Assistant Teaching Artist

We are seeking Assistant Teacher for our residency and after school programs for 2018-2019. Classes are for students K-5th in dance, theatre and visual art.  This is an excellent oppertunity for anyone looking to become a teaching artists in the schools, community center and parks transitioning from teaching in a studio setting or just graduating college.  Many of our teachers move on to becoming a lead teacher once they receive training in our teaching methodolgy and curriculum.   


We are looking for a diverse group who would like to learning about how to incorporate dance, theatre and visual arts into their classes and link literacy and social/emotional learning.  Excellent opportunity for creative people know that teaching the arts is more than just dance steps and memorizing lines.


People of color and men identfying strongly encouraged to apply. 


Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble challenges, engages and inspires audiences both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling in the genre of Tanztheatre, which unites all art media and to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind. As an Ensemble, we collaboratively create thought-provoking arts performances and educational outreach programs incorporating elements of theatre, music, movement, visual arts and literary text.  We are dedicated to “performance with a purpose.” 


Arts Educational Programs Mission: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble arts educational programs teach math, science and literacy through the visual and performing arts with a progressive education teaching model that emphasizes social/emotional learning.

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Attend all Teaching Artist professional development workshops
  • Assist in creating and teaching arts-integrated curriculum that focuses on the creative process, social emotional learning and literacy.


Skills & Qualifications: 

4th year college degree or graduate student 

Must be able to improvise/be flexible

Demonstrate experience advocating for equality, diversity and inclusion and understand social/emotional learning

Professional demeanor when interacting with students, partner teachers and staff

    • Must be able to collaborate/ work well with administrative staff, and classroom teachers
    • Must be patient and skilled in childhood and youth development 
    • Minimum 1 year commitment
To Apply: 

Application: email the following information to Ellyzabeth Adler, Executive Director,  with “Teaching Artist Application” in subject heading

no phone calls

1. Resume with any teaching experience and classes & three references

2.A brief explanation on why you are interesting teaching and how your philosophy fits with ours and any experience.

3. State your availability

4. If you have a car (not a requirment) 


Teaching Philosophy: Methodology for educational purpose and objectives

CDE teaching artists carefully plan lessons through a fully developed progressive education curriculum and pedagogy that explore a particular theme through music, dance, art, and drama. Classes include multiple arts disciplines and encourage students to be creative in new artistic ways. Working with classroom teachers is additionally designed to reinforce math, science, and reading skills through art and performance, which results in a much more memorable, exciting experience for the students and the classrooms teachers are trained to replicate components of the program after the residency is complete. 


By emphasizing the creative process, students are provided with an outlet to express their thoughts and opinions through the arts thereby nurturing teamwork, discipline, constructive criticism, and the ability to see projects through to completion. This type of education enables CDE to provide students with skills that better prepare them for high school and college. Because many students return to distressed home environments at the end of the day, this teaching methodology has evolved to encourage students' social- emotional growth in addition to their artistic competency. CDE instructors are trained to positively reinforce good behaviors, team work, and creative risk-taking rather than creating an authoritarian environment. As a result, students discover holistic development to better empower their educational and creative prowess.


Prior to each session, classroom teachers and the CDE teaching artists collaborate through planning meetings to create a unit of study.The theatre curriculum will coincide with lessons taught by the classrooms teachers and part of their classroom unit plans. 

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Ellyzabeth Adler