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Curriculum and Program Specialist
Drama Club NYC


Drama Club seeks a part-time (20 hours per week) Curriculum and Program Specialist who is experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable about utilizing improvisation as an intervention to help young people develop social and artistic creativity as a vehicle of independence. The Curriculum and Program Specialist will help develop, teach, direct, and administer a variety of programs virtually and in-person. They will be responsible for creating curricula that are improv-based and faithful to and fulfill Drama Club’s mission based on our Logic Model. The Curriculum and Program Specialist will collaborate with the Program Manager and site leadership to schedule classes, meetings, and performance units.  

A successful candidate will: lead with a critical consciousness of structural inequities and the impact of oppression; have extensive knowledge of theater-making and improvisation; teach at the intersection of accountability and love; have excellent classroom management skills; have effective organization and time management skills; be committed to personal development. This position will be eligible for paid holidays as well as paid time off. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Teach theatre to hard-to-reach, sometimes resistant, young people while modeling positive engagement and supporting participant accomplishments
  • Create safer, fun learning spaces in environments that are often chaotic and inconsistent
  • Mentor young people in classrooms through the Transformational Relationships lens
  • Co-teach in 2-3 person teams per site, which meet weekly for one and a half to two hours
  • Participate in weekly meetings with co-teaching teams to create and deliver lesson plans based on Drama Club’s Logic Model and the Positive Youth Development perspective
  • Mentoring Assistant Teaching Artists in successful program delivery*
  • Nurture a strong ensemble while building a foundation in improvisation, character development, and story-making 
  • Create a showcase of original scenes, every 10-12 weeks to present at facility Family Days, holiday shows, or other performance opportunities as facilities permit, through a consecutive 5-day “performance unit” rehearsal process
  • Mentor and recruit candidates for the Youth Apprentice program
  • Collaborate with Program Manager to develop and strengthen existing programs
  • Contribute to ongoing program evaluation and research efforts to include the following:
    • Formal written reports
    • In-person program survey or needs assessment interview 
  • Build and sustain strong, productive working relationships with site staff
  • Adhere to Drama Club guidelines & policies and to those of each facility, reporting any incidents or problems as outlined
  • Report to Program staff any class concerns and/or successes*
  • Participate in on-going professional development training to include but not limited to the following:
    • Trauma-informed practices* required reading
    • Positive Youth development
    • Mentoring vulnerable and marginalized populations
    • Utilization of Improvisation as a youth development intervention

Goals for the Curriculum and Program Specialist

Within thirty days of employment the Specialist will: 

  • Participate in roundtable discussion based on required readings 
  • Become familiar with Drama Club mission, vision and guiding principles
  • Shadow existing Drama Club classes 
  • Participate in Program Staff meetings 
  • Identify a Professional Development opportunity for TAs around best practices working with high-risk youth and Improv as an intervention 
  • Review and revise curriculum 
  • Update TA handbook for virtual classes 

Within ninety days of employment the TA will: 

  • Have a roster of classes 
  • Work towards strengthening onsite/virtual program consistency 
  • Initiate a performance unit 
  • Participate in two Professional Development workshops around strengthening program development and achievement of program goals 
  • Have an understanding of TA role in the development of transformational relationships Help develop trainings for teaching artists 
  • Create a robust onboarding for new teaching artists 
  • Create program designs for each program in collaboration with Program Manager

Desirable skills and Qualifications

  • Cultural competency working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly those from communities directly or indirectly impacted by the criminal justice system
  • Knowledgeable about improvisation, theatre techniques, and have a repertoire of successful theatre activities, games, ability to create, and apply successful lesson plans
  • Experience at guiding students to full-scale culminating presentations
  • Ability to quickly forge connections with young people who have experienced trauma
  • Ability to maintain a high level of flexibility and professionalism at all times including excellent time management and extreme reliability 
  • Curiosity in exploring Drama Club’s approach to improvisation and devised theatre
  • Experience working with youth in challenging, non-school settings including, but not limited to, jails, juvenile justice centers, group homes, and drug treatment programs
  • Prior experience working with people in the criminal legal system 
  • Master’s degree in Acting, Directing, or Applied Theatre is ideal 
  • Fluency in Spanish is ideal 

Educational requirements

  • The ideal candidate has a Master of Art (MA) 
  • Engages in continuing educational opportunities 
  • Demonstrates professional development 


  • $40,000 with accrued sick time and paid time off, and 10 paid holidays 

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, a victim of domestic violence status, or marital status. We will hold this position open until we have a pool of applicants from historically underrepresented communities including formerly incarcerated people. 

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume, a sample lesson plan and an introductory letter to In the introductory letter please share what experiences or personalities have helped to shape your social justice lens, how your social justice lens will inform your work with young people that have been impacted by the criminal legal system, and your thoughts about utilizing your improv as an intervention for youth navigating complex traumas. Please also share any experiences you may have that highlights the impact of your work with youth. 

For more information about Drama Club please visit us at

Date posted:

October 1

Expire date

Open Until Filled

Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable