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

Ideal for Someone who loves getting other people excited about theatre, who likes to delve into scripts and figure out what audiences might need to fully engage with the play, someone who’s excited to say yes to young playwrights and help them craft their work. Ideal candidate likes to work as a team, but can also problem solve and take initiative on their own.  

Alumni Include Education Directors, Teaching Artists, High School and Middle School Drama Teachers, Actors, Directors and Playwrights!  

Learning Goals

  • Develop an understanding of the quality of work and skills needed to work in an Education Department and as a Professional Teaching Artist
  • Learn and apply skills to create greater audience access to productions and theatre events.  
  • Learn and apply skills to develop and teach original lesson plans 
  • Learn to teach and adapt lessons that have already been created
  • Learn and apply classroom management strategies
  • Deepen understanding of organizational and administrative skills
  • Learn and develop the skills to communicate and collaborate in a variety of contexts

Learning Strategies

  • 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 and articles for play guides
  • Observe, and potentially teach, playwriting residencies in 5th grade through high school classrooms
  • Support Share Days, the final day of high school playwriting residencies, by doing cold readings and providing feedback to playwrights
  • Read and evaluate submissions for the New Voices Young Playwrights Contest
  • Facilitate the arrival and dismissal of students attending student matinees
  • Attend meetings with other departments at Actors Theatre, our Teacher Advisory Committee meetings, and New Voices Festival meetings
  • Assist in planning and executing College Days Weekend, the largest invited weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, 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

Ideal Candidates Should Possess

  • Knowledge of theatre production and industry
  • Teaching or work with youth experience required
  • A reliable car is required
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal
  • A creative and pleasant personality who thrives on working with young people, teachers, and the general public
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing situations
  • Ability to work individually and on a team
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of computers and applications, including Microsoft Office Suite


  • Primarily Monday-Friday, some evenings and weekends 
  • Daily schedule varies depending on class and student matinee responsibilities can include early mornings


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Apprenticeship Dates

Late July 2019 through April 2020

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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Click here to meet 2017-2018 Education Apprentice Abigail Miskowiec

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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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