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Vashti Emigh

Education Director

The Position

Lifeline Theatre’s Education Director is responsible for the planning and execution of the organization’s education and outreach curriculum, including in-school drama residencies, on-site education programs, student matinee related projects, and community outreach initiatives. The goal of this position is to build the education program with an eye on long-term growth and sustainability, as well as to manage the immediate education department needs. The Education Director should have a passion for implementing arts into the curriculum of schools and the lives of our patrons.


  • Creating a viable, long-term strategic plan for the education department that embodies Lifeline’s mission and that will benefit Lifeline Theatre and the community at large.
  • Managing all education staff for all education programming; including hiring all education staff, scheduling and staffing all programs, scheduling and running education staff meetings, overseeing classes, creating curriculum guidelines and benchmarks, creating and collecting reports and setting expectations for education staff, establishing training for new staff.
  • Coordinating with schools for all in-school residencies and professional development workshops, including scheduling and leading pre-program meetings between school administrators, teachers and Lifeline teaching artists; distributing and collecting assessments; checking in with teachers and artists throughout residency terms, documenting programs; analyzing data from pre- and post-program student tests and classroom teacher evaluations; and taking appropriate action to strengthen programming.
  • Devising themes and curriculum, and managing staffing and training for all on-site programs, including Summer camps, sneak peaks for KidSeries shows and weekend Stories Come Alive workshops.
  • Creating study guides for all KidSeries programming and working with Operations Manager to distribute them to all schools who book student matinee performances.
  • Training KidSeries actors on how to lead post-matinee talk backs; leading them at the start of each new show, checking in on the actors’ facilitation throughout the run and providing helpful feedback.
  • Working with the Managing Director to create a detailed budget for education programming, and independently monitoring actual costs against budget.
  • Working with the Marketing Director to ensure education programming is being appropriately marketed to the public, including assisting in the creation of copy and design of marketing materials and collecting education patron and school contact lists.
  • Working with the Operations Manager for all logistical planning to prepare for on-site programs, including registration, program structure planning, child safety, snacks and lunches, parent consent forms and daily process and procedures.
  • Supporting grant-writing efforts to ensure education-specific grant applications are relevant and accurately reflect the organization’s education programming; also work to ensure final reports accurately reflect achievements.
  • Submitting weekly timesheets for residencies to Managing Director for payroll processing.
  • Managing the execution of additional education-based activity, including community outreach programs at the Chicago Public Library, neighborhood partnerships, and in-house birthday parties with creative dramatics.
  • Identifying opportunities for new artist residencies, community programs, and new grant funding for residencies.
  • Communicating the vision of Lifeline Theatre, and its education programming, to funders, the public and schools.


  • A background in arts education and experience in working in a school settings;
  • Excellent oral and written communication;
  • Strong organization skills with attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and experience in dealing with a variety of personalities;
  • College degree in theatre, arts education, or related field; coupled with at least three to five years of program management experience.

Annual salary: $18,000, 15-20 hours per week

Application Details:

Send a cover letter and resume to Lifeline will accept applications until August 5. We will contact you if we feel there is a potential match with your skills and experience and our needs. No phone calls please.

Lifeline Theatre provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law.

Lifeline is closely monitoring state and local public health guidelines and the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of the staff, production teams, and audience members. Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all staff. Vaccination records will be kept confidential and maintained separately from personnel paperwork. As guidelines are evolving on a frequent basis, Lifeline will continue to adjust safety protocols as needed.

Lifeline Theatre interprets, explores, and reimagines books and other literary works to create stories that move us beyond the margins of our own lives.

Lifeline Theatre is dedicated to offering a safe, inclusive, accessible and just environment that values equity, nurtures individuality and celebrates diversity. We are committed to implementing strategies and best-practices that dismantle racism, harassment and all forms of oppression within our company and the greater theatre community.

Contact Info:
Vashti Emigh
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL