About Performing Arts Workshop
Performing Arts Workshop is a nonprofit organization established in 1965 with a mission to help young
people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and essential learning skills through the arts. The
Workshop brings arts instruction to more than 4,500 students ages 3-18 each year. Our artists conduct
11-60-session residencies in world dance, music, spoken word, poetry, theater arts, and media arts.
We believe that access to sustained, sequential instruction in an art form should be part of every young
person’s education and development. Because of glaring economic and race-based disparities in such
access, we advance equity by prioritizing partnerships which allow us to work with historically
underrepresented groups including low-income communities and communities of color.
Performing Arts Workshop aspires to be a leading organization in arts education. We cannot achieve this
without realizing our core values of both inclusion and excellence. This requires sustained focus on
equity in all our efforts to recruit, hire, promote, and retain an exceptionally well-qualified staff.
Hourly Teaching Artist Job Description
Performing Arts Workshop seeks world dance, hip-hop dance, spoken word, theater, hip-hop, visual
and media arts teaching artists to teach semester-length and yearlong residencies at our partner sites in
San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin County. Our teaching artists are professional artists and
experienced educators in their field. As representatives of the Workshop in the classroom and the
communities they serve, teaching artists share a commitment to our mission and social justice values. In
addition to regular teaching duties, teaching artists receive extensive mentorship and support from our
artistic and program management, including training in the Workshop’s teaching methodology, an
8-session internship, and monthly professional development.
Teaching artists can expect to teach 5-15 hours/week, depending on availability and experience, with
starting compensation of $40-50 per hour for teaching, professional development, internship and all
pre-approved administrative work.
Teaching artists are considered part-time employees—not independent contractors—and receive paid
sick time, unemployment insurance, social security contributions, worker’s compensation, and other
legally required withholdings.
● Create a culture of learning in the classroom that reflects the Workshop’s values and supports
youth in their development as artists;
● Develop process-based, sequential curricula that reflect the Workshop’s pedagogy for each
● For Visual Media Arts: Design a multi-lesson workshop using Performing Arts Workshop
methodology grounded in Creative Youth Development. Workshops must weave first-person
storytelling through art forms, including: creative writing, journaling, photography, animation,
comic books, portraiture, etc;
● Mandatory and punctual attendance of monthly professional development meetings, in addition
to one all-day PD;
● Connect students’ work to a broader audience through a culminating performance, publication,
or open class demonstration for families and communities;
● Administer student and residency evaluations, collect student information and media release
● Communication with site and Workshop staff in a timely and professional manner.
● Commitment to youth development, building self-efficacy, social justice, and cultural awareness;
● Knowledge of the main elements of composition in your art form and the ability to articulate
and teach them to youth;
● Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills;
● Ability to work with diverse teaching and site partners in adapting to individual classroom needs
● Passion and empathy when teaching high-need children and youth, such as English
language-learners, students with special needs, incarcerated youth, or youth enrolled in court
● Ability to articulate and demonstrate critical thinking in the arts;
● Openness to receiving detailed feedback on teaching as it relates to the Workshop’s
● Availability to teach in at least two sites at a time (at least four residencies in either one full day,
two mornings, two afternoons, or some combination thereof);
● Ability to provide own transportation or utilize public transportation to and from partner sites.
● Bilingual ability—Spanish and Mandarin;
● Experience working with special student populations, such as English language-learners and
students with learning differences;
● BA and/or MA/MFA in art form or commensurate experience.
How to Apply:
Email resume, cover letter, sample lesson plan, and professional portfolio or work samples to,
Performing Arts Workshop at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only complete applications will be
considered, please inquire if you have any questions about the requirements.
Performing Arts Workshop is an equal opportunity employer and seeks workforce diversity with
respect to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.