Free Street Theater is seeking a Teaching Artist to work 10-15 hours per week, January-May, with its Little Village ensemble at Piotrowski Park. We are looking for an individual who believes in using theatre to build community around social justice issues to co-facilitate a program with artists and activists ages 13-19. The ideal candidate will have experience directing/developing original ensemble performance and be bilingual English/Spanish.
About Free Street Theater
Founded in 1969 by Patrick Henry, Free Street Theater is dedicated to creating performance by, for, and with a wide-range of participants. As one of the first racially-integrated theater companies in Chicago, Free Street has a long history of creating work that addresses pressing social issues from diverse points of view. We are committed to work that builds community, promotes critical inquiry, and approaches complex social issues with humor and compassion.
The Teaching Artist will work with artists age 13-19 to help develop our show Monsters, Mutants, and Migrants. Rehearsals are Saturdays 10-1, and two additional weekdays 3:30-6. An additional 5 hours a week is allocated for community building with neighborhood partners. Each year, the participants in the ensemble select a topic for extended inquiry, and spend the year building an original show that engages that topic. Throughout the course of the program, students develop research, writing, and performance skills.
The responsibilities of this position include:
• Facilitating rehearsals and workshops
• Mentoring artists enrolled in the program
• Serving as liaison to community partners
• Maintaining attendance records and related participant paperwork
• Co-developing the show in collaboration with ensemble and Artistic Director
• Assisting with daily set-up and clean-up
• Must be 21 or older
• Experience facilitating writing and performance workshops with youth and diverse populations
• Open to exploring multiple points of view
• Expertise in at least one of the following preferred: ensemble creation/devising, technical theater/special effects, directing, or playwriting.
• Candidates with a history of community organizing or activism will be given particular consideration.
• Candidates who are bilingual English/Spanish preferred; experience in and familiarity with the Little Village neighborhood is a must.
• Must be willing to undergo fingerprint background checks administered by The Chicago Park District.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume to Free Street’s Executive Director Caroline O’Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org