“Every time I see my students, I remind myself that this is the most important thing I could be doing.”

Kobi Libii | Former Teaching Artist & Current Artistic Advisory Board Member

Opening Act Teaching Artist Positions

Application Deadline: June 12, 2017

Opening Act is at a pivotal and compelling moment as an organization and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome new teaching artists to play a critical role in our next stage.

Job Description:  Opening Act seeks Teaching Artists to join its highly collaborative team of professionals who are committed to living out Opening Act’s core values in our programs:

  • Respect
  • Showing Up
  • Listening
  • YES And-ing
  • Empowering
  • Including

Opening Act Teaching Artists work in 2-3 person teams within one high school campus site for the entirety of the school-year. The teaching team, under the direction of the Lead Teaching Artist, works to bring together a strong ensemble of students, giving them a foundation in improvisation, acting technique, and playmaking. Through Teaching Artist facilitation, student ensembles create a showcase of original scenes to present in December and a fully devised original production presented at an Off-Broadway theater in May.  After one year serving as an Opening Act Teaching Artist, candidates will be eligible to become Lead Teaching Artists.

Teaching Artists will be hired for the length of the school year (September-June) to work at 1 of our partnering campuses.  Programs meet weekly for two hours each.  In addition to the weekly workshops with students, teaching artists will have monthly 1 1/2-hour team meetings, two weekend training sessions and two 3-hour meetings with all Opening Act teaching artists, as well as extra rehearsals with the students as they near their performances.

Qualifications include:

  • Passionate about youth development
  • Strong ability to engage and connect with youth (grades 6-12)
  • Expertise working as a performing artist (at least one of the following: acting, directing, improvisation, dance, musical theater, clown, playwriting, spoken word, comedy, etc.)
  • Excellent time management
  • Extremely reliable
  • Ability to complete administrative classroom tasks by assigned deadline (workshop logs, reporting hours, permission slip collection, etc.)
  • Curiosity in exploring Opening Act’s approach to devising original theater

Additional skills sought, but not required:

  • Experience working or learning in the NYC public school system
  • Experience working with court involved youth
  • Co-teaching experience
  • Spanish speaker

To be considered for this position, you must be available for a demo lesson which will take place either 11am – 1pm on July 18th or 2pm – 4pm on July 19th. You must also be available for our Fall Teaching Artist training, which will take place on September 9th and 10th.

This is a part-time position.

Opening Act seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that is reflective of the population we serve. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Salary: Starting $90 per teaching session, $20 per meeting hour

Application Instructions: Please send a teaching resume and artistic resume along with a cover letter that addresses why you would like to work with Opening Act, how you see yourself as an asset to our organization, as well as a moment in your life when someone said “YES” to you that you believe has lead you to where you are today.

Please submit all materials to

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please. We will contact only those applicants with whom we plan to set up an interview.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact