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JOBS: Teaching Artists – Acting & Voice/Singing


Waterwell, a civic-minded theater and education company seeks a Movement Teaching Artist to join the Waterwell Drama Program, the company’s growing arts education wing.

About Waterwell

Founded in 2002, Waterwell is a non-profit, civic-minded theater and education company. Waterwell strives to prove itself a vital presence in the lives of its audience by remaining always responsive: responsive to the events affecting the world at large, responsive to changing modes of expression, and responsive to the individuals attending each performance. Through entertainment and arts education, Waterwell hopes to inspire audiences and students to change their lives and the world in which they live.

Waterwell believes strongly in the power of the arts in youth development as a way to achieve its mission of inspiration and change. Since 2010, the company’s robust educational arm, the Waterwell Drama Program (WDP), has delivered top-quality, year-round, in-school theater training to over 200 NYC public school students each year through a partnership with the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). Partnerships with Manhattan Youth, the New School, and others provide rich, civically-engaged art-making experiences to dozens of additional students each year. WDP programs are for students in middle school, high school and college.

Waterwell is committed to providing a radically inclusive community of mutual respect where anti-racist and anti-oppresion principles guide our decision-making, and we are working through a process of evaluating and aligning our institutional practices with those goals. We believe that having a staff comprised of artists, teaching artists, and administrators with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences is essential to fulfilling our mission. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national social or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, age, physical mental or sensory disability, veteran status, and family or parental status.


Waterwell Drama Program (WDP) is seeking a passionate teaching artist dedicated to inspiring creativity, discipline, and collaboration to join the faculty as a Movement Teacher at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). Partnering with PPAS, WDP provides 6th-12th grade students with comprehensive, conservatory-style Drama training during in-class hours, 5 days per week. Strong classroom management skills and experience working with youth required. Classes meet for the full school year, September 2019–June 2020.

We currently have an open positions in:

  • Acting II for 10th grade high school students. This course creates the opportunity for students to work on scenes from Shakespeare, Moliere and material from contemporary plays that have a connection to a classical source material. Experience with teaching Shakespeare and/or other heightened text to young arts students is strongly encouraged. Along with the previously mentioned skills, we are interested in candidates who have an interest in connecting acting studies to larger program goals of empathy and citizenship.
  • Voice / Singing for 6th, 7th + 8th grade middle school students. This course gives students tools in musicianship, beginning music theory, beginning sight singing and choral singing. Experience with teaching skills such as breathing technique, rhythm and time signatures, dynamics and expression, along with reading music to students, is strongly encouraged. Along with the previously mentioned skills, we are interested in candidates who have an interest in connecting music studies to larger program goals of empathy and citizenship.


  • Teach rigorous curriculum for a public magnet school
  • Develop class curriculum, lesson plans, papers and projects
  • Collaborate with staff on best practices
  • Participate in professional development and planning meetings
  • Grade students
  • Supervise students in the classroom


  • Significant teaching experience required, prior work in urban public schools a plus
  • Exemplary classroom management skills
  • Experience writing curricula and clear, active learning goals
  • Dedication to assessing student growth


Seasonal salary based on $50/hour plus paid time off for holidays.

Please send resume, cover letter and a sample lesson plan to by 9AM on July 25, 2019. In your cover letter, please be sure to address why you are interested in the Watewell Drama Program and the aspects of the curriculum that interest you most. In the subject of your e-mail, please indicate “Teaching Artist Application – Acting II” or “Teaching Artist Application – Voice/Singing.”