Resident Teaching Artist, Theatre

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Position: Resident Teaching Artist, Theater

Status & Location: PT/Seasonal (September – June), Hourly, Non-exempt; Detroit  

Reporting Relationships: Reports to the Program Manager, and works with various stakeholders to assure attainment of organizational and individual goals. 

Compensation & Time Commitment: $25/hr, Average: 15 hours per week (rehearsals, performances, meetings, administrative tasks). Rehearsals: Tuesday/Thursday 5-9:30pm and Sunday 1:30-7:30pm. Performances: As scheduled on some evenings and weekends.

Why We Need You:

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit empowers young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of theatrical and musical art that engages, transforms and inspires. As Resident Teaching Artist, Theater you will inspire and mentor young artists to be confident creative thinkers. Teaching artists conduct weekly sessions that help young artists build skills and support youth to create new works in theater and music to share with their community.

Key Responsibilities

● Facilitate and co-facilitate Mosaic Acting Company  rehearsals aligned with Mosaic’s mission, vision, values, model and creative youth development framework, and in collaboration with the artistic team, guest artists and guest directors. 

● Deliver engaging and relevant arts instruction that meet young artist's needs and abilities; maintain expectations established by Mosaic’s leadership and curriculum team and stay on theme. 

● Direct or Co-Direct a minimum of two productions each year and prepare youth ensemble members for all performances. 

● Communicates regularly with parents and staff, striving to maintain program quality.

● Collaborates with leadership regarding the evaluation and implementation of curriculum, and success of the program.

● Work with the leadership team to coordinate and schedule  guest artists to enhance youth ensemble members training. 

● Facilitate and co-facilitate youth ensemble auditions. 

● Participate in weekly team meetings and production meetings as scheduled and assigned. 

● Work with program team members on all aspects of community performances, including reviewing technical rider and logistics, attending site visits etc.

● Participate in ongoing teaching artist training and professional development.

● Participates in marketing efforts and represents Mosaic at events.

● Leads by practicing good pedagogy and models the expectations set forth for all teaching artists.

● Other duties as assigned.

Successful candidates 

● Have a minimum of four years’ experience developing and teaching curricula in theater, acting, and directing youth in grades 8-12;

● Have a minimum 5 years engaging in an active, professional practice within your art form;

● Have a deep knowledge of fundamental elements of your art form and ability to teach them effectively to youth; 

● Have the ability to provide their own means of transportation to and from all work assignments. 

And embody the following qualities

● Mission focused and results driven. You are committed to supporting the mission and vision of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and respond to challenges with integrity, and reflect Mosaic’s values to 1) Strive for Excellence  2) Build Community  3) Dream Boldly  and 4) Embrace Joy.

● Detail oriented and organized. You are a master with detailed information, love organization, and execute activities with a high degree of accuracy and consistency. 

● An excellent communicator. You have an ability to listen and read attentively and effectively communicate complex information in a way that is easily digestible for internal and external stakeholders. You have strong writing skills to support the development of compelling reports and proposals.

● Project management. You excel at coordinating multiple moving parts, understand how to prioritize effectively and when to tap into the strengths of others for the success of the project. 

● Community builder. You are committed to fostering a positive work environment and are sensitive to the needs of individuals. You value diverse perspectives and utilize strong interpersonal skills to pursue the best outcomes in all relationships. 

● Professionalism. You work well collectively and individually including in planning. You have a high degree of integrity, empathy, emotional intelligence, and self-awareness.

Physical demands/ Work Environment:

● Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel, and talk and hear. 

● Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, reach with hands, turn, sit, bend, go up and down stairs.

● Work in areas that may use bright or strobe lights and in dark spaces. 

● Some sitting and working at a computer.

● Some travel required as a part of program delivery, oversight and evaluation, training and meeting participation.

● Some evening and weekend hours required.

● Some heavy lifting and moving of supplies.

● While performing the duties of this job, team members may occasionally be exposed to outside weather conditions. 

● The noise level in the work environment varies.

Position: Resident Teaching Artist, Theater

Status & Location: PT/Seasonal (September – June), Hourly, Non-exempt; Detroit  

Reporting Relationships: Reports to the Program Manager, and works with various stakeholders to assure attainment…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 27, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 10, 2021
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Detroit, MI
Associated Location
Detroit, MI, USA

Apply to This Job


To apply: Take some time to familiarize yourself with our organization, what we do, and what we believe in. Then, if this seems like a community you’d like to be a part of, submit your resume and responses to the questions below: [250 word max/response} to with the subject line “Resident Teaching Artist: Theater” by September 10, 2021. 

● Why are you interested in joining the Mosaic team? 

● What do you most enjoy about working with elementary & middle school age young artists? 

● Tell us about a teacher or role model who really influenced you. 

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to upholding safe spaces that honor diverse perspectives, lived experience and expertise to enhance the communities we serve and those we are a part of creating. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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