworkers professionally, creatively, and constructively.
  • Communicate regularly with supervisors.
  • Adhere to residency site protocol and policies.
  • Facilitate the creation and execution of end of program sharing of student work
  • Attend monthly professional development activities and periodic organization-wide events.
  • Schedule and attend intermittent co-planning meetings with classroom teachers.
  • Submit attendance rosters monthly for each residency.
  • Submit student success stories at the conclusion of each residency.
  • Submit student surveys at the conclusion of each residency.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous teaching artist experience with diverse populations
  • Able to travel to northern Manhattan
  • A commitment to attend monthly professional development sessions
  • Professional skills, training and experience in one or more theatrical disciplines
  • Commitment to, interest in, or experience with social justice initiatives

Preferred Qualifications & Skills:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Training and experience in Undoing Racism pedagogy
  • Experience teaching in public school settings
  • Bi/Multilingualism (especially Spanish)
  • Experience with English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Familiarity with the Common Core Standards
  • Peace-maker, Self-starter and problem-solver

Salary and Benefits:

  • $60-$80/hr for teaching time, $30/hr for PD and approved co-planning time
  • During the training period, teaching artist will earn $40/hr for classroom time
  • 401k and Flexible Spending Account Access

Start Date: May 2017

Application process (candidates must be available for the following dates):

  • Demo Lesson with peers: April 23 or April 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • On Site Demo Lesson with youth: Date TBD
  • If hired, teaching artists will be required to shadow a teaching artist for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to receiving solo teaching assignments.
  • Staff Retreat: September 4 – 6, 2018, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

People’s Theatre Project is an equal opportunity employer and seeks workforce diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities and strongly encourages POC to apply.


401k and Flexible Spending Account Access


Bilingual Spanish/English speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.




4-year degree


Candidates should complete the application form at the above link. The application includes the submission of a 1-2 page resume and 1 page cover letter together in one PDF document. Application deadline is April 13, 2018.

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