Overview

Pay Rate: $500 - $750/week
Audition Date and Time: TBD - late April
Audition Location: TBD Chicago Location

Overview: Experienced Teaching Artists – Tour Actor/Educators

Teaching artists are contracted as one half of a touring actor/educator pair, which works with up to 75 student actors (1st – 12th grade) in a given week. Tour actor/educators are responsible for directing and performing in a 60-minute musical and teaching basic theatre workshops.

Shows touring this summer include the Compass Creative Dramatics Adaptations of:

Cinderella (Saves the World!), The Wizard of Oz, Beauty & the Beast, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Educators will perform alongside their fellow tour educator and student performers that they will direct and teach throughout the week.

Being a tour actor/educator for Compass is 40% teaching the show, 25% teaching other topics (both during rehearsals and during enrichment workshops), and 25% acting – but we’re looking for rockstars at all three. The other 10% of the position covers support tasks including tour reports, basic upkeep of costumes, sets, etc., and communication with clients and families.

Some Experienced Teaching Artists may be paired with an Emerging Teaching Artist as part of our Theatre Educator Training Program. Experienced Teaching artists who are paired with an Emerging Teaching Artist receive an additional coaching stipend.

Material to Prepare:

Submit the following by April 25th to be considered for an audition and interview:

Please send an email to submissions@ccdramatics.com with the subject line [Your name] Summer 2022 Experienced Teaching Artist Submission

With your email, please:
- attach a PDF of your acting resume
- attach a PDF of your teaching resume
- attach your headshot
- include 2 references who can speak to your experience with children

Those selected will be contacted for an audition and interview.

Time Commitment:

Contract Dates:
Training/Rehearsals April - May
Tours June 5 - August 31*

*Educators should expect 4 - 6 weeks of tour in this date range with the schedule typically including 2 - 3 weeks on tour, followed by a break back in Chicago for 2 - 3 weeks, and then 2 - 4 additional weeks on tour.

​Scheduling overview:
Late April/Early May: Virtual/remote training for this position will begin end of April weeks of part-time (5 - 6 hours per week; self-scheduled/ mostly asynchronous) virtual/remote training through written training materials and online discussions prior to the commencement of in-person training.

Early/Mid-May: In-person training will begin. It will be scheduled to accommodate educator availability but will require approximately 60 hours of in-person time to complete across 2 - 4 weeks.

Tours begin June 5th and all contracts will conclude by September 7th.

For the weeks contracted to be on tour, educators must maintain full-time availability and expect to be out of state. Unscheduled weeks may be filled with other employment or outside commitments.

Character Type/Restrictions:

Experienced Teaching Artist Candidates Must:

- Exhibit a passion for children and providing access to arts education
- Have significant teaching experience, preferably in Theatre Education (preferred: 2+ theatre education credits, totaling a minimum of 9 months total of in-"classroom" experience)
- Have multiple professional performance credits
- Be on schedule to complete a college degree prior to the contract start date or have equivalent life experience
- Work as a team player and as a self-directed individual
- Possess excellent organizational and time-management skills; punctuality and reliability is a must!
- Hold a valid driver's license
- Pass fingerprinting as well as state and federal background checks
- Be fully Covid Vaccinated including up-to-date on available boosters prior to tour commencing

Those not meeting the experience requirements, but who are interested in developing and honing educational theatre experience are encouraged to apply for either of the first two levels of our Theatre Educator Training Program, which consists of three levels: Education Intern (stipended, level 1) or Education Apprentice (paid, level 2), and Emerging Teaching Artist (paid, level 3).

Entry-level to the Teaching Artist Training Program is based on previous experience as well as assessed skillset at auditions.

Type and Restrictions

Compass Creative Dramatics is a non-equity theatre company.

Because we understand the importance of representation in art and in education, we are seeking to establish a diverse team of Teaching Artists. Educators of color and of all identities are encouraged to apply.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

To apply for this job email your details to submissions@ccdramatics.com