Education/Teaching Artist Apprentice

Summary of Position

Education Apprentices gain hundreds of hours of classroom experience, developing the skills to design and implement lesson plans and provide students with constructive feedback. Our region provides the opportunity to teach in public and private schools in rural and urban environments. Education apprentices use dramaturgical and applied theatre methods to develop lesson plans for pre-show workshops and resource materials for student matinees. They read and provide feedback to student-written plays submitted for the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, help plan and support events for the Teen Council, and help organize, host and produce the Humana Festival College Days Weekend. Candidates must have experience teaching and/or working with youth. For further information regarding Education at Actors, please visit the Education page at

Opportunities and Responsibilities

  • Teach preshow workshops in elementary through high school classrooms for students attending student matinees at Actors Theatre.
  • Collaboratively write and develop lesson plans for pre-show workshops.
  • Observe, and potentially teach, playwriting residencies in 5th grade through high school classrooms.
  • Read and evaluate submissions for the New Voices Young Playwrights Contest.
  • Support the student matinee series.
  • Attend meetings with other departments at Actors Theatre, our Teacher Advisory Committee meetings, and New Voices Festival meetings.
  • Assist in planning and executing the largest invited weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, College Days Weekend, and potentially serve on panels and talkbacks.
  • Have the opportunity to direct or dramaturg a ten-minute play in the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, attend play development workshops, and host the Festival.
  • Network with local arts education professionals, classroom teachers, and visiting artists at Actors Theatre.
  • Assist with marketing the education programs and participate in mass mailings.
  • Represent Actors Education at community events as needed.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.


  • Theatre background preferred.
  • Teaching or work with youth experience required.
  • A reliable car is required.
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Excellent customer service.
  • A creative and pleasant personality who thrives on working with young people, teachers, and the general public.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced office with frequently changing situations.
  • Ability to work individually and on a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of computers and applications, such as Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.


Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company is focused on practical, experiential training designed to help young theatre professional’s transition from an academic degree to a real-world career. While completion of a four-year degree is preferred, professional work experience in theatre or related fields may meet apprenticeship requirements. Successful candidates enter into the apprenticeship already having acquired basic training and experience in the field and are looking for immersive career development opportunities. Due to the nature of the Education/Teaching Artist Apprenticeship, a degree or equivalent training in theatre or education is strongly preferred.


A grant of $5,000 is awarded to each full-season apprentice to help defray the cost of living.  We also provide each apprentice with help finding low-cost housing and securing student loan deferral for the season. Apprentices are responsible for all costs associated with living in Louisville for the duration of the apprenticeship. It may be possible for the Education/Teaching Artist Apprentice to obtain part-time employment outside the apprenticeship. Additional employment must be approved by their supervisor in advance.


Apprenticeship Dates

July 30, 2018, to April 26, 2019

to apply

Please include the following:

  1. Cover letter outlining your goals for the apprenticeship
  2. Resume
  3. Lesson plan (Ideally introducing the themes or content of a play to middle/high school students.)
  4. Writing sample (Your writing sample can be critical or journalistic. We’re interested in your ability to communicate original ideas in a clear way.)
  5. Two letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your teaching experience or experience working with young people.

Please send all materials and any questions you may have to This position will remain open until filled.

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Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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