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Teaching Artist, Mudlark Theater

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.

Position DescriptionTeaching Artists are the lead instructors of Mudlark classes, residencies, and camps. Taking on a variety of roles including facilitator, director, actor, mentor, and teacher, Teaching Artists play a critical role in the success of Mudlark programs. Teaching Artists are experienced in creating safe learning environments to foster prosocial development. They craft opportunities for youth to develop positive relationships with one another and engage with their community as artists. Teaching Artists 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, Teaching Artists create space for Mudlark youth to achieve high levels of artistic engagement and develop their identities as artists. Responsibilities

Develop and implement curriculum aligned with program goals and company mission with a focus on empathy and community buildingExhibit appropriate behavior for an intergenerational and cross-cultural spaceCreate and maintain a classroom culture of support, respect, participation, and growthDocument program successes and challenges, regularly report to administrative staff on any concerns including lessons, learning, attendance, and facility issuesSubmit participant attendance, incident reports, and any other documentation to administrative staff in a timely manner in accordance with given deadlines Maintain collaborative, clear, and timely communication with supervisor(s)Attend required trainings and meetings as scheduled

Desirable Skills & Qualifications

Highly skilled in one or multiple theatre arts disciplines including acting, improvisation, playwriting, directing, movement, vocal production, or technical theatre productionExperience working with youth in educational and/or artistic settings, particularly grades K-8Experience working cross culturally with youth and adults from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, gender, educational, religious, sexual-orientation, and generational backgroundsExcellent 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 partnersDesire to learn and grow in teaching practice, and commitment to ongoing professional development as an arts practitioner and educatorFluency/proficiency in Spanish highly desirable overall, required for some programs. Fall 2021 Opportunities

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

Sketch Comedy (After School class) League of Adventure (After School class)

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

Play Studio (After School class) Adventure in Books (Before School residency)

Program descriptions linked here for reference.

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.

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Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Evanston and Chicago