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Teaching Artists - Theater Arts

Changing Worlds, an arts and cultural education organization, seeks teaching artists who specialize in Theatre, Drama and related performance arts to teach in our Arts and Cultural Connections after-school and in-school programs in Chicago Public Schools. Changing Worlds’ performance residencies encourage self-expression, ensemble building and critical thinking. Students learn to use their voices and bodies as creative tools to explore culturally relevant themes and tell unique stories on stage. Every theatre residency culminates in a performance for friends and family. Changing Worlds presents the following options for schools:

Hip Hop Theatre – Students create a piece using the five tenants of Hip Hop. Students develop the work through the examination of their community, social justice, and themselves.

Improvisation – Students perform in long and short form improvisational scenes after studying the foundations of improvisation. Through improvisational games, students learn how to harness their unique and individual voice and follow impulses that lead to positive outcomes.

Spoken Word - Students explore rhythm, freestyle, rhyme, word play and attitude to compose and perform spoken word poetry as it relates to self-identity, community and current events.

Storytelling Through Puppetry - Students examine storytelling through the art of puppetry. They learn design skills through the creation of puppets and props and study performance technique through the manipulation of puppets.

Theatre Techniques - Students are introduced to the fundamental elements of theatre such as acting, directing, design or playwriting. Theatre games and skill building workshops explore these elements and engage students' imaginations and creative voices.

Compensated responsibilities include instructing groups of up to 15 students in an after-school studio setting or up to 35 students in collaboration with a classroom teacher in an in-school setting. The artist will develop a curriculum, use their planning hours to prepare materials, teach the essential skills of theatre/drama, and present the history/ tradition or cultural context of the art form being taught. The work with students will result in the development of a performance, presented to family and friends in consultation with school administration. An important part of this position is to maintain positive relationships with students, parents and school administrators.

Locations of program assignments will be determined by the Program Manager. Typically, the in-school programs may engage an artist for up to 3 hours of teaching, occurring between the hours of 8am-3pm and after-school program sessions are 90 minutes to 2 hours long, occurring between 3pm-6pm at the designated site. Timeframes are determined by the participating school.


*Support the development of the essential skills in performance/performing arts for the targeted group of students

*Support the development of cultural awareness and related vocabulary for the targeted group of students

*Planning and implementation of a unique curriculum for a targeted group of students

*Engage with students to encourage their creativity and self-expression

*Employ a system of effective classroom behavior management

*Support the students in the creation of a culminating exhibit or final critique

*Consult with Changing Worlds’ Program Manager on the development of programming and its implementation.

Skills & Qualifications:


*Strong experience with and knowledge of the identified drama/theatrical forms and its history


*Comfortable working with groups of students that represent a wide range of abilities

*Comfortable working with diverse groups of students

*Strong mentorship and leadership skills

*Prior experience with youth is mandatory

*Transportation to/from the teaching site is the responsibility of the teaching artist

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Please specify which visual art disciplines you are comfortable teaching.

Contact Info:
Umeki Ramsey
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicagoland