Teaching Artist

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company

Los Angeles, CA

Organization Summary

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s mission is to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. Our vision is a world where all youth are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed. Our expert team of Teaching Artists provide vulnerable adolescents with a voice that is heard and respected, which results in deep, tangible social and emotional growth, including increased confidence and an overall feeling of pride and empowerment.


Job Summary

As a part-time position, the Teaching Artist leads The Unusual Suspects programs in the schools, community and probation camps. The TA plays a critical role in the success of the program and takes on a variety of roles within the program including facilitator, actor, playwright, director, mentor, coach and teacher. Teaching Artists should have demonstrated experience in theatre arts or playwriting disciplines as well as teaching school-aged children in multiple program settings. Teaching Artists are experienced in creating safe learning environments to foster pro-social development, modeling positive behavior, and supporting participant accomplishments, no matter how large or small. Teaching Artists interact with school administrators, probation staff and teachers and are responsible for all daily program goals. Candidates must be committed to on-going professional development as an arts practitioner and educator and to participating in US community events. All Teaching Artists report to the Program Manager.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement US arts-integrated curriculum and/or create lessons to support social and emotional development through theatre arts instruction
  • Guide students from creative inception to full-scale culminating presentations
  • Plan and establish a safe learning environment for all participants and artists
  • Participate in pre-plan and post-planning meetings with co-teaching artists, US staff, and/or mentors
  • Allow students to “share out” what they have learned and reflect on their learning at each workshop
  • Document workshop agenda and successes and challenges for each session and share with Administrative staff
  • Report weekly with administrative staff any workshop concerns including lessons, learning, attendance, and facility issues
  • Participate in program site outreach activities upon request
  • Administer and collect program evaluations in accordance to US protocols and procedures, including pre and post surveys and reflections.
  • Take part in on-going professional development as an arts practitioner/educator and US community events
  • Respond to communications and submit participant attendance and sign in sheets, and other documents in a timely manner in accordance with the administrative deadlines
  • Adhere to US guidelines & policies and to those of the facility, reporting any incidents or problems as outlined to US leadership and school or camp management
  • Be a positive role model to students, school staff and fellow Teaching Artists
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Desirable Skills & Qualifications


  • Must have a Bachelor degree (BA, BS, etc.) in related field
  • At least 3 years of working experience in a similar role
  • Highly skilled in several of the following theatre arts disciplines: acting, improvisation, playwriting, movement, vocal production or technical theatre production
  • Work well with people in various communities, institutional and governmental organizations
  • Cultural competency to effectively collaborate and communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Familiarity with developing curriculum aligned to Common Core Standards for English and Language Arts and/or the California Framework for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Work with diverse set of community-based organizations, residents and stakeholders
  • Ability to integrate oneself within the site culture to develop strong relationships with the participants, parents, school or probation administration and other community members
  • Experience in meeting facilitation, and/or community relations
  • Ability to work independently and as a team, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
  • Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft Suite and Google Suite of applications
  • Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
  • Experience with public speaking and presentations
  • Direct knowledge and/or experience working with low-income populations and vulnerable youth
  • English/Spanish bilingual is a plus


Personal Qualifications:

The candidate has a commitment to developing leaders and coalition building. Strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts. Personal values align with the vision and values of The Unusual Suspects organization.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:

This position works primarily at program sites. Must have a valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation.  Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in theatre and youth arts education is a plus. Must be willing to use personal equipment such as cell phone and laptop/tablet when working remotely. Must be willing to undergo clearances/ background checks for school and probation camp sites.


Salary & Schedule

  • $25 - $45 hourly. Commensurate with experience. Non-exempt part-time position.
  • Position is expected to work 10-20 hours weekly. Candidate must be open to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.


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