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Teaching Artist

Tacoma Arts Live is looking for part-time Teaching Artists to teach in K-8 after school programs for 2020 Spring Semester Classes. Are you experienced in one or more performing arts disciplines? Passionate about sharing that experience with others? Able to facilitate the creation of student-generated work and project-based learning activities? Available from approximately 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday for one or more days? Prepared to support the social-emotional development of youth?  If you answered Yes!, then we encourage you to apply.

Teaching Artists build and sustain relationships with staff at each school site as well as with Tacoma Arts Live staff and educators. Classes are taught after school at various partner district schools from approximately 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Each school schedules one or two days per week of classes, and there are multiple school sites available.

Hiring Timeline:

Monday, February 17, 2020:  Resumes will be accepted through the end of the day; applicants strongly encouraged to apply before February 17.

February 24 – 28, 2020:  Interviews will take place during this week

March 2020:  Class sessions begins

Wage: $25 per hour; Teaching Artists are paid for teaching time and a set amount of prep hours


  • Work with Tacoma Arts Live Education Team to plan and sequence lessons for your class in alignment with program objectives
  • Convene pre-session planning meetings as applicable
  • Maintain attendance records of each class as applicable
  • Work with Tacoma Arts Live Education Team to maintain healthy partnering relationships with school districts, schools, and other support organizations
  • Evaluate student learning as applicable
  • Attend monthly Teaching Artist meetings and periodic professional development learning opportunities



  • BA or BFA in Performing Arts, Education, or Equivalent Experience
  • Ability to engage, challenge and support student growth through the arts
  • Ability to create safe, inclusive, supportive and creative environments for youth and adults
  • Ability to sequence lesson plans for optimal student learning and engagement
  • Ability to work with students of diverse life experience
  • Ability to partner with other teachers
  • Capable of performing in busy, non-traditional classroom settings
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently while keeping open communication and status reports with supervisors
  • Must provide own transportation to school sites throughout Pierce County

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  No phone calls, please.

About Tacoma Arts Live

Tacoma Arts Live is a leader as a regional performing arts center and non-profit arts organization.  On behalf of the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Live manages three theaters: Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater, Theater on the Square plus three studios, Jones office building and the privately owned Tacoma Armory.  Tacoma Arts Live is located in the heart of downtown Tacoma and is the jewel of the Historic Theater District, a neighborhood which includes other artistic activities and enterprises. Programs at the Tacoma Arts Live include musicals, theater, comedy, dance, opera, concerts, film, lectures, family shows and other live events performed by touring and community organizations. Tacoma Arts Live also has extensive educational programs presented at our theaters and at partner schools throughout Pierce County.

Tacoma Arts Live values:

  • Openness (staying transparent and eager to collaborate)
  • Joy (celebrating our humanity)
  • Courage (smart risk-taking, learning, changing)
  • Diversity (reflecting our community onstage and off)
  • Inclusiveness (inviting broad access, building strong relationships)
  • Stewardship (honoring the legacy we inherit, nurturing the future)

 We are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment, and to fostering creativity, excellence and collaboration. We honor and value the dignity of all individuals, and want all qualified individuals to apply for our positions.