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Julia Hinojosa

Teaching Artist - Community Actors Program

Arts + Public Life (APL), an initiative of UChicago Arts, is a dynamic hub of exploration, expression, and exchange that centers people of color and fosters neighborhood vibrancy through the arts on the South Side of Chicago. As a neighborhood platform for arts and culture in Washington Park, APL provides residencies for Black and Brown artists and creative entrepreneurs, arts education for youth, and artist-led programming and exhibitions.

Job Summary

APL Teaching Artists are equal parts, professional artists and professional educators. Our teaching artists deliver high-quality authentic and engaging arts curriculum that cultivates diverse arts and culture leaders from our local South Side communities. We take an integrated, process-based approach to community engagement, with local teens sharing authorship over projects that are informed by their expertise as South Side residents and that have a direct impact on their communities. Programs level up over time as part of a tiered pathway that offers opportunities for access and exposure as well as supports dedicated to teens’ pursuit of careers in the arts—at and beyond APL.

The Arts + Public Life Education Department is seeking a teaching artist to teach theater art to teens ages 13-19 in an out-of-school-time setting. In addition to theater arts, the teaching artist will work to cultivate local teens’ creative identity, social development, and leadership growth while motivating them to make a positive difference in their community through the arts.


Undergraduate degree at a four-year accredited college or university

Desirable Skills and Qualifications

  • At least 3 years experience working as a professional theater and performing artist in Chicago
  • Experience teaching youth ages 13-19
  • Familiarity with After School Matters (ASM) programs/policies/procedures is preferred but not required
  • Skills in developing culturally relevant and youth-centered curriculum and lesson plans
  • Familiarity with virtual learning environments and teaching strategies
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work with various communities, organizations, and educational institutions
  • Work in a team environment with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Strong classroom management experience
  • Have access to reliable transportation

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead youth in Theater arts curriculum that follows the core pedagogy and values of APL
  • Develop curriculum and weekly lesson plans that align with program goals and outcomes
  • Facilitate in-person and virtual lesson plans that meet programmatic objectives and student outcomes
  • Guide youth to full-scale projects that cultivate teen’s creativity, social development, and leadership while inspiring them to make positive differences in their communities.
  • Work 10-15 hours weekly (evening and Saturday hours).
  • Complete a fingerprint and background check
  • Attends all team meetings, professional development workshops, and other meetings with staff and community partners as required
  • Commit to ongoing professional development as an arts educator
  • Manages and tracks program activities such as daily attendance, student paperwork, and program surveys.
  • Willingness to travel to off-site locations for field trips and enrichment activities
  • Identify guest speakers and visitors in related fields to enhance classroom experience and knowledge
  • Communicate any incidents or problems as outlined in the APL Teaching Artist Handbook to APL Education staff
  • Participate in APL Education program events
  • Be a positive role model for students and fellow teaching artists
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment

  • Lift, push, pull, or carry art supplies and furniture weighing up to 40 lbs
  • Walk up and downstairs
  • Bend, twist, reach, stand and/or sit for long periods of time.

Please email cover letter and resume to Julia Hinojosa at

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL