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Mission: The Auditorium Theatre, an Illinois not-for-profit organization, is committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community, and educational programming to Chicago and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre.

Commitment: The Auditorium Theatre thrives on the shared humanity that the performing arts provides. We are at our best when our leadership, partnerships, and the work we present on our stage reflects the world around us and the audiences that walk through our doors. Core to this belief is a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We are dedicated to leveraging the transformative power of the arts to fully become the Theatre for the People.

Position Summary:
This is an independent contractor position for the 2022-2023 school year. The Teaching Artist Mentor (TAM) is paired with a K-12 teacher who wants to develop their confidence integrating arts-based learning strategies into their existing curriculum and classroom. TAs are responsible for instructing students as well as working in collaboration with the classroom teacher to develop unit plans that integrate the arts and connect to performances in the Auditorium Student Matinee Series. An important part of this position is to develop positive relationships with the classroom teacher and school administrative staff. The contract includes paid participation in program trainings and PD workshop meetings with teachers and TAMs from other schools.

Location of assignments will be determined by the Auditorium Creative Engagement Associate. Timeframes are determined by matinee series dates and in conversation with the participating classroom teacher. Transportation to and from the teaching site is the responsibility of the Teaching Artist Mentor.

Major Areas of Responsibilities:
-Teach students Theatre, Dance or Music fundamentals using a hands-on and interactive approach.
-Build 60-minute lesson plans that connect to Auditorium Student Matinee Series performances.
-Engage with students to encourage their creativity, spark curiosity, and build ensemble.
-Communicate effectively with classroom teacher and Auditorium Theatre Creative Engagement Associate.
-Build rapport with school administrative staff.
-Mentor classroom teacher during one-on-one planning and reflections sessions.
-Participate in scheduled Professional Developments and the Curriculum Share event alongside other teaching artists and classroom teachers.
-Complete classroom assessments and teacher evaluations by due dates.
-Attend three Auditorium Theatre Student Matinee performances.
-Follow all classroom and school protocols.
-Be an ambassador for the Auditorium Theatre and its Creative Engagement Programs.

Knowledge/skills/abilities:
-Bachelor’s Degree required
-Experience as an artist in the performing arts
-Passion for working with or teaching Theatre, Dance, or Music programming to students grade K-12
-Experience creating and developing lesson plans
-Classroom management skills
-Mentorship and leadership skills
-Comfortable working with a diverse group of students
-Reliability, punctuality, and excellent communication skills
-Knowledge of trauma informed teaching practices
-Comfortable speaking in front of groups of people
-Spanish speaking skills not required but helpful
-Ability to pass a background check

Salary Range:
$35-65/hour based on experience

To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].

The Auditorium Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

This role is an on-site role. Roosevelt University requires all new hires to be compliant with our COVID-19 vaccination policy, found at the COVID-19 website hereAll new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have a legitimate religious or medical exemption at the time of hire.