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Michele Anderson

Teaching Artist

Theatre Overview

As one of the country’s largest ensemble theatres dedicated to the creation of new work, Lookingglass Theatre Company seeks to redefine the theatrical experience and to make theatre more exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all. Now in its 33rd Season, the Company is a respected source for story-centered theatrical work that is evocative, physical, and visually rich, and operates from its home in the historic Water Tower Water Works on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.

Recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company has built a national reputation for artistic excellence and innovation onstage, as well as sharing its ensemble-based techniques with Chicago-area students, teachers, community organizations, and corporations through the Company’s Department of Curiosity. Guided by the Company’s mission to "change, charge, and empower,” Lookingglass’ Curiosity Department cultivates creativity, expands access, and transforms classrooms and communities across the city we call home.

Position Summary

Lookingglass’ Department of Curiosity is seeking talented and experienced teachers and artists with a passion for working with young people and/or community groups and organizations. We are looking to assemble a pool of teaching artists who are available to teach residencies and workshops, virtually and on-site, of varying topics and lengths of time throughout the year. The Department of Curiosity houses Lookingglass’ Education and Community Engagement programs. Lookingglass Teaching Artists collaborate with students and teachers in CPS classrooms across Chicago, lead artistic workshops, and partner with arts and non-arts organizations to use theater to identify and address community needs, challenges, and goals.

As part of the Curiosity team, Lookingglass Teaching Artists report to the Director of Education and the Director of Community Engagement and collaborate with Lookingglass staff and school or organization personnel to design and implement programs that align with Lookingglass’ core values of collaboration, transformation, and invention.

Lookingglass has a varying number of residencies and partnerships throughout the year. Teaching assignments are decided by staff on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the teaching artist based on their interests and expertise and informed by the needs of the project.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Lookingglass Teaching Artists will create lesson plans based on established teaching standards and educational best practices, develop, and implement classroom management strategies, and maintain necessary communication with the partner school or organization, as well as with Lookingglass staff. They work with students in a way that considers the physical and mental well-being of each child, while being prepared and flexible to design and implement an experience of learning and discovery based in supportive, creative, empowering, anti-racist and inclusive practices.

One of the goals of Curiosity Department programs and curricula is to represent and teach the Lookingglass aesthetic. Ideal candidates will have had experience with one or more of the following:

  • Building creative ensembles
  • Physical theatre and/or movement-based art
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Improvisation
  • Creative play
  • Adapting and interpreting scripted material
  • Applied theatre, including interest in applying theatre to non-arts settings like nursing homes, hospitals, or places of business

Successful teaching artists will:

  • Collaborate with Lookingglass staff, classroom teachers, school administration, and organizational partners to build curriculum and implement lesson plans, as assigned while regularly communicating needs and issues with Department of Curiosity staff
  • Appropriately follow protocols for recording hours worked


  • 3 years’ experience teaching arts related programs
  • Up-to-date background check
  • Up-to-date Mandated Reporter Certificate
  • Ability to commute to programs all over the City of Chicago. This year we are looking to increase our programming on the south and west sides of the city. Artists who live in these areas encouraged to apply.
  • Ability to work remotely as needed (Ability to video conference preferred but not mandatory)
  • Multilingual candidates encouraged
  • Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago