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Assistant Teaching Artist

About the Company

Mudlark Theater is a place where children are taken seriously as artists and learn theater by making it. Our residencies, classes, and camps teach life skills as well as theater arts. And our productions have real substance and tell innovative stories that surprise and delight all audiences. Actors and students learn empathy, listening skills, public speaking, critical thinking, and collaboration—strengths that enhance their academic and personal growth, and will also prepare them to make a difference in any field they choose to enter. At Mudlark, we strive to be a welcoming and safe space where the stories and identities of all youth are honored and celebrated.

Read Mudlark’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy here.

Job Details

Job type: Part time employee

Compensation: $20/hr for teaching and prep time. Paid training and meetings.

Payment is made minus applicable taxes due to part time employee classification.

Requirements: Pass required background checks, completion of fingerprint screening (if teaching at a school location), completion of Illinois Mandatory Reporter training.

Position Overview

Assistant Teaching Artists (ATAs) work alongside the lead instructors of Mudlark classes, residencies, and camps. Assisting in a variety of roles including facilitator, director, participant, mentor, and teacher, ATAs play a critical role in the success of Mudlark programs. An essential aspect of the ATA role is creating safe learning environments to foster prosocial development. They help craft opportunities for youth to develop positive relationships with one another and engage with their community as artists.

ATAs exhibit skills in a variety of theatre arts disciplines, as well as professional and cross cultural skills. By centering a culture of collaboration, respect, and joy, ATAs create space for Mudlark youth to develop their identities through artistic engagement. At Mudlark, Assistant Teaching Artists will grow and develop their teaching and artistic skills through collaboration with and mentorship from lead Teaching Artists.


  • Assist in implementation of lead Teaching Artist’s curriculum aligned with program goals and company mission with a focus on empathy and community building
  • Exhibit appropriate behavior for an intergenerational and cross-cultural space
  • Contribute to a classroom culture of support, respect, participation, and growth
  • Collaborate with administrative staff as necessary, communicating any concerns or facility/partner issues, and to request support as needed
  • Maintain collaborative, clear, and timely communication with supervisor(s)
  • Attend required trainings and meetings as scheduled

Desirable Skills & Qualifications

  • Skilled in one or multiple theatre arts disciplines including acting, improvisation, playwriting, directing, movement, vocal production, or technical theatre production
  • Experience working with youth in educational and/or artistic settings, particularly grades K-8
  • Experience working cross culturally with youth and adults from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, gender, educational, religious, sexual-orientation, and generational backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, ability to manage multiple and competing priorities
  • Objective and collaborative in professional relationships with highly effective interpersonal skills necessary to interact with staff, students, families, and partners
  • Desire to learn and grow in teaching practice, and commitment to ongoing professional development as an arts practitioner and educator
  • Fluency/proficiency in Spanish highly desirable overall, required for some programs.

Fall 2021 Opportunities

We are looking for Assistant Teaching Artists for a variety of programs, including…

Sketch Comedy (After School class) Play Studio (After School class)

Creative Improv (After School class) The Social Justice League (In School residency)

Program descriptions linked here for reference.

A majority of programs are located in Evanston, though some are in Chicago city limits.

Mudlark is primarily planning for in-person programming both in school/partner locations and at Mudlark HQ. We are working hard to ensure all Teaching Artists and students are safe. All in person programming will be masked and, when possible, held outside. If necessary to keep teaching artists and students safe, we will pivot to hybrid or fully virtual programming.

Mudlark Theater is requiring all employees (including Teaching Artists) to be fully vaccinated by September 1st or before their first day of programming unless they have a medical exemption.

To apply, please send a teaching resume to Team Education at

Job Posting Linked Here

Contact Info:
Vanessa Strahan
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Evanston, Illinois