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Teaching Artist

POSITION: Teaching Artist
CLASSIFICATION: Part Time, Non-Exempt
COMPENSATION: $50/$60/hour



Geffen Playhouse is a non-profit, professional theater dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement:

In recognition of the essential examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at the Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution. Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community. In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board and programming.

We are committed to the safety and health of our employees, visitors, and the public we serve. As such, Geffen is proud to have implemented a mandatory vaccination policy, requiring COVID-19 vaccination(s) for all employees, including contracted third-party staff, and new hires. In accordance with our mission, we firmly believe that vaccinating all employees is essential for our community’s safety and health. Should you have any questions regarding this, please speak with your recruiting contact directly. The Company understands and respects that a limited number of candidates may have medical or religious reasons for not receiving the vaccine. As such, we are asking those candidates who wish to request an exemption from being required to be vaccinated, submit a request for their exemption through Human Resources once hired.


Geffen Playhouse seeks an experienced Teaching Artist to join the Education & Community Engagement team on a part-time basis. Teaching artists will help develop and deliver curriculum and programs that support a range of creative theater arts opportunities designed to support diverse, equitable and inclusive experiences for all. Work with our education and community engagement programs may include Geffen Playhouse Literacy Project, High School Partnerships Program, Lights Up Community Engagement Program, Veterans Writing and Performance Project, Theater-Making Intensives for Young Adults and other programs as assigned. Teaching Artists report to the Director of Education & Community Engagement.


  • Facilitating and/or guiding theater-making, scene building, monologue writing workshops and other programs for students or community groups
  • Supporting student matinees at the Geffen and delivering pre and post-show sessions to high school students at school locations or virtually over the course of an academic year
  • Supporting pre-show theater information sessions for community engagement partners
  • Collaborating with and co-teaching with other Teaching Artists for various programs
  • Participating in collaborative planning meetings and sessions for classes, workshops and special events
  • Attending professional development workshops designed to support enhanced methods of teaching, learning or engagement practices
  • Performing other duties as assigned

All programs and tasks to be conducted virtually online or in person in accordance with current California, LAUSD & Geffen Playhouse COVID 19 mandates and policies.


  • Knowledgeable about theater, including all aspects of the artistic, historical and cultural contexts
  • Experienced as a professional theater artist and teaching artist
  • Knows or is willing to learn how to co-teach
  • Experienced planner and facilitator of theater programs for people of all ages, abilities, or aspirations
  • Experience working with students, seniors and groups of diverse communities and cultures, including those traditionally underrepresented and underserved
  • Experience teaching secondary grades and enjoys working with teenagers
  • Familiarity with diversity, equity and inclusion practices, initiatives, and program integrations
  • Experience in guiding learners to work creatively with the elements of theatre, as well as conduct theatre games and improvisation activities
  • Experience working, teaching and facilitating programs virtually and in person
  • Outstanding interpersonal, collaborative, written and verbal communication skills
  • Experienced collaborator and flexible team member
  • Responds to all communications (emails, texts, calls) in a timely manner
  • Ability to transport supplies up to 25lbs to various locations
  • Ability to travel to and from school sites and organizations in various communities, including but not limited to: East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Westchester, San Fernando Valley

The Geffen Playhouse aims to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, in which we strongly encourage non-conforming and historically excluded individuals to apply for any and all available positions.


Teaching artists will receive an hourly rate for the planning ($50/hr) and delivery ($60/hr) of sessions.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and references in.pdf or word document format to No phone calls, please. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021.

The Geffen Playhouse, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Geffen Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Geffen Playhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Geffen Playhouse expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Geffen Playhouse’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us via telephone at 310-208-6500 x148.