Teaching Artist Apprenticeships
Village Theatre KIDSTAGE seeks individuals (18 and above) who are passionate about arts education for the Teaching Artist Apprenticeship program this summer. The Teaching Apprenticeship program supports the development of outstanding “teaching artist” professionals by providing a structured program of training, coursework, and extensive in-class and hands-on learning experiences. Apprenticeships translate the KIDSTAGE philosophy of “Skills for Theatre … Skills for Life” into classroom technique.
Apprenticeship programs are available in Issaquah and Everett Washington and include:
- A progressive learning experience that culminates in designing and executing curriculum as “lead” teacher for a full week of camp
- Daily mentorship from experienced theatre arts educators
- A week of intensive training led by KIDSTAGE Education Managers, with an emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) teaching practices and curriculum development
- 15-30 hours per week spent in the classroom assisting experienced theatre arts educators, plus 5-10 hours per week supporting set-up, student check-ins, and other administrative tasks
- The development of teaching skills applicable to career opportunities in education
- Opportunities to work with youth of all ages and skill levels in a high-energy, creative environment
Apprenticeships are paid positions with an average of 240 hours across eight or nine weeks, depending on location and the summer camp schedule for that year.
- Applications are accepted year-round. We generally fill positions by the end of March each year.
- Apprenticeships are paid at $15.00/hour
We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions that prospective apprentices often ask. If you can’t find an answer here, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Teaching Artist Apprenticeship question” in the subject line.
How competitive is the selection process?
KIDSTAGE receives a great number of qualified applicants each year from around the country and have three apprenticeship spots available in each location. If you are not selected, please consider applying again in the future.
How does the selection process work?
Teaching Artist Apprenticeship applications are generally reviewed in February and March. Candidates are interviewed in person, virtually, or over the phone.
Does KIDSTAGE offer housing?
At this time, KIDSTAGE is unable to offer housing. If housing is a concern about accepting an apprenticeship with KIDSTAGE, please let us know – we can provide resources to help find temporary housing for the summer in the Seattle area.
Does the Teaching Artist Apprenticeship occur during the school year?
As the Apprenticeship is around 240 hours of work and learning in just eight or nine weeks, it is very difficult to provide the same momentum of learning and work during our school year classes.
Are high school students or adults exploring new career paths eligible to apply for the apprenticeship?
KIDSTAGE Teaching Artist Apprenticeships are designed for undergraduate-aged students, 18-25. Students under the age of 18 who will graduate high school prior to the beginning of the Apprenticeship may apply.
Will I be able to hold a job during the program?
Apprentices work 20-40 hours per week depending on which camps are assigned. It is designed to be an average of 240 hours across eight or nine weeks. Many of our past participants have been able to find other employment that works around our camp schedule. We recommend you discuss during your interview if/how a part time job would fit around your apprenticeship.
If I am not offered an apprenticeship, can I apply again?
Yes. We receive a great number of qualified applicants each year and have limited apprenticeship spots available, so if you feel the program would still be beneficial to you, please re–apply.
Skills for Theatre… Skills for Life
To provide a personal development program for young people which uses theatre arts:
- To teach creativity and responsibility
- To encourage teamwork and personal integrity
- To foster self-esteem and appreciation for live theatre
Everyone benefits from an inclusive, multi-cultural environment of students, staff and programming. We welcome people of every ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, income and ability.