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Theatre Instructor for People with Disabilities


Metropolis School of the Performing Arts seeks an instructor for its 2020 Clearbrook on Cue program.

Clearbrook on Cue is an acting and production program for adults with disabilities run in collaboration with Metropolis and Clearbrook. The program is entering its tenth year of fostering the creativity of actors with disabilities.

Each week, a group of 14-17 adults with various disabilities gather to learn acting fundamentals and rehearse a production adapted specifically for them. Clearbrook staff and community volunteers are present to assist. The program culminates in a fully staged and produced 40-45 minute show on the Metropolis stage.

The instructor reports to the Metropolis Education Community Engagement Coordinator.


-TEACH developmentally appropriate/adaptive theatre and acting skills through warm-ups, activities, games, discussions, and exercises. The beginning weeks of the program are used to build ensemble, get to know the actors, and teach introductory acting skills.

-ADAPT a story or play for the group to perform at the end of the program. The instructor will compile, adapt/edit, and write out the script for actors to use in class. The script should reflect the actors’ skills, have the opportunity for growth, and reflect the actors’ interests.

-DIRECT the actors at weekly classes to prepare for their final performance on the Metropolis stage. The instructor will work with the in-class Clearbrook staff and volunteers who participate weekly and onstage at the final performance. The instructor will also communicate with the scenic designer, costume designer, and sound/lights technician to carry out the show’s design elements.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: Wednesdays, February 12 – June 17, 2020 @ 4-5:30pm

  • Wednesdays, February 12 – May 13 at Clearbrook's Krause Center (3201 W. Campbell, Rolling Meadows 60008)
  • Wednesdays, May 20 – June 17 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (111 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights 60005)
  • Final performance: Wednesday, June 17 at Metropolis. 4pm dinner, 5pm rehearsal, 7pm show


  • Minimum three years experience as a theatre teaching artist/educator/director, specifically working with people with disabilities.
  • Excellent communication skills (interpersonal and digital)
  • Enthusiasm for working with this population of learners
  • Transportation required
  • Background check will be conducted if hired
  • Competitive teaching rate commensurate upon experience
  • This is a contracted position for the specific dates listed above.


Candidates should submit a written introduction (no formal cover letter required), teaching resume, and 1-2 artifacts of working with people with disabilities such as lesson plans, photos, video, scripts, etc.

Email application with subject CLEARBROOK INSTRUCTOR to Abby Vombrack (she/her), Education Community Engagement Coordinator, at by FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Arlington Heights